Senior Researcher or Post-doctoral researcher in research on learning, teaching and interaction processes

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.

Faculty of Education and Psychology is currently seeking to recruit staff to the position of

Senior Researcher or Post-doctoral researcher in research on learning, teaching  and interaction processes from 17 September, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter to 31 August, 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.

The strategy of the University is sharpened by profiling actions. The profiling action of Multidisciplinary Research on Learning and Teaching – Phase 2 (MultiLeTe-2) aims at strengthening and extending the research on learning and teaching at the University of Jyväskylä. The profiling action will operate on several linking research areas ranging from study of processes of learning and teaching, technology enhanced learning, computer-supported collaborative learning, educational neuroscience, to interactional processes at work and in professional learning. The measures of the profiling action will center on the following three focus areas:

1. Process-oriented learning and interaction research

2. Interactional processes at work, professional learning and digitalization of work

3. Collaborative learning and digital literacies. 

The profiling action includes multidisciplinary collaboration between research groups from the Faculty of education and psychology, Finnish Institute for Educational Research, Faculty of humanities and social sciences, and Faculty of information technology.

The emphasis in the position of Senior Researcher is in the research of learning and teaching processes that are related to one or several of the focus areas 1-3 of the profiling action.

The applicants are expected to have conducted internationally recognised high-quality research on one or several of the above described focus areas. It is considered an asset if the applicant has experience of collaboration or multidisciplinary research across the focus areas and interest in crosscutting themes. The research profile of the designate Senior Researcher should support the research conducted in the profiling action, and s/he should have experience in acquiring contested research funding. In the selection process, we will also emphasize strategically appropriate international collaboration network and good cooperation skills.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of Senior Researcher / Post-doctoral researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The selected person is required to have a command of Finnish language. In certain cases, the University may grant exemption from this requirement. The applicant is required to have good mastery of the English language and ability to teach in English.

The job-specific salary component of the Post-doctoral researcher is based on 5-6 (2893,95 €/kk - 3374,18 €/kk)   and Senior Researcher is based on the job demands level 5-7 according to the salary system concerning teaching and research personnel at universities (2893,95€/month - 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.

Five months trial period is applied to the filling of the position.

For further information, please contact Professor Anna-Maija Poikkeus, email:, tel. +358 40 8053363.

The application should include the following appendices in English and the name of the applicant must be mentioned in the file name:

1) Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice and considering when possible the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity. See:

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 prove his or her eligibility and merits for the post. See:

3) A maximum of five (5) main publications, numbered in accordance with the list of publications.

4) A Short (2-3 pages) explanation of applicant’s scientific research, merits in scientific activities and i supervision of research work.

5) A Short (1-2 pages) explanation how the applicant plans to develop the research related to this domain.

6) Name and contact information of two referees. 

Please submit your application at the latest on August 26 th 2018 using the online application form.