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2-4 Postdoctoral Researchers / Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Published date more than one year ago
Posted: more than one year ago
Company University of Jyväskylä
Company: University of Jyväskylä
Location Jyväskylä
Location: Jyväskylä

The multidisciplinary JYU.Well community is currently seeking to hire


for a fixed term of 1–3 years, starting on September 1st, 2023, or as agreed.

Qualifications we are looking for

The research positions are part of the Multifaceted Wellbeing profiling area, and of the multidisciplinary wellbeing research community JYU.Well at the University of Jyväskylä. The aim is to consolidate the university's strategy “Wisdom and Wellbeing for us all” by bringing together research and education done in different faculties. Multifaceted wellbeing (JYU.Well) integrates diverse disciplinary insights into a holistic understanding of wellbeing-related phenomena, thus contributing high relevance to research, policy, and practice.

The postdoctoral researcher's duties focus on internationally high-level research in the focus areas of the JYU.Well profiling area. The duties include supporting the interdisciplinary development of wellbeing research and activities, and participating in acquiring external funding. The postdoctoral researcher is also expected to participate in societal interaction together with the JYU.Well research community, and in teaching within their own areas of expertise. The amount of teaching duties is rather small. 

Candidates for the postdoctoral position are required to provide evidence of research that contributes to wellbeing research, relative to the career stage, and a research plan that demonstrates the ability to link their own research perspectives to JYU.Well profiling actions. JYU.Well is committed to increase the scientific understanding of wellbeing and its determinants through a more holistic view of wellbeing that integrates perspectives from different disciplines. The profiling area approaches wellbeing from the following perspectives:

1)     Wellbeing across individual lifespans

2)     Enhancing wellbeing through communities and organizations

3)     Proactive societal policies and structures for wellbeing

In order to develop impactful research that supports decision-making and practices development, the profiling area also focuses on

4)     Innovative research methods and data integration

The positions can be positioned to any discipline. Candidates for the positions are required to have, by the end of the application period, a doctoral degree in a relevant field, e.g., in economics, education or psychology, humanities, IT or other technologies, social sciences, sports or health sciences, or natural sciences. Methodological expertise, provided evidence of interdisciplinary research and participation in interdisciplinary research projects, as well as practical experience or connections to welfare work are considered an advantage.

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

What does the University of Jyväskylä offer as an employer?

At the University of Jyväskylä you are a recognized member of our community with a unique opportunity to influence international research. You get to participate in our international and multi-science community where the welfare of each individual is important. 

Finland has a high standard of living, with free schooling (also in English), affordable childcare, good family benefits, and healthcare. Jyväskylä is located in central Finland in the Finnish Lakeland, and has excellent opportunities for different nature, outdoor, and sports activities. The city of Jyväskylä is a major educational center and the city has a large student population. As such there is a vibrant cultural scene in the city. At Jyväskylä we offer a great and lively university campus area with opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. To find useful information about the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the JYU International Staff Guide


The salary of a successful candidate will be based on level 5-6 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research staff in the salary system of Finnish universities. The starting gross salary will be between 3200—4100 EUR/month depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate. A trial period of six months will be used in the beginning of the employment.

How to apply?

The following documents shall be attached to the online application in English as PDF files (each attachment is named after the applicant).

1)  A short application letter.

2) Curriculum vitae (CV) which is to be written in accordance with good scientific practice and the following CV template: Please include the contact information of two academic references for recommendations.

3) List of publications with the 5 most important articles highlighted.

4) Research plan (max. 3 pages including key references), specifying how the research is linked to JYU.Well profiling actions.

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by April 19th, 2023 (23:59 EEST).

For further information please contact any of the following:

Dean, Professor Jari Ojala,, phone +358400247387.

Professor Maarit Alasuutari,, phone +358408053513 (specifically community and organizational perspectives).

Research Director Katja Kokko,, phone +358408053500 (specifically individual and lifespan perspectives).

Professor Sakari Taipale,, phone +358400728852 (specifically societal perspectives and methodologies).

The University of Jyväskylä is a human-centered environment of 2,500 experts and 14,500 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and wellbeing for all. JYU's naturally beautiful campus is located in the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third largest employer in Central Finland.