Assistant or Associate Professor (tenure track), sociology

University of Jyväskylä
February 28, 2023
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The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy is currently seeking to recruit a candidate for the position of


The employment relationship will start on January 1, 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position of an Assistant Professor is for a fixed term of three to five years, and the position of an Associate Professor is for a fixed term of five years (according to the tenure track model). At the end of the fixed-term assignment, there will be an evaluation procedure to assess the employee's qualifications for promotion to the next level (Associate/Full Professor).

Tasks and qualifications

The position will be located in the field of sociology at the University of Jyväskylä, the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy. The main research areas of sociology are sociology of consumption, economic sociology, digitalization, environmental sociology, research on age and life course and civil society research. In addition to teaching and research, sociology as a discipline plays an important role in societal interaction at local, national and international level.

The main duties of the Assistant/Associate Professor include active research work, acquiring external research funding, and launching and implementing research projects. In addition, the duties include teaching under- and post- graduate level courses and supervising theses at bachelor, master and doctoral levels in sociology. The Assistant/Associate Professor is also expected to participate in stakeholder collaboration and other activities in the university community.

The qualification required for the position is a doctoral degree in the relevant field. Candidates should have an excellent record of conducting and publishing scientific research in the research fields described above. We also value high-level, international research and publications, strong methodological competence, success in acquiring external research funding, experience of managing research projects or involvement in research projects, working in a multidisciplinary research environment and, finally, experience of supervising and teaching international students. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are considered an asset.

Please see a more detailed description of the tenure track model, requirements, and selection/promotion criteria: The general requirements for appointing an assistant professor or associate professor (tenure track), Tenure track at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The qualification requirements should be met before the closing time of this call.

Please note that candidates for the position of the Assistant Professor must have completed a doctoral degree within the last nine years and have postdoctoral research experience in Finland and/or abroad. Special circumstances (e.g. maternity leave, paternity leave, parental leave and childcare leave, military service / non-military service, or long-term illness), extend the nine-year rule accordingly.

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.

What does the University of Jyväskylä offer as an employer?

The University and the Department will support new Assistant/Associate Professors in forming a research group and implementing the research plan. New Assistant/Associate Professors can also apply for Rector's starting grant.

The salary is based on the job demand level and the employee's personal performance, in accordance with the salary system for Finnish universities. The annual salary of an Assistant Professor is approximately 46 000 – 57 000 EUR and of an Associate Professor approximately 53 000 – 66 000 EUR (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.

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working hours, excellent sports facilities 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.

A competent and prosperous scientific community

At the University of Jyväskylä, you are a respected member of the university community. You get the opportunity to learn from your colleagues and meet high-level researchers from the full spectrum of science and humanities. Here the barriers between disciplines are low, and we encourage our employees to cross them in their daily work. We offer you a meaningful career where you can make a real impact in your field and society.

You will become part of our international and multidisciplinary community where the wellbeing of everyone is important. We provide a good setting for a mobile and healthy lifestyle on and around campus. Jyväskylä region offers an excellent balance between ambitious work and a chance to relax after work, with beautiful nature and various sport and cultural activities within close distance from home and work.

Take a closer look at our workplace by watching this video about the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

How to apply

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

  • Curriculum vitae, including a personal ORCID ID and composed according to good scientific practice and considering the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (maximum 2 pages).

  • A numbered list of all scientific and other publications in which the applicant wishes to demonstrate their competence and merit for the position (please see the guidance by the Academy of Finland).

  • A maximum of five (5) main publications, numbered in accordance with the list of publications.

  • Research statement (2-4 pages describing research merits, including external funding, and future plans).

  • Teaching statement (a short 2-4 page description of applicant's pedagogical training and teaching merits, including future development plans; please see the guidance by the University of Jyväskylä).

  • Societal impact statement including future development plans (max. 1 page).

  • Please submit your application at the latest on February 28th, 2023 (23:59 EEST) by using the online application form.

    For further information, please contact the Dean Jari Ojala [email protected] , +358400247387, or the Head of the Department Marjo Kuronen, [email protected] , +358408054231.

    The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is a strong contributor to human and social 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-centered environment of 2,500 experts and 14,500 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and wellbeing for all. JYU's naturally beautiful campus is located in the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third-largest employer in Central Finland.

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