University Teacher in Intercultural Communication

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is currently seeking to recruit

a University Teacher in Intercultural Communication for a fixed-term period of 1.1.2023-31.12.2023.

Tasks and qualifications

The position is allocated to the Department of Language and Communication Studies to the discipline of Intercultural Communication. As a field of research, Intercultural Communication examines communication in culturally diverse groups, communities and organizations. Intercultural Communication applies theoretical and empirical knowledge to answer the challenges of globalizing and multicultural societies across a variety of contexts.

The University Teacher will be a part of a team responsible for research and education in the field of Intercultural Communication. The teaching takes place in the international MA degree programme Language, Globalization and Intercultural Communication and the study module in Intercultural Communication. The contents of the teaching modules deal for example with themes related to diversity in organizational communication, migration and transition in a global world, and issues related to intergroup communication in technology-mediated contexts.

A successful candidate is expected to have earlier experience and strong teaching merits from the field of Intercultural Communication. An active research profile in the field will also be considered an asset.

The duties and qualification requirements for the position of the University Teacher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations, Rector’s decision on personnel matters and language skills guidelines. Excellent proficiency in English is required, because the main language of instruction is English.

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 University Teacher’s salary is situated on the job demands levels 4-5 according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at universities. The salary is 2700-3800 € / month 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 online application form must include the following documents in PDF form in English (publications need not to be translated) and the name of the applicant must be mentioned in the file name:

  1. A CV of the applicant, 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);
  2. A brief (2-3 pages) explanation of the applicant’s pedagogical training and teaching merits i.e. teaching portfolio;
  3. A brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s scientific research, merits in scientific activities and how they relate to the field of Intercultural Communication and the focus areas of the Department of Language and Communication Studies;
  4. A numbered list of all scientific and other publications with which the applicant wishes to demonstrate their eligibility and merits for the post (preferably according to the guidelines of the Academy of Finland).
  5. Information regarding possible earlier and currently valid trial lectures.

Please submit your application at the latest on October 16, 2022 (23:59 PM EEST), using the online application form.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Marko Siitonen (, +358 40 576 7861) or Professor Mika Lähteenmäki (, +358 40 805 3206).

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