Senior Lecturer, Contemporary Culture Studies

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies is currently seeking to recruit   a Senior Lecturer (research emphasis) in Contemporary Culture Studies, from March 1, 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter, until 31st December 2025. 

The research focused position will be located in the discipline of contemporary culture studies and related to the Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies. At the University of Jyväskylä, contemporary culture studies has a strong take on digital media culture and, especially, game cultures. The position of the Senior Lecturer emphasizes the research area ’Meaning and Form of Games’, and research will focus especially on interpretation of games and game philosophy. Expertise on the methodology of game research and the game history are considered as an asset.

Tasks and qualifications  

The Senior Lecturer is required to have strong research skills for conducting high-quality scientific game and game cultures research, significantly contributing to the research activities in the CoE in Game Culture Studies and the discipline. There is also a strong expectation of the Senior Lecturer to plan and lead new external funding project applications. The duties also include mentoring junior researchers, supervising PhD theses, tasks in the university community, societal impact and teaching in the Master and Bachelor levels. The position requires the ability to work effectively in the multidisciplinary scientific community of the department. 

The candidate is required to have a doctoral degree in a cultural studies or other, relevant area, evidence of academic research work in the fields described above, the ability to provide high-quality research-based teaching and to supervise theses and dissertations. Experience of multidisciplinary research in the field on cultural studies is considered as a strength. 

The work of the Senior lecturer is mainly conducted in an international setting, where academic English skills are needed. Especially the societal impact area covers such regional collaborations, where Finnish is also needed. We value the success in obtaining research funding and experience in societal impact. In addition, university pedagogical studies and having interest in developing the research field of meaning and form of games are considered in the assessment. 

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a Senior Lecturer are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines.

What does the University of Jyväskylä offer as an employer?    

At the University of Jyväskylä, you are a valued member of our academic community with a unique opportunity to influence the research-based education of students. You become part of our international and multidisciplinary community where the welfare of each individual is important. We offer a great and lively campus area with opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. The Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies is a joint research unit between the Universities of Jyväskylä, Tampere and Turku. There are more than 40 researchers in the CoE. JYU is the main responsible partner of the Theme Meaning and Form of Games in the CoE. Additionally, JYU has responsibilities in all the other Theme areas of ’Creation of Games’, ’Players of Games’ ja ’SocietalFrames of Games’. 

The Senior Lecturer’s salary is situated on the job demands levels 5–7 according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at universities. The annual salary range will be approximately 39.800-64.500 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus), depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.  

A trial period of six months will be used at the beginning of the employment.  

How to apply?  

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

  1. 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) (see:,  
  1. Teaching portfolio, i.e. short (2–3 pages) explanation of the applicant’s pedagogical training and teaching merits (see: ),  
  1. Research statement, i.e. short (2–3 pages) explanation of the applicant’s research activities and merits, 
  1. A numbered list of all scientific and other publications according to the guidelines of the Academy of Finland ,  
  1. A maximum of five publications, which must be numbered according to the list of publications. 

Please submit your application at the latest on January 1st, 2023, using the online application form.  

For further information, please contact Professor of Contemporary Culture Raine Koskimaa , +358408405968. 

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is a strong contributor to human and social 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-centered 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.