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Tenure track position in Finance

School of Accounting and Finance

Position, location

The Tenure track position is located in the School of Accounting and Finance within the subject of Finance. The position is located in Vaasa, Finland.

The School of Accounting and Finance is a prolific unit renowned for its high-quality research. The School’s main focus areas of research are (1) Financial Markets, Instruments, and Institutions, (2) Financial Analysis of Firm Policies and Outcomes, (3) Governance and Compliance, (4) Responsibility and Sustainability, and (5) Risk Measurement and Management. Over recent years, the School’s faculty members have published numerous articles in highly-regarded finance, accounting, and business journals.

The position will primarily be filled for a fixed term as Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. The level is determined based on the applicant's merits. We are especially interested in applicants targeting the Associate Professor level.

A person fulfilling all qualification requirements and demonstrating particular merits may be appointed directly to the position of Professor on a permanent employment contract. This presupposes that all statements by the external experts find the applicant eligible for the position of Professor. The process for nominating a person to the position of Professor is specified in Section 33 of the Universities Act (558/2009) and the University of Vaasa's regulations.

The Tenure Track procedure permits the University to offer the recruited person a path that enables them to progress through regular evaluations to the position of Professor in the discipline in question. A person selected for the Tenure Track position will have their work monitored and evaluated on the criteria defined when the employment relationship is formed. Depending on the career stage of the selected person, successful evaluations can lead to a new tenure track term or to tenure as a Professor via the invitation procedure.

Please see “Areas of assessment” below for more information about the evaluation criteria.

Scope and task definition

The role of the tenure track position holder is to further strengthen the School’s research activities by covering one or more of its focus areas of research mentioned above (e.g. Responsibility and Sustainability). In line with the strategy of the University of Vaasa, the position holder can also take part in the activities of the multidisciplinary research platforms of the University. The themes of these research platforms are Energy and Sustainability, Digital Economy, and Innovations and Entrepreneurship.

Applicants are required to have an applicable doctoral degree together with, excellent academic merit as well as evidence of the potential to produce high quality research. This means evidence of research that meets high international standards and is published in highly-regarded finance journals, excellent and proven teaching skills, and the ability to acquire external funding. In addition the successful candidate will have a broad network of collaborators and can show evidence of societal impact. Experience in development and administration within the academic community as well as pedagogical education are considered merits.

The Tenure Track position is research-orientated, but the appointed person will also deliver teaching and theses supervision, acquire external funding for research projects and work in these projects, and undertake tasks within the university administration. The teaching and supervision responsibilities are mainly connected to the Bachelor’s Programme in Accounting and Finance, the EFMD-accredited Master’s Degree Programme in Finance, and the Doctoral Programme in Business Studies.

General job description for career path levels

The duties of the Assistant Professor include independent post-doctoral research as well as duties within teaching and university administration. The Assistant Professor may also supervise students writing their bachelor's or master's theses and act as a second supervisor for doctoral theses.

The duties of the Associate Professor include independent scientific research and responsible research-oriented organization tasks. Within the discipline, the Associate Professor will participate extensively in teaching and theses supervision. The Associate Professor is also required to participate actively in planning research and development projects, acquiring external funding and international collaboration. The Associate Professor carries an overall responsibility of duties within research, education, and university administration within his/her special field.

The Professor leads research together with other Professors within the same discipline and provides research-based teaching. The Professor's responsibilities have emphasis on developing and managing the research group. The Professor defines the orientation of research in the research group, taking into account the general development in the discipline and the University's strategic lines, and guides younger colleagues towards this orientation. The Professor manages and develops education of the discipline. The Professor is also responsible for the quality of research and teaching, builds and maintains research and education networks nationally and internationally as well as participates in societal interaction. The Professor develops and initiates research projects and acquires external funding for them.

The working time has been agreed upon in the collective bargaining agreement for universities. Working duties are annually agreed upon in the work plan.

Salary

The salary level is determined based on the job requirements for teaching and research personnel in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System (YPJ). A Professor's salary level is based on demand levels 8-10. The demand levels for an Associate Professor’s position are 6-7 and an Assistant Professor's 5-6. An additional personal salary component is paid based on work performance.

Areas of assessment

The University of Vaasa adheres to the principles of responsible research evaluation and the DORA Declaration.

The common illustrative merit requirements connected to different career stages are as follows:

Assistant Professor

To hold sufficient merit for the position of Assistant Professor in the Tenure Track system, the applicant must have had at least 3 peer-reviewed scientific publications or manuscripts approved for publication in his/her academic career in addition to the doctoral dissertation or its included publications. lt is considered beneficial if research has been published by a prestigious journal or publisher. ln addition, the applicant must have a research plan with relevance to the position for the Tenure Track period, as well as the required teaching skills.

Associate Professor

To hold sufficient merit for the position of Associate Professor, the applicant or member of staff applying for promotion within the career system must have had at least 6 peer-reviewed scientific publications or manuscripts approved for publication in addition to the doctoral dissertation or its included publications. lt is considered beneficial if research has been published by a prestigious journal or publisher. ln addition, experience in supervising theses (being named as at least the second supervisor on theses) is required, along with demonstrations of successful teaching and teaching development and management. Associate Professors are also required to have the ability to lead a research group and manage research projects. Furthermore, applicants for the position of Associate Professor must have demonstrated their ability to acquire external research funding. Evaluations will also take note of how well the applicant has been able to realise his/her research plan for the period. ln addition, the applicant must have a research plan with relevance to the position for the next Tenure Track period. Scientific work conducted abroad and demonstrations of international cooperation are beneficial for this position.

Professor

To hold sufficient merit for the position of Professor, the applicant or member of staff applying for promotion within the career system must have had at least 8 peer-reviewed scientific publications or manuscripts approved for publication in addition to the doctoral dissertation or its included publications. At least two of the publications must have been published by a prestigious journal or publisher. Further prerequisites for the position of Professor are strong demonstrations of the implementation, management and development of academic education. ln addition, demonstrations of research leadership are required, including supervisory work on theses, successful acquisition of external funding, active work in scientific associations and demonstrations of international collaboration in research. Evaluations of publishing activities will also take note of how well the applicant has been able to realise his/her research plan for the period.

ln the position of Professor, practical non-academic experience in the field is not required but can be considered beneficial.

The Tenure Track evaluation criteria for recruitment and progression on the career path are as follows:

1. Scientific research

  • Scientific output and the scientific influence of research
  • Peer-reviewed publications
  • Scientific citations (taking into consideration the practices prevailing within the discipline)
  • Other research publications

2. Research plan for the Tenure Track period

  • The vision of the University of Vaasa is to be regarded internationally as a successful and impactful research university. For this reason, applicants for Tenure Track positions or staff transitioning from one career stage to another are requested to append to their applications a research plan of no more than 5 pages in length, detailing the ways in which they would promote the implementation of the vision. The plan must include a description of the phenomena concerned, the perspective on the applicant's own subject and the added-value to be realised from analysing the phenomena as well as possible partners. lt is beneficial if the plan also includes potential sources of external financing (programmes or similar) and a publication plan. When progressing to the next Tenure Track stage, note is also taken of how well the candidate has been able to realise his/her research plan for the period.

3. Education

  • Teaching experience (including supervising theses)
  • Teaching and learning material (including digital and online content)
  • Pedagogical training

4. Activities in scientific communities and societal influence

  • Scientific collaboration and academic networks
  • lnternational activity
  • Activity in the operations of scientific communities
  • Leading research and education
  • Acquiring external financing
  • Societal influence and working with stakeholders

The aim is to identify the most capable applicant in terms of the subject and the applicant with the greatest potential from the University's perspective in terms of the future direction.

lf applicants do not meet the requirements set for the career stage, the recruitment cannot be carried out or an additional period cannot be granted.

Language skills

The administrative language of the University of Vaasa is Finnish. The teaching languages are Finnish and English, meaning that the position also requires fluency in written and spoken English. lf the candidate is a foreigner or a Finnish citizen who is not a native or has not been educated in Finnish, they may be granted an exemption from the language proficiency requirement without separate application. The selected candidate is expected to acquire the necessary language skills needed in the position in accordance with the language policy of the University of Vaasa.

Applying for the position

Applications are submitted using the University of Vaasa's electronic recruitment system. The application period ends 28.5.2021.

Applicants are asked to fill in the application form and using the online recruitment system attach the following for the evaluation of their competence:

1. Attachments in English:

  • Curriculum vitae https://www.univaasa.fi/en/open-positions/application-attachments )
  • List of publications categorized according to the instructions (https://www.univaasa.fi/en/open-positions/application-attachments )
  • Research plan of no more than 5 pages in length, detailing the ways in which the applicant would promote the implementation of the vision (please see point 2 above). The plan must include a description of the phenomena concerned, the perspective on the applicant's own subject and the added-value to be realised from analysing the phenomena as well as possible partners. lt is beneficial if the plan also includes potential sources of external financing (programmes or similar) and a publication plan. When progressing to the next Tenure Track stage, note is also taken of how well the candidate has been able to realise his/her research plan for the period.
  • Teaching portfolio (complementary to the teaching merits listed in the CV) (/https://www.univaasa.fi/en/open-positions/application-attachments )

2. In addition, numbered according to the above publication categories:

  • Copies of no more than 10 publications that the applicant wishes to be taken into account when evaluating their competence and qualifications. The publications can, if needed, be merged into a maximum of 7 pdf-files.

