Senior Researcher in Guidance Research
University of Jyväskylä Institute for Educational Research

Senior Researcher in guidance research

The Finnish Institute for Educational Research is currently seeking to recruit a candidate for a permanent position of

Senior Researcher in guidance research, starting January 3rd, 2022.

The position of the Senior Researcher is located in the field of higher guidance research, more precisely on lifelong guidance. The task of the Senior Researcher is to conduct high quality research taking into account topical needs for research-based knowledge production. Senior Researcher also is responsible for coordinating cross-sectoral research activities, procuring research funding, communicating with relevant stakeholders and policy-makers and producing research publications and reports both in Finnish and in English. Senior Researcher also is expected to cooperate with other relevant units in Finland.

Applicants are required to have a suitable doctoral degree in educational sciences. Previous experience and evidence of research related to this position's content are an advantage for the applicant. We expect ability of high-level publishing, active participation in procuring research funding, and experience on policy-related cooperation at national and international levels.

It is also an advantage for the candidate to have good communication and social interaction skills.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a Senior Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The selected person is required to have a good command of Finnish language. In certain cases, the University may grant exemption from this requirement. In this position, the Senior Researcher is expected to have a good command of English language.

What do we offer?

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working hours, excellent sports facilities on campus and several restaurants and cafés on campus with staff discounts. Finland provides one of the most advanced and comprehensive social security in the world. It includes for example sickness benefits, various family benefits and a comprehensive healthcare system. Please read more about working at the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland.

Salaries are based on job demands and employees’ performance following the Finnish University Salary System (starting with 3 146 – 4430 euros per month). A holiday bonus is paid to all employees. There is a trial period of six months at the start of the period of employment.

How to apply

The application should include:

1) A motivation letter

2) Curriculum vitae, including personal ORCID iD, composed according to good scientific practice and considering the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity.

3) A brief (2–3 pages) written account of the applicant’s academic research, scientific merits and research leadership merits, including a clarification on received external funding and responsibilities in externally funded research projects.

4) A brief (23 pages) written account of pedagogical training and teaching merits i.e. teaching portfolio;

5) A numbered list of the publications according to the instructions of the Academy of Finland;

6) A maximum of five (5) main publications, numbered in accordance with the list of publications.

For further information, please contact Director of Institute, professor Jussi Välimaa,, +358 400 248 112.

Please submit your application at the latest on 17th June 2021 using the online application form.

The University of Jyväskylä is a human-centered environment of 2,600 experts and 14,700 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and wellbeing for all. We cultivate the skills, knowledge and passion needed to live wisely for the benefit of humanity. An open dialogue between research, education and society is our driving force. We cherish this balance and believe it is essential that each member of the community thrives and has opportunities to develop and grow. Our naturally beautiful campus is located in the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. The University of Jyväskylä is the third largest employer in Central Finland.

The Finnish Institute for Educational Research (FIER) was established in 1968. FIER operates as an independent institute of the University of Jyväskylä and carries out significant, multidisciplinary educational research in Finland and internationally. FIER has a holistic focus on Finland’s education system and also learning outside the formal education system. FIER’s research activities focus on the processes of learning, teaching and guidance, the comparative assessment of school systems, human-centred information technology and higher education.

FIER cooperates with educational institutions, representatives of educational administration and working life, decision-makers and the media to develop education and enhance the societal impact of research. FIER facilitates advanced researcher training in cooperation with the University faculties. The number of personnel is around eighty.

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