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 been ranked the 9th best young university in the world (Top 50 under 50, QS 2018) and one of the world’s top technology challenger universities (THE 2017), for its outside-the-box thinking on research collaboration, funding and innovation. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and 4000 employees of whom close to 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, capital area of Finland.  

The Department of Accounting & Business Law https://www.aalto.fi/en/department-of-accounting-business-law is one of the leading departments of its domain in the Nordic countries. Its faculty is both Finnish and international, coming from a variety of backgrounds. Our research is published in top journals. We are well connected both nationally and internationally, maintaining close ties with prestigious universities as well as with the Finnish business community. Faculty members act as renowned experts, instructors, and advisors in business and the national political arena. The Department has remarkable media visibility. In teaching, our ambition is high: to provide top-notch, state-of-the-art teaching to students – drawing from both theoretical development as well as from relevant illustrations of best business practice.

The School of Business, Department of Accounting & Business Law invites applications for


The call is targeted to the individuals seeking for an assistant professor position at the Aalto University tenure track system. More information about the tenure track career path: https://www.aalto.fi/en/tenure-track/tenure-track-career-path.

Job description and our expectations

Only Assistant Professor level candidates are considered in this call. Applicants should have completed their Ph.D. in Accounting or a related field, or be close to completion. A fluent command of English is also required, which is the teaching language for the master’s and doctoral level courses as well as a working language of Aalto University.

The main tasks include high quality research in the field of management accounting and teaching responsibility of two courses and a Bachelor’s/Master’s thesis seminar within the field. We are very open-minded in respect to the focus area of management accounting as well as to the research methodology, but we also value the fit to our current faculty profiles. You have already published or have potential to publish in top journals and to develop into an excellent teacher in our programs. In addition, we expect readiness to apply for external research funding.

The Accounting faculty is strongly dedicated to research, as shown by a stream of research published in top Accounting journals. Teaching assignments encompass undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. programs. The Department runs research seminars and is closely connected to major Finnish firms and organizations. In addition, the Department is equipped with all major accounting databases and many faculty members also have access to unique registry-based data sets from Finland. The position is located in the Department of Accounting & Business Law at the Otaniemi campus in Espoo.

Those in the academic tenure track system are expected to exercise and guide scientific research, to provide high quality academic education, to follow the advances of their field, to participate in service to the Aalto University community, and to take part in societal interaction and international collaboration in their field. Career advances on the tenure track are based on scheduled performance assessments that take into account the candidate’s merits in all these areas. Evaluation at the Assistant Professor level follows the tenure track system of Aalto University and is mainly based on research merits as well as the applicant’s potential.

What we offer

  • an opportunity to work in a dynamic world-class community of professionals and researchers where the students are rigorously selected and highly motivated. This results in an unusually interactive and intellectually challenging atmosphere.
  • a tenure track position with promotion to tenured position based on merits
  • a competitive salary and access to occupational health care
  • start-up funding and grant writing support to help you establish your own team
  • excellent multi-disciplinary collaboration possibilities within the university
  • great future in one of the happiest, cleanest and safest countries in the world, with comprehensive social security system and free education up to university level

Ready to apply?

Address your application to the Dean of the School of Business and submit it through the ‘Apply’ link. Applications will close on 30 November 2021 at 23:59 EET (UTC+2). The application material must be in English and must include the following documents as a single file in PDF format (‘lastname_firstname_application.pdf’):

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of publications, with the most significant publications highlighted
  • Research statement describing ongoing research and future research plans (1-2 pages)
  • Teaching statement (1-2 pages)
  • Names and contact details of four referees

The applicants will be reviewed based on their research achievements, teaching credentials and activity in the scientific community in relation to their career stage. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to supplement their applications with more detailed research and teaching portfolios.

Based on the application materials the Departmental Committee will choose the most suitable applicants to visit the Department of Accounting & Business Law in early 2022, if the pandemic situation allows (if not, the teaching demonstrations will be delivered remotely).

Aalto University also reserves the right to consider candidates who have not submitted applications, to reopen the call after the initial deadline, or to leave the position open. Application materials will not be returned.

General instructions for applicants including evaluation criteria, language requirements and guidelines for compiling your CV are given at https://www.aalto.fi/en/tenure-track/interested-in-joining-our-tenure-track.

Aalto University follows EU rules and regulations on HR policies. Based on the regulation (EC) No 883/2004 on the coordination of social security systems, full time employment at Aalto University is inconsistent with residence abroad. Employment duties need to be performed in Finland.

Further information

For additional information concerning the position and the department, please contact Prof. Lasse Niemi, firstname.lastname@aalto.fi.

On matters related to the application process, please contact HR Coordinator Johanna Glader, firstname.lastname@aalto.fi, +358 50 411 7666.

Want to know more about us and your future colleagues? You can watch these videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k_og_6zUJQ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUfEGVM-ZP8&feature=youtu.be


Why Aalto University

Aalto University is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing its employees regardless of their gender identity, ethnicity, disability and age. The university provides help with the relocation process, including finding housing, kindergartens and schools as well as multi-career opportunities. There are excellent staff training and mentoring programmes as well as occupational health care services, commuter ticket benefits and campus sport facilities. In addition, the university offers extensive support services for research such as grant writing and project management.

The new professor will join an inspiring and supportive work community of enthusiastic professionals and excellent students. In addition to world-class research at the Department of Accounting & Business Law, Aalto University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors committed to building both scientific foundations and innovative applications that shape the future through science, technology, art and business.

In addition to its strong academic community, the Helsinki region is a vibrant technology and innovation hub with easy access to major partners both private and public. The Department of Accounting & Business Law is located at the Otaniemi Campus of Aalto University, fifteen minutes from the centre of Helsinki by metro. Helsinki International Airport (HEL) is one of the hubs of air traffic between Europe and Asia, with direct flights to a high number of destinations on both continents.

Why Finland

Finland tops international rankings in education, equality, safety and quality of life. Finland is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world; design, creativity and startup culture are also important. Finland is a great place for living with or without family. It is a safe, politically stable and well-organized Nordic society, where equality is highly esteemed and corruption is low. Extensive social security supports people in all situations of life, and Finland’s free high-quality education system is internationally acknowledged. In Finland, a low level of hierarchy is a cultural asset in working life and society.


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