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Postdoctoral Researcher, Physics

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 Department of Physics is seeking to recruit staff to the position of

Postdoctoral Researcher, Physics, from 1 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter until 31 August 2021.

The main areas of research at the Department of Physics are nuclear and accelerator-based physics, particle physics, and materials physics. In nuclear and accelerator-based physics the research areas are nuclear structure, especially the physics of exotic nuclei, nuclear models, double beta decay, ion source physics, and applied accelerator-based research. In particle physics the research areas are ultrarelativistic heavy ion collision physics, neutrino physics, and particle cosmology. In materials physics the research areas are nanophysics and quantum technologies, non-equilibrium physics, superconductivity, low temperature physics, computational materials physics and physics of complex materials. Experimental research at the Department is conducted in the Accelerator Laboratory, the multidisciplinary Nanoscience Center (NSC), Tomography Laboratory and in foreign research centers such as CERN and GSI.

The work mainly consists of atomic mass measurements with JYFLTRAP Penning trap related to rare beta decays, analysis of the collected and publication of the results. Also, development of measurement setup and techniques is part of the work.

The duties and qualification requirements and language skills for the position of the Postdoctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. 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. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to have good skills in English language.

A successful candidate is expected to have good knowledge especially of ion traps, ion bunchers and multi-reflection time-of-flight mass spectrometers.

The applicant is required to have a background as a researcher in physics and solid experience in teaching and development of teaching. Moreover, the applicant is expected to have pedagogical training and an experiential view of the challenges, opportunities and the pedagogical role of teaching laboratory work in physics education.

The annual salary range will be approximately 38.800 – 55.700 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus), depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate. 

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

For further information, please contact Tommi Eronen, tommi.eronen@jyu.fi, tel: +358 4080 54257. 

Upon the consent of the applicant, a background check can be made on the person to be appointed (Security Clearance Act 726/2014). For more information on the background check and the rights of the subject of the check, see www.supo.fi.

Please attach the following documents to the online application form: Note: all files included should contain the name of the applicant.

  1. The application/motivation letter.
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice
    (see e.g.: https://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae ).
  3. Names and contact information of two references 

The application must be submitted by 31.7.2019 using an electronic application form.

To find useful information about the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the University’s International Staff Guide.

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Post expires on Wednesday July 31st, 2019

Doctoral student, Brain research

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 position of Doctoral Student (brain research) , beginning as from 1 October 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 Faculty is part of the Jyväskylä Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research (CIBR) that provides neuroscientific research facilities across different disciplines. CIBR houses state-of-the-art techniques for measuring and stimulating the brain, ranging from single neuron level to the brain and body functions. 

We are looking for a Ph.D. student to join Sensorimotor Systems group in the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at University of Jyväskylä and to explore function and adaptation of sensorimotor system using magnetoencephalography (MEG). We are studying the sensorimotor system from comprehensive whole-body perspective but our focus is on cortical neuronal mechanisms and adaptations. We utilize primarily magnetoencephalography (MEG), but also (f)MRI and EEG, in addition to extensive set of biomechanical, functional, behavioral etc. measures. The position is tightly linked to a project “Proprioception in sensorimotor integration in health and disease”, funded by Academy of Finland and Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation. The work will be done at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at University of Jyväskylä in close collaboration with the Helsinki University Hospital and Aalto University. The work will be done under the supervision of Associate Professor Harri Piitulainen. 

Our more specific aims are to explore (1) mechanisms, development and adaptation of the sensorimotor integration throughout the lifespan, (2) the roles of proprioception (“sense of movement”) in cortical sensorimotor integration in healthy and diseased (cerebral palsy, developmental coordination disorder) brain, (3) cortical representations of somatosensation and motor actions and (4) more cognitive aspects of motor control such as associations between sensorimotor processing with embodiment, cognitive performance, verbal and non-verbal social interaction, and perception of emotions from gestures. In addition, we develop actively new research and clinical tools to better measure various aspects related to somatosensation and especially proprioception both within and outside neuroimaging environment.

The task of the Ph.D. student is to participate the research and guide other students allocated to the project. The Ph.D. student is also expected to write high-quality scientific publications on the research results together with other members of our “Sensorimotor Systems” group.

According to the University of Jyväskylä Regulations 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.  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. 

An ideal candidate has a good knowledge in some or all the following areas: methodology and analysis for neuroimaging (MEG, EEG, (f)MRI, TMS or PET), and biomedical signal processing. Experience in Matlab, Python, etc. is a preference.

The position is located at the Faculty of Sports and Health Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. The expected duration of PhD thesis and doctoral studies is four years, but a contract is first made for two years, and the extension is subject to advance of studies and research. 

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.

The ideal starting date is October 1st 2019, but is negotiable. 

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:

Associate Professor Harri Piitulainen, email: harri.t.piitulainen@jyu.fi; +358505680654 or

Head of Administration Heikki Herva, email: heikki.herva@jyu.fi; +358504432400. 

Application materials should be submitted in English

The application should include as PDF files:

  • CV,
  • Cover letter (please explain your motivation to apply),
  • Description of previous experience and skills on research, and especially EEG, MEG and/or fMRI analyses,
  • A list of publications,
  • Names and contact details of references. 

Please submit your application at the latest on 15 July 2019 using the online application form.

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2 Doctoral students, Chemistry

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 Department of Chemistry, in the Faculty of Mathematics and Science is currently seeking for

2 Doctoral students, chemistry, beginning September 1, 2019 or as agreed, the maximum length of the employment contract is four years.

The main strength areas of the department are structural and synthetic chemistry, computational chemistry and spectroscopy, renewable natural resources and chemistry of living environment, and education in chemistry. Moreover, the department is a member of the Nanoscience Center of University of Jyväskylä, which promotes interdisciplinary research projects in nanoscience. The department has world-class laboratory infrastructure and large-scale computational resources.

The tasks of a Doctoral student focus on research concerning doctoral thesis, doctoral studies, assisting teaching tasks and other tasks connected to these tasks.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of Doctoral student are in accordance with the University of Jyväskylä Regulations. The selected person must also fulfill language requirements set for the selection of PhD students. Different options to fulfill these requirements will be communicated to the selected persons.

The eligible candidate for the Doctoral student position should have, or be about to obtain, a suitable degree and background in natural sciences. In addition, the Doctoral student must have a permission for post-graduate studies at the University of Jyväskylä. If the applicant does not have permission for post-graduate studies, it must be applied with a separate
application procedure from the Faculty of Mathematics and Science after selection for the position. 

The job-specific salary component of a Doctoral student is based on the job demands level 2-4 (EUR 2 033,29 €/month –EUR 2 535,20 €/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. 

For further information: Professor Karoliina Honkala, the head of the PhD program in Chemistry department, email: karoliina.honkala@jyu.fi, phone +358408053686

The application should include:

1.  An informal cover letter (max 1 page), outlining the motivation for applying for the Doctoral student position, and strength area in which the applicant  wants to carry out her/his PhD studies.

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

3. Degree certificates or transcript of academic records if the applicant has not graduated yet.

4. Two recommendation letters.

Please submit your application at the latest on June 10, 2019 using the online application

To find useful information about the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the University’s International Staff Guide.

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Post expires on Monday June 10th, 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.

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Post expires on Monday April 15th, 2019