Developing Researcher Career with HRS4R

The JYU offers good working conditions for our researchers and since 2013 promotes the principles in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter&Code). The researcher career and working conditions are developed by implementing several researcher career related actions. These actions are described in the HRS4R Action Plan. Every three years the JYU assess internally how it has implemented the researcher-related actions in the HRS4R Action Plan and based on the assessment revises its actions.

Now preparing for external assessment: internal assessment ready and European Commission Site Visit under preparation 

Based on the 2018 internal assessment the JYU has revised the HRS4R Action Plan.  So far the JYU has three HRS4R action plans:

  • the revised action in 2019-2021 (based on the internal assessment in 2018) - valid at present
  • the revised action plan in 2015 (based on the internal assessment in 2015) - not valid any more
  • the original action from 2013 (based on the Gap Analysis from 2012) - not valid any more.

The new JYU strategy is embedded in the current 2018 action plan with the strategy development programmes which are being compiled during spring 2019.

The European Commission (EC) will visit the JYU either in early or late summer 2019 as part of its assessment procedures within the HRS4R. That visit is called a Site Visit. During the site visit the EC assessors from three different organisations will assess how well the JYU has implemented its action plan, our progress and quality and gives us suggestions to improve our way of implementing the actions. 

Take a look into the newest action plan and follow this website to see how the actions are implemented and how the EC Site Visit will proceed.

Columns about developing research careers

The members of the HRS4R Steering Group wanted to share their point of views about the research career. You can read their columns here.

 What has happened previously?




  • 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.