University Teacher in English University of Jyväskylä, Language Centre Finland

University Teacher in English


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 University Language Centre is seeking to recruit staff for the position of University Teacher in English, for a fixed period from 2 January 2019 to 31 July 2021.


The University of Jyväskylä Language Centre is a multicultural expert unit for academic language learning and teaching, with 40 full-time employees and 40 part-time teachers. Our primary responsibility is to provide the statutory communication and language studies required of all bachelor’s and master’s students. We organise nearly 700 courses in 18 different languages every year. In addition to bachelor’s and master’s level courses, we organise academic writing and communication courses for doctoral students, communication and language training for University staff, and support the University’s publication activities by offering translation and editing services.


In the position of university teacher, the emphasis is on teaching English oral and written academic communication for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students in the various faculties of the University, as well as for the staff. The position also includes development of English instruction and related learning materials. Common development work at the Language Centre and teaching-related administrative tasks are also part of the work, even though the focus is on teaching.


The university teacher’s duties as well as required qualifications and language skills are specified in the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language proficiency guidelines. University teaching and research staff are expected to speak Finnish. When considered appropriate, the University may grant an exemption from the language proficiency requirements. The applicant must have native-level language skills in English.


Successful performance in the position requires multifaceted, multicultural knowledge of working life, familiarity with interdisciplinary conventions and current research on adult language learning and teaching, and evidenced experience of pedagogical development and research-based teaching. A relevant doctoral degree or advanced doctoral studies are regarded as an asset for the candidate.


The applicant is expected to have extensive academic teaching experience and special expertise in some of the following areas: language skills assessment, CLIL or multicultural and multidisciplinary student groups. Experience of teaching within various disciplines is regarded as an advantage. In addition, the ability to utilise ICT in teaching and student guidance as well as experience of team teaching and flexible modes of learning are emphasised in the selection. Further assets in the position include good interaction skills and the ability to create networks and cooperate with other language centre teachers and the staff of different departments.


The university teacher’s job-specific salary component is based on the job demands level 4–5 (€2500.06–2893.95/month) in the salary system for teaching and research staff at Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance is paid, corresponding to a maximum of 46.3% of the job-specific salary component.


The position will begin with a trial period of six months. The reason for the fixed-term contract is temporary cover for a leave of absence.


For further information on the position and job description, please contact Lecturer Ulla Bergroth-Koskinen (, and on the application process Development Manager Mikko Jäkälä (


Please attach the following documents to the online application form:

1) Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good academic practice and, where possible, considering the template for a researcher’s curriculum vitae by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (see


2) Account of teaching merits (TEACHING PORTFOLIO). The account of teaching merits is a document supplementing the CV, in which you present your teaching and pedagogical thinking as well as development as a teacher from the perspective of this position. In practice, the account is a free-form two- to three-page text, to which you attach critically selected samples (see instructions at


Please submit your application by 8 October 2018 using the online application form.

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