Applicants must indicate which level of Tenure Track position they are primarily applying for in their applications.

Appointment procedure

External experts

When the deadline for applications has passed, the Dean responsible prepares for the Appointment Committee a proposal on the selection of the best applicants for the assessment process. The Appointment Committee conducts a preliminary assessment of the applicants and sends the applications of the applicants that it considers to be the best to the experts for assessment.

In addition to the Chair and Secretary, the Appointment Committee includes the Dean of the School concerned and the Director of the research platform related to the discipline in which the appointee will work. Further members include a Dean from another School and 1-2 Professors representing the field in question.

The Appointment Committee selects two external experts with relevance to the position to give statements as proposed by the dean responsible. The experts are requested to provide a written assessment of the applicants' scientific qualifications and other merits within two months, as well as to give their views on which Tenure Track level the applicant should be recruited to. The disqualification of an expert is subject to sections 27-29 of the Finnish Administrative Procedure Act (434/2003).

After receiving the expert statements, the Appointment Committee processes the statements.

Teaching demonstration, interview and suitability assessment

After receiving the expert statements, the Appointment Committee invites the applicants that it deems best for an interview. The Appointment Committee also decides whether the applicants are required to give a teaching demonstration and evaluates such a demonstration as part of the overall assessment of the applicant's teaching skills.

The Appointment Committee also decides whether to evaluate language skills and, if required, whether to invite applicants for a suitability assessment. A suitability assessment is an evaluation provided by an external service provider regarding the applicant's suitability for the position in question.

Filling the position

The Appointment Committee will make an overall assessment on the eligibility and suitability of the candidate. At the same time, the Appointment Committee decides which level in the career path each of the best ranked applicants have reached. As a result of the overall assessment, the Appointment Committee will prepare a detailed proposal to the University's Rector that the position be filled or that the initiative to fill the position be dropped.

The appointment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a six-month trial period. The employment relationship will begin as agreed.

Further information

Helinä Saarela, Dean,  School of Accounting and Finance, tel. +358 29 449 8507, email: helina.saarela(a)uwasa.fi

Sami Vähämaa, Professor,  School of Accounting and Finance, tel. +358 29 449 8455, email: sami.vahamaa(a)uwasa.fi

Kaisu Piirainen, Vice-Director, Faculty and Management Services, tel. +358 29 449 8428, email: kaisu.piirainen(a)univaasa.fi

Decrees

The position will be filled in compliance with the appointment procedure specified in the Finnish Universities Act (558/2009), Administrative procedure Act (434/2003) and the regulations of the University of Vaasa.

ln the event of inconsistency or discrepancy between the Finnish and English versions of this document, the Finnish language version shall prevail.

Tenure Track position in International Management

School of Management, Business Studies

Position, location

This Tenure Track position in International Management is located in the School of Management. The research profile and activities of the position are connected to the Human Resource Management research group. The research should be oriented to one of the themes of the University’s three multi-disciplinary research platforms: Energy and sustainable development, digital economy, and innovation and entrepreneurship. The position is located in Vaasa, Finland.

The position will be filled primarily as a fixed-term Assistant or Associate Professor position under the tenure track system. The tenure track level is determined by the applicant's merits and career stage.

The Tenure Track procedure permits the University to offer the recruited person a path that enables them to progress through regular evaluations to the position of Professor in the discipline in question. A person selected for the Tenure Track position will have their work monitored and evaluated on the criteria defined when the employment relationship is formed. Depending on the career stage of the selected person, successful evaluations can lead to a new tenure track term or to tenure as a Professor via the invitation procedure.

Please see “Areas of Assessment” below for more information about the evaluation criteria.

Scope and task definition

The field of the position is international management. The desired research profile is based on how international management is responding to challenges arising from the future of work and demographic changes. In terms of the future of work, this includes research on how emerging new work arrangements are influencing global mobility and careers, as well as global remote working and global leadership. In terms of demographic changes, this includes research on how the global demand and supply of skilled labour is influencing global talent attraction, development and retention, as well as the integration of skilled immigrants. We are interested in research that addresses these issues at either the organisational or individual level.

This research profile is intended to strengthen and complement existing research at the university in the areas of international human resource management and global leadership. A further desirable attribute of the research profile is how the above is being influenced by developments in the uptake of new digital technologies.

The expected areas of expertise and interest ideally include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Global mobility and global careers
  • Global leadership and global leadership development
  • Global talent management – attraction, development and retention
  • Management of global virtual teams and other globally distributed collaborative arrangements

Applicants are required to have an appropriate doctoral degree together with excellent academic merits, evidence of the potential to produce high-quality research, as well as evidence or the potential to produce high-quality teaching.

The tenure track position is research-oriented, but also includes teaching, thesis supervision, seeking external funding for research projects and university administrative tasks. The teaching and supervision of the position is intended to support the Bachelor's and Master's programmes in International Business, and the Doctoral Programme in Business Studies.

General job description for career path levels

The duties of the Assistant Professor include independent post-doctoral research as well as duties within teaching and university administration. The Assistant Professor may also supervise students writing their bachelor's or master's theses and act as a second supervisor for doctoral theses.

The duties of the Associate Professor include independent scientific research and responsible research-oriented organization tasks. Within the discipline, the Associate Professor will participate extensively in teaching and theses supervision. The Associate Professor is also required to participate actively in planning research and development projects, acquiring external funding and international collaboration. The Associate Professor carries an overall responsibility of duties within research, education, and university administration within his/her special field.

The Professor leads research together with other Professors within the same discipline and provides research-based teaching. The Professor's responsibilities have emphasis on developing and managing the research group. The Professor defines the orientation of research in the research group, taking into account the general development in the discipline and the University's strategic lines, and guides younger colleagues towards this orientation. The Professor manages and develops education of the discipline. The Professor is also responsible for the quality of research and teaching, builds and maintains research and education networks nationally and internationally as well as participates in societal interaction. The Professor develops and initiates research projects and acquires external funding for them.

The working time has been agreed upon in the collective bargaining agreement for universities. Working duties are annually agreed upon in the work plan.

Salary

The salary level is determined based on the job requirements for teaching and research personnel in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System (YPJ). A Professor's salary level is based on demand levels 8-10. The demand levels for an Associate Professor’s position are 6-7 and an Assistant Professor's 5-6. An additional personal salary component is paid based on work performance.

Areas of Assessment

University of Vaasa follows the principles of responsible research evaluation and Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)[1]. The illustrative merit requirements connected to different career stages are as follows:

Assistant Professor

To hold sufficient merit for the position of Assistant Professor in the Tenure Track system, the applicant must have had at least 3 peer-reviewed scientific publications or manuscripts approved for publication in his/her academic career in addition to the doctoral dissertation or its included publications. lt is considered beneficial if research has been published by a prestigious journal or publisher. ln addition, the applicant must have a research plan for the Tenure Track period with relevance to the University's specified research platforms, as well as the required teaching skills.

Associate Professor

To hold sufficient merit for the position of Associate Professor, the applicant or member of staff applying for promotion within the career system must have had at least 6 peer-reviewed scientific publications or manuscripts approved for publication in addition to the doctoral dissertation or its included publications. lt is considered beneficial if research has been published by a prestigious journal or publisher. ln addition, experience in supervising theses (being named as at least the second supervisor on theses) is required, along with demonstrations of successful teaching and teaching development and management. Associate Professors are also required to have the ability to lead a research group and manage research projects. Furthermore, applicants for the position of Associate Professor must have demonstrated their ability to acquire external research funding. Evaluations will also take note of how well the applicant has been able to realise his/her research plan for the period. ln addition, the applicant must have a research plan for the next Tenure Track period with relevance to the University's specified research platforms. Scientific work conducted abroad and demonstrations of international cooperation are beneficial for this position.

Evaluations of publishing activities will also take note of how well the applicant has been able to realise his/her research plan for the period.

To hold sufficient merit for the position of Professor, the applicant or member of staff applying for promotion within the career system must have had at least 8 peer-reviewed scientific publications or manuscripts approved for publication in addition to the doctoral dissertation or its included publications. At least two of the publications must have been published by a prestigious journal or publisher. Further prerequisites for the position of Professor are strong demonstrations of the implementation, management and development of academic education. ln addition, demonstrations of research leadership are required, including supervisory work on theses, successful acquisition of external funding, active work in scientific associations and demonstrations of international collaboration in research. Evaluations of publishing activities will also take note of how well the applicant has been able to realise his/her research plan for the period.

ln the position of Professor, practical non-academic experience in the field is not required but can be considered beneficial.

