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Head of Innovation Ecosystem Services


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 campus is located in the Helsinki metropolitan area in Finland.

Aalto University has a national mission to strengthen the innovative capacity of Finland, and in 2019, the University made a remarkable investment towards this goal by appointing a brand new Vice President of Innovation. Aalto University is a motor of vibrant and diverse innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Are you an innovative leader willing to make a difference by tying research and business together and driving change and impact?

We are now looking for a

Head of Innovation Ecosystem Services

In this role, you lead and develop Aalto’s Innovation Ecosystem Services. One of your main goals is to build a more active national and international innovation ecosystem network. You will develop further commercialization processes, and promote and advance innovation activities related to e.g. sustainability. You work for bringing large corporations and startups closely together, and create the conditions for students and researchers to embark on dynamic startup activities. In addition, you foster collaboration with student entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial education.

Aalto University’s Innovation Ecosystem Services consists of three teams: Innovative Services, Aalto Startup Center and EIT Services. Innovation Ecosystem Services’ main areas of responsibilities are inventions and their protection of intellectual property, University’s technology and competence transfer for the benefit of society, startup support (incubator and accelerator support) for research based business, coordination of support for student-led entrepreneurship, and support for participating in The European Institute of Innovation & Technology Knowledge and Innovation Communities (EIT KICs).

You will report to the Vice President of Innovations, and you will work in close collaboration with Aalto’s Research Services, Advancement and Corporate Engagement and Legal Services. You will also strengthen the relationships with the corporates.

We expect you to have passion and insight in commercializing research results, starting research based business, and experience on university–business collaboration. You have strong interpersonal, networking and leadership skills. We value your independent and collaborative working style, as well as your capacity for conceptual big-picture thinking. To succeed, you have a master’s or doctoral degree and excellent communication skills in English and Finnish.

We offer you a unique position with a chance to make an impact in a multidisciplinary community to work with. You will also get to enjoy a wide variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth. The position is located in Aalto University’s Otaniemi campus, home of the lively community that supports innovations.

Ready to apply?

Ready to join our community? Please submit your application (short cover letter and CV) through our recruitment system by March 29th, 2020. If you want to hear more about the position, you can reach out to Vice President Janne Laine, [email protected], (assistant Leena Kangasperko, [email protected], tel. +358 50 565 1027). In HR related matters please contact HR Coordinator Kirsi Söderlund, [email protected], tel. +358 50 338 7437.

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