Assistant/Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology

University of Jyväskylä Department of Psychology

Assistant or Associate professor, in Clinical Psychology, Well-being interventions, tenure track

The Faculty of Education and Psychology, Department of Psychology is seeking to recruit a candidate for the position of 

Assistant or Associate Professor, in clinical psychology, well-being interventions, tenure track

The position starts on the 1st of August 2021 or as soon as possible after that. 

Tasks and qualifications

The position of the Assistant or the Associate professor at the Department of Psychology is closely related to the University of Jyväskylä’s strategic core field of Learning, teaching and interaction. The applicant is expected to strengthen the faculty’s research area Interaction in learning, education and therapy, and the department’s research on psychological interventions and psychotherapy, especially well-being interventions.

The Assistant or Associate Professor will lead and develop research in clinical psychology and psychotherapy, especially well-being interventions, as well as carry out and develop research-based teaching. Duties will also include participation in the organizing and leading of psychotherapists’ trainings (programmes with a protected occupational title). The selected candidate is expected to have a psychotherapy training. Psychotherapy trainer’s training either when commencing the position or being completed while in the position is considered a strong asset for the position. 

The Assistant / Associate Professor’s duties include teaching tasks at the basic, subject and advanced level at the Department of Psychology. Continuous development of teaching and administrative tasks related to education and other academic responsibilities are also part of the duties. The assistant/associate professor supervises both undergraduate and postgraduate theses and acquires external funding to maintain a research group.

A position of Assistant Professor is defined for a fixed-term of 3 to 5 years and a position of Associate Professor is defined for a fixed-term of 5 years, (according to the tenure track model). At the conclusion of each fixed-term assignment, there will be an evaluation procedure to assess the employee's qualifications for promotion (the next phase of the tenure track model). 


Salaries are based on the job demands and employees’ personal performance in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System. A holiday bonus is paid to all employees.

What do we offer?

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working hours, and excellent sports facilities on campus. Finland provides one of the most advanced and comprehensive social security in the world including  sickness benefits, various family benefits and a comprehensive healthcare system. Please read more about working at the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland.

There is a trial period of six months at the start of the period of employment.

For further information, please contact Head of the Department of Psychology, professor Juha Holma, email, tel. +358 40 8053488 or Dean, professor Anna-Maija Poikkeus, email:, tel. +358 40 8053363

The application should include:
(the name of the applicant must always be mentioned in the file name, all the documents should be on PDF format.)

1. A cover / motivation letter
2. Curriculum vitae, including personal ORCID iD (A template from The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity is preferred). The CV should not exceed four (4) pages.
3. A numbered list of all scientific publications and other publications showing the applicants ability and merits
4. A maximum of five (5) main publications, numbered in accordance with the list of publications
5. A brief written description of the applicant's merits related to research, research management and research funding, as well as the research plan and vision related to the task (total max. 4 pages).
6. Portfolio of teaching credits (max. 3 pages).

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by 11 April 2021.

The Faculty of Education and Psychology undertakes significant, internationally recognised research, and researchers of the faculty are sought-after partners in research and when applying for research funding. The faculty also provides high-quality education in its various disciplines. The Faculty of Education and Psychology comprises three departments – Education, Teacher Education and Psychology – and the Teacher Training School, which provides basic education and general upper secondary education. The faculty has 30 professorships. The number of staff is about 350, a hundred of whom work at the Teacher Training School. The Department of Psychology educates about a third of the psychologists graduating in Finland.

Internationally recognized areas of excellence include longitudinal research across the life span, experimental and intervention research, sophisticated methodological expertise, brain research, assessment of process-oriented learning, research on technology enhanced environments, and multidisciplinary approaches. The faculty coordinates a number of infrastructures and networks, including the Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research, the Methodology Centre for Human Sciences, the Research Forum of Learning Difficulties, the Psychotherapy Training and Research Centre, Multidisciplinary networks of Research on Children and Families, and Research on Learning and Teaching.

The University of Jyväskylä  is a human-centered environment of 2,500 experts and 14,500 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and wellbeing for all. We cultivate the skills, knowledge and passion needed to live wisely for the benefit of humanity. An open dialogue between research, education and society is our driving force. We cherish this balance and believe it is essential that each member of the community thrives and has opportunities to develop and grow. Our naturally beautiful campus is located in the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. The University of Jyväskylä is the third largest employer in Central Finland.