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Lecturer, Organization Design and Leadership
Aalto University

Date Posted Jun. 30, 2023
Title Lecturer, Organization Design and Leadership
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department T307 Dept. Industrial Engineering and Management
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Construction Engineering/Management
    Industrial & Systems Engineering
Aalto University is where science and art meet technology and business. We shape a sustainable future by making research breakthroughs in and across our disciplines, sparking the game changers of tomorrow and creating novel solutions to major global challenges. Our community is made up of 13 000 students, 400 professors and close to 4 500 other faculty and staff working on our dynamic campus in Espoo, Greater Helsinki, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community. 

Aalto University School of Science is looking for a

Lecturer in Organization Design and Leadership

at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management. The position is primarily to be filled at University Lecturer level of the Aalto University lecturer career system. The position is full-time and permanent. The lecturer position covers the broad theme of leadership and organization design in the context of highly skilled expert work. The theme of the lecturer position covers especially technology-based organisations (for-profit or non-profit) and their wider societal impacts. For example, the social sustainability and ethical implications of leadership and organization. The lecturer position is tightly coupled with the Information Networks (INF) B.Sc. and M.Sc. programmes and the programmes’ curricula. 

The incoming lecturer is expected to enhance the current education in leadership and organization design in the department and its study programmes. The new lecturer should significantly contribute to the further development of the INF curriculum, courses and teaching practices including teaching of research methods. Prior experience on curriculum planning at both the program and portfolio levels will be highly valued. The lecturer should be ready teach in all levels ranging from B.Sc. studies to doctoral studies, as well as potential work life executive education. Supervision of Bachelor’s and master’s theses is a key component of this role. 

The lecturer will work together with the department’s researchers to further develop research-based teaching and education. Especially in the themes of how technology is shaping societies, organisations, ways of organising, and leadership (and vice versa). Therefore, research and teaching experience on how technology, society, businesses, and organizations are interdependent and interact, is highly appreciated. The department’s education in this area focuses on leading people entrepreneurially in professional and autonomous teams. Such settings are typical for expert and engineering work, and they are especially focal in start-up firms, product-led teams, and transformations of established organizations.

The lecturer contributes to this area by bringing contemporary perspectives on leadership and organizing that enable and create sustainable organizations and workplaces where individuals and teams can excel. Furthermore, the lecturer has a focus on wider societal perspective concerning impacts of technology and digital transformation, and what developmental needs and challenges these impacts bring to leadership, organization design, and various work-life settings, and how the organizations can be transformed and developed in a sustainable way.

Applicable academic backgrounds include, but are not limited to, psychology of work and organizations, organization and management studies, sociology, social psychology, cultural anthropology, technology, and philosophy. Understanding of technology and engineering, especially information technologies is seen as advantage. Multidisciplinary and methodologically rich (i.e., quantitative and/or qualitative) background and experience is highly appreciated.

The candidates must hold a doctoral degree at the time of being appointed, and they are expected to have excellent teaching skills and a deep interest in teaching and working with students in higher education. We value ongoing research activity, pedagogical studies, and interest in pedagogical development, as well as industry experience. Good communication and teamwork and management skills are also needed in this position. The candidates must be fluent in English. The department is committed to fostering an inclusive environment with diverse faculty members. Therefore, applications from groups that have been underrepresented in the department are particularly sought.

The Department of Industrial Engineering and Management (DIEM) conducts world-class research and education focusing on the creation and transformation of technology-based business. The department is one of Europe’s leading university departments in the fields of strategic and operations management. In total there are more than 120 persons working in the department, including 18 professors, over 30 senior and postdoc researchers, and many doctoral students. The department provides education for two key undergraduate programs, Industrial Engineering and Management, and Information Networks, and has a Doctoral Program in Industrial Engineering and Management. In addition to its own programs, the department provides of similar volume of education for the students of other programs of Aalto University, especially in technology entrepreneurship and engineering leadership.

Our focus of research and education in technology-based business takes in multiple perspectives on leadership in technology contexts, from entrepreneurship in self-managed businesses to corporate entrepreneurship. Our research and teaching activity involves elements of learning by doing, concentrating on the factors that affect sustainable growth and renewal of business in technology intensive environments. With the department’s particular emphasis on entrepreneurship in engineering and innovation contexts, the area of interest in the new entrepreneurial leadership professorship includes entrepreneurial actions in start-up business and intrapreneurship, leading creative people and professional teams, self-leadership, as well as the psychological and economic factors underpinning entrepreneurial thinking in technology-intensive contexts. For more information, see:

Aalto University offers excellent opportunities and encouragement for cross-disciplinary collaboration between engineering, science, business, and design, with local partners both at Aalto and University of Helsinki. In addition to its strong academic community, the Helsinki region is a vibrant technology and innovation hub. Indeed, Finland currently ranks at the top of venture capital investments relative to GDP in Europe. With its renown education system, national healthcare, family-friendly workplaces, and safe and clean environment, Finland regularly tops international surveys of life quality and happiness. 

Aalto University provides its employees with occupational healthcare and many opportunities for further education and training. The salary is determined based on experience and qualifications of the candidate, according to the salary system of Aalto University. The annual working time for teaching and research staff is 1612 hours, of which lecturers should allocate 50-80% to teaching, depending on the level in the career system.

For more information

For additional information about the position and the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, please contact University Lecturer Jari Ylitalo or Professor Jens Schmidt. On matters related to the application process, please contact the HR Partner Saara Ahokoski (

How to apply

The application material for the position includes:
  • cover letter that includes a summary of merits and most important achievements,
  • curriculum vitae (with contact details, approximate length two pages),
  • teaching portfolio, 
  • research statement (approximate length two pages),
  • list of publications with the three most important publications highlighted, with links to their online versions,
  • names, positions, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of two senior academic people who can provide recommendations.

General instructions for applicants including language requirements and guidelines for compiling teaching portfolios and CVs are available at

All application materials must be submitted in English and through Aalto University’s recruitment system no later than 31st of August 2023

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a site visit in Aalto University campus. The time for the site visits will be agreed later.

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 Dean of School of Science. 

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 behaviour that we expect from each other. Aalto University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty, and we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds, especially minorities, to apply. Aalto University Code of Conduct is applicable to all Aalto community members, and it clarifies the values that guide us. For more information:

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 hub 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:

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