Assistant / Associate Professor of Social Sciences of Sport
University of Jyväskylä

Assistant or Associate Professor (tenure track) position, in the field of social sciences of sport


At the University of Jyväskylä, everyone can find their place in the human-centred environment of 2,500 experts and 14,500 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and wellbeing for us all. It is essential that each member of the community thrives and has opportunities to develop and grow. The dialogue between research, education and society is our driving force. We cherish this balance between research and education and work to promote open thinking. We cultivate the skills, knowledge and passion needed to live wisely for the benefit of humanity. Our naturally beautiful campus is located at the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third largest employer in Central Finland.

The Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences is currently seeking candidates for Assistant or Associate Professor tenure track position, in the field of social sciences of sport, from 1 August 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.  Assistant Professor position is for a fixed term of 3 to 5 years and Associate Professor for a fixed term of five years. 

Education and research in sport sciences in Finland are concentrated at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences of the University of Jyväskylä. There are two main lines of study at the Faculty: Sport Sciences and Health Sciences. Links between physical activity and health as well as promotion of exercise and health are viewed from a multidisciplinary perspective with the improvement of health, functional ability and wellbeing across the human lifespan as the key aim. An important national responsibility of the Faculty is teacher education in sport and health sciences. 

Research at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences is a central part of the University’s denoted core research field of exercise, health and well-being.

The social sciences of sport educate academic professionals and experts in the constantly evolving fields of sport, physical activity and leisure. The aim of education in social sciences of sport is to understand physical activity and sport as broad societal phenomena. Teaching is based on the scientific tradition of sport sociology and sports policy and administration.

The assistant/associate professor's duties include research in the social sciences of sports, especially those related to sports policy and administration, and research-based teaching. The position of Assistant/Associate Professor requires strong evidence and extensive expertise in research and education in social sciences of sport.

The selected person is expected to conduct independent research, that taps on the research infrastructure at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences and the infrastructures provided by the networks in this field. Also active input in the development of the research area, supervising dissertations, development of multidisciplinary research, acquiring research funding based on quality, and participating in reseach-based teaching is expected. Competence in assessment research is considered an advantage.

Candidates for the Assistant Professor are expected to provide evidence of independent research and show potential to conduct high-level international research and to develop multidisciplinary research, acquire research funding and give research-based teaching.

Candidates for the Associate Professor should have an excellent record of conducting and publishing international scientific research. The selected candidate must have a well-established international cooperation network and experience in supervising doctoral dissertations, obtaining research funding, managing research, and research-based teaching. Applicants are required to have the potential to become a leader in a top research team, which has the potential to succeed in research funding (eg. EU, ERC, Academy of Finland). Please see the general requirements of the position. The qualification requirements should be met before the closing time of this call.

A position of Assistant Professor is defined for a fixed-term of 3 to 5 years and a position of Associate Professor is defined for a fixed-term of 5 years, (according to the tenure track model). At the conclusion of each fixed-term assignment, there will be an evaluation procedure to assess the employee's qualifications for promotion (the next phase of the tenure track model).

Salaries are based on the job demands and employees’ personal performance in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System. A holiday bonus is paid to all employees.

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working hours, excellent sports facilities on campus and several restaurants and cafés on campus with staff discounts. Finland provides one of the most advanced and comprehensive social security in the world. It includes for example sickness benefits, various family benefits and a comprehensive healthcare system. Please read more about working at the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland.

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There is a trial period of six months at the start of the period of employment.

For further information, please contact Dean, Professor Ari Heinonen,, +358408053551 or Head of administration Heikki Herva,, +358504432400.

Following documents must be included in English in PDF format to the electronic recruiting system: 

1)      CV composed according to good scientific practice and considering, when possible, the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK) (see:,

2)      A numbered list of publications covering the applicant’s the scientific and other publications according to the instructions of the Academy of Finland (see:,

3)  Short (2-3 pages) explanation of the applicant’s research activities, merits in scientific work and supervision of research including acquisition of supplement funding and  responsibilities in externally funded research projects,

4)  Short (2-3 pages) explanation of the applicant’s pedagogical training and teaching merits (see:,

5)  Short (2-3 pages) explanation of the applicant’s international activities and experience in societal interaction,

6)  A maximum of ten publications, which must be numbered according to the list of publications (and fixed to a one pdf file). 

7)  Short (2-3 pages) explanation how the applicant intends to develop the research and education of the field at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences.

Please submit your application at the latest on Sunday, February 28th 2020 using the online application form.  

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