Associate Professor (tenure track) or Professor in Applied Language Studies

Our naturally beautiful campus in the Jyväskylä city centre is home to a dynamic multidisciplinary research university – a modern, open and collaborative community of 2,500 experts and 15,000 students seeking answers to the pivotal questions of today and tomorrow. It was here, in 1863, that Finnish-language teacher education began. Since then, the University of Jyväskylä has been serving the future. The dialogue between research, education and society is our driving force. We cherish this balance of research and education, and work to promote open thinking. We kindle the skills, knowledge and passion to live wisely for the best of humanity.

Department of Language and Communication Studies is currently seeking to recruit an

Associate Professor (tenure track) or Professor in Applied Language Studies starting January 1st 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter, in the Associate Professor position for a fixed term of five years and in the Professor position until further notice.

The area of expertise of the position of Associate Professor or Professor is the study of language learning and teaching in the field of Applied Language Studies. The main duties of the Associate Professor or Professor include active high-level international research and publication activity, initiating and leading research projects, acquiring external research funding, active participation in national and international networks, and teaching and supervision in undergraduate and postgraduate training. In particular, the Associate Professor or Professor is expected to advance research and research-based teaching focusing on the study of language learning and teaching as a meaning making activity that takes place in changing learning environments and relies on a range of multilingual and multimodal resources.

The area of expertise is linked to two core fields defined in the strategy of the University of Jyväskylä, namely Languages, culture and communities in global change processes and Learning, teaching and the learning and growth environments that support development. The advertised position supports the field of Applied Language Studies by contributing to Language learning and teaching in changing learning environments, one of the core fields of the Department of Language and Communication Studies, as well as the profiling measure Language in Changing Society

The appointment procedure provides more detailed information on the duties, qualification requirements and attachments, see: https://www.jyu.fi/en/workwithus/appointment-procedure. The qualification requirements should be met before the closing time of this apply.

The appointment is for a fixed period of five years, see tenure track path. An especially distinguished and unquestionably qualified person may exceptionally be appointed directly to the position of professor presuming there is no candidate available who is more competent and suitable candidate for the position. The purpose of the fixed-term is, that the Associate Professor gathers enough merits for full Professor position. When an employee has been selected for a fixed-term associate professorship, an evaluation procedure is used regarding the employee’s merits for a professorship filled through an invitation procedure. The evaluation procedure shall begin before the end of the fixed-term contract. The evaluation procedure follows the same practices used in the expert evaluation procedure for filling a professorship.

The Associate Professor’s job-specific salary component is based on the job demands levels 7 (3 889,84 €/month) and the Professor’s job-specific salary component is based on the job demands levels 8-11 (4.702,72 – 6.928,70 €/month) according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at universities. In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to the maximum of 46,3% of the job-specific salary component is also paid.

A trial period of six months is applied to the filling of the position of Associate Professor.

For more information, please contact Professor Mika Lähteenmäki, e-mail: mika.k.lahteenmaki@jyu.fi, tel. +358 40 805 3206 or Professor Sari Pietikäinen, e-mail: sari.p.pietikainen@jyu.fi, tel. +358 40 805 3220.

The application must include the following documents in English (the name of the applicant must be mentioned in the file name):

  1. A CV of the applicant, composed according to good scientific practice and considering, when possible, the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK). See: http://www.tenk.fi/sites/tenk.fi/files/CV_english_270613.pdf;
  2. A numbered list of all scientific and other publications – drawn up according to the categorisation of the Academy of Finland – with which the candidate wishes to demonstrate his or her eligibility an merits for the post: https://www.jyu.fi/hytk/en/faculty/administration/how-to/sa-list-of-publications-instructions.pdf;
  3. A brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s scientific research, merits in scientific activities and supervision of research work, including an account of acquired complementary research funding and  the responsibilities related to the research conducted through such funding and in international activities;
  4. A brief (2-3 pages) written account of pedagogical training and teaching merits. See:  Teaching portfolio model;
  5. A brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s societal interaction and international cooperation;
  6. A maximum of ten publications, numbered in accordance with the list of publications;
  7. A brief (2-3 pages) account of how the applicant intends to develop research, teaching and societal interaction relating to the study of language learning and teaching in the field of applied language studies.

Please submit your application at the latest on August 15th 2018  using the online application form.