University Teacher, Spanish

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

University Teacher, Spanish, from August 1st 2019 until further notice.

The University Teacher’s position is allocated to the Department of Language and Communication Studies and to the discipline of Spanish language. The Department of Language and Communication Studies conducts high-quality and socially relevant research and provides academic education in the areas of language, communication and media studies. (See,

The University Teacher’s position is a teaching-oriented position, and the successful candidate will be responsible for teaching Spanish and developing teaching at the level of basic and advanced studies. The position involves teaching in the areas of 1) communication skills, 2) language knowledge, and 3) language, culture and society.  

The duties and qualification requirements for the position of University Teacher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The University Teacher of Spanish needs to have proficiency in Spanish at the level of a native speaker, or of a speaker for whom Spanish has been their language of education. The selected person is required to have a full command of Finnish language. When considered appropriate, the university may grant exemption from Finnish language proficiency requirements. Non-Finnish personnel are expected to acquire at least intermediate-level skills in Finnish within three years from the start of their employment.

In addition, experience in teaching, pedagogical training, teaching materials produced by the Applicant, other teaching merits, and, when appropriate, demonstrated teaching skills, as well as other skills and achievements relevant to the task of University Teacher are regarded as merits. The successful Candidate is expected to have previous experience in teaching Spanish at university level, good organizational skills and strong communicative and interpersonal skills.

The University Teacher’s job-specific salary component is based on the job demand levels 4-5 (2.507,62 €/month – 2.903,61 €/month) according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at universities. In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to 6-50 % of the job-specific salary component will also paid.

A six-month trial period is applied to the filling of the position.

For more information, please contact the Head of the Department,  Professor Mika Lähteenmäki, email:, tel. +358 40 805 3206 or Professor Outi Merisalo, email:, tel. +358 40 805 3211.

Following documents must be included in Finnish or English in the electronic recruiting system: 

  1. Motivation letter,
  2. A CV 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);
  3. Short (2-3 pages) explanation of the applicant’s pedagogical training and teaching merits i.e. teaching portfolio;
  4. A numbered list of publications covering the applicant’s the scientific and other publications according to the instructions of the Academy of Finland;
  5. Information about previous trial lectures, if applicable.

Please submit your application at the latest on Wednesday, April 10th 2019 using the online application form.