1-2 POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHERS, in research on Digitally Enhanced Learning Environments

University of Jyväskylä


June 19, 2022


The faculty of Education and Psychology is currently seeking to recruit candidates to the position of

1-2 POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHERS, in research on Digitally Enhanced Learning Environments

The position can start on September 1st 2022 or thereafter, for a fixed term of 3 to 5 years.

Qualifications we are looking for

The position is linked to the strategic research goals of the faculty which include the aim of conducting research on phenomena related to learning and interaction in technology-enhanced environments, and on developing technology- rich environments and learning technologies. Research foci and expertise of candidates applying for the positions of the call can related to e.g., methodological development or research applying artificial intelligence linked with the areas of the faculty research strengths described below.

The faculty research strengths within the field include e.g. utilization of multimodal data in research, computer-supported collaborative learning research, research involving simulations, research on emotions and interaction processes in technology-rich learning environments and research on development of digital skills. Key research infrastructure of the faculty include equipment for psychophysiological and VR research and eye tracking research and brain research laboratories. The faculty coordinates a Finnish Academy funded Center of Excellence on Learning dynamics and intervention research (InterLearn). The faculty is also preparing a profiling area application on the area of development of methodologies for “Digitalization in and for learning and interaction” in association with the Finnish Academy universities' profiling call. Post-doctoral researchers will become associated with one of the areas of research strength and existing research groups.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a postdoctoral researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. In the present position a PhD in educational sciences or applicable field is required. The PhD degree required for the position must have been completed before starting the position. A good command of English is required and a proficiency to teach in English will be considered beneficial. You are expected to have excellent written and oral communication skills and to be able to work in research team settings

The focus of the post-doctoral position is on internationally high level of research. The applicant is required to show strong prior evidence of research in the field, and demonstrate active research initiatives and research collaboration which strengthens the focal area of the call.

Strengths taken into account in evaluation of applicants include evidence of research networks, experience and evidence of competitive research funding, strong methodological expertise and development and experience of multidisciplinary research and groups. Strengths taken into account include also experience of research using, developing and analysing methods with a focus on learning processes and interactions. Examples include research utilizing artificial intelligence, analyseses using psychophysiological measures such as heart rate variability and eyetracking measures, experience on VR/XR research and data-analytical expertise. Assets that may be considered in the selection include also teaching experience and pedagogical development work and evidence of scientific or societal impact in the field.

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 multidisciplinary community where the welfare of each individual is important. At the University of Jyväskylä, we offer a great and lively campus area with opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. The University is committed to fairness, consistency and transparency in selection decisions, and undertakes the recommendations for the responsible evaluation of a researcher in Finland.

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.

The annual salary range will be approximately 38,000 EUR for the Postdoctoral Researcher (gross income, including holiday bonus), depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate. A trial period of six months will be used in the beginning of the employment.

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

How to apply?

The following documents shall be attached to the online application in English as PDF files. In addition, the applicant will be asked to indicate and provide argumentation for the starting and ending point of the 2-year period the applicant wishes to apply for. 1) Curriculum vitae (CV) which is to be written in accordance with good scientific practice and the following CV template: https:// www. tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae 2) A numbered list of all academic and other publications the applicant wants to use to demonstrate his/her eligibility and merits for the position. The list of publications must comply with the guidelines of the Academy of Finland 3) A brief (2-4 pages) written account of the applicant's prior scientific research and merits including a plan of future goals and research interests linked to the position, account of international collaboration and networking, evidence of experience of responsibilities in and leading projects with competitive external funding and of scientific and societal impact.

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by June 19 th, 2022.

For further information please contact Dean of the faculty Anna-Maija Poikkeus, poikkeus@jyu.fi +358408053363; Head of Administration Paula Hassinen, paula.k.hassinen@jyu.fi +358504273068

The Faculty of Education and Psychology is a research and education unit that uses its strong traditions as a foundation for building a sustainable future. The mission of the faculty is Learning and wellbeing in building a sustainable future society. The faculty is among the top units in Finland in teacher education and psychotherapy training.

The strengths of the faculty's internationally renowned high-quality research are learning , teaching and interaction. The faculty has five focus areas of research: Education, teaching and interventions; The psychological and neurocognitive basis of learning; Interactive and technology-enhanced learning environments; Childhood, family, interaction and wellbeing; and Wellbeing, learning and interaction at work. The faculty coordinates a number of infrastructures and networks, including the Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research (CIBR), the Methodology Centre for Human Sciences (IHME), the Psychotherapy Training and Research Centre, Multidisciplinary Research on Children and Families, and the Centre for Research on Learning and Teaching (CLT).

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