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
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. 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
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-