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Assistant Professor, Financial Accounting
Aalto University

Date Posted Nov. 7, 2022
Title Assistant Professor, Financial Accounting
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department E701 Dept. Accounting
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Finance
    Accounting and/or Taxes
Aalto University is where science and art meet technology and business. We shape a sustainable future by making research breakthroughs in and across our disciplines, sparking the game changers of tomorrow and creating novel solutions to major global challenges. Our community is made up of 12 000 students, 400 professors and close to 4 000 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 diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The Department of Accounting & Business Law is one of the leading departments of its domain in the Nordic countries. Its faculty is both Finnish and international, coming from a variety of backgrounds. Our research is published in top journals. We are well connected both nationally and internationally, maintaining close ties with prestigious universities as well as with the Finnish business community. Faculty members act as renowned experts, instructors, and advisors in business and the national political arena. The Department has remarkable media visibility. In teaching, our ambition is high: to provide top-notch, state-of-the-art teaching to students - drawing from both theoretical development as well as from relevant illustrations of best business practices.

The School of Business, Department of Accounting & Business Law invites applications for


The call is targeted to the individuals seeking an assistant professor position at the Aalto University tenure track system. The position will be filled at the latest in August 2023, but the precise starting date is negotiable. More information about the tenure track career path:

Job description and our expectations
Only Assistant Professor level candidates are considered for this call. Applicants should have completed their Ph.D. in Accounting or a related field, or be close to completion. Fluent command of English is also required, which is the teaching language for the master’s and doctoral level courses as well as a working language of Aalto University.

The main tasks include high-quality research in the field of financial accounting and teaching responsibility for two courses and a Bachelor’s/Master’s thesis seminar within the field. We are very open-minded in respect to the focus area of financial accounting as well as to the research methodology, but we also value the fit to our current faculty profiles. You have already published or have potential to publish in top journals and to develop into an excellent teacher in our programs. In addition, we expect readiness to apply for external research funding.

The Accounting faculty is strongly dedicated to research, as shown by a stream of research published in top Accounting journals. Teaching assignments encompass undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. programs. The Department runs research seminars and is closely connected to major Finnish firms and organizations. In addition, the Department is equipped with all major accounting databases and many faculty members also have access to unique registry-based data sets from Finland. The position is located in the Department of Accounting & Business Law at the Otaniemi campus in Espoo.

Those in the academic tenure track system are expected to exercise and guide scientific research, provide high-quality academic education, follow the advances of their field, participate in service to the Aalto University community, and take part in societal interaction and international collaboration in their field. Career advances on the tenure track are based on scheduled performance assessments that take into account the candidate’s merits in all these areas. Evaluation at the Assistant Professor level follows the tenure track system of Aalto University and is mainly based on research merits as well as the applicant’s potential.

What we offer
  • an opportunity to work in a dynamic world-class community of professionals and researchers where the students are rigorously selected and highly motivated. This results in an unusually interactive and intellectually challenging atmosphere.
  • a tenure track position with promotion to a tenured position based on merits
  • a competitive salary and access to occupational health care
  • start-up funding and grant writing support to help you establish your own team
  • excellent multi-disciplinary collaboration possibilities within the university
  • great future in one of the happiest, cleanest and safest countries in the world, with a comprehensive social security system and free education up to the university level

Ready to apply?
If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system Workday no later than the 8th of December 2022.
To apply, please share the following application materials with us in English combined as a single file in PDF format (‘lastname_firstname_application.pdf’):
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of publications, with the most significant publications highlighted
  • Research portfolio - a concise (1-2 pages) reflection on the merits, long-term vision, and research plan.
  • Teaching portfolio according to Aalto University’s guidelines- see Teaching portfolio guidelines for candidate
  • Names and contact details of four referees

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

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. Filling in the position is subject to final approval by the President of Aalto University.

Further information
For additional information concerning the position and the department, please contact Prof. Teemu Malmi,
On matters related to the application process, please contact HR Coordinator Elisa Utriainen,
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Why Aalto University
Aalto University is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing its employees regardless of their gender identity, ethnicity, disability and age. There are excellent staff training and mentoring programmes as well as occupational health care services, commuter ticket benefits and campus sports facilities. In addition, the university offers extensive support services for research such as grant writing and project management.

The new professor will join an inspiring and supportive work community of enthusiastic professionals and excellent students. In addition to world-class research at the Department of Accounting & Business Law, Aalto University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors committed to building both scientific foundations and innovative applications that shape the future through science, technology, art and business.

In addition to its strong academic community, the Helsinki region is a vibrant technology and innovation hub with easy access to major partners both private and public. The Department of Accounting & Business Law is located at the Otaniemi Campus of Aalto University, fifteen minutes from the centre of Helsinki by metro. Helsinki International Airport (HEL) is one of the hubs of air traffic between Europe and Asia, with direct flights to a high number of destinations on both continents.

Why Finland
Finland tops international rankings in education, equality, safety and quality of life. Finland is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world; design, creativity and startup culture are also important. Finland is a great place for living with or without family. It is a safe, politically stable and well-organized Nordic society, where equality is highly esteemed and corruption is low. Extensive social security supports people in all situations of life, and Finland’s free high-quality education system is internationally acknowledged. In Finland, a low level of hierarchy is a cultural asset in working life and society.

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