Postdoctoral Researcher, Sport and Exercise Psychology

University of Jyväskylä


June 5, 2022


The Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences is currently seeking to recruit a

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER, SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY , starting June 20th 2022, or as agreed, until 31 March 2025.

We are looking for a Postdoctoral 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 Postdoctoral Researcher position will lead the development of the intervention, planning the research studies around the intervention, and applying for further research funding to see the intervention into the implementation phase. The candidate will lead analysis and dissemination of data from the randomised controlled trial, targeting the highest impact journals in the field. The postdoc position will also include some administrative tasks and contributions to teaching (roughly 10% of total working time combined).

Applicants for the Postdoctoral Researcher position are required to have PhD in exercise psychology or other adjacent fields (e.g., social psychology, health psychology, sport sciences) as well as experience in research in motivation and behaviour change. Evidence of leadership of research projects, scientific writing, participation in research projects, and applications for research funding will be considered as advantages for the applicant. We value applicants with strong knowledge of theories of motivation and behaviour change and quantitative data analysis, excellent skills in scientific writing, and applying for external funding. The ideal applicant should have good ability to lead and manage research projects.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a Postdoctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. In this position, the Postdoctoral Researcher is expected to have excellent skills in English language. According to Finnish law, a non-native university teaching and research staff member can be granted an exemption from the requirement of Finnish language proficiency.

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 annual salary range will be approximately 41,000 – 56,000 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.

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 Staff Guide.

How to apply

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

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. List of publications. The list should comply with the guidelines of the Academy of Finland

4. 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 form.

For further information, please contact Assistant Professor Keegan Knittle:, +358504698252.

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- being.

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