Senior Lecturer, in Sport Sciences, especially in Sport Pedagogy

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 18 Nov 2020

The Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences  is currently seeking candidates for Senior Lecturer, in Sport Sciences, especially in Motor Learning and Sport Pedagogy, for a fixed period of 1.1.2021 - 31.7.2025.

Education and research in sport sciences in Finland are concentrated at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences of the University of Jyväskylä. There are two main lines of study at the Faculty: Sport Sciences and Health Sciences. Physical activity and health, as well as their relationships and promotion, are explored from a multidisciplinary perspective, with the improvement of health, functional ability and wellbeing across the human lifespan as the key aim. An important national responsibility of the Faculty is teacher education in sport and health sciences. Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences is a central part of the University’s denoted core research field of exercise, health and well-being. 

The Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences has been assigned a special national task for physical education teacher education. Sport pedagogy is a discipline, which combines the phenomena of physical activity and education. Motor learning is a key sport pedagogical phenomenon and means the acquisition of a variety of physical exercise skills brought about by physical training. The diverse motor skills learned through motor learning are key elements of a physically active lifestyle, in which motivational factors also play a major role. Skills learning is one of the key core in physical education, sports coaching and the promotion of an active lifestyle. For the reasons mentioned above, the phenomenon is a very relevant factor for both the well-being of the individual and society. In addition to motor learning, the promotion of physical activity, functional capacity and physically active lifestyle, especially in childhood and adolescence, also play a key role in research in sport pedagogy. The use of teaching technology is also closely linked to the teaching and research of motor learning.

The duties of Senior Lecturer in Motor Learning and Sport Pedagogy focus on the teaching of motor learning, basic physical exercise skills as well as teaching of sport pedagogy and supervision of theses. The senior lecturer is also expected to conduct research in the field, together with other teachers and researchers at the faculty. The senior lecturer also participates in the joint teaching of the faculty to students of sport and health sciences. Cross-curricular collaboration and research-based teaching experiments are seen as an important part of the work. The aim is to further increase educational and research cooperation between sport pedagogy and other major subjects of the faculty. The senior lecturer is expected to strengthen teaching and research in the field of sport pedagogy.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of Senior Lecturer are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines.  The selected person is required to have a command of Finnish language. In certain cases, the University may grant exemption from this requirement. A good command of English language and an ability to teach in English are regarded as advantageous for the applicant.

The position requires a suitable appropriate doctoral degree, evidence of independent scientific research, ability to provide high-quality research-based teaching and to supervise theses, and practical familiarity with the field.

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.

Six months trial period is applied to the filling of the position. 

For further information, please contact:

Education Coordinator Minna Rasinaho, email , tel. +358504413683 or Head of Administration Heikki Herva, email , tel. +358504432400.

Following documents must be included in English in PDF format to the electronic recruiting system: 

1. Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice and considering when possible the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity. See:

2. A numbered list of all academic and other publications the applicant wants to use to demonstrate his/her eligibility and merits for the position. The list of publications must comply with the guidelines of the Academy of Finland.

3. A maximum of five (5) main publications, numbered in accordance with the list of publications (as a zip file).

4. A brief (2-3 pages) description of the applicant’s pedagogical education and teaching merits (teaching portfolio: ).

5. A brief (2-3 pages) written plan for research work during the employment.

Please submit your application at the latest on November 18th 2020, using the online application form.

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