Postdoctoral Fellow 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.

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

Postdoctoral Researcher in Operations Management (3 years)

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 strategic management and venturing, operations and service management, and entrepreneurial leadership.

In total we are more than 120 persons working in the department, including 18 professors, over 30 senior and postdoc researchers, and a large number of doctoral students. The department conducts empirical research in close collaboration with the leading technology firms in Finland and Europe. Moreover, we provide entrepreneurship education for all Aalto students and management training for business practitioners. For more information, see

Job description

We are now seeking to hire a postdoctoral researcher to area of operations and service management.  Our research and teaching activities involve elements of learning by doing, focusing learning experiences on the factors that affect sustainable growth and renewal of business in technology-intensive environments.  We value your ability to conduct high-quality research and publish papers in the leading scientific journals in some of the research areas of the department. The position is fixed-term for three years, with the opportunity to apply for other academic positions during or after the three-year period.

As a postdoctoral researcher, you will benefit from collaborating with leading scholars in the field, the university’s generous research support, extensive international networks, and excellent access to entrepreneurs and decision makers in the private and public sectors. The environment provides unique opportunities to conduct empirical and conceptual research of technology industries. Also, we provide our postdoctoral scholars with the opportunity to learn more about university pedagogy and appreciate your interest in the topic. Join our world-class research community and seize the many benefits that come with living and working in one of Europe’s leading capital cities and centres of learning and education.


The selected postdoctoral researcher will have the teaching responsibility of courses “Tuotantotalous I”, “Introduction to Industrial Engineering and Management”, and “Grundkurs I Produktionsekonomi”. These courses have aligned learning objectives and content, but they are taught in different languages: Finnish, English, and Swedish. In addition, the responsibility will be to conduct high-quality research and publish research articles in the leading scientific journals in the area of empirical operations management.

Language requirements

Excellent written and spoken English is essential. Moreover, Aalto University reserves the right to consider good command of Finnish and Swedish as a decisive advantage when filling the position, because the course “Introduction to Industrial Engineering and Management” is offered in Finnish and Swedish.

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.

 Application process

Please include the following documents in your application:

  • a cover letter
  • a curriculum vitae (with contact details)
  • a list of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted)
  • a research statement describing future research plans
  • up to three letters of recommendation

Closing date for applications: 12 May, 2019.

Applications with attachments (in pdf-format, named, e.g., Lastname_Firstname_cv.pdf) are to be addressed to the Search Committee, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, and submitted through our electronic recruitment system (see link “Apply now!” below).

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online interview.

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

For additional information about the position and the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, please contact Professor Kari Tanskanen. On matters related to the application process, please contact the HR Coordinator Laura Pyysalo. (