The Finnish Youth Research Society is looking for a research director

The research director is in charge of the work of the Finnish Youth Research Society to influence youth research and youth policies, and functions as the supervisor of the staff at the Society. We offer an opportunity to lead and develop youth research in a motivated and positive environment. This permanent position offers a unique vantage point and opportunity to exert an influence.

Successful conduct of the duties requires broad expertise of multidisciplinary research, especially in youth research and in academic and applied research. The research director must have a firm grasp of research practices: experience as a researcher, skill in managing research projects and their administrative duties and proven success in raising research funding.

The research director must meet the same formal qualification criteria as adjunct professors and hold a doctorate in a relevant field. The academic research conducted by eligible candidates must be comprehensive and of a high national and international standard. The candidates must also have experience in influencing social policies on the basis of research and of work carried out with young people and/or of youth policies.

The research director must have excellent interaction and communication skills, an ability to plan strategies and good contacts in Finland and abroad. The job description requires experience in managerial work and expertise in financial administration and an ability to lead an organisation of specialists. To be able to successfully carry out the directors’ duties, candidates must have good oral and written skills in Finnish and English. Other language skills will be considered an advantage.

This is a permanent and full-time position. Employment will begin on 1 January 2018, or as agreed. The salary comes under difficulty level 7 of the Finnish Youth Research Society's salary system (basic monthly pay EUR 5,200) in addition to which a personal component is paid (max EUR 1,800 per month). The research director will work in the Allianssi building in East Pasila, Helsinki. We would like applicants from different age groups and genders and from different linguistic, cultural and other minority backgrounds. We observe principles of equal opportunity and equality in our recruitment process, and therefore will treat candidates of all genders and backgrounds equally and justly.

Applications should be addressed to the Board of the Finnish Youth Research Society and sent by e-mail to the Board Secretary Sarianne Karikko to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 4 pm on Friday 18 August 2017 (applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered). Receipt of applications will be acknowledged.

Applications must include:

  • free-form application
  • a curriculum vitae of no more than 10 pages in accordance with the template provided by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (http://www.tenk.fi/en/content/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae)
  • a list of publications not longer than 10 pages that follows the guidelines of the Academy of Finland (http://www.aka.fi/en/funding/how-to-apply/appendices-required/guidelines-for-list-of-publications/)
  • a document of not more than 3 pages laying out a vision for improvement of the key content and methodologies of youth research and how the improvement can be achieved
  • a document of not more than 3 pages laying out a vision of the applicant's opinion of the Finnish Youth Research Society’s position as an organisation in the field of the Finnish and international field of youth research, work and policies and possible new trends in development
  • any referees and their contact information

Further information

Professor Antti Häkkinen
Chair, Finnish Youth Research Society
tel. +358 (0)50 544 7788
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The Finnish Youth Research Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1988, for the purpose of promoting youth research in Finland and abroad. The Society engages in research through the associated Finnish Youth Research Network. The goal of the Finnish Youth Research Network is to produce research data that is relevant to youth policies and of a high academic standard. Each year, some 30 employees work within the network. For more information, please visit www.youthresearch.fi