Senior Lecturer, Social and Public Policy

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.

The Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy is currently seeking to recruit

Senior Lecturer, Social and Public Policy, for a fixed term period from 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2023.

Specialized in research on social, political and cultural transformations, the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy is one of the leading units in the field of social sciences in Finland. Our strengths include high quality of research, good international reputation, active participation in public discussion as well as supportive and student friendly environment.The focus areas of research at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy are:

1. Traditions of Philosophical and Political Thought

2. Sustainable  Societies

3. Policies and Politics of Welfare and Care

The vacant is allocated to the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy. The Department operates at all degree levels of university teaching and has its particular strengths in doctoral studies. It houses the disciplines of Sociology, Social and public policy, Gender studies, Social work, Political science, and Philosophy. In addition to this, Master’s degrees are also completed in the programmes in Development and International Cooperation, Expertise in Civic Society, and Cultural Policy.

In the task of Senior Lecturer teaching and supervising on bachelor’s and master’s programmes as well as administration at Department and Faculty level is emphasized. The Senior Lecturer is expected to conduct her own research and apply research funding actively. Her research interests are expected to lie in the research focus areas of the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, especially in Social and public policy.

More information on the duties of Senior Lecturer involved and on the ways of meeting the qualification requirements, see the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. Senior Lecturer is required a full command of the teaching language, Finnish. When considered appropriate the university may grant exemption from the language proficiency requirements. Ability to teach in English is regarded as a merit.

Senior lecturers job-specific salary component is based on the job demands level 5-7 according to the salary system concerning teaching and research personnel at universities (2893,95- 3889,84 €/month). 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 will be used when the position is first filled.

For more Information, please contact: Prof. Mika Ojakangas, tel. +358 40 805 4177, email:   or Prof. Tiina Silvasti, tel. +358 40 805 4218, email:

The application should include in pdf-format (name of the applicant must be mentioned in the file name):

1) Motivation letter.
2) Curriculum vitae, composed according to good scientific practice and considering the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity TENK). (see:,
3) A numbered list of publications covering the applicant’s the scientific and other publications according to the instructions of the Academy of Finland (see:
4) A short (2-3 pages) explanation of the applicant’s pedagogical training and teaching merits (see: )
5) A short description (2-3 pages) of the research activities of the applicant.
6) Applicant’s three (3) selected publications for assessment.

Please submit your application at the latest on 15.8.2018 using the online application form.