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School/CompanyHanken School of Economics
Job TitleAssistant Professor in Accounting (tenure track)
AddressArkadiankatu 22
Job categoryAcademic
Career level[not specified]
Desired education levelDoctorate or PhD
Job typeFull-Time
Career ProgressionTenure track
SalaryAccording to the university salary system.
Job description

Assistant Professor in Accounting (tenure track)

The Department of Accounting and Commercial Law at Hanken School of Economics invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Accounting. We are specifically interested in applicants with research and teaching ability or potential in any of the following core areas: (1) International Financial Reporting and Analysis; (2) Corporate Governance; (3) Sustainable Investing and ESG Reporting; and (4) Information Systems and Data-Driven Decision-Making in Accounting. The position is on the Vaasa campus and the contract starts from August 1, 2024, or earlier according to agreement.

Hanken School of Economics is a leading, internationally accredited business school, recognized for its international orientation and outstanding research quality in proportion to its size. We have close ties to the business community and an active alumni network with over 14 000 alumni working in more than 70 countries. Our master’s programme is ranked 46 in the Masters in Management 2023 by Financial Times. We offer B.Sc., M.Sc., and PhD programmes on two locations, in Helsinki and Vaasa, Finland.

Finland, as a country, is ranked as one of the best-governed countries in the world (Legatum prosperity index, 2023), as well as the happiest country in the world (World Happiness Report 2023). This is thanks to, among others, the high level of equality and safety; free, high-quality education at both primary, secondary, and university levels; affordable healthcare and childcare; and competitiveness and innovativeness of the business sector. The location of this position is in Vaasa, an international and innovative city, with six higher education institutions and the largest energy cluster in the Nordics.


Accounting Research and Teaching at Hanken

The research activities of the accounting group focus on the following core areas:

  • Financial Accounting
  • International Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Corporate Governance and Auditing
  • Sustainable Investing and ESG.

We have a strong research climate reflected in a growing volume and range of research activities. The faculty have published in leading journals, such as Accounting and Business Research; Accounting Horizons; Accounting, Organizations and Society; Accounting Review; Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory; Contemporary Accounting Research; European Accounting Review; Journal of Accounting Research; and Journal of Business Ethics. Our goal is to conduct high quality academic research with corporate and societal relevance. The group houses the Hanken Centre for Accounting, Finance and Governance, which provides opportunities to connect with international researchers, executives, and policymakers.

The teaching in our major centres on four themes: Financial accounting and reporting; Managerial accounting; Sustainability reporting; and Data-Driven Decision-Making in Accounting. At Hanken the goal is to educate responsible professionals for the global economy and changing society. We embrace Nordic values in teaching and learning, such as openness, equality, and integrity, and promote a diverse and innovative learning community that answers to the challenges of the global world, and that efficiently integrates students, faculty, staff, the corporate world, as well as partner organisations and universities.



The applicants must have a doctoral degree in accounting or a related field. The applicants will be reviewed based on their research, teaching, institutional service, and societal impact. When evaluating the applicants’ qualifications, the main focus will be on the potential to conduct high quality scientific research in the core research areas of accounting and the potential to provide high-quality teaching in core areas of accounting. Applicants are required to have fluent command of English. Hanken supports international faculty in learning the Swedish language.

Academic staff at Hanken are expected to carry out and supervise scientific research, provide high quality academic teaching, closely follow the advances of their field, and participate in service to Hanken, the academic community, and the society.

The full-time position has an annual working time of 1612 hours. During the academic year, it is expected that a minimum average of three days per week is spent at the office in Vaasa to actively contribute to the research and teaching environment. Teaching tasks are allocated based on the curriculum needs of the subject and by considering relevant own expertise.



The salary is based on the university salary system in Finland. The exact salary level depends on qualifications and performance. At the assistant professor level, the annual salary range starts from around 57.000 euros (including holiday contributions). Depending on the candidate’s qualifications (research, teaching, societal impact and/or activity in the scientific community), the salary level can be higher. In addition, the employment includes occupational healthcare as well as pension contributions. Hanken will support the Assistant Professor with a start-up research budget. Additional research, travel and teaching development grants can be applied for. Hanken rewards excellence in research and teaching.



Short-listed candidates will be invited to on-site campus visits. Applicants attending the 2023 EAA Talent Workshop may be offered opportunities for pre-interviews and are, thus, strongly encouraged to submit their applications before November 10th.


For more Information

For additional information, please contact Professor Kim Ittonen, Head of the Department, or HR Director Elina Stadigh,


How to apply

The application is to be addressed to the Rector and application materials should include:

  • Cover letter
  • CV, including a list of publications (proposed content at
  • Personal statement, which includes a description of past research and its scientific quality, academic impact, plans for future research and a description of the candidate’s service to the department and university and a description of the candidate’s societal impact
  • Copies of no more than five research publications, including a ‘job market’ paper which is an original piece of research by the candidate that constitutes their best research to date.
  • Teaching portfolio (e.g., Hanken’s Teaching portfolio template)
  • Up to three letters of reference from academic researchers
  • Relevant certificates (degree certificates, language certificates)

Please submit all application materials in English.

Full applications should be submitted to Hanken’s recruitment database LAURA through the link below no later than November 30, 2023 (EET).


General instructions for applicants are provided here. Also, read more about Hanken as an employer here.

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Expiry date2023/11/30