The Tenure Track evaluation criteria for recruitment and progression on the career path are as follows:

1. Scientific research

Scientific output and the scientific influence of research

  • Peer-reviewed publications
  • Scientific citations (taking into consideration the practices prevailing within the discipline)
  • Other research publications

2. Research plan for the Tenure Track period

The University of Vaasa is directing research in its focal areas through three multidisciplinary research platforms. For this reason, applicants for Tenure Track positions or staff transitioning from one career stage to another are requested to append to their applications a research plan of no more than 5 pages in length, detailing the ways in which they would direct their research from the perspective of their own discipline towards one of the research platforms’ programme as described in the call for applications. The plan must include a description of the phenomena concerned, the perspective on the applicant's own subject and the added-value to be realised from analysing the phenomena as well as possible partners. lt is beneficial if the plan also includes potential sources of external financing (programmes or similar) and a publication plan. When progressing to the next Tenure Track stage, note is also taken of how well the candidate has been able to realise his/her research plan for the period.

3. Education

  • Teaching experience (including supervising theses)
  • Teaching and learning material (including digital and online content)
  • Pedagogical training

4. Activities in scientific communities and societal influence

  • Scientific collaboration and academic networks
  • lnternational activity
  • Activity in the operations of scientific communities
  • Leading research and education
  • Acquiring external financing
  • Societal influence and working with stakeholders

The aim is to identify the most capable applicant in terms of the subject and the applicant with the greatest potential from the University's perspective in terms of the future direction. lf applicants do not meet the requirements set for the career stage, the recruitment cannot be carried out nor an additional period granted.

Language skills

The administrative language of the University of Vaasa is Finnish. The teaching languages are Finnish and English, meaning that the position also requires fluency in written and spoken English. lf the candidate is a foreigner or a Finnish citizen who is not a native or has not been educated in Finnish, they may be granted an exemption from the language proficiency requirement without separate application. The selected candidate is expected to acquire the necessary language skills needed in the position in accordance with the language policy of the University of Vaasa.

Applying for the position

Applications are submitted using the University of Vaasa's electronic recruitment system. The application period ends 15.8.2021.

Applicants are asked to fill in the application form and using the online recruitment system attach the following for the evaluation of their competence:

1. Attachments in English:

2. In addition, numbered according to the above publication categories:

  • Copies of no more than 10 publications that the applicant wishes to be taken into account when evaluating their competence and qualifications. The publications can, if needed, be merged into a maximum of 7 pdf-files.

Applicants must indicate which level of Tenure Track position they are primarily applying for in their applications.

Appointment procedure

External experts

When the deadline for applications has passed, the Dean responsible prepares for the Appointment Committee a proposal on the selection of the best applicants for the assessment process. The Appointment Committee conducts a preliminary assessment of the applicants and sends the applications of the applicants that it considers to be the best to the experts for assessment.

In addition to the Chair and Secretary, the Appointment Committee includes the Dean of the School concerned and the Director of the research platform related to the discipline in which the appointee will work. Further members include a Dean from another School and 1-2 Professors representing the field in question.

The Appointment Committee selects two external experts with relevance to the position to give statements as proposed by the dean responsible. The experts are requested to provide a written assessment of the applicants' scientific qualifications and other merits within two months, as well as to give their views on which Tenure Track level the applicant should be recruited to. The disqualification of an expert is subject to sections 27-29 of the Finnish Administrative Procedure Act (434/2003).

After receiving the expert statements, the Appointment Committee processes the statements.

Teaching demonstration, interview and suitability assessment

After receiving the expert statements, the Appointment Committee invites the applicants that it deems best for an interview. The Appointment Committee also decides whether the applicants are required to give a teaching demonstration and evaluates such a demonstration as part of the overall assessment of the applicant's teaching skills.

The Appointment Committee also decides whether to evaluate language skills and, if required, whether to invite applicants for a suitability assessment. A suitability assessment is an evaluation provided by an external service provider regarding the applicant's suitability for the position in question.

Filling the position

The Appointment Committee will make an overall assessment on the eligibility and suitability of the candidate. At the same time, the Appointment Committee decides which level in the career path each of the best ranked applicants have reached. As a result of the overall assessment, the Appointment Committee will prepare a detailed proposal to the University's Rector that the position be filled or that the initiative to fill the position be dropped.

The appointment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a six-month trial period. The employment relationship will begin as agreed.

Further information

Adam Smale, Dean, School of Management, tel. (mob.) +358 (0)44 024 4536, email: adam.smale(a)uwasa.fi

Kaisu Piirainen, Vice-Director, Faculty and Management Services, tel. +358 (0)29 449 8428, email: kaisu.piirainen(a)uwasa.fi

Enquiries about the online application system: careers(a)univaasa.fi

Decrees

The position will be filled in compliance with the appointment procedure specified in the Finnish Universities Act (558/2009), Administrative procedure Act (434/2003) and the regulations of the University of Vaasa.

ln the event of inconsistency or discrepancy between the Finnish and English versions of this document, the Finnish language version shall prevail.

 

[1] San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment https://sfdora.org/read

Appointment plan

Tenure Track position in Accounting

Position, location

This Tenure Track position is located in the School of Accounting and Finance. The position is located in Vaasa, Finland.

The School of Accounting and Finance of the University of Vaasa is a prolific unit renowned for its high-quality research. The School’s main focus areas of research are (1) Financial Markets, Instruments, and Institutions, (2) Financial Analysis of Firm policies and Outcomes, (3) Governance and Compliance, (4) Responsibility and Sustainability, and (5) Risk Measurement and Management. Over recent years, the School’s faculty members have published numerous articles in highly-regarded finance, accounting, and business journals

The position will be filled primarily as a fixed-term Assistant or Associate Professor position under the tenure track system. The tenure track level is determined by the applicant's merits and career stage.

A person fulfilling all qualification requirements and demonstrating particular merits may be appointed directly to the position of Professor on a permanent employment contract. This presupposes that all statements by the external experts find the applicant eligible for the position of Professor. The process for nominating a person to the position of Professor is specified in Section 33 of the Universities Act (558/2009) and the University of Vaasa's regulations.

The Tenure Track procedure permits the University to offer the recruited person a path that enables them to progress through regular evaluations to the position of Professor in the discipline in question. A person selected for the Tenure Track position will have their work monitored and evaluated on the criteria defined when the employment relationship is formed. Depending on the career stage of the selected person, successful evaluations can lead to a new tenure track term or to tenure as a Professor via the invitation procedure.

Please see “Eligibilty criteria” below for more information about the evaluation criteria.

Scope and task definition

The field of the position is accounting, especially financial accounting and/or auditing. The role of the selected person is to further strengthen the School’s research activities by covering some of its focus areas and by linking it to the University’s strategy. The position holder will have an opportunity to participate in the activities of the University’s three multi-disciplinary research platforms with themes of: Energy and sustainable development, digital economy, and innovation and entrepreneurship.

Applicants are required to have an appropriate doctoral degree together with excellent academic merits, evidence of the potential to produce high-quality research, as well as evidence or the potential to produce high-quality teaching. This means evidence of research that meets high international standards and is published in highly-regarded journals, excellent and proven teaching skills, and the ability to acquire external funding. S/he has a broad network of collaborators and can show evidence of societal impact. Experience in the tasks of development and administration within the academic community and pedagogical education is considered as merit in this position.

The tenure track position is research-oriented, but also includes teaching, thesis supervision, seeking external funding for research projects and university administrative tasks. Teaching and supervision responsibilities are mainly connected to the Bachelor’s Programme in Accounting and Finance, the Master’s Degree Programme in Accounting and Auditing, and the Doctoral Programme in Business Studies.

ln the position of Professor, practical non-academic experience in the field is not required but can be considered beneficial.

General job description for career path levels

The duties of the Assistant Professor include independent post-doctoral research as well as duties within teaching and university administration. The Assistant Professor may also supervise students writing their bachelor's or master's theses and act as a second supervisor for doctoral theses.

The duties of the Associate Professor include independent scientific research and responsible research-oriented organization tasks. Within the discipline, the Associate Professor will participate extensively in teaching and theses supervision. The Associate Professor is also required to participate actively in planning research and development projects, acquiring external funding and international collaboration. The Associate Professor carries an overall responsibility of duties within research, education, and university administration within his/her special field.

The Professor leads research together with other Professors within the same discipline and provides research-based teaching and supervision. The Professor's responsibilities have emphasis on developing and managing the research group. The Professor defines the orientation of research in the research group, taking into account the general development in the discipline and the University's strategic lines, and guides younger colleagues towards this orientation. The Professor manages and develops education of the discipline. The Professor is also responsible for the quality of research and teaching, builds and maintains research and education networks nationally and internationally as well as participates in societal interaction. The Professor develops and initiates research projects and acquires external funding for them.

The working time has been agreed upon in the collective bargaining agreement for universities. Working duties are annually agreed upon in the work plan.

Salary

The salary level is determined based on the job requirements for teaching and research personnel in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System (YPJ). A Professor's salary level is based on demand levels 8-11. The demand level for an Associate Professor’s position is 7 and an Assistant Professor's 6. An additional personal salary component is paid based on work performance.

Eligibility requirements

University of Vaasa follows the principles of responsible research evaluation and Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Applicants are required to have an applicable doctoral degree together with, academic merit as well as evidence of the potential to produce high quality research. This means evidence of research that meets high international standards and is published in highly-regarded journals, the teaching and supervision skills required in the position, and the ability to acquire external funding. In addition the successful candidate will have a broad network of collaborators and can show evidence of societal impact, scientific cooperation as well as international activities according to the career stage. Experience in development and administration within the academic community as well as pedagogical education are considered merits.

