Department of Industrial Engineering and Management

Open Positions

We conduct world-class research and education focusing on the creation and transformation of technology-based business. The department’s areas of focus include strategy and venturing, operations and service management and entrepreneurial leadership.
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Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland.

The Department of Industrial Engineering and Managemet invites applications for

Doctoral Candidate or Project Researcher in Digital Platform Strategy and Policy

Do you have experience in digital platform strategy and policy making?  Are you searching for an opportunity to use your knowledge and develop your competence further?

Your role and goals

We are looking for a doctoral student or project researcher to work with us on sector specific value creation and capture mechanisms in digital platform economy, driving forces and constraining factors of business and innovation in digital platform economy, and innovation policy rationales in platform economy.

The two research projects that you would work in are the Academy of Finland funded research project on digital disruption of industry ( and the Business Finland funded research project on policy rationales in the shift to digital platform economy (

The task and responsibilities include supervised and independent empirical research work, joint writing of articles, organizing of expert workshops, and social media engagement.

Your experience and ambitions

As a successful applicant, you should be highly motivated and have expertise in at least two of the following three areas; platform business and strategy, software and data business, and industry and innovation policy. We work as a research team but expect you to be able to work on tasks independently as well. As much of the work is also about writing, we expect you to speak and write fluent English in the area of expertise. Finnish language skills are not necessary but are of benefit for the research work and workshops we conduct.     

Your network and research team

The Department of Industrial Engineering and Management (TUTA) of Aalto University conducts world-class research and provides education that focus on the creation and transformation of technology-based business.

The research team led by Associate Professor Robin Gustafsson focuses on platform and digital strategy, strategy and organization during technology induced disruptions, innovation and industry policy, and governance of open science, research, and innovation.

Ready to apply?

If you are interested to learn more about our group and would like to be considered for the position, please submit your application through our recruitment system.

To apply, please share the following application materials with us:

• CV
• Motivation letter
• Transcripts of records
• Name and contact information of two referees

The deadline for application is January 30th, 2020, but we aim to fill this position as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

The employment contract is made for 1,5 years. Opportunities for starting doctoral studies during the employment can be considered. 

More Information

If you wish to hear more about the position, you can reach out to Robin Gustafsson ([email protected]) and HR Coordinator Laura Pyysalo ([email protected]) in application process related questions.

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