Oulu Business School

The University of Oulu is a multidisciplinary, international research university, with about 3,600 employees who produce new knowledge based on high-standards research and provide research based education to build a more sustainable, smarter, and more humane world. The University of Oulu community has about 17,000 people in total. Our northern scientific community operates globally and creates conditions for the emergence of innovations.  

We are now looking for

Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Professor in Digital Business

to join us in Martti Ahtisaari Insitute Research unit at the Oulu Business School

Martti Ahtisaari Institute, established in 2008, is a research and education unit within Oulu Business School at the University of Oulu.  The institute conducts research and development activities to create new knowledge on responsible business and global economy. 

The Institute operates through research and development projects, executive education programmes and degree education including, for example, a minor in entrepreneurship. We develop our education offerings to respond to the internal needs and external opportunities of our stakeholders. In addition, the institute arranges annually events that provide a forum for discussions and a platform for new insights into the development of the economy and business life. Our research targets include responsible, digital and data-intensive businesses, changing value creation, capture and sharing ecosystems and the emerging real-time access economy. 

Martti Ahtisaari Institute | University of Oulu

About the job

For the position in Digital Business, we are looking for an internationally oriented scholar who is interested in pursuing inter-disciplinary work in the intersection of entrepreneurship and digitalization to comprehend the implications and relationship between entrepreneurship, innovation, internationalization, and digital transformation. The specific research focus could include, but are not limited to, topics such as responses to disruption, business models and modeling in various contexts, emerging technologies, platforms, or sustainable venturing. Potential research questions of the candidate may focus on aspects such as how business models, modeling and disruption are related. You should be proficient in different theoretical frameworks and theorizing with a focus on qualitative research methodologies.  

As an Assistant/Associate, you will:

  • develop and sustain research, scholarly and creative activities leading to academic publications and public-facing outreach initiatives
  • establish research partnerships across disciplinary boundaries in Finland and internationally
  • collaborate in service to faculty and university at the national and international level
  • active participation in the development and activities of Oulu Business School
  • communicate research results to academic community, user groups and general public
  • develop and teach undergraduate and graduate level courses
  • supervise undergraduate and graduate students
  • act inter-sectorally to develop the impact of research 

What we offer?

  • The support of an experienced and enthusiastic team of people where you can share your expertise and grow as an expert.
  • Wellness benefit ePassi covering sport, culture and well-being. Read more about other staff benefits.
  • Work that matters and a workplace that promotes flexibility and work-life balance. Read more about working with us.
  • If you are moving from abroad, we offer comprehensive relocation packages to support your smooth relocation to Oulu.
  • Finland is one of the most livable countries in the world, with a high quality of life, safety, excellent education system, and competitive economy. Read more about living in Oulu.

Who are you?

You should have excellent potential for a successful scientific career. The top candidates undergo an evaluation by external experts and are required to reach top scores (5-6 on a scale from 1 to 6 for scientific activity and as the overall score), to be recruited. Find out more about our tenure track system, entry criteria, evaluation procedure and advancement on our careers website.

We expect from you

As an Assistant professor:

  • Doctoral degree in applicable research field
  • You must demonstrate the ability to work independently and have proven teaching skills.
  • In order to be eligible for a position as Assistant Professor, you must have received your doctoral degree not more than ten years ago.
  • Fluency in English and good command in Finnish is required.

As an Associate professor:

  • Doctoral degree in applicable research field
  • You must demonstrate evidence of scientific research work and relevant teaching skills.
  • You must have the ability to lead research and experience of acquiring external research funding.
  • We also expect you to have sufficient and relevant experience in international scientific work and evidence of international cooperation.
  • Fluency in English and good command in Finnish is required.

We also appreciate

  • Experience in inter-disciplinary research projects
  • Experience of conducting and publishing high-level research in relevant fields
  • Evidence of participation in research projects
  • Experience as a reviewer and journal editor


The position is fixed-term for 5 years as of 1.8.2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The salary of an Assistant Professor will be based on levels 5-6, and the salary of an Associate Professor on levels 6-7 in the requirement level chart for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities.  In addition, salary includes a component based on personal work performance (maximum of 50 % of the job-specific component). The fulltime salary is approximately 3 500 – 4 100 euros per month for an assistant professor and 4 000 – 5 000 euros per month for an associate professor. A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position. 

How to apply?

Interested? If yes, please apply by 30.04.2023 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

The application should be written in English and include the following:

  1. Cover letter, stating the career level on which you would like to be evaluated at.
  2. CV following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity: http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae
  3. List of publications following the guidelines of the Academy of Finland: https://www.aka.fi/en/research-funding/apply-for-funding/how-to-apply-for-funding/az-index-of-application-guidelines2/list-of-publications/ [with the ten most important ones marked]
  4. Brief account of research merits 
  5. Brief account of teaching merits or a teaching portfolio 
  6. Details regarding acquisition of research funds 
  7. A brief research and action plan 
  8. Contact details of 2–4 persons available for recommendation

The eligible applicants fitting best in the profile expected for the position will be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified during the selection process.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, such as people of different ages,  genders and lingual, cultural or minority groups. 

The selection process follows the University of Oulu tenure track guidelines. The process is carried out by a recruitment committee and the candidates are subjected to publication analyses based on their publication lists. The candidates that are considered most suitable by the recruitment committee will also undergo an expert evaluation.

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please contact Professor Janne Järvinen, dean of the Oulu Business School, janne.t.jarvinen(at)oulu.fi

As for the questions concerning the application process and its schedule, please contact the HR Manager of the University of Oulu Business School Ms. Emilia Vuoti, emilia.vuoti(at)oulu.fi.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1.8.2023
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Oulu
County Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Country Finland
Reference number
Published 30.Mar.2023
Last application date 30.Apr.2023

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