Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure Track), Social Sciences of Sport

 The Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä is currently seeking to recruit a candidate for the position of   

Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure Track) in the field of Social Sciences of Sport 

The employment relationship will start on September 1, 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position of Assistant Professor is fixed-term for three to five years and the position of Associate Professor is fixed-term for five years (according to the Tenure track model of the University of Jyväskylä). 

In the Social Sciences of Sport, research and teaching treats physical activity and sport as complex social phenomena. The current Assistant or Associate professorship focuses on the themes of sport governance and management and is linked to international research and education in the field. A key element of this role is to promote, through teaching and research, the well-being of the population in a diversifying society. It also focuses on responsible and ethical research into the changing phenomena of physical activity and movement environments.   

Tasks and qualifications 

The position of Assistant or Associate Professor (tenure track) in Social Sciences of Sport includes research and teaching, supervision of theses and development of research and teaching in collaboration with other teachers and researchers in the faculty.The Assistant or Associate Professor's role focuses on obtaining supplementary research funding, managing and conducting research projects, educating and supervising degree and postgraduate students, developing social interaction in the field, and domestic and international cooperation in education and research. In addition, the Assistant or Associate Professor will participate in the development of the discipline and faculty as well as university level development in various working groups. 

The successful applicant is required to have a doctoral degree in Sport Sciences, Social Sciences or another relevant field, strong evidence of research and international cooperation in the field of Social Sciences of Sport or a related field, and the ability to provide high quality research-based teaching and thesis supervision. The applicant is expected to have proven track record in Social Sciences of Sport or an interest to focus on some of the areas of expertise relevant to the position, such as sport governance and policy, sports management and organisation, finance and services. At the Assistant Professor level, experience of supervising doctoral theses will be considered an advantage. At the Associate Professor level, experience of supervising doctoral theses is required. 

For further information on the qualification requirements, please see:  General requirements for appointing assistant/associate professors and University of Jyväskylä Regulations and information on required language skills. Fluency in English is required in this position. The qualification requirements must be met before the end of the application period.  

Candidates for the position of Assistant Professor must have completed a doctoral degree within the last nine years. Under special circumstances (e.g. maternity/paternity/parental or childcare leave, military service/non-military service, or long-term illness), the nine-year rule is extended accordingly. 

The University is committed to fairness, consistency and transparency in selection decisions, and abides by the recommendations for the responsible evaluation of a researcher in Finland.    

What we offer as an employer?   

Tenure track career path   

We will support your career path success in compliance with the tenure track model: Tenure track at the University of Jyväskylä. 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).   

Our university also supports new Assistant/Associate Professors in forming a research group and implementing the research plan. New Tenure Track Assistant/Associate Professors can apply for Rector’s starting grant

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 systems in the world, including sickness benefits, various family benefits and a comprehensive healthcare system. You can read more about working at the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland in our International Staff Guide.  

A scientific community of wisdom and wellbeing   

As a valued member of the University of Jyväskylä’s academic community, you will have excellent opportunities to contribute to international research. You will be part of our international and multidisciplinary community, in which everyone’s wellbeing is important. Our campus and its surroundings offer you optimal opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.    


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 appr. 48.000-56.000 EUR and of an Associate Professor appr. 56.000-65.000 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus), depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate. A trial period of six months will be used at the beginning of the employment. 

How to apply   

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

1) A curriculum vitae (CV) composed according to the responsible conduct of research and, where possible, considering the template for a researcher’s curriculum vitae (see instructions by the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity TENK)
2) A numbered list of all the scientific and other publications that the candidate wants to use to demonstrate eligibility and merits for the position. The list of publications must be drawn up according to the guidelines of the Academy of Finland.   
3) A short (2–3 pages) written account of the applicant’s scientific research, merits related to scientific activity and leading research, including the acquisition of supplementary funding and responsibilities in externally funded research projects   
4) A short (2–3 pages) written account of the applicant’s pedagogical training and teaching merits (teaching portfolio)   
5) A short (2–3 pages) written account of the applicant’s societal interaction and international cooperation   
6) Five (5) main publications related to the task   
7) A short (2–3 pages) description of how the applicant intends to promote research and education related to the field of the position   

Please submit your application by March 8th, 2023, at the latest, using the online application form.   

For further information about the position, please contact Professor and Dean Sarianna Sipilä, tel. +358408053593, and for information about the recruitment process, HR Partner Kia Nabb, tel. +358408055123,

At the University of Jyväskylä, everyone can find their place in the human-centred 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.

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