Senior Resercher (1-2 positions)

The Faculty of Social Sciences, INVEST Flagship and Research Centre at the University of Turku invites applications for contract-based, fixed term positions of senior researcher (psychology, sociology, economics or political science) from 1.1.2024-31.12.2026 Employment starts on 1.1.2024 or as agreed.

The post is positioned at the Finnish research flagship centre INVEST. The researcher will work in multidisciplinary research group INVESTHub, which is dedicated to (field) experimental research in behavioral and social sciences. The research group consists of scholars from psychology, sociology, economics and political science.

Job description

The recruited researcher will conduct his/her own research based on experimental and/or quasi-experimental designs. The researcher in psychology, sociology, economics or political science will work in close collaboration with other INVESTHub Senior Researchers participating in all activities taking place at the INVESTHub (such as organising Brownbag sessions and workshops, attending internal and external meetings and funding application preparations, as well as teaching basic- and postgraduate courses).

The research group is supported by an IT expert, who assists the researchers in managing and developing IT-solutions required in various types of experiments and gives support to handle data collection and manage large administrative datasets.

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Who we are looking for

Requirements / Qualifications / You should have

The eligibility criteria for the position are defined in the rules of procedure of the University of Turku (section 38). The person selected for the position of Senior Researcher is required to have:

  • A doctoral degree in psychology, sociology, economics or political science. It is possible to apply for the position, if a person expects to achieve a doctorate within the next six (6) months.
  • The ability to conduct independent research and apply experimental and/or quasi-experimental methods in social sciences.
  • Previous experience in either experimental research or causal research set-ups.

Successful applicants have strong research orientation and fluency in English. Knowledge of Finnish is not required.


  • Extensive onboarding  
  • Versatile training and competence development possibilities
  • Free courses in Open University of Turku. 
  • CampusSport’s broad selection of sports services at a personnel price 
  • Flexible working hours and possibilities for distance work also from abroad
  • Excellent support services for the entire personnel

Please read more about University of Turku as an employee from our Come work with us! pages.

The European Commission has awarded the University of Turku the right to use the HR Excellence in Research logo. The logo is a token of the University's commitment to continuous development of the position and working conditions of researchers according to the guidelines set forth in the European Charter for Researchers. 

The university offers good support and orientation for international hires. Please learn more about the Finnish culture and relocation to Finland:

Salary and trial period

The salary is determined by the collective agreement system of Finnish universities for teaching and research personnel.  The work-specific component for senior researcher is at level 4-6 (2720,86-3673,96 /month). I addition to the work-specific requirement level, there will a component based on personal performance, which is usually 10-17% at the beginning of the contract. The exact salary will depend on the person’s competence and research experience and will be specified when the employment contract is prepared. Progress in the researcher's personal performance will be taken into account when determining the salary during employment.

The position is subject to a six (6) months trial period.

The candidate is expected to begin work earliest in January and no later than March 2024.

How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 4.12.2023 (EEST GMT+3 / at 16:00 UTC).

Applications should be accompanied by:

  1. Motivation letter in which the applicant describes applicant’s own research interests and how they relate to the activities of the research group, see INVESThub - INVEST % (
  2. CV
  3. List of publications
  4. research plan for the years 2024-2025 (and beyond) max. 5 pages
  5. two writing samples (eg. articles, discussion papers or work in progress)
  6. If not yet defended a statement from the supervisor on the expected date of defending the thesis

Please, attach all the above-mentioned documents to your application. The documents are crucial in assessing the applications

The appendices should follow the guidelines of the faculty

Interviews for the position will be held in week 50

Further information

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact associate professor, head of INVESTHub, kirsi.peltonen(at)

For practical matters concerning the application process and electronic application system, please contact HR specialist Laura Nieminen, laura.nieminen(at)

INVEST Research Flagship Centre

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The research flagship Inequalities, Interventions, and New Welfare State (INVEST) aims at providing a new model for the welfare state that is more equal, better targeted to problem groups, more anticipatory as well as economically and socially sustainable. The existing research indicates that the Nordic welfare states are efficient in reducing the negative outcomes that are related to many of the structural family disadvantages, such as parental low education, unemployment or poverty. Despite this, children and youth are still particularly vulnerable when negative life course events take place unexpectedly or when many disadvantages accumulate to the same families. The growth environments can strengthen these negative effects. 

The flagship has been funded by the Academy of Finland and is implemented in cooperation with the University of Turku and the Institute of Health and Welfare (THL). The multidisciplinary project combines sociology, social policy, demography, psychology and psychiatry, in addition to the other connected fields of sciences.

The University of Turku is an inspiring and international academic community of 25,000 students and staff in Southwest Finland. We build a sustainable future with multidisciplinary research, education, and collaboration. With us, your work will have a significant impact and relevance in the changing world.

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