Postdoctoral researcher or project researcher

The Faculty of Social Sciences, INVEST Flagship Research Centre at at the University of Turku invites applications for 1-4 contract-based, fixed term positions of postdoctoral or project researcher. Employment starts on 1.9.2024 or as agreed. Contracts end on 31.3.2026 and 31.12.2026.

Job description

The recruited researchers will work in the research group led by prof. Christina Salmivalli. The focus of our research is in evaluating evidence-based preventive interventions to enhance the well-being of children and youth, investigating the uptake and implementation of such interventions, and doing developmental research that has potential to lead to the advancement of existing interventions or to the development of new ones. Our important focal research area since a long time is school bullying.

The recruited researchers will work in one of two projects: ERC-funded CHALLENGE project led by prof. Christina Salmivalli, see , or STRIVE project led by associate prof. Claire Garandeau, see  

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Who we are looking for

In order to be selected for a post-doctoral position the applicant is required to have:

a) a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field (or expected to acquire such a degree within six months),

b) ability to conduct independent research and experience of publishing in peer-reviewed journals

c) advanced skills in quantitative methods

d) excellent scientific writing skills in English

e) If not yet defended a statement from the supervisor on the expected date of defending the thesis

Applicants with knowledge and research experience on peer relations and bullying are prioritized. 

Individuals who are close to finishing their PhD and fulfil the other requirements mentioned above may be considered in the application process and if chosen, will be hired as project researchers.

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Salary and trial period

The salary is determined in accordance with the university salary system for teaching and research personnel. The job requirement level for the postdoctoral researcher is 4-6 (2775,28-3747,44 €/month) and for the porjct researcher 2-4 (2225,83-2775,28 €/month) In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance is paid. Typically, at the beginning of the employment this percentage is 10-17%.

The position has a trial period of six months.

Both researchers are expected to begin work in their respective project in September 2024 at earliest, but no later than January 2025.  Both positions are subject to a six (6) months trial period. The position in the CHALLENGE project will end March 31, 2026 and the one in STRIVE project lasts until December 31, 2026.

How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 9.8.2024 at 16.00 (EEST GMT+3 / at 13:00 UTC).

Applicants must enclose with their application:

  • cover letter in which the applicant describes their research interests and how they relate to the activities of the research group and the CHALLENGE and STRIVE projects in particular
  • CV
  • list of publications
  • a “job market paper” (a published article or a manuscript) that best describes the applicant’s qualifications for the position and how she or he has contributed to the scientific literature
  • degree certificate(s) / a transcript of records
  • For those in the process of defending their thesis, a copy of the manuscript and a statement from the supervisor regarding the estimated date of the dissertation defense

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

Further information

For further information about the position, please contact: professor Christina Salmivalli, or associate professor Claire Garandeu ,

With questions about the application process in August, please contact:




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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. 

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