Tenure Track position in International Business

At the University of Vaasa, we think out of the box in order to build a sustainable future. We are a university that invests in the quality of research and teaching in order to tackle the challenges of our time. We educate responsible and internationally-minded leaders and experts. We are well known for our high-quality education and inspirational teachers. Our expertise in the fields of business studies, technology, administrative sciences and communication forms the core of our university. Our discipline-based research is complemented by our phenomenon-driven research platforms.  

The School of Marketing and Communication is a truly multidisciplinary community focusing on research and education in three areas: international business, marketing, and communication. The School is now inviting applications for a Tenure Track position in International business. The position will be filled primarily as a fixed-term Assistant or Associate Professor position and offers an excellent opportunity to build a multifaceted academic career in a dynamic and international environment.

Position description

In the subject of International business, the research and teaching focuses on: firms’ internationalization, foreign direct investments, and international marketing strategies. The selected candidate will strengthen and bring new knowledge to these focus areas. It is considered beneficial, if an applicant has research and/or teaching experience from some of 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 candidate will also have an opportunity to participate in the activities of University's three multi-disciplinary research platforms focusing on the key themes of: Energy and sustainable development, digital economy, and Innovation and entrepreneurship.

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 programme ( EFMD accredited) in International business, and the Doctoral Programme in Business Studies.

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, 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.

Please see the complete appointment plan via the link below for further information regarding the requirements, position and appointment procedure


Applications are submitted using the university’s own electronic form (See the ‘Submit an application’ button below). In order for applications to be processed, the application form must be filled out and the enclosures listed in the appointment plan, must be attached to it. The application period is open until midnight (Finnish time, GMT +2 hrs) 31.1.2022.

Further information

  • Starting date: as agreed.
  • For employees moving to Finland from abroad, relocation services are available.
  • The appointment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a trial period of 6 months.
  • More information about the position: 
    • 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 
  • Inquiries about the online application system: careers(a)uwasa.fi

Please note that due to the holiday season, there may be delays in replies.

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Application period starts: 2021-12-22 10:00Application period ends: 2022-01-31 23:59