Postdoctoral Researcher In International Business

Country: Finland;

City: Espoo

Vacancy added: 23.07.2019

Employer: Aalto University

Resumes due: 01.09.2019


Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand 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. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Mikkeli, Finland.

The Aalto University School of Business is one of the leading business schools in Europe. The School has the three most important international quality accreditations (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS) in the field. The School of Business is an innovative and lively community of about 3500 students and 400 members of faculty and staff.  In 2018, Business Administration placed 34th and Management 36th in the one of the world’s most respected university rankings, the Shanghai Rankings.

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The Department of Management Studies of Aalto University School of Business seeks applications for a two-year position as a Postdoctoral Researcher in International Business, starting in the fall 2019.

The position is within the International Business discipline in the Department of Management Studies at Aalto University School of Business. The International Business Group is strongly dedicated to research and strives to be the leading International Business Unit in Europe.  We conduct research on topics such as strategy and structure of multinational corporations, relocation of headquarters, people management, sustainability in international business, multilingual organizations, emerging markets, international entrepreneurship and qualitative research methods. Our researchers publish in leading IB and management journals such as JIBS, AMR, JMS, and JWB among others. In the latest 3-year global ranking produced by Korea University Business School, our research in the area of International Business and Strategy was ranked 12th in the world ( For more information about our research activities, please visit

The department, in which the IB unit is based, has a lively, international research community with numerous doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers from different countries. The working language at the department is English. For more information, please see:


The post-doctoral researcher will be working on a research project that focuses on the concept of location in international business studies. The project aims at uncovering the multifaceted meaning of location, particularly perceptual aspects, which have received limited attention to date. It seeks to provide an integrative theoretical framework on the shifting meaning of firm location and its implications for policy makers. The project has received funding for four years from the Academy of Finland and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation in Finland.

The overarching aim of the project is to break new ground by generating theoretical and empirical understanding that better corresponds with the reality facing internationally operating firms. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to participate in a) theoretically framing the project; 2) collecting empirical data for the project; and 3) publishing the results of the project in leading academic journals. We welcome expertise in different theoretical perspectives and research methods.

We seek to hire an academically ambitious junior scholar who is completing or has recently completed their Ph.D. in IB or a related discipline. We prefer candidates that demonstrate great potential for conducting high quality research and for publishing in the leading academic journals in the field.

The maximum teaching load of the position is one course per year. In addition, the postdoctoral researcher is expected to serve as a PhD thesis advisor for one the PhD student majoring in IB as a junior member of a Ph.D. advisory committee.

We offer

The postdoctoral scholar will be a member in a group of highly motivated and productive scholars, in one of the leading management departments in Europe. Salary is approximately 50.000 euros per annum. Aalto University also provides health care and retirement benefits.

Finland is known for high quality of life, great work-life balance, clean nature, and family-friendly policies such as affordable high-quality daycare and free schools. Helsinki is a vibrant international city with a metropolitan area population of over 1.1 million people.  

How to apply

Please submit your application through Aalto University´s electronic recruitment system SAIMA no later than on September 1, 2019 accompanying it with the following attachments:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A sole-authored job market paper or a similar writing sample
  • List of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted)
  • Names and contact information for two references

All application materials should be submitted in English. Please refer to the title of the position concerned in your application.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Perttu Kähäri,, or Rebecca Piekkari, (or for questions relating to the recruitment process, HR Coordinator Kristina Mustonen,

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

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