The University of Helsinki Centre for University Teaching and Learning (HYPE) is a research and development unit located at the Faculty of Educational Sciences and serving the entire University of Helsinki. The Centre’s duties include multidisciplinary research in university teaching and learning at the University of Helsinki as well as related training, pedagogical specialist services, educational development and quality assurance.

The Higher Education Teachers’ Professional Agency (HEdTPA) research project investigates active and skilful learning among higher education teachers and the factors contributing to it in the scholarly community. The HEdTPA project focuses on exploring higher education teachers’ professional agency in relation to learning in collaboration with HE students and colleagues. The project will be carried out using a systemic multimethod design, which utilises surveys, interviews, document analyses and direct, authentic measures. The HEdTPA project builds a novel theoretical framework for understanding HE teacher learning by exploring the structure and function of the professional agency of higher education teachers.

Centre for University Teaching and Learning invites applications for


for a fixed term from April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022 at the HEdTPA project.

The primary duty of the doctoral students is to work on their doctoral thesis. Their other duties include assisting in research as well as teaching.

The appointees must have a capacity for independent research, excellent cooperation skills, the willingness to conduct multimethod research on learning and a degree applicable to research on learning and teaching (a master’s degree or equivalent, for example, in education, educational psychology, psychology or social psychology). The ability to use quantitative research methods and experience in conducting quantitative research will be considered an asset. The positions require oral and written communication skills in English.

The appointees need not hold a right to study at the University of Helsinki at the beginning of their employment, but they must apply for this right and obtain it during their trial period for the position. There is a six-month trial period for each position.

Each appointee’s starting salary will be 2,300 - 3,200, euros/month gross, depending on the person’s qualifications and previous experience.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications a single PDF file that includes the following documents in English or Finnish:
• A written application letter describing, for example, your research interests and motivation for the position (max. 500 words)
• CV
• A short (max. 1,000 words) plan of intent serving as the basis for your future research plan; please read the project description below to help you draw up the plan of intent, and demonstrate in your plan how your postgraduate study plan relates to the project as a whole
• A degree diploma.
The PDF file must be named as follows: yourlastname_HYPE. Other attachments, including letters of recommendation or certificates, are not required.

Application must be submitted through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the link below. Internal applicants (i.e. current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal. The deadline for applications is February 20, 2020.

Further information about the positions and the work environment may be obtained from Director, Professor Auli Toom, auli.toom(at) and Professor Kirsi Pyhältö, kirsi.pyhalto(at)

Further information about the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Coordinator Hector Nystedt, hector.nystedt(at) Technical support for using the University’s electronic recruitment system: recruitment(at)

Due date

20.02.2020 23:59 EET