The illustrative merit requirements connected to different career stages are as follows:

Assistant Professor

In order to have sufficient merit for the position of Assistant Professor in the Tenure track system, the applicant must have, in addition to their doctoral thesis or the publications therein, at least three peer-reviewed scientific publications or manuscripts approved for publication in their academic career. The publications must be classifiable according to recognised international criteria (including the national JUFO classification). Publications on the excellent or top level according to the recognised criteria in the field are considered an advantage. In addition, the applicant must have a research plan for the tenure track period, as well as the required teaching skills.

Associate Professor

In order to have sufficient merit for the position of Associate Professor, the applicant must have at least 10 peer-reviewed scientific publications, taking into account the discipline-specific international level on the whole. At least two of the publications must be at an excellent level internationally, taking into account the field’s definition of an internationally high level. In addition, the applicant must have a research plan for the tenure track period. Scientific work conducted abroad and demonstrations of international cooperation are beneficial for this position. Furthermore, applicants for the position of Associate Professor must have demonstrated their ability to acquire external research funding.

In addition, Associate Professors are required to have experience in the supervision of theses (at least as a second supervisor in doctoral theses) and demonstrations of successfully implemented teaching and pedagogical competence as well as the development and management of teaching. Associate Professors are also required to have the ability to lead a research group and manage research projects.

Professor

The candidate selected for the position of professor is required to have a Doctorate degree, a high level of scientific competence, experience in leading scientific research and demonstrations of international cooperation in their field of research, as well as pedagogical competence and the ability to provide high-quality research-based teaching and supervise theses. In addition, a professor must have the skills to act as an academic leader. A professor must also have demonstrations of the successful acquisition of external funding, active work in the scientific community and international collaboration in the field of research.

Selection for the position of professor at the recruitment stage requires, in addition to the doctoral thesis or the publications therein, at least 20 peer-reviewed publications, taking into account the discipline-specific international level on the whole. At least four of the publications must be at an excellent level internationally, taking into account the field’s definition of an internationally high level.

In addition, demonstrations of research leadership are required, including supervisory work on theses, successful acquisition of external funding, active work in the scientific community and demonstrations of international collaboration in the field of research

The Tenure Track areas of assessment for recruitment and progression on the career path are as follows:

1. Scientific research

  • Scientific output and the scientific influence of research
    • Peer-reviewed publications
    • Scientific citations (taking into consideration the practices prevailing within the discipline)
    • Other research publications
  • Acquiring external financing

2. Research plan for the Tenure Track period

Applicants for Tenure Track positions or staff transitioning from one career stage to another are requested to append to their applications a research plan of no more than 5 pages in length, detailing the ways in which they would direct their research from the perspective of their own discipline towards the focus of the position described in the call for applications and the strategic focus of the University of Vaasa’s research. The plan must include a description of the phenomena concerned, the perspective on the applicant's own subject and the added-value to be realised from analysing the phenomena as well as possible partners. lt is beneficial if the plan also includes potential sources of external financing (programmes or similar) and a publication plan. When progressing to the next Tenure Track stage, note is also taken of how well the candidate has been able to realise his/her research plan for the period.

3. Teaching

  • Teaching experience (including supervising theses)
  • Teaching and learning material (including digital content)
  • Pedagogical training

4. Activities in scientific communities and societal impact

  • Scientific collaboration and academic networks
  • lnternational activity
  • Activity in the operations of scientific communities
  • Leading research and education
  • Societal impact and working with stakeholders

The aim is to identify the most capable applicant in terms of the subject and the applicant with the greatest potential from the University's perspective in terms of the future direction.

lf applicants do not meet the requirements set for the career stage, the recruitment cannot be carried out or an additional period cannot be granted.

Language skills

The administrative language of the University of Vaasa is Finnish. The teaching languages are Finnish and English, meaning that the position also requires fluency in written and spoken English. lf the candidate is a foreigner or a Finnish citizen who is not a native or has not been educated in Finnish, they may be granted an exemption from the language proficiency requirement without separate application. The selected candidate is expected to acquire the necessary language skills needed in the position in accordance with the language policy of the University of Vaasa.

Applying for the position

Applications are submitted using the University of Vaasa's electronic recruitment system. The application period ends 25.1.2022.

Applicants are asked to fill in the application form and using the online recruitment system attach the following for the evaluation of their competence:

1. Attachments in English (Guidelines: Application attachments | University of Vaasa (uwasa.fi)):

  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Research plan of no more than 5 pages in length, see the content from point 2 above
  • Teaching portfolio (complementary to the teaching merits listed in the CV)

2. In addition, numbered according to the above publication categories:

  • Copies of no more than 10 publications that the applicant wishes to be taken into account when evaluating their competence and qualifications. The publications can, if needed, be merged into a maximum of 7 pdf-files.

Applicants must indicate which level of Tenure Track position they are primarily applying for in their applications.

Appointment procedure

External experts

When the deadline for applications has passed, the Dean responsible prepares for the Appointment Committee a proposal on the selection of the best applicants for the assessment process. The Appointment Committee conducts a preliminary assessment of the applicants and sends the applications of the applicants that it considers to be the best to the experts for assessment.

In addition to the Chair and Secretary, the Appointment Committee includes the Dean of the School concerned and, when the position is linked with a research platform, the Director of the research platform related to the discipline in which the appointee will work. Further members include a Dean from another School and 1-2 Professors representing the field in question.

The Appointment Committee selects two external experts with relevance to the position to give statements as proposed by the Dean responsible. The experts are requested to provide a written assessment of the applicants' scientific qualifications and other merits within two months, as well as to give their views on which Tenure Track level the applicant should be recruited to. The disqualification of an expert is subject to sections 27-29 of the Finnish Administrative Procedure Act (434/2003).

After receiving the expert statements, the Appointment Committee processes the statements.

Teaching demonstration, interview and suitability assessment

After receiving the expert statements, the Appointment Committee invites the applicants that it deems best for an interview. The Appointment Committee also decides whether the applicants are required to give a teaching demonstration and evaluates such a demonstration as part of the overall assessment of the applicant's teaching skills.

The Appointment Committee also decides whether to evaluate language skills and, if required, whether to invite applicants for a suitability assessment. A suitability assessment is an evaluation provided by an external service provider regarding the applicant's suitability for the position in question.

Filling the position

The Appointment Committee will make an overall assessment on the eligibility and suitability of the candidate. At the same time, the Appointment Committee decides which level in the career path each of the best ranked applicants have reached. As a result of the overall assessment, the Appointment Committee will prepare a detailed proposal to the University's Rector that the position be filled or that the initiative to fill the position be dropped.

The appointment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a six-month trial period. The employment relationship will begin as agreed.

Further information

  • Marko Järvenpää, Professori, School of Accounting and Finance, tel. +358 29 449 8440, marko.jarvenpaa@uwasa.fi
  • Kaisu Piirainen, Vice-director, Faculty and Management Services, tel. +358 29 449 8428, kaisu.piirainen@uwasa.fi

Decrees

Appointments to positions are subject to the regulations in the Universities Act (558/2009), the Government Decree on Universities (770/2009), the Non-discrimination Act (1325/2014), the Administrative Procedure Act (434/2003) disqualification provisions and the Regulations of the University of Vaasa.

 

ln the event of inconsistency or discrepancy between the Finnish and English versions of this document, the Finnish language version shall prevail.

Particulars of appointment 

Tenure Track position in Strategy 

 

Position, location  

This Tenure Track position in Strategy is located in the School of Management. The research 
profile and activities of the position are connected to the Strategic Business Development re-
search group. The research should be oriented to one of the themes of the University’s three 
multi-disciplinary research platforms: Energy and sustainable development, digital economy, 
and innovation and entrepreneurship.  

The position will be filled primarily as a fixed-term Assistant or Associate Professor position 
under the tenure track system. The tenure track level is determined by the applicant's merits 
and career stage. 

A person fulfilling all qualification requirements and demonstrating particular merits may be 
appointed directly to the position of Professor on a permanent employment contract. This 
presupposes that all statements by the external experts find the applicant eligible for the 
position of Professor. The process for nominating a person to the position of Professor is 
specified in Section 33 of the Universities Act (558/2009) and the University of Vaasa's regu-
lations. 

The Tenure Track procedure permits the University to offer the recruited person a path that 
enables them to progress through regular evaluations to the position of Professor in the dis-
cipline in question. A person selected for the Tenure Track position will have their work mon-
itored and evaluated on the criteria defined when the employment relationship is formed. De-
pending on the career stage of the selected person, successful evaluations can lead to a new 
tenure track term or to tenure as a Professor via the invitation procedure. 

Please see “Eligibilty criteria” below for more information about the evaluation criteria. 

Scope and task definition 


The field of the position is strategy. We welcome various theoretical and methodological ap-
proaches in research on strategy content and strategy work, but especially invite applications 
focusing on strategy in firms that are transitioning towards digitalization, servitization, and 
digital servitization. Research could focus on questions such as how various macro-level 
changes in the business environment shape the landscape of strategy work or strategy con-
tent, how digitalization is shaping business models, how digital technologies are utilized in 
strategy work, how new strategies emerge in rapidly evolving landscapes, the sociomaterial 
aspects of strategizing in organizations, and how firm boundaries are changing amidst digital 
servitization.  

