Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Physics

University of Jyväskylä


Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Physics

At the University of Jyväskylä, everyone can find their place in the human-centred environment of 2,500 experts and 14,500 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and wellbeing for us all. It is essential that each member of the community thrives and has opportunities to develop and grow. The dialogue between research, education and society is our driving force. We cherish this balance between research and education and work to promote open thinking. We cultivate the skills, knowledge and passion needed to live wisely for the benefit of humanity. Our naturally beautiful campus is located at the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third largest employer in Central Finland.

The Department of Physics is seeking to recruit staff to the position of

Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Physics, as of September 1st 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter in effect until further notice.

The main areas of research at the Department of Physics are subatomic physics and materials physics. The core research fields in subatomic physics are nuclear structure, especially the physics of exotic nuclei, nuclear models, double beta decay, ion source physics, applied accelerator-based research, physics of the strong interaction and ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions, particle cosmology and neutrino physics. In materials physics the research fields are nanophysics and quantum technologies, non-equilibrium physics, superconductivity, low temperature physics, computational materials physics and physics of complex materials. Experimental research at the Department is conducted in the Accelerator Laboratory, the multidisciplinary Nanoscience Center (NSC), the Tomography Laboratory, and in foreign research centers such as CERN and GSI.

The Senior Lecturer will be a key member of the QCD (Quantum Chromodynamics) theory group at the Department of Physics. The QCD theory group studies different aspects of the theory and phenomenology of the strong interaction at high energy and density. In particular, the research topics include strong interaction phenomena in ultrarelativistic nuclear collisions and in other collider experiments related to nuclei. For more information, see

The successful candidate is expected to develop and strengthen the research carried out by the group by conducting relevant research projects, raising external funding and promoting international collaboration. In addition, the duties of the Senior Lecturer will include active participation in teaching related to her/his research area as well as to the general curriculum of the Department. The candidate will also be required to supervise students at all levels and to develop courses and teaching practices. A broad teaching experience and pedagogical qualifications are thus considered an advantage.

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 the English language and an ability to teach in English are regarded as advantages.

The annual salary range will be approximately 39,000 – 54,000 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus), depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.

Upon the consent of the applicant, a background check can be made on the person to be appointed (Security Clearance Act 726/2014). For more information on the background check and the rights of the subject of the check, see

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

For further information, please contact: Head of the Department, Professor Markku Kataja,, tel. +358 40 5221 044.

To find useful information about the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the University's International Staff Guide.

The application must be submitted by 31 January 2020 using an electronic application form containing:

  1. The application/motivation letter
  2. A short description (max 4 pages) of the applicant’s
    a) research interests in the research areas of the QCD theory group at the Department
    b) suggestions for the development of teaching in particle physics and also in general at the Department.
  3. Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice
  4. Educational portfolio, a narrated description of pedagogical education and teaching merits, composed in accordance with the guidelines of the University.
  5. A numbered list of academic and other publications used to demonstrate eligibility and merits for the position, with ten main publications highlighted. The list of publications should comply with the guidelines of the Academy of Finland.
  6. Short description of other potential merits that the applicant wishes to use to demonstrate suitability for the position (max 3 pages).

Note: all files included should be in pdf-format and contain the name of the applicant.

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