Positions open in Mathematics and Statistics
University of Jyväskylä
Faculty of Mathematics and Science, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Jyväskylä in central Finland is a world class research institution training mathematicians and statisticians for diverse jobs in industry, education, and academic research. The main research areas in the department are mathematical analysis, stochastics, inverse problems, and statistics with their applications. In mathematical analysis the research is focused on nonlinear partial differential equations, geometric analysis, and geometric measure theory. In stochastics the key research areas are stochastic optimization, stochastic dynamical systems, and stochastic analysis. In statistics the main research areas are spatial statistics, time series analysis, nonparametric and robust multivariate methods, cost-efficient design, biometry and environmental statistics. Inverse problems is a new interdisciplinary field of research in the department with close connections to research in mathematical analysis. It has applications in medical and industrial imaging. The department is a member of the network of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Inverse Problems. Please see https://www.jyu.fi/maths/en/ for more information about research and education in the Department.
Applications are currently being accepted for several positions in Mathematics and Statistics:
University lecturers/researchers (tenure track) or postdoctoral researchers (1-3 positions), starting August 1, 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter
University teachers (1-3 position), starting August 1, 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter
Doctoral students (1-2 positions), starting August 1, 2013 (contract length maximum of four years).
The university lecturers/researchers, postdoctoral researchers, and doctoral students are recruited in the main research areas of Mathematics, Stochastics, or Statistics at the department.
University lecturers and researchers are expected to have doctor’s degree, excellent records in conducting scientific research as well as in educating and supervising undergraduate, graduate and PhD students. The candidate's records will be evaluated based on their scientific work, records in directing research programs, teaching experience, pedagogical education, produced teaching material, and/or other records from teaching posts. Teaching skills must be demonstrated by a sample lecture or through equivalent documents.
The university lecturer positions are first filled for fixed-term period with the expectation that by the end of the term the candidate will have demonstrated eligibility for a tenured contract. In such cases the fixed-term contract can be extended to be open-ended up to professor level upon further external evaluation. An especially highly qualified applicant can be offered an open-ended researcher or temporary professor contract directly, with corresponding responsibilities.
The postdoctoral researchers are expected to focus on scientific research, but also to participate in teaching within their own areas of expertise. They are expected to have doctor’s degree, on suitable areas of research, and relevant teaching skills.
University teachers are expected to teach mathematics and/or statistics courses. Besides teaching the university teachers can do research. They are expected to have Master’s degree and relevant teaching skills, which will be evaluated based on their teaching experience, pedagogical education, produced teaching material, other records from teaching posts, and by a sample lecture. Due to the nature of the positions, a PhD degree and records in conducting scientific research are credited.
Doctoral students are recruited in the main research areas of the department with the funding period (stipend) being for up to four years. Progress in postgraduate studies and research is evaluated after the first year, and decision on further funding will be made on the basis of this evaluation. Applicants must have a science training equivalent to that required for the M.Sc. degree in mathematics or statistics.
According to Finnish law, a non-native university teaching staff member can be granted an exemption from the requirement of Finnish language proficiency. As the department organizes part of its teaching in English ability to teach in English is credited.
The basic salary of university researchers/lecturers depends on the qualifications and experience of the nominee and ranges between levels 5-7 (2 820,64 EUR/month – 3 799,56 EUR/month), for post-doctoral researchers and university teachers the basic salary ranges between levels 4-5 (2 432,20 EUR/month – 2 820,64 EUR/month) and for a PhD student between levels 1-3 (1 767,97 EUR/month – 2 139,50 EUR/month). Based on personal performance, these can be supplemented by up to 46.3 %.
Further details of the posts and research at the department are available at https://www.jyu.fi/maths/en.
The application documents should include in pdf format
Curriculum vitae or a short written report on applicant’s scholarly and pedagogic experience and merits as well as performance in conducting research, attracting research funding and international cooperation and present research topics;
Statement of research interests;
A numbered list of all the scholarly and other publications with which the applicant wishes to demonstrate her/his qualifications for the post;
A trial period of four months will be used when the positions are first filled.
Applicants are kindly asked to make their applications by using the electronic form on page https://www.jyu.fi/science/en/mathstatform03. The application with the applicant’s contact information can also be addressed to University of Jyväskylä, Registry Office, P.O. Box 35, 40014 University of Jyväskylä, Finland. The closing date for the applications is April 8, 2013 at 16.15.
For informal enquiries about the positions, please refer to the research projects listed online, or contact the Head of Department, Professor Tero Kilpeläinen (firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: +358408053432), or the Administrative Director of the Faculty Matti Pylvänäinen (email@example.com).