Position: Post doctoral researcher in psychology, Faculty of Education
Time period: 1st October 2018 – 31st December 2019 (15 months)
Research project ”How Early Psychosocial Environment Affects Compassion: A 31-years Long Prospective Cohort Study on the Development of Dispositional Compassion” hires a Post doctoral researcher beginning in 1.10.2018 (There is some room for negotiation regarding the starting date). The project examines childhood factors affecting the development of compassion and whether genes moderate the effects of psychosocial factors to adulthood compassion. The project also investigates associations of compassion with well-being and health. The project uses population-based longitudinal data from the Young Finns Study. The data collection began in 1980 and included over 3500 Finnish children and adolescents from different parts of Finland. Several follow-ups have been conducted over 31 years.
The Post doctoral researcher hired to the project will examine the research questions defined in the research plan using large multidisciplinary quantitative prospective data. The researcher analyzes the data with advanced quantitative methods suited to longitudinal data (e.g. multilevel modeling). The studies will be published in high quality international peer reviewed journals in English. The researcher will write the articles together with the project leader and with the project collaborators and present the results in international scientific conferences.
The Post doctoral researcher is expected to have suitable doctoral degree and ability for independent scientific work as well as teaching skills relevant for the position.
Excellent skills in English are required as well as experience in writing scientific articles in English and publishing in high quality international peer-reviewed journals in the area of psychology. Finnish language skills are seen as advantage but not as an absolute requirement for the position. The researcher is required to master advanced quantitative methods suited to longitudinal data analysis. Further requirement is knowledge on the research themes of the project, such as personality and developmental psychology, including longitudinal development of personality over developmental transitions. Especially knowledge on compassion as a psychological phenomenon is appreciated. In addition, knowledge related to stress, health psychology and behavioral genetics are seen as advantage.
The project has wide multidisciplinary and international collaborative networks, so ideal applicant is flexible and has excellent collaborative skills. The position is placed in the research unit of Values, Ideologies and Social Contexts of Education at the Faculty of Education at University of Oulu.
The salary is based on levels 5-6 of the demand level chart for university-level teaching and research staff at Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 46.3 % of the job-specific component). For more information on the salary system at Finnish universities, please see http://www.sivistystyonantajat.fi/tiedostopankki/684/University_CA_period_2017___2018.pdf
A trial period of six months is applied to the position, according to the regular practice at Finnish universities.
Apply online latest on 18.5.2018. Please include the following attachments in your application:
The applications should be written in English and the following documents need to be included:
Further information: Professor Mirka Hintsanen, 050 569 5243, mirka.hintsanen(at)oulu.fiContinue reading