Tenure Track Professor in Operations Management Aalto University, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Finland

Tenure Track Professor in Operations Management


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 University has six schools with nearly 12 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland.


Aalto University Department of Industrial Engineering and Management (Espoo, Finland) invites applications for:


Tenure-Track Professor in Operations Management


The Department of Industrial Engineering and Management conducts world-class research and provides impactful education on the creation and transformation of technology-based business. We are one of Europe’s leading university departments in the field of technology entrepreneurship, focusing especially on operations and service management, strategic management and venturing, and entrepreneurial leadership. In total, we are more than 120 persons working in the department, including 20 professors, over 30 senior and postdoc researchers, and a large number of doctoral students. We provide management and entrepreneurship education for the students of Aalto University and management training for business practitioners in technology firms. For more information, see department's webpage.


The faculty at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management is well known for its publications in leading journals in the core research areas of operations management, strategy and entrepreneurship. Our department has a strong, internationally recognized profile in investigating relevant, real-life operations management problems with a rigorous, analytical approach. In the recent ranking of empirical operations and supply chain management research by the SCM Journal List, Aalto University was ranked number one in the Nordic countries, the fifth best university in Europe, and number 30 in the world. The department conducts empirical research in close collaboration with leading technology firms in Finland and Europe.


The tenure-track professorship in operations management is open to outstanding individuals with strong research and teaching interest. Ideal applicants enjoy intellectual leadership, and strive for academic excellence and inspire people around them. The call is primarily open on Assistant Professor level. However, exceptional candidates at other levels will also be considered.


The tenure-track professorship in operations management covers key research areas in empirical operations and service management, ideally contributing to our department-wide focus on the creation and transformation of technology-based business. We welcome applicants with a genuine interest in conducting high-quality empirical operations management research with a multi-method approach, especially with data analytics and quantitative methods. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, management of business processes, information and resources in demand-supply networks, innovation for digital operations in multi-actor platforms, networked production systems, service operations management, as well as management of complex projects and product-service systems.


We offer the candidate the opportunity to do research in a vibrant and active international research community. We offer a broad range of opportunities for conducting cross-disciplinary research across Aalto University and in collaboration with the Finnish industry, in particular with firms in technology industries and healthcare, as well as actors in the startup ecosystem and government, and in international research projects. The positions are located in the main campus of Aalto University in Espoo (Campus). The positions come with a competitive salary, a teaching load of two courses per year, and a start-up package of research funding.



Throughout their careers, those in the academic tenure-track system are expected to carry out and supervise scholarly research, to follow the advances of their field, to provide high quality academic education, and to participate in service to the Aalto University community and to contribute to broader societal discussions in their field.


The applicants should hold a doctorate in a discipline relevant for this position or receive the degree before the beginning of the contract. The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of their research, teaching and activity in the scientific community.


Salary and benefits

Salary is internationally competitive and Aalto University provides health care and retirement benefits. Finland is a great and safe environment, offering many excellent state-subsidized services, including affordable day care and free schools, which are consistently ranked among the best in the world.


For more information

For additional information about the position and the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, please contact Professor Kari Tanskanen (kari.tanskanen@aalto.fi) or the Head of the Department Risto Rajala (risto.rajala@aalto.fi). On matters related to the application process, please contact the HR Coordinator Laura Pyysalo (laura.pyysalo@aalto.fi).


How to apply

The application material for the position includes:

  • Cover letter

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • List of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted)

  • A research statement describing future research plans

  • Teaching portfolio

  • Reference letters from at least four referees for those applying at the assistant professor level


General instructions for applicants including language requirements and guidelines for compiling teaching portfolios and CVs are available at: Interested in joining to our tenure track


All application material should be submitted in English and addressed to the President of Aalto University. The materials have to be submitted through the eRecruitment system (see a link Apply now! below) no later than 15 January 2019. 


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. The recruitment decision is subject to the decision of the President of Aalto University.


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Tenure track in Aalto University
The tenure track is open to talented individuals who have excellent potential for a scientific career. Individuals placed on the Aalto University professorial tenure track have the possibility to advance in their career through regular performance assessments, which take into account their merits in all areas of their scope of duty. Launched only in 2010, the tenure track has attracted a wide range of international applicants, giving Aalto University the possibility of recruiting top experts and young research talent to join the Aalto University community. Read more about the Aalto University tenure track system at: Tenure Track

Living up to our values
As a community of high ethics, we want to assure the highest international standard in research, education and teaching. We expect all our community members to respect Aalto values and follow the ethical principles of fair play and integrity in all our activities and the behavior that we expect from each other. Aalto University Code of Conduct is applicable to all Aalto community members and it clarifies the values that guide us. For more information: Code of Conduct

About Finland and Helsinki area
Finland has a high standard of living, a world leading education system, and a vibrant commercial and cultural life. It enjoys a robust economy and political stability. It has excellent transport links to the major cities of Europe and beyond. Helsinki is one of Europe’s leading capital cities and a vivid center of scholarship. As a living and working environment, Finland is consistently ranked highly in quality-of-life and competitiveness studies. More information is available at: About Finland


More information about the position, Aalto University and Finland available here.

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