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Doctoral student, 1-4 positions / Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences

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Doctoral student, 1-4 positions

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 Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences is currently seeking to recruit  staff to the positions (1-4) of Doctoral Student, beginning as from 1 August 2019 or according to a separate agreement, for a fixed term of not more than four years.

Education and research in sport sciences in Finland are concentrated at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences of the University of Jyväskylä. Physical activity and health, as well as their relationships and promotion, are explored there from a multidisciplinary perspective, with the improvement of health, functional ability and wellbeing across the human lifespan as the key aim.

There are two main lines of study at the Faculty: Sport Sciences and Health Sciences. There are three disciplinary groups at the Faculty: Biology of Physical Activity, Behavioral and Social Sciences of Sport and Health Sciences. There are also three research centres at the Faculty: the Neuromuscular Research Centre, the Gerontology Research Center and the Research Centre for Health Promotion.

The main duties of doctoral students consist of research for the doctoral thesis and reporting the dissertation, postgraduate education, teaching assistance and possible other related tasks. 

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of doctoral student are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations, Rectors´s decision on personnel matters and language skills guidelines. The selected person is required to have a full command of Finnish language. According to Finnish law, a non-native university teaching and research staff member can be granted an exemption from the requirement of Finnish language proficiency. A good command of English is required. 

A prerequisite for the doctoral student position is a suitable Master’s degree and the study right for doctoral studies at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä. If the applicant does not already have the right for doctoral studies, it must be applied for by a separate application from the relevant faculty, considering application times.

The job-specific salary component of a doctoral student is based on the job demands level 2 – 4 (EUR 2033,29 – 2535,20 /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.

A trial period of six months will be used when the position is first filled.

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 further information, please contact:
Professor Sarianna Sipilä, email: sarianna.sipila@jyu.fi,+358408053593 or
Head of Administration Heikki Herva, email: heikki.herva@jyu.fi; +358504432400.

The application should include as PDF files:

1. Application letter. The letter should also indicate the time frame for receiving the doctoral task if the applicant is unable to receive the task starting August 1st 2019.
2. Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice and considering when possible the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity. See: http://www.tenk.fi/en.
3. List of publications
4. Research plan (max. 10 pages, including references and annexes) should include:

1) Subject of study / working title
2) the scientific basis of the study (½-1 page)
3) the purpose and research problems of the research
4) research methods (this section describes the study layout, the studies, methods of measurement and analysis and, if necessary, interventions)
5) ethical issues
6) brief presentation of the postgraduate student, the supervisors and the member of the follow-up group
7) current stage of the research work and the timetable for the study and the publication plan
8) financial plan
9) benefits of the research
10) project risks and their management. 

5. Reference letter from the supervisor (max. 1 page).

Please submit your application at the latest on 31 May 2019 using the online application form.

Read the job description at the university homepage

Post expires on Friday May 31st, 2019

3 doctoral students – Faculty of Education and Psychology

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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, when 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.

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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