The Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä is currently seeking to recruit an Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure track) in sports pedagogy, especially in the field of adapted physical activity. The position will start on September 2nd, 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter and will be filled for a fixed term of 3-5 years following the tenure track model at the University of Jyväskylä.

In this position, the focus is on promoting physical activity for people with diverse physical abilities and fostering well-being and functional capacity through physical activity. The assistant/associate professorship will promote equality and equity in sport. The position relates to two of the University of Jyväskylä’s research priorities: learning, teaching, and interaction, and physical activity, health, and well-being.

The Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä is responsible for university-level education as well as doctoral education in the field of Sport and Health Sciences in Finland. The development of responsible expertise and high-level competence, as well as meeting culturally and socially diverse competence needs, are essential in the education and research of adapted physical activity.

Tasks and qualifications 

Assistant or Associate Professor will be responsible for research and education in the field of adapted physical activity, and the development of those in collaboration with other teachers and researchers in the faculty. The tasks will also include the acquisition of competitive research funding, management of research projects as well as supervision of doctoral dissertations and Master´s theses. In addition, the Assistant or Associate Professor will also be responsible for the development of social interaction in the field and participation in both domestic and international cooperation.

The successful applicant is expected to have a doctoral degree in Sport Sciences or another relevant field, such as Health Sciences or Education, evidence of adapted physical activity-related research and international cooperation, and the ability to provide high-quality research-based teaching and to supervise theses. At the Assistant Professor level, experience in supervising doctoral theses will be considered an advantage. At the Associate Professor level, experience of supervising doctoral theses is required.

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 (typically within 3-9 years). Under special circumstances (e.g. parental or childcare leave, military service/non-military service, or long-term illness), the nine-year rule is extended accordingly.

How to apply  

The following PDF documents must be attached to the online application in English:

  1. CV (Curriculum vitae).
  1. Motivation/cover letter (free-form, max. 1 page)
  1. List of publications. A numbered list of all scientific and other publications in which the applicant wishes to demonstrate his/her competence and merit for the position.
  1. Selected publications. Maximum of five (5) selected publications related to the task, numbered according to the list of publications (as a single pdf file or as a selected publications file with links to the selected publications).
  1. Research plan (2-3 pages). Description of how the applicant intends to contribute to research and education in the field of the post. In addition, a brief description of the applicant’s scientific research so far, merits and achievements in scientific activity and research management, the acquisition of complementary research funding and responsibilities in research projects funded by such funding.
  1. Teaching portfolio (2-3 pages). Description of applicant’s pedagogical training and teaching merits.
  1. Evidence of societal interaction (2-3 pages). Description of the applicant’s social interaction and national and international cooperation.

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

Apply between 23 February 2024 and 24 March 2024 23:59 (Europe/Helsinki)