The ideal research profile strengthens and complements existing research at the University of 
Vaasa in the areas of digital servitization, strategic change, strategy work, platforms and eco-
systems, and sustainability. The expected areas of expertise and interest ideally include, but 
are not limited to, the following:  

  • Servitization, product-service systems, digital transformation, product-service innovation in technology companies 
  • Business models, business model innovations, business model configurations 
  • Strategic change, strategy-as-practice, strategy work, strategy processes 
  • Dynamic capabilities, strategic capabilities 
  • Ecosystems, firm boundaries, networks 

Applicants are required to have an appropriate doctoral degree together with excellent aca-
demic merits, evidence of the potential to produce high-quality research, as well as evidence 
or the potential to produce high-quality teaching. 

The tenure track position is research-oriented, but also includes teaching, thesis supervision, 
seeking external funding for research projects and university administrative tasks. The teach-
ing and supervision of the position is intended to support the Bachelor's programme in Man-
agement, Master's programme in Strategic Business Development, and the Doctoral Pro-
gramme in Business Studies. 

ln the position of Professor, practical non-academic experience in the field is not required but 
can be considered beneficial. 

General job description for career path levels 

The duties of the Assistant Professor include independent post-doctoral research as well as 
duties within teaching and university administration. The Assistant Professor may also super-
vise students writing their bachelor's or master's theses and act as a second supervisor for 
doctoral theses. 

The duties of the Associate Professor include independent scientific research and responsible 
research-oriented organization tasks. Within the discipline, the Associate Professor will partic-
ipate extensively in teaching and theses supervision. The Associate Professor is also required 
to participate actively in planning research and development projects, acquiring external fund-
ing and international collaboration. The Associate Professor carries an overall responsibility of 
duties within research, education, and university administration within his/her special field. 

The Professor leads research together with other Professors within the same discipline and 
provides research-based teaching and supervision. The Professor's responsibilities have em-
phasis on developing and managing the research group. The Professor defines the orientation 
of research in the research group, taking into account the general development in the disci-
pline and the University's strategic lines, and guides younger colleagues towards this orienta-
tion. The Professor manages and develops education of the discipline. The Professor is also 
responsible for the quality of research and teaching, builds and maintains research and edu-
cation networks nationally and internationally as well as participates in societal interaction. 
The Professor develops and initiates research projects and acquires external funding for them. 

The working time has been agreed upon in the collective bargaining agreement for universi-
ties. Working duties are annually agreed upon in the work plan. 

 

Salary 

The salary level is determined based on the job requirements for teaching and research per-
sonnel in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System (YPJ). A Professor's salary level 
is based on demand levels 8-11. The demand level for an Associate Professor’s position is 7 
and an Assistant Professor's 6. An additional personal salary component is paid based on work 
performance. 

 

Eligibility requirements 

University of Vaasa follows the principles of responsible research evaluation and Declaration 
on Research Assessment (DORA).  

Applicants are required to have an applicable doctoral degree together with, academic merit 
as well as evidence of the potential to produce high quality research. This means evidence of 
research that meets high international standards and is published in highly-regarded journals, 
the teaching and supervision skills required in the position, and the ability to acquire external 
funding. In addition the successful candidate will have a broad network of collaborators and 
can show evidence of societal impact, scientific cooperation as well as international activities 
according to the career stage. Experience in development and administration within the aca-
demic community as well as pedagogical education are considered merits. 

The illustrative merit requirements connected to different career stages are as follows: 

Assistant Professor 

In order to have sufficient merit for the position of Assistant Professor in the Tenure track 
system, the applicant must have, in addition to their doctoral thesis or the publications therein, 
at least three peer-reviewed scientific publications or manuscripts approved for publication in 
their academic career. The publications must be classifiable according to recognised interna-
tional criteria (including the national JUFO classification). Publications on the excellent or top 
level according to the recognised criteria in the field are considered an advantage. In addition, 
the applicant must have a research plan for the tenure track period, as well as the required 
teaching skills. 

Associate Professor 

In order to have sufficient merit for the position of Associate Professor, the applicant must 
have at least 10 peer-reviewed scientific publications, taking into account the discipline-spe-
cific international level on the whole. At least two of the publications must be at an excellent 
level internationally, taking into account the field’s definition of an internationally high level. 
In addition, the applicant must have a research plan for the tenure track period. Scientific work 
conducted abroad and demonstrations of international cooperation are beneficial for this po-
sition. Furthermore, applicants for the position of Associate Professor must have demon-
strated their ability to acquire external research funding.  

In addition, Associate Professors are required to have experience in the supervision of theses 
(at least as a second supervisor in doctoral theses) and demonstrations of successfully imple-
mented teaching and pedagogical competence as well as the development and management 
of teaching. Associate Professors are also required to have the ability to lead a research group 
and manage research projects. 

Professor  

The candidate selected for the position of professor is required to have a Doctorate degree, a 
high level of scientific competence, experience in leading scientific research and demonstra-
tions of international cooperation in their field of research, as well as pedagogical competence 
and the ability to provide high-quality research-based teaching and supervise theses. In addi-
tion, a professor must have the skills to act as an academic leader. A professor must also have 
demonstrations of the successful acquisition of external funding, active work in the scientific 
community and international collaboration in the field of research.  

Selection for the position of professor at the recruitment stage requires, in addition to the 
doctoral thesis or the publications therein, at least 20 peer-reviewed publications, taking into 
account the discipline-specific international level on the whole. At least four of the publications 
must be at an excellent level internationally, taking into account the field’s definition of an 
internationally high level.  

In addition, demonstrations of research leadership are required, including supervisory work 
on theses, successful acquisition of external funding, active work in the scientific community 
and demonstrations of international collaboration in the field of research 

The Tenure Track areas of assessment for recruitment and progression on the career path are 
as follows: 

1. Scientific research 

  • Scientific output and the scientific influence of research 
    • Peer-reviewed publications 
    • Scientific citations (taking into consideration the practices prevailing within the 
    • discipline) 
    • Other research publications  
  • Acquiring external financing 

2. Research plan for the Tenure Track period 

Applicants for Tenure Track positions or staff transitioning from one career stage to another 
are requested to append to their applications a research plan of no more than 5 pages in 
length, detailing the ways in which they would direct their research from the perspective of 
their own discipline towards the focus of the position described in the call for applications and 
the strategic focus of the University of Vaasa’s research. The plan must include a description 
of the phenomena concerned, the perspective on the applicant's own subject and the added-
value to be realised from analysing the phenomena as well as possible partners. lt is beneficial 
if the plan also includes potential sources of external financing (programmes or similar) and 
a publication plan. When progressing to the next Tenure Track stage, note is also taken of 
how well the candidate has been able to realise his/her research plan for the period. 

3. Teaching 

  • Teaching experience (including supervising theses) 
  • Teaching and learning material (including digital content) 
  • Pedagogical training 

4. Activities in scientific communities and societal impact 

  • Scientific collaboration and academic networks 
  • lnternational activity 
  • Activity in the operations of scientific communities 
  • Leading research and education 
  • Societal impact and working with stakeholders 

The aim is to identify the most capable applicant in terms of the subject and the applicant with 
the greatest potential from the University's perspective in terms of the future direction. 

lf applicants do not meet the requirements set for the career stage, the recruitment cannot be 
carried out or an additional period cannot be granted. 

Language skills 

The administrative language of the University of Vaasa is Finnish. The teaching languages are 
Finnish and English, meaning that the position also requires fluency in written and spoken 
English. lf the candidate is a foreigner or a Finnish citizen who is not a native or has not been 
educated in Finnish, they may be granted an exemption from the language proficiency require-
ment without separate application. The selected candidate is expected to acquire the neces-
sary language skills needed in the position in accordance with the language policy of the Uni-
versity of Vaasa.  

Applying for the position 

Applications are submitted using the University of Vaasa's electronic recruitment system. The 
application period ends 27.1.2022. 

Applicants are asked to fill in the application form and using the online recruitment system 
attach the following for the evaluation of their competence: 

1. Attachments in English (Guidelines: Application attachments | University of Vaasa (uwasa.fi)): 

  • Curriculum vitae 
  • List of publications 
  • Research plan of no more than 5 pages in length, see the content from point 2 above. 
  • Teaching portfolio (complementary to the teaching merits listed in the CV) 

2. In addition, numbered according to the above publication categories: 

  • Copies of no more than 10 publications that the applicant wishes to be taken into account when evaluating their competence and qualifications. The publications can, if needed, be merged into a maximum of 7 pdf-files. 

Applicants must indicate which level of Tenure Track position they are primarily applying for 
in their applications. 

Appointment procedure 

External experts 

When the deadline for applications has passed, the Dean responsible prepares for the Appoint-
ment Committee a proposal on the selection of the best applicants for the assessment process. 
The Appointment Committee conducts a preliminary assessment of the applicants and sends 
the applications of the applicants that it considers to be the best to the experts for assessment. 

