|Faculty of Education
Position: Postdoctoral researcher in psychology
Time period: 1st February 2019 – 30th April 2020 (15 months)
The multidisciplinary research project “How Early Psychosocial Environment Affects Compassion: A 31-years Long Prospective Cohort Study on the Development of Dispositional Compassion” hires a Post doctoral researcher beginning in 1st February, 2019 (There is some room for negotiation regarding the starting date). The project examines childhood and adulthood factors affecting the development of compassion and whether genes moderate the effects of psychosocial factors to adulthood compassion. The project also investigates associations of compassion with well-being and health. The project uses population-based longitudinal data from the Young Finns Study. The data collection began in 1980 and included over 3500 Finnish children and adolescents from different parts of Finland. Several follow-ups have been conducted over 31 years.
The Postdoctoral researcher hired to the project will examine the research questions defined in the research plan using large multidisciplinary quantitative prospective data. The researcher analyzes the data with quantitative methods suited to the longitudinal data (e.g. regression analyses and multilevel modeling). The studies will be published in high quality international peer reviewed journals in English. The researcher will write the articles together with the project leader and with the project collaborators. There will also be possibilities to present the results in national and international scientific conferences.
The Postdoctoral researcher is expected to have suitable doctoral degree and ability for independent scientific work as well as teaching skills relevant for the position. However, the position is focused on research and amount of teaching duties are minor. The work is conducted in collaboration with other group members and collaborators with the support of the project leader.
Good skills in English are required as well as experience in writing scientific articles in English and publishing in high quality international peer-reviewed journals in the area of psychology. Finnish language skills are seen as advantage but not as a requirement for the position. The researcher is required to master quantitative methods suited to longitudinal data analysis. Knowledge on the research themes of the project, such as dispositional compassion, personality and developmental psychology, including longitudinal development of personality over developmental transitions is also seen as a merit. In addition, knowledge related to stress, health psychology and behavioral genetics are seen as advantage.
The project has wide multidisciplinary and international collaborative networks, so ideal applicant is flexible and has excellent collaborative skills. The position is placed in the Psychology Research Team in the research unit of Values, Ideologies and Social Contexts of Education at the Faculty of Education at University of Oulu. However, there is a possibility for telecommuting which enables working the majority of time elsewhere in Finland. That is, relocating to Oulu is not required. Currently, our group members are situated in Oulu and Helsinki and we have collaborators in all large university cities in Finland.
The salary is based on levels 5-6 of the demand level chart for university-level teaching and research staff at Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 46.3 % of the job-specific component). For more information on the salary system at Finnish universities, please see http://www.sivistystyonantajat.fi/tiedostopankki/684/University_CA_period_2017___2018.pdf
A trial period of six months is applied to the position, according to the regular practice at Finnish universities.
Apply online latest on 30th November, 2018. The applications should be written in English. Please include the following attachments in your application:
1. A brief curriculum vitae (max 4 pages) using the structure used by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae)
Further information: Professor of Psychology, Mirka Hintsanen, +358 50 569 5243, mirka.hintsanen(at)oulu.fi, http://www.oulu.fi/university/researcher/mirka-hintsanen
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Post expires on Friday November 30th, 2018