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Postdoctoral Reseacher in Organization and Management

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.

Aalto University School of Business is the leading business school in Finland, and one of the leading school in Europe. The School of Business is an innovative and lively community of about 3500 students and 400 members of faculty and staff.

Aalto University School of Business invites applications for

Academy of Finland project “Quantum Computing – from Labs to Markets” (2 years)

Are you excited to explore the emergence of technologies that will have a major future impact? Do you have robust experience in collecting and analyzing major qualitative datasets, and strive for high-quality research?

The Department of Management Studies at Aalto University School of Business seeks applications for a two-year position as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Organization and Management subject. The start date is between 1 February and 30 April 2020 (the date is to an extent negotiable). The position is in the Academy of Finland project studying the transition of quantum computing from labs to markets (2019-2023).

The project focuses on the socio-economic aspects of market emergence for quantum computing, and the related science and technology. A prior understanding of quantum computing or quantum physics is not expected – the research team led by Prof. Nina Granqvist will support and train the candidate in developing the suitable subject knowledge during the project.

We expect the candidate to have a demonstrated ability to conduct qualitative data collection and analysis independently. Candidates with prior empirical and conceptual understanding of technology and/or market emergence and development are prioritized. Knowledge of the relevant literatures in organization theory (e.g. institutional theory, sociology of markets, socio-materiality, micro-social approaches), the sociology of science and technology, or technology strategy are considered important. Moreover, a suitable candidate has ambition to develop as a scholar, and to conduct high quality research with the aim to publish in the best management journals. Evidence of publishing skills is a merit. The position is associated with a very moderate teaching load – one course per year.

We look for scholars who are completing, or have completed within the past four years, their doctoral studies in a relevant field of study. The position requires fluent skills in the English language. Additional language skills are a merit. The post-doctoral researcher is required to be in residence for the duration of the appointment.

We offer

The postdoctoral scholar joins an engaged research team consisting of post-doctoral researchers, doctoral candidates, and the principal investigator with experience on technology and market emergence as well as publishing in the leading journals. The project is well on the way, providing a great setting to learn and to contribute. Moreover, we offer the opportunity to collect data and participate in events abroad, and an opportunity for research stays in our partner organizations in Europe and US.

The scholar joins a group of highly motivated and productive scholars. As one of the leading management departments in Europe, The Department of Management provides a great environment for academic development. The department comprises several very competitive groups of organization theory, strategy, organizational behavior, and sustainability management researchers who publish in leading management journals such as AMJ, AMR, ASQ, SMJ, Organization Science, and Organization Studies, among others. Moreover, the department has a lively, international research community with numerous doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers from several countries. The working language is English. For more information, please see:

Salary is approximately 50.000 euros per annum. Aalto University also provides health care benefits.

Finland is known for high quality of life, great work-life balance, clean nature, and family-friendly policies such as affordable high-quality daycare and free education. Helsinki is a vibrant international city with a metropolitan area population of over 1.1 million people.  

How to apply

Please submit your application through Aalto University´s electronic recruitment system SAIMA (link 'Apply now' below) no later than on 15.12.2019 accompanying it with the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation, containing a section that explicates your prior experience on qualitative data collection and analysis as well as the key literatures you have used, and your other relevant experience for this position
  • Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted)
  • A selected research paper or a similar writing sample
  • Names and contact information for two references  

All application materials should be submitted in English. Please refer to the title of the position concerned in your application.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Professor Nina Granqvist, [email protected] (or for questions relating to the recruitment process, HR Coordinator Kristina Mustonen, [email protected]).

Aalto University 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.

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