University of Jyväskylä

2 Postdoctoral Researchers, philosophy

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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä is seeking to recruit:

two postdoctoral researchers (philosophy)

for a fixed-term period of 1.2.2023-31.5.2024 (or as agreed).


Duties and requirements

The positions are allocated to the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy and to a project funded by the Academy of Finland: Asymmetric Encounters: Intersubjectivity and the Sense of Boundaries. Making use of research in philosophy, psychoanalysis, and developmental psychology, the project engages in an inquiry into interpersonal experience – particularly, into the sense of mutuality, reciprocity, sharing, and otherness – and challenges the premise that human interaction takes place between unambiguously differentiated individuals.

The main task of the to-be-recruited postdoctoral researchers is to conduct research on the dynamic nature of the self/other relationship. The applicants’ research plans are expected to focus on one or more of the following questions:

(1)  How is the self/other distinction experientially achieved?

(2)  What kind of tensions are involved in this process?

(3)  How are these tensions reflected in social interaction?

The applicants are primarily expected to have a Ph.D. degree in the field of philosophy (e.g., philosophy of mind, philosophy of emotions, phenomenology, or social ontology), but other suitable academic backgrounds will also be taken into consideration. In any case, strength in theoretical-conceptual analysis is required. Interdisciplinary expertise across fields relevant to the project (e.g., philosophy, psychoanalysis and/or developmental psychology) will be considered as an asset.

Besides research, the applicants are expected to take part in the internal research seminar of the project and to the planning and organizing of scientific meetings. The primary place to conduct the research is Jyväskylä.

The candidates are expected to conduct research on high international level, and a good command of English is required for this position. The duties and qualification requirements for the position of the Postdoctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations, Rector’s decision on personnel matters and language skills guidelines. The qualification requirements should be met by the closing of the application time.


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 multi-science community where the welfare of each individual is important.

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 Lakeland, and has excellent opportunities for different nature, outdoor, and sports activities. The city of Jyväskylä is a major educational center and the city has a large student population. As such there is a vibrant cultural scene in the city.

At the University of Jyväskylä, we offer a great and lively university campus area with opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. 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 postdoctoral researcher positions are rated on levels 5-6 in the YPJ salary system for Finnish universities. The monthly salary (gross income) in this postdoctoral researcher position will be approximately 3.200–4.100€, depending on the qualifications and prior experience of the candidate.

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


How to apply?

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

  1. Short and informal motivation letter
  2. CV composed according to good scientific practice and considering, when possible, the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK);
  3. Numbered list of publications covering the applicant’s the scientific and other publications according to the instructions of the Academy of Finland (please indicate the five most relevant publications vis-à-vis this project);
  4. Research proposal (max. 2-3 pages) pertinent to the task, including a publication plan (bibliography does not count towards the page limit);
  5. Names and contact information of 1-3 references.

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by August 31, 2022.

For more information, please contact the head of the project, Senior Lecturer Joona Taipale:; +358503577186.


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.

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. 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.

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