Senior Lecturer in Social Science
University of Jyväskylä


Senior Lecturer in Social Science


The University of Jyväskyläthe Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciencesthe Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy is currently seeking to recruit

a Senior Lecturer in Social and Public Policy, starting from 1st of February 2024 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

The position will be located in Jyväskylä, Finland.

Tasks and qualifications

The core areas of research and teaching in Social and Public Policy at the University of Jyväskylä are national and international social and employment policies, EU and immigration policies, sustainable development, aging and care, and social problems and inequality. In addition, the perception and understanding of technological mediation in social and societal actions, and the evaluation of international integration and interaction are emphasised in teaching and research.

The Senior Lecturer is expected to teach and supervise in the Degree programme of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the bachelor’s and master’s level studies, especially in the field of Social and Public Policy.

The candidate is required to have a relevant doctoral degree, evidence of academic research work in the fields described above, the ability to provide high-quality research-based teaching and to supervise theses and dissertations. In addition, the candidate’s international networking and the ability to acquire external research funding are taken into consideration when reviewing their merits. Diverse methodological knowledge and teaching experience are also considered as merits.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a Senior Lecturer are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. According to the Finnish law, a non-native teaching and research staff member can be granted an exemption from the requirement of Finnish language proficiency. In this position teaching is conducted mainly in Finnish, therefore an excellent command of Finnish is required. The selected person is expected to have a good command of English as well, and previous experience of teaching in English is considered as a merit.

What does the University of Jyväskylä offer as an employer?

At the University of Jyväskylä you are a valued member of our academic community with a unique opportunity to influence international research. We offer an architecturally unique campus area, where you will become part of our international and interdisciplinary scholarly community. 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 Senior Lecturer’s salary is situated on the job demands levels 5–7 according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at universities. The monthly salary will be approximately 3 300 – 5 000 EUR (gross income, excluding holiday bonus) depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.

A trial period of six months will be used at the beginning of the employment.

How to apply?

Please attach the following documents in English to your online application:

  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);
  2. A short cover letter;
  3. Teaching portfolio, i.e. short (2–3 pages) description of the applicant’s pedagogical training and teaching merits (see:;
  4. Research statement, i.e. short (2–3 pages) description of the applicant’s research activities and merits in scientific work ("research plan" on the online application form);
  5. A numbered list of all scientific and other publications according to the guidelines of the Academy of Finland,
  6. A maximum of five publications, which must be numbered according to the list of publications (as one PDF file) or a PDF file with links to the 5 chosen publications.

For further information, please contact Professor of Social and Public Policy Nathan Lillie,, +358408054633, Professor of Social and Public Policy Sakari Taipale,+358400728852 or Head of Department, Professor Marjo Kuronen, +358408054231.

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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.

The University of Jyväskylä is a 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.

Location:Seminaarinkatu 15

Information for the applicant

The application form cannot be saved as a draft. However, after submitting you can return to edit your application via the link you receive by email. The application can be edited until the application deadline.

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