In addition to the Chair and Secretary, the Appointment Committee includes the Dean of the 
School concerned and, when the position is linked with a research platform, the Director of 
the research platform related to the discipline in which the appointee will work. Further mem-
bers include a Dean from another School and 1-2 Professors representing the field in question. 

The Appointment Committee selects two external experts with relevance to the position to 
give statements as proposed by the Dean responsible. The experts are requested to provide a 
written assessment of the applicants' scientific qualifications and other merits within two 
months, as well as to give their views on which Tenure Track level the applicant should be 
recruited to. The disqualification of an expert is subject to sections 27-29 of the Finnish Ad-
ministrative Procedure Act (434/2003). 

After receiving the expert statements, the Appointment Committee processes the statements. 

Teaching demonstration, interview and suitability assessment 

After receiving the expert statements, the Appointment Committee invites the applicants that 
it deems best for an interview. The Appointment Committee also decides whether the appli-
cants are required to give a teaching demonstration and evaluates such a demonstration as 
part of the overall assessment of the applicant's teaching skills. 

The Appointment Committee also decides whether to evaluate language skills and, if required, 
whether to invite applicants for a suitability assessment. A suitability assessment is an evalu-
ation provided by an external service provider regarding the applicant's suitability for the po-
sition in question. 

Filling the position 

The Appointment Committee will make an overall assessment on the eligibility and suitability 
of the candidate. At the same time, the Appointment Committee decides which level in the 
career path each of the best ranked applicants have reached. As a result of the overall assess-
ment, the Appointment Committee will prepare a detailed proposal to the University's Rector 
that the position be filled or that the initiative to fill the position be dropped. 

The appointment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a six-month trial period. The 
employment relationship will begin as agreed. 

 

Further information 

  • Adam Smale, Dean, School of Management, tel. +358 29 449 8446, email: adam.smale(a)uwasa.fi  
  • Kaisu Piirainen, Vice-Director, Faculty and Management Services, tel. +358 29 449 8428, email: kaisu.piirainen(a)uwasa.fi 

 

Decrees 

Appointments to positions are subject to the regulations in the Universities Act  
(558/2009), the Government Decree on Universities (770/2009), the Non-discrimination Act 
(1325/2014), the Administrative Procedure Act (434/2003) disqualification provisions and the 
Regulations of the University of Vaasa. 

 
ln the event of inconsistency or discrepancy between the Finnish and English versions of this document, the Finnish 
language version shall prevail. 

  

 

Appointment plan

Tenure track position in International business

 

Position, location  

This Tenure Track position in International business is located in the School of Marketing and
Communication. The position is located in Vaasa, Finland.

The position will be filled primarily as a fixed-term Assistant or Associate Professor position 
under the tenure track system. The tenure track level is determined by the applicant's merits 
and career stage. 

A person fulfilling all qualification requirements and demonstrating particular merits may be 
appointed directly to the position of Professor on a permanent employment contract. This 
presupposes that all statements by the external experts find the applicant eligible for the 
position of Professor. The process for nominating a person to the position of Professor is 
specified in Section 33 of the Universities Act (558/2009) and the University of Vaasa's regu-
lations. 

The Tenure Track procedure permits the University to offer the recruited person a path that 
enables them to progress through regular evaluations to the position of Professor in the dis-
cipline in question. A person selected for the Tenure Track position will have their work mon-
itored and evaluated on the criteria defined when the employment relationship is formed. De-
pending on the career stage of the selected person, successful evaluations can lead to a new 
tenure track term or to tenure as a Professor via the invitation procedure. 

Please see “Eligibilty criteria” below for more information about the evaluation criteria. 

Scope and definition

The Tenure Track position is located in the International Business subject. In the International Business
subject, the research and teaching focuses on: firms’ internationalization, foreign direct
investments, and international marketing strategies. We hope that the selected person will
strengthen and bring new knowledge to these focus areas. It is also a benefit, if an applicant
has research and/or teaching experience from the following themes: Creation of new
international business opportunities, internationalization of start-up firms, decision-making in
internationalization, digitalization and sustainability in firms’ internationalization, innovations in
the context of international business and marketing.

The selected person should also strengthen and complement the IB subject’s and the school’s
research activity based on the existing research strategy of the University of Vaasa. The selected
person has also possibility to attend the activities based on the university’s multidisciplinary
research platforms that are: Energy and sustainable development, Digital economy, and
Innovations and entrepreneurship.

Applicants are required to have an applicable doctoral degree together with, academic merit 
as well as evidence of the potential to produce high quality research. This means evidence of 
research that meets high international standards and is published in highly-regarded journals, 
the excellent teaching and supervision skills required in the position, and the ability to
acquire external funding. In addition the successful candidate will have a broad network of
collaborators and can show evidence of societal impact. Experience in development and
administration within the academic community as well as pedagogical education are
considered merits. 

The tenure track position is research-oriented, but also includes teaching, thesis supervision, 
seeking external funding for research projects and working in these projects as well as university
administrative tasks. The teaching and supervision of the position is primarily intended to support
the Bachelor's and Master's programmes in International business, and the Doctoral Programme in
Business Studies. 

ln the position of Professor, practical non-academic experience in the field is not required but 
can be considered beneficial. 

General job description for career path levels 

The duties of the Assistant Professor include independent post-doctoral research as well as 
duties within teaching and university administration. The Assistant Professor may also super-
vise students writing their bachelor's or master's theses and act as a second supervisor for 
doctoral theses. 

The duties of the Associate Professor include independent scientific research and responsible 
research-oriented organization tasks. Within the discipline, the Associate Professor will partic-
ipate extensively in teaching and theses supervision. The Associate Professor is also required 
to participate actively in planning research and development projects, acquiring external fund-
ing and international collaboration. The Associate Professor carries an overall responsibility of 
duties within research, education, and university administration within his/her special field. 

The Professor leads research together with other Professors within the same discipline and 
provides research-based teaching and supervision. The Professor's responsibilities have em-
phasis on developing and managing the research group. The Professor defines the orientation 
of research in the research group, taking into account the general development in the disci-
pline and the University's strategic lines, and guides younger colleagues towards this orienta-
tion. The Professor manages and develops education of the discipline. The Professor is also 
responsible for the quality of research and teaching, builds and maintains research and edu-
cation networks nationally and internationally as well as participates in societal interaction. 
The Professor develops and initiates research projects and acquires external funding for them. 
The working time has been agreed upon in the collective bargaining agreement for universi-
ties. Working duties are annually agreed upon in the work plan. 


Salary 

The salary level is determined based on the job requirements for teaching and research per-
sonnel in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System (YPJ). A Professor's salary level 
is based on demand levels 8-11. The demand level for an Associate Professor’s position is 7 
and an Assistant Professor's 6. An additional personal salary component is paid based on work 
performance. 


Eligibility requirements 

University of Vaasa follows the principles of responsible research evaluation and Declaration 
on Research Assessment (DORA).  

Applicants are required to have an applicable doctoral degree together with, academic merit 
as well as evidence of the potential to produce high quality research. This means evidence of 
research that meets high international standards and is published in highly-regarded journals, 
the teaching and supervision skills required in the position, and the ability to acquire external 
funding. In addition the successful candidate will have a broad network of collaborators and 
can show evidence of societal impact, scientific cooperation as well as international activities 
according to the career stage. Experience in development and administration within the aca-
demic community as well as pedagogical education are considered merits. 

The illustrative merit requirements connected to different career stages are as follows: 

Assistant Professor 

In order to have sufficient merit for the position of Assistant Professor in the Tenure track 
system, the applicant must have, in addition to their doctoral thesis or the publications therein, 
at least three peer-reviewed scientific publications or manuscripts approved for publication in 
their academic career. The publications must be classifiable according to recognised interna-
tional criteria (including the national JUFO classification). Publications on the excellent or top 
level according to the recognised criteria in the field are considered an advantage. In addition, 
the applicant must have a research plan for the tenure track period, as well as the required 
teaching skills. 

Associate Professor 

In order to have sufficient merit for the position of Associate Professor, the applicant must 
have at least 10 peer-reviewed scientific publications, taking into account the discipline-spe-
cific international level on the whole. At least two of the publications must be at an excellent 
level internationally, taking into account the field’s definition of an internationally high level. 
In addition, the applicant must have a research plan for the tenure track period. Scientific work 
conducted abroad and demonstrations of international cooperation are beneficial for this po-
sition. Furthermore, applicants for the position of Associate Professor must have demon-
strated their ability to acquire external research funding.  

In addition, Associate Professors are required to have experience in the supervision of theses 
(at least as a second supervisor in doctoral theses) and demonstrations of successfully imple-
mented teaching and pedagogical competence as well as the development and management 
of teaching. Associate Professors are also required to have the ability to lead a research group 
and manage research projects. 

Professor  

The candidate selected for the position of professor is required to have a Doctorate degree, a 
high level of scientific competence, experience in leading scientific research and demonstra-
tions of international cooperation in their field of research, as well as pedagogical competence 
and the ability to provide high-quality research-based teaching and supervise theses. In addi-
tion, a professor must have the skills to act as an academic leader. A professor must also have 
demonstrations of the successful acquisition of external funding, active work in the scientific 
community and international collaboration in the field of research.  

