Postdoctoral researcher, music research

University of Jyväskylä


June 5, 2022


The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of Music, Art and Culture studies is currently seeking to recruit a candidate to the position of

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER in music research for a fixed-term period from 1.8.2022 until 31.7.2025 (or as agreed).

Qualifications we are looking for

The postdoctoral researcher will work as a member of the Centre for Excellence in Music, Mind, Body & Brain (MMBB) and for an EU-funded research project MUSICONNECT: Music as youth empowerment – creating connection to self and others. The successful candidate will conduct research that is grounded in music psychological approach, investigating music as a resource for emotionality, emotion regulation and development of emotional skills. The studies of the projects will use experimental and longitudinal designs, psychometrics, mobile experience sampling, HRV-measures, and computational methods.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a postdoctoral researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The qualification requirements should be met by the closing of the application time. The postdoctoral researcher is required to have a doctoral degree suitable for the research area and ability for independent scholarly work. It is considered as an advantage for the candidate to have experience of a relevant research field (e.g. music psychology, musicology, music education, music therapy, psychology, computer science), statistical methods, and working in multidisciplinary environments. In this position, the language of instruction is English.

A successful candidate is expected to conduct high-quality multidisciplinary research and to publish in high-ranking international journals. The post- doctoral researcher is also expected to support the development of research and other activities of the department​​, participate in acquiring external funding, and participate in societal interaction together with the research community.

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.

In 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 annual salary range will be approximately 39 750-48 000 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 at the beginning of the employment.

How to apply?

The following documents shall be attached to the online application in English as PDF files (each attachment is named after the applicant).

1) A short application letter

2) Curriculum vitae (CV) which is to be written in accordance with good scientific practice and the following CV template: https:// www.

3) List of publications with the 5 most important articles highlighted

4) Research plan (max. 3 pages and list of sources)

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by June 5th, 2022.

For further information, please contact PI of the MUSICONNECT research project Suvi Saarikallio,, 0505361900 and PI of the MMBB Centre of excellence Petri Toiviainen

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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