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Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship (Tenure track)
Aalto University

Date Posted Aug. 7, 2023
Title Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship (Tenure track)
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department E706 Dept. Management Studies
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Entrepreneurship
Aalto University is where science and art meet technology and business. Our community is made up of 13 000 students, 400 professors and close to 4 500 other faculty and staff working on our dynamic campus in Espoo, Greater Helsinki, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The Aalto University School of Business is the leading business school in Finland. The School belongs to the select group of business schools that have been granted the most important international quality accreditations in its field. It is among the best business schools in Europe in terms of research excellence, its portfolio of pioneering B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., and its executive education programs, and its contributions to society.

Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship (Tenure track)

We are now looking for a tenure-track Assistant Professor to strengthen our entrepreneurship faculty team in the Department of Management Studies at Aalto University’s School of Business. In this role you will have a chance to make an impact by designing and leading high-quality research projects, by empowering students to explore their entrepreneurial potential, as well as fostering a thriving entrepreneurship research and education community at the university. We would like you to start between January and September 2024. Join us in shaping the future!

Your role and goals
The ideal candidate will demonstrate significant potential or proven ability to publish in top entrepreneurship journals (e.g. JBV, ETP, SEJ, SBE, ERD) and/or to publish entrepreneurship-related research in other established outlets (FT50 or Academic Journal Guide 3-4* ranked journals) within the broader field of management studies.

More broadly, the successful applicant should also demonstrate the ability to:
  • conduct individual and collaborative academic research, meeting high international standards
  • participate in regular research activities, such as research seminars, workshops and conferences
  • disemminate research findings to the public in general, and to Aalto University’s stakeholders where relevant
  • act as regular ad hoc reviewer, potentially serving as review board member of top-tier journals
  • offer high-quality teaching in entrepreneurship (at BSc, MSc and PhD level)
  • design and develop educational offerings at a course, module or program level
  • supervise undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate thesis work
  • participate in administrative tasks and strategic decision-making in the Entrepreneurship Unit and the Department of Management Studies
  • attract (inter-)national funding for research projects
  • promote Aalto University’s academic reputation

Applicants should hold a doctorate degree or have their doctoral thesis under review, which can be from any of a number of disciplines, provided that the candidate’s research expertise and focus lies clearly in entrepreneurship. High proficiency in written and spoken English is a requirement for this position. Employment duties need to be performed in Finland.

What we offer
At the assistant level, the tenure track covers two terms. The first term is for three years, with renewal for a second four-year term being based on successful mid-term evaluation. Subsequent promotion to Associate Professor is based on a successful tenure review conducted towards the end of the second term. More information on Aalto’s tenure track system can be found here: tenure track system. The position offers a manageable teaching load and initial research funding (€10,000/year for the first three years of the position), along with mentoring and training opportunities to assist the applicant in meeting the criteria for a successful mid-term evaluation and future promotion to the Associate Professor level.

The selected candidate is expected to start the position between January and September 2024. The position comes with an internationally competitive salary, that is determined based on the experience and qualifications of the chosen candidate according to the salary system of Aalto University. In addition, Aalto University provides its employees with occupational health care services and retirement benefits.

We offer the successful candidate the opportunity to teach and do research in a vibrant and active international community. There are also ample opportunities for cross-disciplinary research and teaching collaboration across Aalto University.
  • Meaningful and inspiring environment. We are proud of our purpose to shape a sustainable future. We renew society with research-based knowledge, creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Culture that includes and values everyone. All our work is guided by the values of the university: responsibility, courage, and collaboration. It’s the people that create Aalto, now and in the future. We are an open community where equality and inclusion enable curiosity, innovation, collaboration and wellbeing.
  • Support, coaching and sparring when you feel you need it.
  • Great possibilities for competence development and learning. We constantly keep learning to find the most impactful ways to empower - and invest in - our people.

Our vast array of professional development opportunities means you will grow and learn, having the chance to participate actively in staff trainings and development projects based on your interests and needs. There is great freedom in your role, and we have a flexible modern working culture. We value work-life balance and wellbeing in all aspects of life.

The primary workplace is Otaniemi, Espoo. The Otaniemi campus is a thriving and connected community of 100 nationalities, 13,000 students and 4,500 employees. Life at the campus is vibrant and filled with amazing architecture, calming nature, and a variety of cafes, restaurants, services and good connections along the recently opened metro and fast tram lines.

