Assistant/Associate Professor in Social Work
University of Jyväskylä Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

An Assistant Professor or an Associate Professor (tenure track), in Social Work

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. We cherish openness of thinking as well as the balance between research and education. Our naturally beautiful campus is located at the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third largest employer in Central Finland.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is currently seeking to recruit

an Assistant Professor or an Associate Professor (tenure track), in Social Work starting August 1st, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter in the position of an Assistant Professor for a fixed term of 3 years and in the position of Associate Professor for a fixed term of 5 years.

The position is allocated to the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy to the discipline of Social Work.

The duties of the Assistant and/or Associate Professor include active research work as well as launching and implementing research projects. Moreover, the duties include supervision of doctoral dissertations and master’s theses, as well as teaching at under- and post-graduate levels. Associate Professor’s tasks also include promotion and development of research, teaching and post-graduate education in Social Work through his/her own scientific activities. Acquiring external research funding is also part of the duties. 

The focus areas of social work discipline at the University of Jyväskylä are inclusion, opportunities for action, wellbeing and vulnerability of individuals and communities; structural and ecosocially sustainable social work and society; professional practices and welfare service systems; and ethics, ideologies and transformations of institutions and professions. Research areas of social work are related to the focus areas of the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, especially focus areas of Sustainable Societies and Politics and Policies of Welfare and Care. A successful candidate is expected to strengthen the research profile of the Department in the focus areas of Social Work. We encourage applications from scholars who are able to contribute in teaching and research in more than one of the focus areas. In addition, methodological expertise, internationally high-standard research profile, as well as knowledge of social work practice are regarded as merits.

Familiarize yourself with the general requirements of the position and the faculty’s tenure track model. The qualification requirements should be met by the closing of the application time.

The position of an Assistant Professor is filled for a fixed term of three years and the position of an Associate Professor for a fixed term of five years. When an employee has been selected for a fixed-term professorship, an evaluation procedure is used regarding the employee’s merits for the next level in the tenure track. The evaluation procedure shall begin before the end of the fixed-term contract.

In the Assistant Professor position the annual salary range will be approximately 39.700 – 56.900 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus), depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.

In the Associate Professor position the annual salary range will be approximately 53.300 – 65.600 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 more information, please contact the Head of the Department, Professor Marjo Kuronen, e-mail:, tel. +358 40 805 4231 or Professor Heli Valokivi e-mail:, tel. +358406641514.

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

The application must include the following documents in English (publications need not to be translated) and the name of the applicant must be mentioned in the file name:

1. A CV of the applicant, 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);

2. A numbered list of all scientific and other publications with which the applicant wishes to demonstrate his or her eligibility and merits for the post, according to the instructions of the Academy of Finland;

3. A brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s scientific research, merits in scientific activities and supervision of research work, including an account of acquired complementary research funding and  the responsibilities related to the research conducted through such funding and in international activities;

4. A brief (2-3 pages) explanation of the applicant’s pedagogical training and teaching merits i.e. teaching portfolio;

5. A brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s societal interaction and international cooperation;

6. A brief (2-3 pages) account of how the applicant intends to develop research, teaching and societal interaction in the field of Social Work;

7. A maximum of ten publications, numbered in accordance with the list of publications

Please submit your application at the latest on Sunday, August 15th 2021 using the online application form. 

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