Oulu Business School, Department of Marketing, Management and International Business

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

a Postdoctoral Researcher 

to join us in the Frontiers of Arctic and Global Resilience (FRONT) research programme (Profi7) at the University of Oulu. The postdoctoral researcher position will be placed in the Oulu Business School, Department of Marketing, Management and International Business. The FRONT research programme forms a part of our national profiling actions supported by the Research Council of Finland. FRONT programme focuses on changing human-environment relations and challenges to cope and adapt with that change and aims to ground-breaking transdisciplinary research on resilience and how to ‘Adapt for Our Future’ in the Arctic and elsewhere on the planet. The programme involves cutting-edge research to advance the existing frontiers of knowledge on the systemic changes needed for resilience planning and governance, and for finding solutions to the wicked problems of resilience across the social and environmental sciences. FRONT focuses on international top-level collaborative and transdisciplinary research on socio-economic and socio-ecological resilience in different scales across social and environmental sciences, supported by the new Resilience Academy. By bringing together international, national and University of Oulu-based scholars from across disciplines, and encouraging effective public communication of science, FRONT will promote inter- and transdisciplinary and citizen-engaged studies of the environment and raise the University’s profile as an international leader in addressing the challenges of humans in change and human impacts and dependency on environment.

About the job

For this position focused on Resilient Organizations and Business Networks, we are looking for an internationally oriented postdoctoral researcher who is interested in pursuing work across traditional disciplinary boundaries on the resilience theme. The applicant should be conversant in theoretical frameworks linked to investigating how radical shifts and crises impact inter-organizational networks, and how these entities can cope with transitions needed. The specific research focus could include but is not limited to, topics such as human and organizational characteristics and resources that enable organizations and business networks to cope with unexpected changes, strategies and practices that allow organizations and business networks to transform management and operations to meet with turbulence, or resilience related to sustainable development, entrepreneurship or digitalization.

As a postdoctoral researcher, you will

  • Focus on research themes related to resilience emerging in organizations and business networks
  • Engage in writing and submitting applications for research funding
  • Take part in teaching activities, subject to faculty and research unit needs
  • Participate in the development and activities of the Resilience Academy of Oulu (RAO)
  • Collaborate in service to FRONT programme, faculty, and university

What we offer?

  • We offer you a supportive academic environment in a community of committed scholars and the possibility to make use of funding opportunities to generate new research ideas and build an innovative programme that will attract international scholars.
  • The University of Oulu offers flexible working hours, an excellent work-life balance and provides a range of occupational healthcare services.
  • Our competitive salaries include paid leave and an additional holiday bonus in the summer.
  • 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 here.
  • Our Buddy Programme and Spouse Network support you and close-ones in settling into Oulu.
  • Development and career options of the big organization.
  • We have a HR Excellence in Research -quality label which is a recognition awarded by the European Commission for the development of researchers’ working conditions and careers.
  • Work that matters and a workplace that promotes flexibility and work-life balance. Read more about working with us.
  • 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.

What we expect?

  • A doctoral degree in a relevant field that was awarded not more than ten years ago.
  • A transdisciplinary research orientation with demonstrated research experience or interest.
  • Good, demonstrated capacity to collaborate in research and research dissemination activities.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills in English.


The position is fixed-term for maximum two years as of the 1st of September 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. The salary will be based on levels 5-6 of the demand level chart for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (a maximum of 50 % of the job-specific component). The starting gross salary will be approx. 3600-4200 € per month (before taxes).

A trial period of 6 months is applied for the position.

How to apply?

Interested? If yes, please apply by 31.5.2024 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

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

  1. CV, following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity 
  2. Cover letter
  3. List of publications, following the guidelines of the Academy of Finland 
  4. A preliminary research plan of 3-6 pages
  5. Certificates/Diplomas
  6. Contact information of 2 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, different genders, and lingual, cultural, or minority groups.

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please contact Associate Professor Hanna Komulainen, hanna.komulainen(at)oulu.fi, tel. +358442970599.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Oulu
County Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Country Finland
Reference number 2024/214
Published 29.Apr.2024
Last application date 31.May.2024

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