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Professor in Entrepreneurship
Aalto University

Date Posted Oct. 22, 2021
Title Professor in Entrepreneurship
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department E706 Dept. Management Studies
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professor
  • Entrepreneurship
Aalto University School of Business, located in the Helsinki metropolitan area, invites applications for an


at the Entrepreneurship Unit of the Department of Management Studies. This position is to be filled at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level of the Aalto University tenure track system. The position will begin on September 1st, 2022.

Aalto University is an interdisciplinary community of bold thinkers, where science and art meet technology and business. Aalto’s core strategy follows three cross-cutting themes: entrepreneurial mindset, radical creativity, and sustainable solutions. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11,000 students and a staff of more than 4,000, of whom 400 are professors. The School of Business holds the triple crown accreditations, granted to only 0.5% of the world’s business schools.

Our Entrepreneurship Unit is part of the Department of Management Studies, which has 100 employees, 1/3 of which are international. We are a significant provider of rigorous and high-impact entrepreneurship research and educate future leaders with a strong ethical and entrepreneurial mindset. Our entrepreneurship research meets the highest standards of quality, and is published in top entrepreneurship journals, such as the Journal of Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, as well as in top management journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal and Academy of Management Review. Our entrepreneurship research has frequently received scientific awards and prestigious funding, while we also regularly collaborate with policy-makers and practitioners, including advising the ILO, the OECD, and the European Commission on entrepreneurship matters.

Job description
The successful applicant is expected to take on the following responsibilities, depending on the level of appointment:
  • Conducting individual- and group-based research, meeting high international standards
  • Designing and offering student-oriented, high-quality teaching, and supervising undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students’ work
  • Leading or participating in administrative tasks and strategic decision-making at the level of Unit, Department and School
  • Participating in, or initiating and leading applications for (inter-)national funding of research projects
  • Participating in regular research activities, such as research seminars, workshops and conferences
  • Communicating findings to the public in general, and to Aalto University’s stakeholders in particular
  • Acting as regular ad hoc reviewer, potentially serving as editorial (review) board member of top-tier journals
  • Promoting Aalto University’s academic reputation

Applicants should hold a doctorate, which can be from diverse disciplines provided that the candidate’s research focus lies in entrepreneurship. High proficiency in written and spoken English is a requirement for this position. The ideal candidate would be someone with considerable teaching experience, as well as a strong, field-related research record such as evidenced by placement in top-tier entrepreneurship journals (e.g. JBV, ETP, SEJ).

The contract is full-time and either fixed-term or permanent, depending on an applicant’s positioning in the tenure track system. Aalto University follows EU rules and regulations on HR policies. Based on the regulation (EC) No 883/2004 on the coordination of social security systems, full-time employment at Aalto University is inconsistent with residence abroad. Employment duties need to be performed in Finland. The specific responsibilities and salary are determined based on the applicant’s qualifications and level of position. The position comes with a manageable teaching load and initial research funding. In addition, Aalto University provides its employees with occupational health care services.

Ready to apply?
If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system Workday no later than January 31st, 2022 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.
The application material must be in English and must include the following documents as a single file in PDF format (‘lastname_firstname_application.pdf’):
  • Cover letter indicating the level (assistant, associate, or full) that you are applying for
  • Curriculum Vitae — please use the template recommended by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity
  • List of publications, with the most significant publications highlighted
  • Research portfolio —a concise (4-10 pages) self-reflection on the merits, long-term vision, and research plan. Reflection on how the research work links to the Aalto University strategy
  • Teaching portfolio according to Aalto’s guidelines—see Teaching portfolio guidelines for candidate
  • Only (!) for applications at Assistant Professor-level: please submit 3 reference letters. Applicants at the levels of Associate and Full Professor are not required to submit a reference letter

Instructions for applicants, including evaluation criteria, language requirements and guidelines for compiling your CV, are provided here. If you wish to hear more about the position, please contact Professor Ewald Kibler. On matters related to the application process, please contact our HR Coordinator Elisa Utriainen. Email addresses for contacting are in format

Aalto University reserves the right to use external reviewers during the recruitment process and to give priority to excellent candidates at the tenured level (Associate or Full Professorship). 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. Helsinki has been praised as one of the world’s most livable cities, e.g. by Monocle Magazine and in the Economist Intelligence Unit livability rankings. The World Happiness Report 2020 ranked Helsinki as the city with the highest well-being in the world. For more information about living in Finland:

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