University of Jyväskylä

Postdoctoral Researcher, Cognitive Neuroscience

2024-06-14 (Europe/Helsinki)
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University of Jyväskylä, Department of Psychology is currently seeking to recruit

A Postdoctoral Researcher in field of cognitive neuroscience, for a fixed-term period of  10/2024–8/2026 (23 months)

The Postdoctoral Researcher will work in project Social foreign language learning: behavioral and electrophysiological studies funded by Research Council of Finland, and as a part of Active Mind research group led by associate professor Piia Astikainen: Active Mind Lab | University of Jyväskylä (

The research project investigates the effectiveness of methods utilizing social interaction and embodiment in Finnish-speaking adults learning Chinese. Virtual reality (VR) is used in learning situations, and behavioral, electrophysiological (EEG), and psychophysiological measures are used in the study of language learning.

The duties of postdoctoral researcher include research and publication activities. In addition, some teaching, coordination, and supervision of theses are included. 

Qualifications we are looking for 

The applicants' research profile is expected to correspond to the topic and methods of the project. The applicant is required to have a doctorate in psychology, education, cognitive neuroscience, or a related discipline. They should have previous experience with electrophysiology (EEG). Experience in psychophysiology and/or VR is also considered an advantage.

We value project-relevant methodological skills, the ability to publish scientific articles in cognitive neuroscience journals, and good communication and interaction skills.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a Postdoctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. Postdoctoral Researchers are required to have a relevant doctoral degree, the ability for independent scholarly work and the teaching skills required for the position. According to Finnish law, a non-native university teaching and research staff member can be granted an exemption from the requirement of Finnish language proficiency. In this position, the Postdoctoral Researcher is expected to have excellent skills in English language. 

The duties of Postdoctoral Researcher are expected to be carried out in Jyväskylä.  

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 wellbeing 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. 

Salary is based on level 5 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research staff in the salary system of Finnish universities. The starting salary will be between 3400-3800 EUR/month depending on the candidate's qualifications and experience. A trial period of six months will be used at the beginning of 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 as PDF files: 

  1. A motivation letter showing your match to the discipline and specific position call (free form) 
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV) which is to be written in accordance with good scientific practice and the following CV template of TENK  
  3. A numbered list of scientific publications (i.e., conference papers in proceedings, scientific journal articles, scientific book chapters, etc.) 
  4. Names and contact information of 1-3 referees 

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Piia Astikainen, phone:  +358408053480, e-mail:


Faculty of Education and Psychology, Department of Psychology

The Faculty of Education and Psychology is a research and education unit that uses its strong traditions as a foundation for building a sustainable future. The mission of the faculty is Learning and wellbeing in building a sustainable future society. The faculty is among the top units in Finland in teacher education and psychotherapy training.

The strengths of the faculty’s internationally renowned high-quality research are learningteaching and interaction. The faculty has five focus areas of research: Education, teaching and interventions; The 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 coordinates a number of infrastructures and networks, including the Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research (CIBR), the Methodology Centre for Human Sciences (IHME), the Psychotherapy Training and Research Centre, Multidisciplinary Research on Children and Families, and the Centre for Research on Learning and Teaching (CLT).

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.

Location: Seminaarinkatu 15

Information for the applicant

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You have 6 hours to complete your application before the timeout.

Informatie over de vacature

Postdoctoral Researcher, Cognitive Neuroscience
Seminaarinkatu 15 Jyväskylä, Finland
Uiterste sollicitatiedatum
2024-06-14 23:59 (Europe/Helsinki)
2024-06-14 22:59 (CET)
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