Post-doctoral Researcher
Jyväskylä University Department of Education

Post-doctoral Researcher


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 is currently seeking to recruit


a Post-doctoral Researcher starting August 1st 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter for a fixed-term period of 24 months.


The advertised position is linked to the research project What’s in the App? Digitally-mediated Communication within Contemporary Multilingual Families across Time and Space (WhatsInApp) financed by the Academy of Finland 2018-2022. The project explores digitally mediated, multimodal and multilingual communication within contemporary families and examines how the technology affordances contribute to construct new, mobile and multilingual identities and kinships.


The candidate will carry out ethnographic fieldwork in Finland-Swedish multilingual families. The candidate is expected to conduct high quality research, publish in international refereed scientific journals, and be active in international research networks. A PhD degree in language studies (or in related areas) is a requirement. Experience of research in the area of the project as well as good communication skills in Swedish are considered as an asset.


The duties, qualification requirements and language skills for the position of the Postdoctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines.


The Postdoctoral Researcher’s job-specific salary component is based on the job demands level 5-6 (2.935,55 €/month – 3.423,25 €/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.


Trial period of six months is applied to the filling the position.


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 more information, please contact Professor Åsa Palviainen (PI of the project),  e-mail:, tel. +358 40 8053217 or Head of the Department of Language and Communication Studies, Professor Mika Lähteenmäki, e-mail:,  tel. +358 40 805 3206


The application must include the following documents in English (the name of the applicant must be mentioned in the file name):


    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);

    A numbered list of all scientific and other publications – drawn up according to the categorisation of the Academy of Finland – with which the candidate wishes to demonstrate his or her eligibility an merits for the post;

    A research plan (1-2 pages) of how the applicant intends to carry out the research activities during the post doc period.


 Please submit your application at the latest on Sunday, May 7th 2019 using the online application form.

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