Selection for the position of professor at the recruitment stage requires, in addition to the 
doctoral thesis or the publications therein, at least 20 peer-reviewed publications, taking into 
account the discipline-specific international level on the whole. At least four of the publications 
must be at an excellent level internationally, taking into account the field’s definition of an 
internationally high level.  

In addition, demonstrations of research leadership are required, including supervisory work 
on theses, successful acquisition of external funding, active work in the scientific community 
and demonstrations of international collaboration in the field of research 

The Tenure Track areas of assessment for recruitment and progression on the career path are 
as follows: 

1. Scientific research 

  • Scientific output and the scientific influence of research 
    • Peer-reviewed publications 
    • Scientific citations (taking into consideration the practices prevailing within the 
    • discipline) 
    • Other research publications  
  • Acquiring external financing 

2. Research plan for the Tenure Track period 

Applicants for Tenure Track positions or staff transitioning from one career stage to another 
are requested to append to their applications a research plan of no more than 5 pages in 
length, detailing the ways in which they would direct their research from the perspective of 
their own discipline towards the focus of the position described in the call for applications and 
the strategic focus of the University of Vaasa’s research. The plan must include a description 
of the phenomena concerned, the perspective on the applicant's own subject and the added-
value to be realised from analysing the phenomena as well as possible partners. lt is beneficial 
if the plan also includes potential sources of external financing (programmes or similar) and 
a publication plan. When progressing to the next Tenure Track stage, note is also taken of 
how well the candidate has been able to realise his/her research plan for the period. 

3. Teaching 

  • Teaching experience (including supervising theses) 
  • Teaching and learning material (including digital content) 
  • Pedagogical training 

4. Activities in scientific communities and societal impact 

  • Scientific collaboration and academic networks 
  • lnternational activity 
  • Activity in the operations of scientific communities 
  • Leading research and education 
  • Societal impact and working with stakeholders 

The aim is to identify the most capable applicant in terms of the subject and the applicant with 
the greatest potential from the University's perspective in terms of the future direction. 

lf applicants do not meet the requirements set for the career stage, the recruitment cannot be 
carried out or an additional period cannot be granted. 

Language skills 

The administrative language of the University of Vaasa is Finnish. The teaching languages are 
Finnish and English, meaning that the position also requires fluency in written and spoken 
English. lf the candidate is a foreigner or a Finnish citizen who is not a native or has not been 
educated in Finnish, they may be granted an exemption from the language proficiency require-
ment without separate application. The selected candidate is expected to acquire the neces-
sary language skills needed in the position in accordance with the language policy of the Uni-
versity of Vaasa.  

Applying for the position 

Applications are submitted using the University of Vaasa's electronic recruitment system. The 
application period ends 31.1.2022. 

Applicants are asked to fill in the application form and using the online recruitment system 
attach the following for the evaluation of their competence: 

1. Attachments in English (Guidelines: Application attachments | University of Vaasa (uwasa.fi)): 

  • Curriculum vitae 
  • List of publications 
  • Research plan of no more than 5 pages in length, see the content from point 2 above. 
  • Teaching portfolio (complementary to the teaching merits listed in the CV) 

2. In addition, numbered according to the above publication categories: 

  • Copies of no more than 10 publications that the applicant wishes to be taken into account when evaluating their competence and qualifications. The publications can, if needed, be merged into a maximum of 7 pdf-files. 

Applicants must indicate which level of Tenure Track position they are primarily applying for 
in their applications. 

Appointment procedure 

External experts 

When the deadline for applications has passed, the Dean responsible prepares for the Appoint-
ment Committee a proposal on the selection of the best applicants for the assessment process. 
The Appointment Committee conducts a preliminary assessment of the applicants and sends 
the applications of the applicants that it considers to be the best to the experts for assessment. 

In addition to the Chair and Secretary, the Appointment Committee includes the Dean of the 
School concerned and, when the position is linked with a research platform, the Director of 
the research platform related to the discipline in which the appointee will work. Further mem-
bers include a Dean from another School and 1-2 Professors representing the field in question. 

The Appointment Committee selects two external experts with relevance to the position to 
give statements as proposed by the Dean responsible. The experts are requested to provide a 
written assessment of the applicants' scientific qualifications and other merits within two 
months, as well as to give their views on which Tenure Track level the applicant should be 
recruited to. The disqualification of an expert is subject to sections 27-29 of the Finnish Ad-
ministrative Procedure Act (434/2003). 

After receiving the expert statements, the Appointment Committee processes the statements. 

Teaching demonstration, interview and suitability assessment 

After receiving the expert statements, the Appointment Committee invites the applicants that 
it deems best for an interview. The Appointment Committee also decides whether the appli-
cants are required to give a teaching demonstration and evaluates such a demonstration as 
part of the overall assessment of the applicant's teaching skills. 

The Appointment Committee also decides whether to evaluate language skills and, if required, 
whether to invite applicants for a suitability assessment. A suitability assessment is an evalu-
ation provided by an external service provider regarding the applicant's suitability for the po-
sition in question. 

Filling the position 

The Appointment Committee will make an overall assessment on the eligibility and suitability 
of the candidate. At the same time, the Appointment Committee decides which level in the 
career path each of the best ranked applicants have reached. As a result of the overall assess-
ment, the Appointment Committee will prepare a detailed proposal to the University's Rector 
that the position be filled or that the initiative to fill the position be dropped. 

The appointment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a six-month trial period. The 
employment relationship will begin as agreed. 

Further information 

  • Pirjo Laaksonen, Dean, School of Marketing and Communication, tel. +358 29 449 84606, email: pirjo.laaksonen(a)uwasa.fi  
  • Arto Ojala, Professor, School of Marketing and Communication, tel. +358 29 449 8544, email: arto.ojala(a)uwasa.fi 
  • Kaisu Piirainen, Vice-Director, Faculty and Management Services, tel. +358 29 449 8428, email: kaisu.piirainen(a)uwasa.fi 

 

Decrees 

Appointments to positions are subject to the regulations in the Universities Act  
(558/2009), the Government Decree on Universities (770/2009), the Non-discrimination Act 
(1325/2014), the Administrative Procedure Act (434/2003) disqualification provisions and the 
Regulations of the University of Vaasa. 

 
ln the event of inconsistency or discrepancy between the Finnish and English versions of this document, the Finnish 
language version shall prevail. 

 

Appointment plan 

Tenure track position in Communication studies

 

Position, location  

This Tenure track position in International business is located in the School of Marketing and Communication. The position is located in Vaasa, Finland.

The position will be filled primarily as a fixed-term Assistant or Associate Professor position under the tenure track system. The tenure track level is determined by the applicant's merits and career stage. 

A person fulfilling all qualification requirements and demonstrating particular merits may be appointed directly to the position of Professor on a permanent employment contract. This presupposes that all statements by the external experts find the applicant eligible for the position of Professor. The process for nominating a person to the position of Professor is specified in Section 33 of the Universities Act (558/2009) and the University of Vaasa's regulations. 

The Tenure rack procedure permits the University to offer the recruited person a path that enables them to progress through regular evaluations to the position of Professor in the discipline in question. A person selected for the Tenure track position will have their work monitored and evaluated on the criteria defined when the employment relationship is formed. Depending on the career stage of the selected person, successful evaluations can lead to a new tenure track term or to tenure as a Professor via the invitation procedure. 

Please see “Eligibilty criteria” below for more information about the evaluation criteria. 

Scope and job description

The position is located in the discipline of communication studies. Research in communication studies explores communication as a human and a human-machine activity that enables interaction, keeps communities together, and creates a common understanding. We study the changing and dynamic features of communication from the points of view of organizational communication, digital media, and technical communication in combination with each other. One of our strengths is collaboration with other disciplines.

The focus area of the position is organizational communication, which can broadly be understood as social interaction that creates and sustains communities/communality. Strategic communication is also a part of this research field.

The role of the person we are seeking is to further strengthen the research of organizational communication at both the discipline and the school level according to the guidelines set in the strategy of the University of Vaasa. The scholar selected to the position also has the opportunity to participate in the activities of the interdisciplinary research platforms of the university in the fields of energy and sustainable development, digital economy, and innovation and entrepreneurship.

Applicants are required to have an applicable doctoral degree together with, academic merit as well as evidence of the potential to produce high quality research. This means evidence of research that meets high international standards and is published in highly-regarded journals, excellent and proven teaching skills, and the ability to acquire external funding. In addition the successful candidate will have a broad network of collaborators and can show evidence of societal impact. Experience in development and administration within the academic community as well as pedagogical education are considered merits.

The Tenure track position is research-oriented, but also includes teaching, thesis supervision, seeking external funding for research projects and working in these projects as well as university administrative tasks. The teaching and supervision of the position is primarily intended to support the Bachelor's programme in communication studies, the multi-disciplinary Master's programme in communications and the Doctoral programme in social sciences.

ln the position of Professor, practical non-academic experience in the field is not required but can be considered beneficial. 

General job description for career path levels

The duties of the Assistant Professor include independent post-doctoral research as well as duties within teaching and university administration. The Assistant Professor may also supervise students writing their bachelor's or master's theses and act as a second supervisor for doctoral theses.

