Postdoctoral Researcher in developmental/sport psychology

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 psychology is currently seeking to recruit staff to the position of
Postdoctoral researcher, developmental/sport psychology, for a fixed period of 1.8.2018 - 31.10.2019

The Faculty of Education and Psychology undertakes significant, internationally recognised research. Most of the studies are published in high-level international journals, and the researchers of the faculty are sought-after partners in research and when applying for research funding. The faculty also provides high-quality education in its various disciplines. The Department of Psychology educates about a third of the psychologists graduating in Finland. Within educational sciences, particularly in teacher education, the faculty is one of Finland’s largest, and in special education it is the largest.

The Faculty of Education and Psychology comprises three departments – Education, Teacher Education and Psychology – and the Teacher Training School, which provides basic education and general upper secondary education. The faculty has 30 professorships. The number of staff is about 350, a hundred of whom work at the Teacher Training School.

Postdoctoral Researcher participates in the work of the research group in WeLive DC. The research group works on the area of developmental and sport psychology by focusing on the development of young student-athletes during dual career. The duties of the postdoctoral researcher focus in scientific research including planning research projects and applying for research funding.

The duties and qualification requirements and language skills for the position of the Postdoctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. According to Finnish law, a non-native university teaching and research staff member can be granted an exemption from the requirement of Finnish language proficiency. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to have good skills in English language.

Applicants are required to have PhD in the area of psychology, education, or sport sciences as well as experience in research in adolescence development and/or motivation and/or career construction and/or gender theories, and/or sport psychology. Also, advanced skills in quantitative and/or qualitative methods are required. Evidence on participation in research projects, research funding, and thesis supervision will be considered as an advantage for the applicant.

The job-specific salary component of a postdoctoral researcher is based on the job demands level 5-6 (EUR 2893,95 - 3374,18/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 will be used when the position is first filled.

For further information, please contact: Professor Kaisa Aunola, or Senior Researcher Tatiana Ryba,

Please attach the following documents to the online application form:

1) Curriculum vitae (CV) which is to be written in accordance with good scientific practice and the following CV template:
2) A short motivation letter (free-form)
3) A list of publications

Please submit your application at the latest on June 22 2018 by using the online application form.