Senior Lecturer, Physics

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The Department of Physics is seeking to recruit staff to the position of

Senior Lecturer in Physics, as of 1.9.2019, or as soon as possible thereafter in effect until further notice.

The main areas of research at the Department of Physics are nuclear and accelerator-based physics, particle physics, and materials physics. In nuclear and accelerator-based physics the research areas are nuclear structure, especially the physics of exotic nuclei, nuclear models, double beta decay, ion source physics, and applied accelerator-based research. In particle physics the research areas are ultrarelativistic heavy ion collision physics, neutrino physics, and particle cosmology. In materials physics the research areas are nanophysics and quantum technologies, non-equilibrium physics, superconductivity, low temperature physics, computational materials physics and physics of complex materials. Experimental research at the Department is conducted in the Accelerator Laboratory, the multidisciplinary Nanoscience Center (NSC), Tomography Laboratory and in foreign research centers such as CERN and GSI.

The duties of the Senior Lecturer include wide-ranging teaching of courses offered by the Department, development of teaching practices and courses, supervision of scientific research and related theses, and cooperation with high schools and other stakeholders. A special duty of the lecturer includes leading and developing the student teaching laboratory. The successful candidate should also perform research in one of the above-mentioned main areas or in research into the education of physics.

The applicant is required to have a background as a researcher in physics and solid experience in teaching and development of teaching. Moreover, the applicant is expected to have pedagogical training and an experiential view of the challenges, opportunities and the pedagogical role of teaching laboratory work in physics education.

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 advantages.

The job-specific salary component of a Senior Lecturer is based on the job demands level 5-7 (EUR 2935,55 – 3946,50/month) according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at Finnish universities.  In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to 6-50% of the job-specific salary component is also paid. 

Upon the consent of the applicant, a background check can be made on the person to be appointed (Security Clearance Act 726/2014). For more information on the background check and the rights of the subject of the check, see

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

For further information, please contact: Head of the Department of Physics, Prof. Markku Kataja (tel. +358 40 5221 044, and Vice head of the Department of Physics, senior lecturer Pekka Koskinen (tel. +358 40 805 4089,

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

The application must be submitted by 30.6.2019 using an electronic application form containing:

  1. The application/motivation letter.
  2. A short description (max  4 pages) of the applicants
             a) suggestions for the development of teaching at the Department
             b) research interests within the main research areas of the Department.
  3. Curriculum vitae (CV),  composed according to good scientific practice
         (see e.g.: ).
  4. Educational portfolio, a narrated description of pedagogical education and teaching merits, composed in accordance with the guidelines in
  5. A numbered list of academic and other publications used to demonstrate eligibility and merits for the position, with ten main publications highlighted. The list of publications should comply with the guidelines of the Academy of Finland
  6. Short description of other potential merits that the applicant wishes to use to demonstrate suitability for the position (max 3 pages).

Note: all files included should contain the name of the applicant.