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Current vacancies: 2 Tenure track positions in Gerontology

Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences create a unique environment for multidisciplinary, inspirational and high-impact research and education. Our universities community has its competitive edges in technology, health and society.

Health Sciences (HES) is a multidisciplinary academic education and research unit placed in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tampere University. The most important interdisciplinary themes at HES include health and health promotion for children, youth and families; human ageing and the ageing population; and the health care and social services system. HES also houses several research centres.

Gerontological research at the Faculty of Social Sciences focuses on health, functioning and quality of life in old age; ageing as a social and cultural phenomenon; and the challenges faced by the ageing society. We apply various research methods ranging from the epidemiological analysis of longitudinal data and registry research to the qualitative methods employed in social sciences. Our research groups working on ageing and the ageing society are part of the Gerontology Research Center (GEREC), which is a collaboration between Tampere University and the University of Jyväskylä. Our research groups in gerontology are part of the Centre of Excellence in Research in Ageing and Care which is funded by the Academy of Finland. (CoEAgeCare).

Job description

We are seeking highly motivated and accomplished academics to conduct, organize and supervise scientific research, develop gerontology as a multidisciplinary field, participate in public engagement activities and maintain international collaborations. These professors will hold shared senior/supervisory responsibility for conducting and developing ageing research and will participate in teaching courses included in our multidisciplinary bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programmes, including medical programmes.


Associate Professor

We require:

an applicable doctoral degree
a track record of independent scholarly activity
teaching skills required to successfully perform the duties and functions of the position
ability to lead a research group and acquire external funding
a track record of international scholarly activity.


We require:

an applicable doctoral degree
high-level scholarly expertise
experience of leading scientific research
ability to provide high-quality research-based education and instruction
a track record of winning external research funding
a track record of international scholarly activity

You will have experience of leading or making a major contribution to a research group. We expect you to be fluent in the English language to be able to successfully carry out the duties of the position. Fluent Finnish will be considered as an advantage. Your proposed work should preferably be aligned with our Faculty’s goals and priorities in gerontology research.

Candidates may be invited for a video interview during the first stage of the recruitment process. The most qualified candidates will be invited to Tampere university for an interview and may undergo an aptitude assessment. They will also undergo a review by external experts and may be required to give a demonstration of their teaching skills.

We offer

Initial appointment for associate professor is for five years and subject to successful performance. You will become a tenured member of the Faculty staff at the end of the five-year period. You will be well-supported throughout the five-year period to ease transition to Faculty positions. Full professors will hold a permanent appointment from the outset. A trial period of six months applies to all our new employees.

Salaries are based on the job demands and on employees’ personal performance in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System. The minimum starting salary of an associate professor will range between € 4577– €5130 per month and salary of a professor between 5535€-6203€ per month. Higher salaries may be agreed dependent upon experience and/or performance.

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How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 31.10.2019 (at 23.59 EEST, GMT+3 / 20.59 UTC).

Please write your application and all accompanying documents in English and attach them in PDF format. Applications should include the following documents:

Curriculum Vitae according to TENK guidelines

List of publications according to Academy of Finland guidelines. (Please indicate your ten most important publications and add hyperlinks to these publications) If the publications indicated are not found by link, please attach them to application as a separate PDF attachment.

A letter of application in which you set out the reasons why you are applying for the post and why you are particularly suited to it.

A research plan (max. 5 pages) outlining your proposed research.

Teaching portfolio that includes the following sections: 1) your views of teaching, learning and instruction, 2) pedagogical education and training, 3) experience of teaching and instruction, 4) development of your teaching and instructional skills, 5) experience of collaborative pedagogical development and pedagogical leadership 6) other teaching merits, and 7) previous assessments of teaching skills.

The names, positions and contact details of two referees who can support your application.

For more information, please contact:

Head of Unit, Professor Marja Kaunonen (

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