The Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences is currently seeking to recruit a
DOCTORAL RESEARCHER, SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY , starting June 20th
2022, or as agreed, until 31 March 2023 with the possibility to continue up to
We are looking for a Doctoral Researcher to work in a project entitled “A
collaborative theory-based intervention to promote physical activity among
sedentary parents and their children” funded by OKM (Ministry of Education
and Culture, Finland).
In this project, the research team will develop an online theory-based
behavioural intervention to increase physical activity engagement in low-
active children and their parents. The efficacy of intervention will then be
tested in a randomised waitlist-controlled trial, wherein parents and their
children will be allocated to either an intervention group that receives the
intervention, or to a waitlist control group that receives basic information
on activity and measurement only. Processes of intervention acceptability,
uptake and engagement, as well as how these factors relate to intervention
effectiveness, will also be explored.
Tasks and qualifications
The person selected for the Doctoral Researcher position will contribute to
developing the intervention and its contents, planning the research studies
around the intervention, and lead practical execution of the studies. The PhD
student will also pursue the PhD degree and write the dissertation. Depending
on experience, the PhD student may also make some contribution to teaching
(roughly 5% of total working time).
Applicants for the Doctoral Researcher position should have a Master's degree
in exercise psychology or other adjacent fields (e.g., social psychology,
health psychology, sport psychology). Research experience in the areas of
intervention development, motivation or behaviour change is a plus. We value
applicants with strong knowledge of theories of motivation and behaviour
change, experience with quantitative data analysis, and excellent skills in
The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a Doctoral
Researchers are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and
language skills guidelines. Bilingual Finnish and English preferred, due to
the need to create intervention materials for a Finnish population.
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 salary of a successful candidate will be based on level 2-4 of the job
requirement scheme for teaching and research staff in the salary system of
Finnish universities. The annual salary will be approximately 28,900 EUR
(gross income, including a holiday bonus). With progress of the thesis work,
the salary will be increased in accordance with the Collective Agreement of
Finnish Universities. A trial period of six months will be used at the
beginning of the employment.
Jyväskylä is an attractive but compact modern city in Central Finland. It
features excellent opportunities for sport and recreation and beautiful
natural surroundings. Around 150,000 people live in the city, many of them
students. To find useful information about the University of Jyväskylä, the
City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the University's International
How to apply
Please attach the following documents as PDF files in English to the online
1. Application letter
2. Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice
and considering where possible the researcher CV template by The Finnish
Advisory Board on Research Integrity
3. A brief description of research experience (1–2 pages) with clear
indication on the motivation to apply for this position.
Please submit your application by 5 June 2022 using the online application
For further information, please contact Assistant Professor Keegan Knittle:
At the University of Jyväskylä, everyone can find their place in the human-
centered environment of 2,600 experts and 14,700 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.
Education and research in sport sciences in Finland are concentrated at the
Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences of the University of Jyväskylä. There are
two main lines of study at the Faculty: Sport Sciences and Health Sciences.
Links between physical activity and health as well as promotion of exercise
and health are viewed from a multidisciplinary perspective with the
improvement of health, functional ability, and wellbeing across the human
lifespan as the key aim. An important national responsibility of the Faculty
is teacher education in sport and health sciences.
Research at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences is a central part of
the Univ ersity's denoted core research field of exercise, health and well-