Assistant/Associate Professor in Guidance and Study Counselling

University of Jyväskylä Faculty of Education and Psychology

Assistant or Associate Professor, in Guidance and Study Counselling, tenure track

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

Assistant / Associate Professor in Guidance and Study Counselling, tenure track

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

Tasks and qualifications

The assistant / associate professor is responsible for research, teaching and development tasks related to the research area of guidance and study counselling. We expect the assistant / associate professor to conduct international level scientific research. We are looking for an applicant whose research has links to current areas of strength of the faculty and department of teacher education in the field of the call. The assistant/associate professor is also expected to be capable to renew and develop the field of the call as an educational discipline. 

As the current position is situated in the Department of Teacher Education it has connections to the department’s broader development of teacher education, education in the guidance field, continuous education, and student consultation (e.g. wellbeing and career guidance, lifelong guidance). In accordance with the University of Jyvaskyla policy of high quality guidance model guidance is seen as holistic, multichannel activity with requires transversal and multiprofessional cooperation.The department has both a qualification programme and Master’s programme which prepare professionals for guidance and study counselling in educational contexts, i.e., comprehensive, upper secondary, vocational and higher tertiary education, and provide foundations for related work in the broader field of guidance. The qualification programme produces competences for professionals responsible for guidance and study counselling supporting the development of students’ study skills, self-knowledge, awareness of opportunities for further studies, professions and professional fields and helps individuals to identify their abilities, and interests in the different stages of their life. Guidance and study counselling forms a continuum that extends throughout the pupil’s years in basic education to subsequent studies. and is part of life-long guidance

The qualification required for the position is a doctoral degree in Educational Sciences or an applicable degree. We expect strong evidence of ability to conduct and publish scientific research and publishing, especially related to guidance in education and its development. We further expect strong evidence of  teaching and supervision of theses, procuring research funding and of international networking.

Research experience or expertise of a successful applicant may have links to the following areas or themes: practices of guidance and study counselling in educational contexts of the comprehensive and upper secondary schooling, effectiveness of guidance practices, guidance in educational contexts containing diversity, support through guidance for identification and prevention of marginalization development, guidance in educational and career transitions, examination of educational paths and structures in societal or educational changes, and data-based guidance. Assets considered in evaluation of applicants include networking and impact in the areas of research, training or development in the guidance field. Pedagogical training and completion of guidance qualification studies are also considered assets in evaluation of applicants.

An Assistant / Associate Professor’s duties include teaching at the basic, subject and advanced levels in the field of the position and related developmental tasks. Administrative tasks and other academic responsibilities are also part of an assistant / associate Professor’s duties. The assistant/associate professor supervises both undergraduate and postgraduate theses and acquires external funding to maintain a research group. 

Learn more about the general conditions for the position of Assistant / Associate Professor.  

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.

What do we offer?

The university supports the beginning of the assistant/associate professorship in forming a research group and implementing the research plan. We support success on the career path. The Faculty is committed to fairness, consistency and transparency in selection decisions, and undertakes the recommendations for the responsible evaluation of a researcher in Finland. We appreciate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, and flexible working hours. Finland provides one of the most advanced and comprehensive social security in the world including e.g., 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.  

A competent and prosperous scientific community

At the University of Jyväskylä, you are a respected member of the university community. You get the opportunity to learn from your colleagues and meet high-level researchers from the full spectrum of disciplines. Here the barriers between disciplines are low. We offer you meaningful career where you can make a real impact not only in your field, but also to society. You will become part of our international and multidisciplinary community where the wellbeing of everyone is important. We provide a good setting for a mobile and healthy lifestyle on and around campus. Jyväskylä region offers beautiful nature and various sport and cultural activities within close distance from home and work.  


Salaries are based on job demands and employees’ performance following the Finnish University Salary System. A holiday bonus is paid to all employees. There is a trial period of six months at the start of the period of employment.

How to apply

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 is strictly limited to 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 description of the applicant’s merits related to research, research leadership,  and research funding, and a research plan related to the position and a vision of how the applicant’s current and future activities will complement those of the department and faculty, and the position being applied for (total of 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 17.6.2021.

For further information, please contact the Head of the Department of Teacher Education Sirpa Eskelä-Haapanen,, tel:+358408054956 or Head of Administration Paula Hassinen,  tel:+358504273068.

The Faculty of Education and Psychology seeks to further learning and wellbeing in building a sustainable future society. The strengths of research in the faculty center on learning, teaching and interaction with specific foci on Education, teaching and interventions; Psychological and neurocognitive basis of learning; Interactive and technology-enhanced learning environments; Childhood, family, interaction and wellbeing; and Wellbeing, learning and interaction at work. The Faculty of Education and Psychology comprises three departments – Educational Scienes, 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. Internationally recognized areas of excellence and prominence 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 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.