About us
Our Entrepreneurship Unit at the Department of Management Studies contributes to Aalto’s mission to foster a thriving entrepreneurship culture. We provide rigorous and high-impact entrepreneurship research and educate future leaders with a strong ethical and entrepreneurial mindset. Our research is published in top-tier entrepreneurship journals, such as the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, as well as in top management journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Studies, and Journal of Management Studies. Our entrepreneurship educational offerings, like our new Master’s program in Sustainable Entrepreneurship, are strongly embedded in the Aalto entrepreneurship ecosystem, and build on a long-standing collaboration with key entrepreneurship education actors at Aalto, such as Aalto Ventures Program, Aalto Entrepreneurship Society, Start-up Sauna and Aalto Design Factory. Our entrepreneurship faculty team has frequently received scientific awards and prestigious funding (such as from the Research Council of Finland), while we also regularly collaborate with policy-makers and practitioners, including advising the ILO, the OECD, and the European Commission on entrepreneurship matters.

For more Information
If you wish to hear more about the Assistant Professorship position in entrepreneurship, please contact Professor Ewald Kibler ( On matters related to the application process, please contact our HR Coordinator Jenna Knuutinen (

Ready to apply?
If you want to join our Aalto entrepreneurship community, please submit your application through our recruitment system Workday no later than October 1, 2023 at 23:59 EET (UTC+2). Aalto University’s employees and visitors should apply for the position by using their existing Workday user account. Please see how to do it here.

To apply, please share the following application materials with us, in English and as PDF files:
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae—please use the template recommended by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity
  • List of publications, with the most significant publications highlighted
  • A research statement describing future research plans (1-2 pages)
  • Teaching portfolio according to Aalto’s guidelines—see Teaching portfolio guidelines for candidate
  • reference letters from three referees

Instructions for applicants, including evaluation criteria and guidelines for compiling your CV, are provided at Interested in joining our tenure track? | Aalto University. More information about our tenure track system see here: Tenure track | Aalto University.

About recruitment process
Only applications submitted through Workday will be considered. We will start the evaluation process in October-November 2023 after the application period has expired.

From the applicants in the first phase, Aalto University will select candidates to continue in the process. Shortlisted applications are invited for a job talk and an interview. Talks and interviews will be held in November-December.

Aalto University reserves the right to use external reviewers during the recruitment process. Aalto University also reserves the right, in justified cases, to leave the position open, to extend the application period, and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

About Finland
Finland is a great place for living, both with or without family: it is a safe, politically stable and well-organized Nordic society which is consistently ranked highly in quality-of-life studies. For instance, the World Happiness Report 2023 named Finland the happiest country in the world for the sixth year in a row. Greater Helsinki has also been praised as one of the world’s most livable cities, e.g. by Monocle Magazine and in the Economist Intelligence Unit livability rankings. For more information about living in Finland:
Check out our new virtual Aalto campus experience:!

Aalto-yliopistossa tiede ja taide kohtaavat tekniikan ja talouden. Rakennamme kestävää tulevaisuutta saavuttamalla läpimurtoja avainalueillamme ja niiden yhtymäkohdissa. Samalla innostamme tulevaisuuden muutoksentekijöitä ja luomme ratkaisuja maailman suuriin haasteisiin. Yliopistoyhteisöömme kuuluu 13 000 opiskelijaa ja yli 4500 työntekijää, joista 400 on professoreita. Kampuksemme sijaitsee Espoon Otaniemessä. Monimuotoisuus on osa meitä, ja teemme jatkuvaa työtä yhteisömme monimuotoisuuden ja syrjimättömyyden varmistamiseksi. Siksi kannustammekin päteviä hakijoita taustasta riippumatta liittymään yhteisöömme.

Aalto-yliopiston Kauppakorkeakoulun Johtamisen laitos hakee apulaisrofessoria (tutkimusalanaan - yrittäjyys).

Tutustu tehtävän tavoitteisiin ja odotuksiimme englanninkielisestä ilmoituksesta yllä.

Haethan tehtävää 1.10.2023 mennessä lähettämällä seuraavat hakudokumentit Workday -sähköisen rekrytointijärjestelmän kautta:
  • Englanninkielinen motivaatiokirje
  • CV - pyydämme sinua käyttämään Tutkimuseettisen neuvottelukunnan ansioluettelomallin
  • julkaisuluettelo, josta ilmenee merkittävimmät artikkelit
  • tutkimussuunnitelma
  • opetusportfolio - Aallon ohjeet löytyy tästä
  • kolme suosituskirjettä

Jos olet Aallon työntekijä tai vierailija, haethan sisäistä hakukanavaa käyttäen kirjautumalla ensin Workday-järjestelmään (internal jobs) ohjeen mukaan.

Lisätietoa tehtävästä voi antaa professori Ewald Kibler ( Rekrytointiprosessiin liittyvissä kysymyksissä voit olla yhteydessä HR-koordinaattoriin (Jenna Knuutinen -

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