Postdoctoral Researcher in Development Studies
University of Jyvaskyla Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Postdoctoral Researcher, Development Studies

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä is seeking to recruit a

Postdoctoral Researcher in Development Studies for a fixed-term period of 1.1.2023-31.8.2025.

Duties and requirements

The position is allocated to the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy and to a project funded by the Academy of Finland: “Re-articulating citizenship in times of uncertainty: Hybridity in Covid-19 responses in sub-Saharan Africa”. The abstract of the project can be found here on the website of the Research Group on Civil Society and Citizenship in Development led by the PI, Associate Professor Tiina Kontinen.

The main task of the Postdoctoral Researcher, as a member of an international research team consisting of two Postdoctoral Researchers located in the University of Jyväskylä and collaborators in Tanzania, Uganda, Denmark and in the UK, is to conduct research on the public state discourses in Tanzania. The researcher is expected to focus on the institutional orders the state used as sources of legitimacy for tutelage, neglect, and coercion of citizens in response to Covid-19. The Postdoctoral Researcher will conduct qualitative analysis of public discourses such as speeches, policy documents, and media material in Kiswahili and English. The position does not include fieldwork in Tanzania but focuses instead on the analytical and writing components. The Postdoctoral Researcher will have an opportunity for a mobility visit to a research group led by Professor Lisa Ann Richey in the Department of Management, Society, and Communication in the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

The applicants are expected to have a PhD degree in the field of development studies, African studies, anthropology, political sciences, communication, or other relevant academic backgrounds. Good command of English is required for this position. Prior expertise on Tanzania, working knowledge of Kiswahili, and familiarity with methods to analyse public discourses will be considered as an asset.

We expect from a Postdoctoral Researcher preparedness to work as a full member of an international research team, to contribute to co-authored publications, to take part in the internal research seminars of the project, and in the planning and organizing of academic meetings. The primary place to conduct the research is Jyväskylä, Finland. The duties and qualification requirements for the position of the Postdoctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations, Rector’s decision on personnel matters and language skills guidelines. The qualification requirements should be met by the closing of the application time.

What does the University of Jyväskylä offer as an employer?

At the University of Jyväskylä, you are a recognized member of our community with a unique opportunity to influence international research. You get to participate in our international and multi-science community where the welfare of each individual is important.

Finland has a high standard of living, with free schooling (also in English), affordable childcare, good family benefits, and healthcare. Jyväskylä is located in central Finland in the Finnish Lakeland, and has excellent opportunities for different nature, outdoor, and sports activities. The city of Jyväskylä is a major educational center and the city has a large student population. As such there is a vibrant cultural scene in the city.

At the University of Jyväskylä, we offer a great and lively university campus area with opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. 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 Postdoctoral Researcher positions are rated on levels 5-6 in the YPJ salary system for Finnish universities. The monthly salary (gross income) in this Postdoctoral Researcher position will be approximately 3.200–4.100€, depending on the qualifications and prior experience of the candidate.

Six months trial period is applied to the filling of the position.

How to apply?

Please attach the following documents as PDF files in English to the online application form:

  1. Short and informal motivation letter
  2. 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);
  3. Numbered list of publications covering the applicant’s the scientific and other publications according to the instructions of the Academy of Finland (please indicate the five most relevant publications vis-à-vis this project);
  4. One writing sample, for example an academic article or a PhD chapter.

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by October 16, 2022 (11:59 PM EEST).

For more information, please contact the head of the project, Associate Professor Tiina Kontinen:

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is a strong contributor to human sciences. It has a central role in understanding and developing human activities and the structures of society. The faculty is a unique, strongly profiled unit that conducts internationally significant research with societal impact. Research and education at the faculty focus on culture, arts, traditions, languages and communication, social sciences and philosophy.

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.

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