Developing a Research Career and Position with HRS4R

Series of columns about developing research careers

Vice Rector (years 2012-2017) Helena Rasku-Puttonen describes why it is essential to improve researchers’ status and working conditions. Read more...

When you are asked to be an academic leader, it is worth saying yes, states Senior Researcher Heli Valtonen in her column.

'The fifth step is the attitude.' Professor Leena Lindström describes her experiences from her foreign commission as an ASLA Fulbright scholar. Take a look and read in Leena's column what are the four other steps and which challenge she throws to other staff.

Preparing for external assessment 

Hopefully you have heard that JYU has been active in developing your research career. One way to do this is to take part in the EU's programme called HR Strategy for Researchers in which the principles in the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter&Code) are applied. This might sound bureaucratic, but the goal is to improve researchers' working conditions and research career by implementing actions which you, our researchers, defined in the self-assessment in 2015. 

While implementing the actions, it's time now also to prepare for the external assessment to take place in 2018. In this external assessment we will need your help as well. This website will a bit later describe what we will do and how you could contribute to this important development. 

Self-assessment report and revised action plan finalised

The HRS4R Steering Group prepared two self-assessment reports:

1) one for the European Commission. This self-assessment report includes also the revised HRS4R action plan which the University implements as of early 2016.

2) a more detailed version based on the University Quality Assurance model including more detailed information on the self-assessment process.

Self-assessment on 10 March 2015

The self-assessment took place on 10 March 2015, two years after the University received the EU acknowledgement 'HR Excellence in Research'. Thank you for every participant! The HRS4R Steering Group is processing the self-assessment report and updating the action plan.

In the self-assessment the progress of the Action Plan will be internally assessed implementing university's existing quality management methods. After the self-assessment we will provide a status report to the EU as well as update the action plan on the basis of the self-assessment results. 

  • Materials for participants in the self-assessment

The participants in the self-assessment are kindly asked to get acquainted with the following material prior to the actual self-assessment on 10 March 2015. The self-assessment will commence at 8.00 (sharp) on 10 March in the T-building (4th floor, room T432) at Seminaarinmäki. Refreshements and lunch will be provided.


Action Plan: state of progress (December 2014)

The University of Jyvaskyla is progressing well with implementing the Action Plan. Take a look and check which actions have been completed and which still are underway by clicking the title.

HR Excellence in Research acknowledgement to the University of Jyväskylä (April 2013)

The University of Jyväskylä has received the right to use “HR Excellence in Research” logo. This is a remarkable recognition from EU for the University’s work related to the development of researchers’ professional competence and the attractiveness of research career. The recognition promotes, e.g. the recruitment of talented international researchers and doctoral students.

The recognition signals that the HR policy at the University of Jyväskylä can guarantee that the status of researchers at the University meets the EU targets. The position of researchers will be developed further in accordance with the principles of HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R). The University of Jyväskylä offers researchers a good and inspiring working environment, commits to fair and transparent recruitment and rewarding principles and promotes the principles of the European Charter For Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers in its operations.

HRS4R, Charter & Code

The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers Incorporating the Charter & Code (HRS4R) is a tool to support the systematic implementation of the Charter & Code in the human resources policies of organisations. The Charter & Code (C&C) refers to two European documents:

European Charter for Researchers and
• Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers

These two documents provide means to achieve a transparent and open labour market for researchers. They include general principles and requirements associated with the positions, obligations and rights of researchers and their employers, as well as with the recruitment of researchers. A research institution implementing the Charter & Code will be seen as a more attractive and stimulating working environment for researchers who are looking for a new employer or host for their research project. In addition, researchers can rely on that the recruitment and appraisal procedures are fair and transparent in organisations implementing the Charter and Code.

The process will be implemented in five steps:

  1. Internal gap analysis
  2. Creation of action plan
  3. Review of the completed analysis and action plan by the EU -> the EU will acknowledge the organisation with the right to use the 'HR Excellence in Research' logo.
  4. Self-assessment of progress in the implementation of the action plan within two years.
  5. External evaluation carried out every four years.

HRS4R Process at JYU and JYU Action Plan

The HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) steering group guides the HRS4R process and supervises its implementation at the University of Jyväskylä.

The first three steps of the HRS4R process at the University of Jyväskylä.