Doctoral Researcher, Sport and Health Sciences

Updated: 9 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 09 Dec 2021

The Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences  is currently seeking to recruit the following:

DOCTORAL RESEARCHER, Sport and Health Sciences starting January 3rd,  2022, or as agreed, until September 30th 2023 with the possibility to continue up to four years.

Tasks and qualifications

The doctoral researcher will participate to a project that examines the dose-response relationship of physical activity and health using individual physical activity profiling in older adults. This exciting externally funded project (Academy of Finland, Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation) uses wearable technology (accelerometry and ECG) and novel analysis methodology based on artificial intelligence.

The doctoral researcher will take part in laboratory work as a member of a team, physiological signal analysis, statistical analyses and preparation of 3-4 peer-reviewed journal articles. The doctoral studies also include courses designed to complement the research training process. The doctoral researcher may also assist in other tasks, e.g. student supervision, teaching and applying for additional funding.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of Doctoral Researchers are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines .

A prerequisite for this position is a completed or soon completed Master’s degree in a relevant field, e.g. Sport and health sciences, Epidemiology, Health technology or Statistics. The chosen candidate will prepare a research plan and apply to the doctoral school of the Faculty.

The successful candidate is required to have experience of laboratory measurements of health and performance in older adults or at least a strong desire to learn, basic knowledge of quantitative statistical techniques, good oral and written English communication skills, interest in mathematics and numerical analysis methods and an ability to work independently as well as in a research team. Programming skills (e.g. Matlab, python, R or similar) or a strong desire to learn, as well as demonstrated scientific writing skills, will be considered as an advantage.

Please see the Admission requirements of the Doctoral school before applying:

What do we 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.

The salary of the successful candidate will be based on level 2-4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research staff in the salary system of Finnish universities. The annual salary will be approximately 28,500 EUR (gross income, including a holiday bonus). As the thesis work progresses, 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.

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

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 (note that letters of recommendation are not needed at this stage)

Please submit your application by 9th December 2021 at the latest using the online application form.

For further information, please contact Academy Researcher Laura Karavirta, tel. +358408055041 , email: .

At the University of Jyväskylä , everyone can find their place in the human-centred environment of 2,600 experts and 14,700 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. We cherish openness of thinking as well as the balance between research and education. Our naturally beautiful campus is located at the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third largest employer in Central Finland.

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. Links between physical activity and health as well as promotion of exercise and health are viewed from a multidisciplinary perspective with the improvement of health, functional ability, and wellbeing across the human lifespan as the key aim.

Research at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences  is a central part of the University’s denoted core research field of exercise, health and well-being.

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