Tenure track appointments
- Appointment for tenure track: Karolin Kirschenmann
- Professor Jukka Manner focuses on developing the Internet
PhD Karolin Kirschenmann, 31, has been appointed Assistant Professor in Finance at the School of Economics.
She majored in banking and finance, and she defended her thesis on April 11, 2011 at the University of Heidelberg.
My research focuses on empirical corporate finance with a special interest in empirical banking and financial institutions. In particular, my thesis comprises several studies analyzing demand and supply determinants of loan contract terms in bank lending in transition countries.
Kirschenmann has been interested not only in banking but also in development finance. She has worked as a consultant for the German development bank and conducted an ex-post desk evaluation of the introduction of a payment system in Uganda. She has also been part of an evaluation mission to Namibia where she was given the special task of developing the design of an impact study.
What about the future research interests?
– While I still want to continue doing research on demand and supply aspects in loan contracting as well as studying banking in transition economies, I am currently probing new projects to broaden my research within the area of empirical banking. While there is no one in the Department of Finance working on exactly the same research topic as I am doing, I think that there are linkages between my interests and the interests of various colleagues so that it should be easy to find some joint projects.
First time in Finland
– I think the tenure track system has many advantages for young researchers because it offers a clear perspective for one’s future and provides good incentives to keep working towards that. Also, along the process a young researcher receive regular feedback on how the work is proceeding.
Karolin Kirschenmann was also impressed by the working atmosphere of the Department of Finance.
– Being part of a dynamic environment is very attractive, I think, and provides a lot of opportunities. I feel that it is a great place for me to progress with my research and that I will receive a lot of support for that. So there seemed to be a good fit both on a professional as well as a personal basis.
She has never been in Finland before, but the first impression of Helsinki was a positive one.
– The city seems to offer a lot while not being too big. Of course, it will be quite a change to start a new life in a different country and culture. But that is also exciting, and I am very sure that I will like Finland. Let’s see how the first dark and cold winter will be!
Professor Jukka Manner, working at Aalto University's School of Electrical Engineering, started his current work in the Helsinki University of Technology, now divided into four different schools inside the Aalto University. When applying for the position of professor in networking technology, Manner knew it was exactly the kind of work he had sought after.
– The job opening was a perfect match for my field of expertise. Today at Aalto, I'm able to work on interesting research topics, and my colleagues here are top notch, says Manner.
At their most extreme, Manner's current studies aim for new Internet technologies.
– The Internet was invented 40 years ago. Since then, the world has gone through an enormous change. My aim is to solve how the Internet can be developed to last for the next 40 years.
Although Manner is already a tenured professor, he reckons the Tenure Track as a great spur for scientists to reach their goals.
– With the help of the Tenure Track, scientists can secure their future in their own specific fields of expertise and, eventually, earn tenure.