The duties of the Associate Professor include independent scientific research and responsible research-oriented organization tasks. Within the discipline, the Associate Professor will participate extensively in teaching and theses supervision. The Associate Professor is also required to participate actively in planning research and development projects, acquiring external funding and international collaboration. The Associate Professor carries an overall responsibility of duties within research, education, and university administration within his/her special field.

The Professor leads research together with other Professors within the same discipline and provides research-based teaching. The Professor's responsibilities have emphasis on developing and managing the research group. The Professor defines the orientation of research in the research group, taking into account the general development in the discipline and the University's strategic lines, and guides younger colleagues towards this orientation. The Professor manages and develops education of the discipline. The Professor is also responsible for the quality of research and teaching, builds and maintains research and education networks nationally and internationally as well as participates in societal interaction. The Professor develops and initiates research projects and acquires external funding for them.

The working time has been agreed upon in the collective bargaining agreement for universities. Working duties are annually agreed upon in the work plan.

Salary

The salary level is determined based on the job requirements for teaching and research personnel in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System (YPJ). A Professor's salary level is based on demand levels 8-11. The demand level for an Associate Professor’s position is 7 and an Assistant Professor's 6. An additional personal salary component is paid based on work performance.

Eligibility requirements

University of Vaasa follows the principles of responsible research evaluation and Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Applicants are required to have an applicable doctoral degree together with, academic merit as well as evidence of the potential to produce high quality research. This means evidence of research that meets high international standards and is published in highly-regarded journals, the teaching and supervision skills required in the position, and the ability to acquire external funding. In addition the successful candidate will have a broad network of collaborators and can show evidence of societal impact, scientific cooperation as well as international activities according to the career stage. Experience in development and administration within the academic community as well as pedagogical education are considered merits.

The illustrative merit requirements connected to different career stages are as follows:

Assistant Professor

In order to have sufficient merit for the position of Assistant Professor in the Tenure track system, the applicant must have, in addition to their doctoral thesis or the publications therein, at least three peer-reviewed scientific publications or manuscripts approved for publication in their academic career. The publications must be classifiable according to recognised international criteria (including the national JUFO classification). Publications on the excellent or top level according to the recognised criteria in the field are considered an advantage. In addition, the applicant must have a research plan for the tenure track period, as well as the required teaching skills.

Associate Professor

In order to have sufficient merit for the position of Associate Professor, the applicant must have at least 10 peer-reviewed scientific publications, taking into account the discipline-specific international level on the whole. At least two of the publications must be at an excellent level internationally, taking into account the field’s definition of an internationally high level. In addition, the applicant must have a research plan for the tenure track period. Scientific work conducted abroad and demonstrations of international cooperation are beneficial for this position. Furthermore, applicants for the position of Associate Professor must have demonstrated their ability to acquire external research funding.

In addition, Associate Professors are required to have experience in the supervision of theses (at least as a second supervisor in doctoral theses) and demonstrations of successfully implemented teaching and pedagogical competence as well as the development and management of teaching. Associate Professors are also required to have the ability to lead a research group and manage research projects.

Professor

The candidate selected for the position of professor is required to have a Doctorate degree, a high level of scientific competence, experience in leading scientific research and demonstrations of international cooperation in their field of research, as well as pedagogical competence and the ability to provide high-quality research-based teaching and supervise theses. In addition, a professor must have the skills to act as an academic leader. A professor must also have demonstrations of the successful acquisition of external funding, active work in the scientific community and international collaboration in the field of research.

Selection for the position of professor at the recruitment stage requires, in addition to the doctoral thesis or the publications therein, at least 20 peer-reviewed publications, taking into account the discipline-specific international level on the whole. At least four of the publications must be at an excellent level internationally, taking into account the field’s definition of an internationally high level.

In addition, demonstrations of research leadership are required, including supervisory work on theses, successful acquisition of external funding, active work in the scientific community and demonstrations of international collaboration in the field of research

The Tenure Track areas of assessment for recruitment and progression on the career path are as follows:

1. Scientific research

  • Scientific output and the scientific influence of research
    • Peer-reviewed publications
    • Scientific citations (taking into consideration the practices prevailing within the discipline)
    • Other research publications
  • Acquiring external financing

2. Research plan for the Tenure Track period

Applicants for Tenure Track positions or staff transitioning from one career stage to another are requested to append to their applications a research plan of no more than 5 pages in length, detailing the ways in which they would direct their research from the perspective of their own discipline towards the focus of the position described in the call for applications and the strategic focus of the University of Vaasa’s research. The plan must include a description of the phenomena concerned, the perspective on the applicant's own subject and the added-value to be realised from analysing the phenomena as well as possible partners. lt is beneficial if the plan also includes potential sources of external financing (programmes or similar) and a publication plan. When progressing to the next Tenure track stage, note is also taken of how well the candidate has been able to realise his/her research plan for the period.

3. Teaching

  • Teaching experience (including supervising theses)
  • Teaching and learning material (including digital content)
  • Pedagogical training

4. Activities in scientific communities and societal impact

  • Scientific collaboration and academic networks
  • lnternational activity
  • Activity in the operations of scientific communities
  • Leading research and education
  • Societal impact and working with stakeholders

The aim is to identify the most capable applicant in terms of the subject and the applicant with the greatest potential from the University's perspective in terms of the future direction.

lf applicants do not meet the requirements set for the career stage, the recruitment cannot be carried out or an additional period cannot be granted.

Language skills

The administrative language of the University of Vaasa is Finnish. The teaching languages are Finnish and English, meaning that the position also requires fluency in written and spoken English. lf the candidate is a foreigner or a Finnish citizen who is not a native or has not been educated in Finnish, they may be granted an exemption from the language proficiency requirement without separate application. The selected candidate is expected to acquire the necessary language skills needed in the position in accordance with the language policy of the University of Vaasa.

Applying for the position

Applications are submitted using the University of Vaasa's electronic recruitment system. The application period ends 31.1.2022.

Applicants are asked to fill in the application form and using the online recruitment system attach the following for the evaluation of their competence:

1. Attachments in English (Guidelines: Application attachments | University of Vaasa (uwasa.fi)):

  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Research plan of no more than 5 pages in length, see the content from point 2 above. 
  • Teaching portfolio (complementary to the teaching merits listed in the CV)

2. In addition, numbered according to the above publication categories:

  • Copies of no more than 10 publications that the applicant wishes to be taken into account when evaluating their competence and qualifications. The publications can, if needed, be merged into a maximum of 7 pdf-files.

Applicants must indicate which level of Tenure Track position they are primarily applying for in their applications.

Appointment procedure

External experts

When the deadline for applications has passed, the Dean responsible prepares for the Appointment Committee a proposal on the selection of the best applicants for the assessment process. The Appointment Committee conducts a preliminary assessment of the applicants and sends the applications of the applicants that it considers to be the best to the experts for assessment.

In addition to the Chair and Secretary, the Appointment Committee includes the Dean of the School concerned and, when the position is linked with a research platform, the Director of the research platform related to the discipline in which the appointee will work. Further members include a Dean from another School and 1-2 Professors representing the field in question.

The Appointment Committee selects two external experts with relevance to the position to give statements as proposed by the Dean responsible. The experts are requested to provide a written assessment of the applicants' scientific qualifications and other merits within two months, as well as to give their views on which Tenure Track level the applicant should be recruited to. The disqualification of an expert is subject to sections 27-29 of the Finnish Administrative Procedure Act (434/2003).

After receiving the expert statements, the Appointment Committee processes the statements.

Teaching demonstration, interview and suitability assessment

After receiving the expert statements, the Appointment Committee invites the applicants that it deems best for an interview. The Appointment Committee also decides whether the applicants are required to give a teaching demonstration and evaluates such a demonstration as part of the overall assessment of the applicant's teaching skills.

The Appointment Committee also decides whether to evaluate language skills and, if required, whether to invite applicants for a suitability assessment. A suitability assessment is an evaluation provided by an external service provider regarding the applicant's suitability for the position in question.

Filling the position

The Appointment Committee will make an overall assessment on the eligibility and suitability of the candidate. At the same time, the Appointment Committee decides which level in the career path each of the best ranked applicants have reached. As a result of the overall assessment, the Appointment Committee will prepare a detailed proposal to the University's Rector that the position be filled or that the initiative to fill the position be dropped.

The appointment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a six-month trial period. The employment relationship will begin as agreed.

Further information

  • Pirjo Laaksonen, Dean, School of Marketing and Communication, tel. +358 29 449 8460
  • Tanja Sihvonen, Professor, School of Marketing and Communication, tel. +358 29 449 8269
  • Kaisu Piirainen, Vice-director, Faculty and Management Services, tel. +358 29 449 8428

Decrees

Appointments to positions are subject to the regulations in the Universities Act (558/2009), the Government Decree on Universities (770/2009), the Non-discrimination Act (1325/2014), the Administrative Procedure Act (434/2003) disqualification provisions and the Regulations of the University of Vaasa.

ln the event of inconsistency or discrepancy between the Finnish and English versions of this document, the Finnish language version shall prevail.