Doctoral Researchers in Music Education

University of Jyväskylä Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


1-3 Doctoral researchers, music education

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciencesthe Department of Music, Art and Culture studies is currently seeking to recruit 

1-3 DOCTORAL RESEARCHERS in music education, for a fixed-term period from 1.8.2022 until 31.7.2026 (or as agreed).

Qualifications we are looking for

You are the person we are looking for if you have 

  • A Master’s degree, or are about to obtain a Master’s degree, in a relevant discipline. 
  • Strong interest to the research project applied for.
  • Curiosity and interest in fundamental scientific questions.
  • Ability and motivation to work as part of a team, combined with independence and problem-solving skills.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a Doctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The MSc degree required for the position must have been completed before starting the position. A good command of English is required. The study right for a postgraduate degree required in the position is applied for from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences after selection, unless the applicant already has one. 

The tasks of the doctoral researcher will mainly consist of conducting an article-based doctoral thesis, which is conducted as part of an EU-funded research project MUSICONNECT: Music as youth empowerment – creating connection to self and others. The doctoral thesis should closely relate to the contents of the project. MUSICONNEC project investigates the role of music as a psychological resource in the lives of young people. It consists of three work packages, which focus on the following themes: 1) music as emotional self-regulation, 2) music as embodied interaction, and 3) music in the multitude of everyday life situations. The focus is on music-related experiences of emotions and interaction. The impacts of music are measured using psychometrics, mobile experience sampling, HRV-measures, motion capture, computational methods, and digital ethnography.

It is beneficial for the applicant to have experience of related research fields (e.g. music education, music psychology, musicology, music therapy), of statistical analysis methods and experimental designs, and of working in cross-disciplinary research environments. The doctoral researcher will also work in close collaboration with the multidisciplinary Centre of excellence in Music, mind, body and brain (MMBB).

What does the University of Jyväskylä offer as an employer?

At the University of Jyväskylä, you are a recognized member of our community with a unique opportunity to influence international research. You get to participate in our international and multidisciplinary community where the welfare of each individual is important. At the University of Jyväskylä, we offer a great and lively campus area with opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

Finland has a high standard of living, with free schooling (also in English), affordable childcare, good family benefits, and healthcare. Jyväskylä is located in central Finland in the Finnish Lake District having excellent opportunities for different nature, outdoor, and sports activities. The city of Jyväskylä is a major educational center with a large student population and a vibrant cultural atmosphere. For more information regarding the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the University's International Staff Guide.

The selected applicant will be paid a standard Finnish PhD salary. The annual salary for a Doctoral Researcher will be approximately 28,000 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus). With progress of the thesis work, the salary will be revised in accordance with the Collective Agreement of Finnish Universities. A trial period of six months will be used in the beginning of the employment.

How to apply?

Please attach following documents to the online application in English:

1. Application letter, stating your interest in this doctoral researcher’s position
2. Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice and considering where possible the researcher´s CV template by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity. See:
3. Name and contact details of two referees
4. Research plan (max 3 pages), relating to the themes of MUSICONNECT project.

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by June 5th, 2022.

For further information, please contact Leader of MUSICONNECT project Suvi Saarikallio,, 0505361900, or Head of MMBB Centre of Excellence Petri Toiviainen

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is a strong contributor to human sciences. It has a central role in understanding and developing human activities and the structures of society. The faculty is a unique, strongly profiled unit that conducts internationally significant research with societal impact. Research and education at the faculty focus on culture, arts, traditions, languages and communication, social sciences and philosophy.

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. JYU's naturally beautiful campus is located in the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third largest employer in Central Finland.

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