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School/CompanyHanken School of Economics
Job TitleASSISTANT PROFESSOR in Marketing (5-year tenure track) in Vaasa, Finland
AddressBiblioteksgatan 16
Job categoryAcademic
Career level[not specified]
Desired education levelDoctorate or PhD
Job typeFull-Time
Career Progressiontenure track
SalaryThe salary range is approximately 42,000 €—52,000 € per year
Job description

Assistant Professor in Marketing (5-year tenure track) in Vaasa

The Department of Marketing at Hanken School of Economics invites applications for a tenured Assistant Professor -position in Marketing / Vaasa, starting 1.8.2021.

We offer an energetic research environment with a strong international profile and close ties to the surrounding business life. The position is open for qualified candidates with solid potential for a successful scientific career. In terms of research foci and interest, we especially encourage applications from candidates that fit the profile of the subject of Marketing and its linked research centre CERS – Centre for Relationship Marketing and Service Management.

The Hanken tenure track, implies an employment starting with a fixed term of 5 years. After this 5-year term, you will have the opportunity to advance to a tenured associate professor level (and later to a position as full professor) upon fulfilling the university’s criteria for career advancement in terms of high-quality research and publications, teaching, and service.

Hanken School of Economics is an internationally accredited university business school that is recognized for its research of eminent quality. Hanken has strong connections to the corporate world and an active alumni network with over 13 800 alumni working in more than 70 countries. Our Master’s program is ranked among the top 90 programs globally by Financial Times. Hanken operates at two locations in Finland, Helsinki and Vaasa. The announced position is located in Vasa, a city with international spirit known for its Energy cluster, a high number of export companies, and a vibrant student life .

Being a member of the marketing community at Hanken

Being a teacher and supervisor in marketing at Hanken implies endowing students with an understanding of marketing as a strategic process that purposefully drives a business towards meaningful growth. Aligned with this, our study programme focuses on the critical role of customer and market insight for the successful strategic management of service, experiences and business model innovation in current and future business environments. Our research profile strongly builds on thought leadership in service management – four research areas being outlined: customers and relations, marketing logics and strategizing, business markets and societal dynamics, and marketing effectiveness and profitability. The creation of new knowledge, of high relevance for the embedding corporate world, is of key concern.

As an Assistant Professor at the Department of Marketing you will:

  • Conduct high-quality research meeting international standards, publish your research in high-rank journals, and communicate your research output to the business community and the society at large,
  • Contribute to the development of new research areas, capabilities, and projects
  • Contribute to the competence development of students by providing research-based teaching and supervision at BSc, MSc, and PhD levels in Marketing
  • Contribute to the development of curriculums and advance your pedagogical skills
  • Contribute to the development of international collaboration and applications for externally funded research projects,
  • Engage in various departmental and university duties relating to teaching, research, and administration.


The eligibility criteria for the position are:


  • PhD degree in marketing or a related field.
  • Fluent command of English

Additional eligibility criteria:

  • Demonstrated research activity, including publications in scientific journals,
  • Demonstrated fit between the candidate’s profile and the subject of Marketing in terms of research and teaching,
  • Credible high-quality plans and high potential for future academic research projects and publications (incl. publications in preparation and “pipeline”),
  • Experience in teaching and supervision of students in marketing, including pedagogical merits.

Given the researcher focus of the tenure track, strong merits related to the first three additional eligibility criteria above are prioritised in evaluating and ranking applicants. The applicant should pinpoint and describe the fit between the targeted areas of expertise of the position, and his or her research efforts, publication track record and pipeline, and teaching experience in the application documents. Evaluation of an applicant’s qualifications in the above-mentioned areas will focus on qualifications with emphasis given to recent years.

Further merits

  • International experience during or after PhD studies,
  • Research funding (incl. funding obtained and involvement in writing successful national and international applications),

Ability to teach and supervise fluently in both English and Swedish is considered a strong merit. If the recruited faculty member is not native in Swedish, he or she is expected to learn the basics of the Swedish language.

Employment terms and salary

The annual working time in the position is 1612 hours. During semesters, you are expected to spend a minimum average of three days per week at the Department in Vaasa in order 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. Curriculum details are available in the subject’s current course portfolio.

The salary is based on the university salary system in Finland (including employee healthcare as well as pension and holiday contributions). The salary range is approximately 42,000 €—52,000 € per year; the exact salary level will depend upon the recruited individual’s qualifications and performance.

Interviews and trial lecture

Qualified candidates will be interviewed in person or through videoconferencing. Final short-listed candidates will be invited for a trial lecture. If possible, a campus visit at Hanken School of Economics in Vaasa will be arranged.

Further information

For additional information, please contact Professor Peter Björk, Head of the Department,  (or in the case of questions relating to the recruitment process, Director Elina Stadigh, ).

How to apply

Applications should be submitted online to Hanken’s recruitment database Laura no later than March 19, 2021 (EET) with the following attachments:

  • Cover letter - outlining how you a) fulfil the eligibility criteria and merits, and b) describing your fit with the research of the Subject of Marketing
  • Curriculum vitae (also including evidence of similar positions held at other universities, as well as international experience)
  • List of publications (with the most significant ones for the position highlighted, noting the applicant’s contribution to each)
  • Teaching portfolio (i.e. experience and philosophies of teaching and curriculum development; including student feedback; pedagogical courses taken, and evidence of teaching and supervision in marketing, noting the role of the applicant in various courses
  • Research proposal describing the applicant’s current and planned research, publications in the pipeline, and funding obtained for various projects
  • Names and contact addresses of four references
  • Samples of research (maximum 5 selected publications/articles)
  • Relevant certificates (degree certificates, language certificates, pedagogical teaching certificates)

All the above attachments are mandatory for the applicant to be considered for the position. In addition, other relevant documents (e.g. certificates, recommendations) may be submitted with the application. All materials are to be submitted in English or Swedish.

Hanken reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period, and/or to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

Application period starts: February 15, at 12:00

Application period ends:  March 19, at 23:59

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Expiry date2021/02/19