Senior Lecturer, Teachership in Health Sciences

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 Health Sciences is currently seeking to recruit staff to the position of Senior Lecturer, Teachership in Health Sciences, as of 1st January 2019, in effect until further notice.

Education and research in sport sciences in Finland are concentrated at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences of the University of Jyväskylä. Physical activity and health, as well as their relationships and promotion, are explored there from a multidisciplinary perspective, with the improvement of health, functional ability and wellbeing across the human lifespan as the key aim.

An important national responsibility of the Faculty is teacher education in sport and health sciences. There are two main lines of study at the Faculty: Sport Sciences and Health Sciences. There are three disciplinary groups at the Faculty: Biology of Physical Activity, Behavioral and Social Sciences of Sport and Health Sciences. There are also three research centres at the Faculty: the Neuromuscular Research Centre, the Gerontology Research Center and the Research Centre for Health Promotion.

The duties of Senior Lecturer in Teachership in Health Sciences, include teaching and research in the field as well as guidance of teaching and supervision of theses. Cross-disciplinary co-operation and research-based teaching experiments are an important part of the work. Senior Lecturer is expected to strengthen the research and teaching as well as teacher education in the field of physiotherapy and health sciences. Knowledge of andragogy and qualitative research methods are considered as an advantage for the applicant.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of Senior Lecturer 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. A good command of English language and an ability to teach in English are regarded as advantageous for the applicant.

Senior Lecturer is required to have diverse familiarity with the field of health sciences and especially physiotherapy. In addition, high-level, multidisciplinary research and acquiring  research funding as well as experience in teaching or teacher training and international co-operation will be considered as an advantage for this senior lecturer position

The job-specific salary component of a Senior Lecturer is based on the job demands level 5-7 (EUR 2893,95 - 3889,84/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.

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

For further information, please contact:

Professor Arja Häkkinen, phone +358408053555, email, or
Dean, Professor Ari Heinonen, phone +358 40 8053551, email

The application should include:
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 academic and other publications the applicant wants to use to demonstrate his/her eligibility and merits for the position. The list of publications must comply with the guidelines of the Academy of Finland.

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

4. A brief (1-2 pages) description of the applicant’s pedagogical education and teaching merits (teaching portfolio).

5. A brief (1-2 pages) description of the applicant’s academic research and international activities.

Please submit your application at the latest on September 30th 2018, using the online application form.