2-4 Doctoral Students in Education/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 Faculty of Education and Psyhology is currently seeking to recruit staff to the positions of
(2-4) Doctoral Students in Education/Psychology from 1 September 2019, for a maximum period of four years. 

The Faculty of Education and Psychology is internationally widely acknowledged in its areas of strength and a national key actor with a clearly developed profile. The organizational structure of the faculty with three departments (Department of Education, Department of Teacher Education, Department of Psychology) further strengthens the JYU profiling as a leading actor in the area of multidisciplinary research on learning and teaching. The faculty has a strong national position and broad responsibilities in teacher education, in developing and implementing of in-service training programmes, and psychotherapy training.

The areas of research strength identified in the faculty strategy work are the following: Learning, interaction, and wellbeing. Aligning with these strengths the mission of the faculty is Learning and wellbeing in building a sustainable future society. Strategic foci of research in the faculty are:

  • Education, teaching, and interventions
  • Psychological and neurocognitive basis of learning
  • Interactive, and technology-enhanced learning environments
  • Childhood, family, interaction, and wellbeing
  • Wellbeing, learning, and interaction at work.

 Research areas in educational sciences are:

  • Learning, learning difficulties and factors influencing them
  • Education, teaching and interventions
  • Learning and wellbeing at work
  • Childhood and family
  • Interactive, and technology-enhanced learning environments

 Research areas in psychology are

  • Brain research and psychophysiology
  • Motivation, learning and environments of growth
  • Family research
  • Research methodology
  • Work and organizational psychology

Doctoral student positions are open in both of the doctoral programmes: 1−2 positions in the doctoral programme in education, and 1−2 positions in the doctoral programme in psychology. The main duties of doctoral students consist of research for the doctoral thesis and postgraduate education. Minor teaching assistance and other related tasks may also be assigned to them.

The duties and qualification requirements for the position of Doctoral Students are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. A good command of English is required.

A prerequisite for the doctoral student position is a suitable Master’s degree and the study right for doctoral studies in the doctoral school of Faculty of Education and Psychology at the University of Jyväskylä in the doctoral programme in education or the doctoral programme in  psychology.

The job-specific salary component of a doctoral student is based on the job demands level 2 - 4 (EUR 2033,29 – 2535,20 /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 is also paid.

A trial period of six months will be used when the position is first filled.

To find useful information about the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the University's International Staff Guide.

For further information, please contact:
Education: Research coordinator Satu Perälä-Littunen, e-mail satu.perala-littunen@jyu.fi, tel. 040 8053770.
Psychology: Senior planning officer Tiina Volanen, e-mail tiina.m.volanen@jyu.fi, tel. 040 8053106.

The application should include:

1. Cover page:
Name of the applicant:
Funding period applied:
The beginning date of the doctoral studies (month/year):
Estimated time of completion (month/year):
Title of the dissertation:
Form of dissertation (monograph or articles):
The research strength area of the faculty:
Supervisors (Supervisor-in-charge first):
Member of the follow-up group:
Previous funding, including the funding period and source:
Pending applications of research funding:

2. 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: http://www.tenk.fi/en

3. List of publications (including poster and paper presentations at scientific conferences). The list of publications should be composed according to the guidelines of the Academy of Finland.

4. Research plan (max 5 pages + references)
Including a description of:
4.1) the progress of the doctoral study, manuscripts in preparation, manuscripts send to be reviewed or published, the phase of data analyzing;
4.2) a work plan for the funding period (including mobility plan and plan of publishing, when relevant)


Please submit your application at the latest on 31 May 2019 using the online application form.