Senior Researcher in Special Education University of Jyväskylä, Department of Education, in the Faculty of Education and Psychology Finland

Senior Researcher in Special Education


The University of Jyväskylä is a nationally and internationally significant research university and an expert on education that focuses on human and natural sciences. The University is Finland’s leading expert in teacher education and adult education, as well as the major exporter of education. The Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences is the only one in the country. The University of Jyväskylä is known for its dynamic operating culture and strong commitment to social responsibility.

The Department of Education, in the Faculty of Education and Psychology is currently seeking to recruit  staff to the position of Senior Researcher in Special Education, beginning on August 1st 2017 until further notice.


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 emphasis in the position is in high-quality research in national and international collaboration networks and acquiring contested research funding. The research of the senior researcher focuses mainly on the following areas of faculty's research strengths from special education's point of view:  Learning as well as Interaction in learning, education and therapy.


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


The applicants are expected to have done internationally recognised high-quality research. The Senior Researcher should have experience in acquiring contested research funding, strategically appropriate international collaboration network and good cooperation skills. In addition to these, the research focused on the evaluation of the effectiveness of special educational support measures will be considered to be of importance.


The job-specific salary component of a Senior Researcher is based on the job demands level 5-7 (EUR 2 865,30 – 3 851,33/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.

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

For further information, please contact: Head of Department of Education, Dr. Leena Halttunen, e-mail, tel. +358 50 4413677.

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. Numbered list of all scientific and other publications – drawn up according to the categorisation of the Academy of Finland (see – with which the candidate wishes to prove his or her eligibility and merits for the post;


3.  A maximum of 5 main publications, numbered in accordance with the list of publications (if the publications cannot be sent electronically, they are asked to be arranged in four identical packages for the external evaluators and mailed to the University Registry Office, P.O. Box 35, FI‑40014 University of Jyväskylä, Finland);

4.  A brief (2-3 pages) written account of pedagogical training and teaching merits (teaching portfolio);

5. Brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s scientific research and merits in scientific activities;


6. Brief (2-3 pages) account of how the applicant plans to develop the research, teaching and societal interaction related  to the domain of the post in the Department of  Education. 

Please submit your application at the latest on April 23rd 2017 using the online application form.

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