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Three Doctoral Candidate Positions at the Department of Industrial Engineering 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. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community. 

Three (3) Doctoral Candidate Positions at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management of Aalto University  

The Department of Industrial Engineering and Management (DIEM) of Aalto University School of Science conducts world-class research and provides education that focus on the creation and transformation of technology-based business. The department is currently seeking to hire Doctoral Candidates to new areas of research within two of the department’s strategic focus areas: Operations and Service Management, and Entrepreneurial Leadership. In both areas, our focus is on empirical research that use both qualitative and quantitative research methods. In the field of Entrepreneurial Leadership, we focus on individuals’ and organizations’ entrepreneurial activities in the pursue of new business opportunities. In Operations and Service Management, we focus on operations strategy, management of multi-actor service systems and operational innovations, management of project and solution business, and management of external resource networks in global, technology-based business context. 

Our internationally acknowledged research and close collaboration with industry are the foundations of our highly recognized teaching and research. Our faculty publishes continuously in the most highly ranked academic journals, engages actively in top tier academic conferences, and serves on the editorial board of leading journals. The track record of Aalto’s Industrial Engineering and Management Doctors is excellent. Our academic placements include, among others, Stanford University, Imperial College Business School, University of Southern California, IE Business School, Rotterdam School of Management, McGill University, and Sungkyunkwan University. The Aalto Industrial Engineering and Management Doctoral program provides an exceptional basis for starting an international academic career. 

Full-time doctoral student position at DIEM
The positions support up to four years of full-time employment to complete the doctoral studies and the doctoral dissertation. The employment and doctoral student admission decisions are made in May/June, and the new doctoral students are generally expected to start by September 2021. The employment will be two years full-time for the first contract, which, based on a successful mid-term review, can be extended by two years to cover the rest of the doctoral studies. The salary is competitive, and the contract includes occupational health and social security benefits. Furthermore, various research grants are available for doctoral students. For further information, see 

Who can apply?
The Doctoral Program at Aalto University Department of Industrial Engineering and Management is intended for candidates with an excellent academic background who are highly motivated to pursue a full-time doctoral program and produce research of the highest international level. Applicants must fulfill the admission requirements to the Aalto Doctoral Programme of Science. Good command of English is a necessary prerequisite. More information on the general requirements and the application process for post-graduate studies: 

Application procedure
If you would like to be considered for the position, please submit your application through our recruitment system by using the “Apply now!” link below. The application material for the position includes: 

  • Motivation letter
  • Preliminary research plan or description of research interests together with a summary of skills
  • Curriculum vitae (including publications if any)
  • Transcript of academic records
  • Reference letters from two academics 

All application material should be submitted in English. Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period, reopen the application process, and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period. Application materials will not be returned. 

Closing date for the applications: April 30, 2021 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online interview. 

If chosen for the position, the applicant has to apply for and get the right to pursue doctoral studies at Aalto University.  

For further information, please contact one of the following persons by email [email protected] 

  • Entrepreneurial Leadership: Assistant Professor Marina Biniari
  • Operations and Service Management: Professor Kari Tanskanen
  • HR Coordinator, Ms. Saara Haggrén (application process, practical arrangements) 

Living up to our values
As a community of high ethics, we want to assure the highest international standard in research, education and teaching. We expect all our community members to respect Aalto values and follow the ethical principles of fair play and integrity in all our activities and the behavior that we expect from each other. Aalto University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty, and we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds, especially minorities, to apply. Aalto University Code of Conduct is applicable to all Aalto community members and it clarifies the values that guide us. For more information: 

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