Senior Lecturer in Aquatic Environmental Science University of Jyväskylä, Department of Biological and Environmental Science Finland

Senior Lecturer, Aquatic Environmental Science


The University of Jyväskylä is a nationally and internationally significant research university and an expert on education that focuses on human and natural sciences. The University is Finland’s leading expert in teacher education and adult education, as well as the major exporter of education. The Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences is the only one in the country. The University of Jyväskylä is known for its dynamic operating culture and strong commitment to social responsibility.

The Department of Biological and Environmental Science is currently seeking to recruit staff to the position of 

Senior Lecturer, Aquatic Environmental Science starting 1.8.2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Research of the Department of Biological and Environmental Science is renowned in the University’s denoted core research activity fields of basic natural phenomena and mathematical thinking. Areas of research strength in the Department include research of natural resources and environment, evolutionary research and biological nanoscience. The wide-ranging research area of natural resources and environment focuses on human impacts on the environment and the sustainable use of natural resources, and aims to provide tools for reducing harmful impacts of human activities on nature. This area integrates terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem research as well as conservation and management of natural resources.


The position of the University Lecturer includes responsibilities to teach and conduct research which integrates terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems as well as conservation and management of natural resources in lakes and their catchment areas. The expectation is that the research of the successful candidate will strategically complement and extend existing research interests at the Department, such as assessment of environmental impacts and risks, ecosystem research, long-term ecological research or conservation biology and natural resources management, and will promote national and international collaboration.


The teaching responsibilities include teaching basic and advanced courses in the BSc programme of the Natural resources and environment, developing advanced courses, and supervising BSc and MSc thesis work, as well as administrative tasks related to the degree programmes. Teaching within an international Master’s degree is also a requirement of the position.


The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of Senior Lecturer are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. A good command of English language and an ability to teach in English are regarded as an advantage for the applicant.


Candidates have demonstrated their potential to attract external research funding and to engage in PhD supervision. A successful candidate has a PhD degree in a relevant field and post-doctoral research experience, with excellent records in science-based teaching, scientific research, and supervision of research.


The job-specific salary component of a Senior Lecturer is based on the job demands level 5-7 (EUR 2 865,30 – 3 851,33/month) according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at universities. In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to the maximum of 46.3% of the job-specific salary component is also paid.

A trial period of four months will be used when the position is first filled.

For further information, please contact professor Juha Karjalainen by e-mail, or tel. +358 40 513 4865.


The application should include:

  1. A motivation letter

  2. Curriculum vitae, composed according to good scientific practice and considering the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity

  3. A short research plan (1-2 pages)

  4. A numbered list of publications according to the instructions of the Academy of Finland 

  5. A short (1-2 pages) description of the applicant’s pedagogical training and teaching merits

  6. A short (2–3 pages) description of the applicant’s academic research, scientific merits and research leadership merits, including a clarification on received external funding and responsibilities in externally funded research projects

  7. A maximum of five (5) main publications, numbered in accordance with the list of publications

Please submit your application at the latest on 31 January 2018 using the online application form.

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