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Tenure Track position in Innovation Policy

University of Vaasa

The University of Vaasa is implementing its research-focused strategy, centred around a 10 million Euro investment programme. We are building up our research capabilities by opening up to 20 new Tenure Track positions. Our future-oriented investments will create a highly dynamic and supportive research environment. These Tenure Track positions will offer successful applicants an excellent opportunity to build up a multifaceted academic career.

We are now inviting applications primarily for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure Track) in Innovation Policy. However, applicants for the position of Professor may also be considered. The level of appoinment depends on the merits and career stage of the applicant.

Task description

Innovation policies seek to drive and provide incentives for continuous renewal in both the private and public sectors. However, recent developments towards transformative and mission-driven innovation policies have created challenges in how innovation policy can help to address complex societal issues. Furthermore, the digital economy and digital product/service innovations are changing the way we think and do business and thus the way business innovations need to be defined and supported.

The scope of the research profile is to integrate research on digital transformation in and across different sectors including the social and environmental agenda, and innovation policy. The research explores the potential and implications of phenomenon-based and challenge-driven innovation policy. This kind of multidisciplinary research will strengthen and broaden the existing research on triple helix relations, smart specialisation, and European innovation policy at the University of Vaasa. 

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

  • Innovation ecosystems and Quadruple Helix development (industry, academia, government, citizens) in a multi-level context (regional, national, transnational, EU and global)
  • Knowledge production for innovations based on scientific research, the practices of quadruple helix actors and citizen science
  • Policies promoting digitalisation in the transformation of regional, national and European economies
  • Instruments of innovation policy for sustainable and inclusive digital transformation (e.g. forecasting, scenarios) 
  • Policies that acknowledge new ways to create value, and which effectively support intellectual property rights and intellectual property management
  • Experimentalist innovation policy: promotion of firms’, households’ and regions’ experimentation with digital technologies

The Tenure Track position is research-orientated, but the appointed person will also be expected to acquire external funding, deliver high-quality teaching and theses supervision, actively participate in activities within the scientific community and university administration, as well looking to create societal impact through their work. Duties in teaching and supervision are connected to the degree programmes in Administrative Sciences and the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences. The scope of responsibilities will be determined according to the career stage of the successful candidate. The annual working time is 1624 hours and tasks are agreed in more detail in the appointed person's Annual Work Plan.

This Tenure Track position in Innovation Policy is located in the School of Management. The tenure holder will carry out research with InnoLab, our multidisciplinary open research platform. It has focus on open and user innovation, entrepreneurship, and public sector innovation and renewal.

More information:

Your profile and requirements

All applicants should have a relevant doctorate degree, as well as excellent academic merits and a demonstrated potential for conducting outstanding research. We are particularly interested in applicants with multidisciplinary interests and strong records of, or potential for, excellence in teaching. Experience in obtaining research project funding as well as high-quality scientific publishing are both highlighted aspects for potential applicants. Applicants will also be evaluated on the basis of the relevancy and innovativeness of their preliminary research plan that will demonstrate how they would approach the phenomena related to the research platform from the point of view of their own research field.

Please see the Particulars of Appointment for more detailed information on the tasks, the requirements and process for filling the position 

In Finnish: Täyttösuunnitelma TenureTrack innovaatiopolitiikka

In English: Particulars of Appointment Tenure Track Innovation Policy

Salary and benefits

We recognise and reward personnel in a number of ways, including financial rewards for publications of high classification. As an employer we invest in the well-being of our personnel by offering flexible working hours, extensive occupational healthcare, as well as opportunities for training and competence development. We also provide regular language courses for staff members. Relocation assistance is offered to candidates relocating from outside of Finland. Read more about working with us at:

The salary for these Tenure Track positions is based on the Finnish University Salary System for Teaching and Research Staff. The gross monthly salary will be about €3,600-4,700 for an Assistant/Associate Professor, depending on the job requirements and personal performance. An annual holiday bonus is paid to all employees in July. Each University of Vaasa employee automatically belongs to a pension scheme and the majority of the pension contributions are paid by the employer.

On your way to becoming a Professor – Tenure Track at the University of Vaasa

The University’s Tenure Track process offers the appointed person an opportunity to advance to become a Professor in their discipline. The selected candidate can advance to the next career stage provided that he/she succeeds in the regular evaluations of the Tenure Track scheme. On the basis of the candidate’s experience and competence, he/she may be employed for a fixed term as Assistant Professor (2-5 years) or Associate Professor (3-5 years). A person fulfilling all of the qualification requirements and demonstrating particular merits may be appointed to the position of Professor on a permanent basis. Further information about the Tenure Track procedure and working with us can be found at:

How to apply

To apply for the position, please use our online application system (using the “Leave an application” button below). In order for us to process your application, please ensure that you fill out the application form and include all the attachments as specified in the Particulars of Appointment. The application period ends midnight 13th August 2019 (Finnish time, GMT +3).

More Information

  • Starting date: as agreed on appointment
  • The appointment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a trial period of 6 months.
  • More information about the position: 
    • Jari Kuusisto, Rector, tel. +358 29 449 8291, e-mail: jari.kuusisto(a)
    • Adam Smale, Dean, School of Management, tel. +358 29 449  8446, e-mail: adam.smale(a)  
    • Mari K. Niemi, Director of the research platform InnoLab, tel. +358 29 449 8510, e-mail: mari.k.niemi(a)   
    • Inquiries about the online application system: careers(a)
Location: Vaasa - Finland
Salary: €3,600 to €4,700
£3,201.84 to £4,180.18 converted salary* gross monthly salary.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th June 2019
Closes: 13th August 2019
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