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Professor, Organization Design
Aalto University

Date Posted Jun. 20, 2023
Title Professor, Organization Design
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department T307 Dept. Industrial Engineering and Management
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Engineering - Other
    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 Department of Industrial Engineering and Management (Espoo, Finland) invites applications for:

Tenure Track Professor in Organization Design

The vacancy at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management is open to outstanding individuals with strong research and teaching interest. Ideal applicants enjoy intellectual leadership and strive for academic excellence and inspiring people around them. The call is primarily open on the Assistant Professor level. However, exceptional candidates at other levels will also be considered.

Your role and goals

The tenure track position in Organization Design seeks to contribute to the understanding of the organization design and entrepreneurial leadership appropriate for different stages of organizational maturity, from startups to scaleups and established organizations, particularly in the context of the creation and transformation of technology-based business, the common focus of the department. Of interest is how to design organizations and work practices that facilitate entrepreneurial behavior, new business development, and transformation.

Successful candidates will have a strong research record and demonstrated teaching experience in one or more of the following areas: change management, organizational transformation and development; design and management of organizational growth from the startup to the expanding and institutionalized organization; agile, flexible, and/or self-managing organizations; organizational culture and corporate entrepreneurship; and managing, developing and incentivizing individuals and teams.

We are looking for candidates with strong expertise in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods and data analysis, as well as a passion for teaching and working with students at all levels - undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and executive education. The ideal candidate will possess the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues, stakeholders, and industrial partners, as we strive to foster a collaborative and supportive work environment.

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.

Your colleagues and network

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 organization design and entrepreneurial leadership. In total, we are more than 100 persons working in the department, including 15 professors, over 20 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

The faculty at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management is well known for its publications in leading management journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, as well as the leading journals in the core research areas of the department such as Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Research Policy, and Journal of Operations Management in entrepreneurship, innovation, and operations and service management. The department conducts empirical research in close collaboration with the leading technology firms in Finland and Europe. 

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 position is located in the main campus of Aalto University in Espoo ( The position comes with a competitive salary, a teaching load of two courses per year, and a start-up package of research funding.

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 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
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted)
  • Research statement describing future research plans
  • Teaching portfolio
  • Reference letters from at least four referees for those applying at the assistant professor level submitted directly by the referees to the address

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

All application material should be submitted in English and addressed to the President of Aalto University. The materials have to be submitted through Aalto University’s recruitment system no later than 20 August 2023

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.

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

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 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 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:

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