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Assistant Professor in International Business
Aalto University

Date Posted Jul. 19, 2021
Title Assistant Professor in International Business
University Aalto University
Espoo, Finland
Department E706 Dept. Management Studies
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • International Business
Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. The School of Business holds the triple crown accreditations granted to only 0.5% of the world’s business schools and is a long-standing member in the global alliance of management schools CEMS. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland, 10 km from the city center of Helsinki. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The Aalto University School of Business invites applications for an
Assistant Professor in International Business

The position is to be filled at Assistant 1st or Assistant 2nd level of the Aalto University tenure track system and is located in the Department of Management Studies. The position is full-time and the preferred starting date is January 1, 2022 but a later date may be agreed upon. Tenure or performance evaluation will take place after 3 or 4 years depending on the career stage of the applicant.

Your role and goals
The candidate is expected to conduct and supervise high-quality academic research in international business, to provide excellent research-based teaching, to follow the latest advances in the field of international business, to provide service to Aalto University and the broader scientific community, and to take part in societal interaction and international collaboration in the field.

Your network and team
The International Business (IB) unit comprises of a thriving and dynamic community of faculty, PhD students and staff. The four primary areas of research are: Management of internationally operating firms; International people management across markets; Sustainability in cross-border business; and Qualitative research methods in international business. We offer a BSc degree in International Business, an MSc degree in Global Management, and a PhD degree in International Business that are internationally competitive in terms of their quality, innovativeness and timeliness. Faculty members also contribute to other programmes of the School. The IB unit has a long history, stretching back multiple generations. Over this time, members of the group have engaged in collaborative and intense research with industry and society at large. The closeness of this relationship is a distinctive advantage internationally and not replicated elsewhere in the world, where more arm’s length academic-practitioner relationships are the norm.

The IB unit belongs to the Department of Management Studies that offers a dynamic environment for cutting-edge research and high-quality teaching. The field of management was rated #31 in the world in the Shanghai ranking (2021). Faculty members conduct research across a range of management disciplines including organizational communications, entrepreneurship, and international business, collaborating with internationally acknowledged scholars from all over the world. The department educates strategic leaders with an ethical mindset for the contemporary global business environments. The department has approximately 40 full-faculty members and 20 post-doc researchers of whom a fourth have an international background. In addition, several distinguished international visiting professors collaborate with the faculty.

For more information about the Department of Management Studies please visit:

Your experience and ambitions
The ideal candidate will have the potential to achieve excellence in research, to develop into an outstanding teacher in our programmes, and make academic and societal impact through research and teaching.

The applicant is expected to have a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline and to have a fluent command of English (ie. no Finnish is required). The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of their research, teaching, and academic activity in the scientific community. The evaluation of applicants will be supported by bibliometric analyses using e.g. ISI Web of Science. Evidence of ability and desire to attract grant funding is welcome. The position is open to candidates in all areas of International Business.

What we offer
We offer competitive teaching loads and generous research funding for the first three years as well as excellent opportunities to attract external research funding. The selected candidate has the possibility to work within a well-resourced learning community whose students are rigorously selected and highly motivated. This results in an unusually interactive and intellectually challenging atmosphere.

Aalto University provides a competitive salary, occupational health care services and retirement benefits. The School of Business will provide relocation support for tenure track professors coming from outside Finland.
Finland is a healthy and safe living environment, offering many excellent state-subsidized services including affordable daycare, free schools, and universities, which are consistently ranked among the best in the world.

The department is located in the Otaniemi campus of Aalto University in Espoo (Helsinki metropolitan area). Consistent with EU insurance and pension regulations, Aalto expects full-time academic employees to reside and work in Finland. More information about living and working in Finland

Ready to apply?
If you want to join our community, please submit your application through open positions by 10 September, 2021 at the latest. If you wish to hear more about the position, you can reach out to the Head of the International Business Unit, Professor Rebecca Piekkari, or in questions relating to the recruitment process, HR Coordinator Elisa Utriainen. E-mails: rebecca.piekkari(at); elisa.utriainen(at)

To apply, please share the following application materials with us in English and PDF:

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 University’s guidelines- see Teaching portfolio guidelines for candidate
Names of four referees

General instructions for applicants including evaluation criteria, language requirements and guidelines for compiling your CV are given at

Applications with attachments (in pdf-format) for the tenure track position are to be addressed to the Dean of Aalto University School of Business and submitted through the link below no later than 10 September 2021.
The application material will not be returned.

Aalto University reserves the right to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.
From amongst the applicants in the first phase, Aalto University will select those who may be asked to supplement their application materials. Based on the application materials and reference letters, the Departmental Committee will choose the most suitable applicants to visit the Department of Management Studies and deliver a job talk in Fall 2021.

Tenure track in Aalto University
The position will be placed on the Aalto University Tenure Track. Individuals on the tenure track have the possibility to advance in their career through regular performance assessments, which take into account their merits in all areas of their scope of duty. Launched only in 2010, the tenure track has attracted a wide range of international applicants, giving Aalto University the possibility of recruiting top experts and young talent to join the Aalto University community.

Throughout their careers, those in the academic tenure track system are expected to exercise and guide artistic/scientific research and/or artistic/design work, to provide related higher academic education, to follow the advances of their field, to participate in service to the Aalto University community, and to take part in societal interaction and international collaboration in their field. For more information on the tenure track system of Aalto University, please see

About Finland
Finland is a great place for living with or without family - it is a safe, politically stable and well-organized Nordic society. Finland is consistently ranked high in quality of life and was just listed again as the happiest country in the world: For more information about living in Finland:

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