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School/CompanyHanken School of Economics
Job TitlePROJECT RESEARCHER (fixed term) in sustainable last mile logistics a.s.a.p.-30.8.2023 (part time, ca. 80%)
AddressArkadiankatu 22
Job categoryAcademic
Career level[not specified]
Desired education levelDoctorate or PhD
Job typePart-Time
SalaryThe entry level salary is in range of 41.312 - 53.159 euro / year (if full time)
Job description

The Hanken School of Economics is looking for a post-doctoral researcher for a Nordic Innovation project on Innovative sustainable urban last mile: small vehicles and business models (i-SMILE, see within the subject of Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility. 

The project focuses on

  • Consumer driven last mile logistics
  • Sustainable logistics
  • Logistics business models
  • Use of Light Electric Freight Vehicles (LEFV)
  • Circular economy services/ product-service systems
  • E-commerce

As a project researcher, your primary work task will be to conduct scholarly research within the project area of innovative and sustainable last mile logistics. You will also support project co-ordination especially with regards to the co-ordination of writing relevant reports and dissemination of the research. You will also, to a minor extent, be involved in teaching and supervision (appr. 5% of your work time) and carry out some service/administrative tasks.

More specifically, you will be responsible for:

  • Conducting research that meets high international levels
  • Collaborating with other members of the, in particular, providing expertise on matters related to innovative and sustainable last mile logistics.
  • Publishing your research in high-quality journals and communicating the results of your work to the business community and to society at large
  • Contributing to the administration of the project and to applications for new additional external research funding
  • Contributing to the competence development of students by providing research-based teaching and supervision in your field of expertise
  • Supporting the business experiment of circular economy services

As for eligibility requirements, applicants for the position are required to have (a) a PhD degree within a relevant subject, and (b) fluent command of English.

Applicants whose PhD defence has been set prior to 31.12.2020 may be considered but need to provide official evidence them fulfilling all requirements of their institution about their impending graduation.

The following qualifications are considered as further merits when evaluating applicants:

  • Good knowledge of qualitative research methods
  • Familiarity with research within the field innovative last mile logistics
  • Familiarity with research on sustainable supply chains and circular economy
  • Existing high-quality academic publications
  • High-quality plans and high potential for future academic publications (incl. publications in preparation and pipeline)
  • Experience of applying for research funding
  • Fluent command of Finnish

A solid knowledge of last mile logistics and e-commerce is prioritised in evaluating and ranking applicants. Special consideration is given to candidates that have demonstrated their ability to produce high quality research. It is on you as an applicant to pinpoint and describe the fit between the targeted areas of expertise of the position, and your own knowledge, publication track record and pipeline.

By joining our department, you will benefit from and contribute to a thriving scientific environment at a triple crown-accredited university business school (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA accreditations), becoming part of a group of highly active researchers with high productivity in publishing, numerous global projects, and a strong international profile.

The annual working time (full time) is 1612 hours. The exact % of part time may fluctuate across the project years but is also up for negotiation.

The location of the position is in Helsinki ( The salary for the project researcher is based on the university salary system in Finland (including employee healthcare as well as pension and holiday contributions); the exact salary level depends upon the recruited individual’s qualifications and performance. The entry level salary is in range of 41.312 - 53.159 euro / year (if full time). Beyond the salary, the university’s foundation grants faculty members substantial publication awards for high-quality publications. The trial period will be 3 months.

An application letter, with the following separate attachments,

  • CV incl. min. 2 references who can be contacted for recommendations
  • PhD degree certificate
  • Publication list incl. working doi links to selected, max 5 recent publications (or if links don’t work, separately submitted publications in pdf form)
  • Research statement/plan including a demonstration of the applicant’s fit with the position

shall be submitted electronically to Hanken’s recruitment database Laura no later than January 8th, 2021 (16:00 EET). In addition, other relevant documents (e.g. certificates, recommendations) may be submitted with the application. Please also indicate when you would be able to start in the position if you should be selected. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed through videoconferencing.

Enquiries may be directed to project leader Dr. Anna Aminoff, e-mail , mobile  +358 504006215

The Hanken School of Economics 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.

Further information:

Hanken School of Economics:

Our group

i-SMILE project:

HUMLOG Institute:

Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility:

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Expiry date2021/01/08