3 doctoral students – Faculty of Education and Psychology

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Positions for 3 Early Stage Researchers (ESR)/ Doctoral Students fixed-term positions beginning September 1st 2019 until August 31st 2022 in a project aiming to study neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD), often emerging early in development and resulting in long-term disability and compromising the quality of life of millions of Europeans.

The multidisciplinary Neo-PRISM-C project (Neurodevelopmental Optimal-Predictors, Risk factors, and Intervention from a Systems approach to Maladjustment in Children) is funded by the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie action of the European Union. It is part of the Innovative Training Network (ITN) actions (http://www.neoprismc.org/).

You can apply for these specific projects by 15th April 2019:

1.  Familial risk mechanisms in learning difficulties (ESR2)

Link for more information: https://www.nmi.fi/kaynnissa-olevat-hankkeet/neo-prism-c/. The ESR project is carried out at the Department of Teacher Education, in the Faculty of Education and Psychology (https://www.jyu.fi/edupsy/en). The faculty has a long tradition in multidisciplinary research of learning and neurodevelopmental disorders. The research approaches include longitudinal and intervention designs, brain research and eye-tracking methodologies. The faculty hosts the Methodology Centre for Human Sciences, Centre for Learning and Teaching, and Jyväskylä Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research. Please contact dr Minna Torppa minna.p.torppa@jyu.fi for more information.

2.  Characterising longitudinal neurocognitive profiles of children with reading difficulties, known risk alleles (genetic profiles) and infant/child brain response patterns associated with early adulthood reading difficulty related brain data profile (measured with MEG and MRI) (ESR8)

Link for more information: https://www.nmi.fi/kaynnissa-olevat-hankkeet/neo-prism-c/. The ESR project is carried out at the Department of Psychology, in the Faculty of Education and Psychology (https://www.jyu.fi/edupsy/en). The faculty has a long tradition in multidisciplinary research of learning and neurodevelopmental disorders. The research approaches include longitudinal and intervention designs, brain research and eye-tracking methodologies. The faculty hosts the Methodology Centre for Human Sciences, Centre for Learning and Teaching, and Jyväskylä Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research. https://www.jyu.fi/edupsy/fi/laitokset/psykologia/en/staff/leppanen-paavo

3. Development of reading fluency: The relevance of sublexical processing in reading development (ESR14)

Link for more information: https://www.nmi.fi/kaynnissa-olevat-hankkeet/neo-prism-c/. The ESR project is carried out at the Department of Education, in the Faculty of Education and Psychology (https://www.jyu.fi/edupsy/en). The faculty has a long tradition in multidisciplinary research of learning and neurodevelopmental disorders. The research approaches include longitudinal and intervention designs, brain research and eye-tracking methodologies. The faculty hosts the Methodology Centre for Human Sciences, Centre for Learning and Teaching, and Jyväskylä Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research. Please contact prof. Aro mikko.t.aro@jyu.fi for more information.

The ESR is expected to pursue a PhD degree within the program. Therefore, prerequisite for the candidate is a Master’s degree in a relevant academic area such as Psychology, Educational sciences, Cognitive Neuroscience, or similar disciplines. Experience with or interest in experimental work in EEG/MEG and/or cognitive/ neuropsychology, while not required, is valued. The training will focus on developmental neurocognitive learning disorders and versatile research methodology, including brain research, with an emphasis on international collaboration. The working language is English. The applicant’s merits are assessed on the basis of the quality of Master’s level studies and thesis, previous experience with experimental research (including possible conference and journal publications), motivation and research interests.

The salary for the first three years is based on the Marie Curie Program regulations and consists of living, mobility and possible family allowance allowance (the total amount for the living and mobility allowance: approx.3600 € per month, and for the family allowance: approx. 416 € per month, all amounts are subject to deductions and taxes). The salary for the fourth year is based on the regulations of the University of Jyväskylä.

Successful applicants should have a degree that allows a direct entry into doctoral studies and less than 4 years of experience in research; and not have lived more than 12 months during the last 3 years in the country where doctoral studies are started; this is due to emphasis on mobility in the ITN projects. Women and men from all countries are encouraged to apply.


The positions may be applied for by students who have been accepted for doctoral studies at the University of Jyväskylä and the Faculty of Education and Psychology. Those applicants who do not yet have permission for doctoral studies are able to apply for it along with their application. In that case, they should, before submitting their application, contact the professor of their discipline to negotiate their possibilities to apply for doctoral studies and supervision arrangements.

Appointee is subject to a six-month trial period. 

 The application should include:

1) Motivation letter (ca 1 page statement of research interests and reasons for applying to the program and the project)

2) Curriculum vitae (max. 5 pages) See example: http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae

3) The names and e-mail addresses of two referees

4) A certificate of Master’s degree and grades of Master’s level studies (Copies of degree certificates/diplomas)

5) Proof of proficiency in English

6) Priority order of the 3 projects (described above). 

For additional information, please see websites http://www.neoprismc.org/, https://www.nmi.fi/kaynnissa-olevat-hankkeet/neo-prism-c/, or contact the project supervisor.

The closing date for the first round of applications is April 15th  2019.

Read the job description at the university homepage

Post expires on Monday April 15th, 2019