Job ID: 169277

Postdoctoral researchers in data and platform economy

Aalto University

  • Oct. 11, 2021
  • Postdoctoral researchers in data and platform economy
  • T307 Dept. Industrial Engineering and Management
  • Aalto University

  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Risk Management & Financial Engineering
    Industrial & Systems Engineering
Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

Postdoctoral researchers in data and platform economy

Increasing use of data, AI and platform-based business models accelerate the transformation of our economy and society towards a data-driven digital platform economy.

We are now seeking to hire 1-2 postdoctoral researchers to work on data and platform economy related topics. The post doctoral researchers will join our enlargening team of faculty and doctoral students working on data, AI, and platform economy at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management. Applicants are expected to have proven expertise and merits in one of the above or closely related topics. 

We have two positions open for two-year terms. One is in a research project on policy rationales in the platform economy ( and the other one is in a new research team being established to study growth mechanisms and dynamics of digital platform economy.

Job requirements
  • We expect you to conduct research of the highest standards
  • We value your ability to publish papers in the leading journals of your research field
  • We are especially looking for researchers with strong methodological and analytical skills 
  • We value curiosity, open-mindness, and ability to conduct research independently
  • Expertise in economics, law, computer science, innovation policy (1st postion), or mathematical modeling (2ndposition) is considered a merit.

We provide you with an opportunity to teach in our courses on strategy, entrepreneurship, operations management, or leadership. The postdoctoral positions are planned to include one course of teaching per year, but the teaching load is negotiable. Most of our courses are taught by teams rather than by individual teachers. Also, we provide our postdoctoral scholars with the opportunity to do pedagogical studies and appreciate your interest in education development.

Salary and benefits
The compensation is internationally competitive, and Aalto University provides occupational health care and retirement benefits. Finland is a great and safe environment, offering many excellent state-subsidized services, including affordable daycare and free schools, which are consistently ranked among the best in the world.

In our community, you will benefit from collaborating with leading scholars in the fields and excellent access to entrepreneurs and decision-makers in the private and public sectors. The environment provides unique opportunities to conduct empirical and conceptual research of technology industries. 

About the department
The Department of Industrial Engineering and Management conducts world-class research and provides impactful education on the creation and transformation of technology-based business. We are one of Europe’s leading university departments in the field of technology entrepreneurship, focusing primarily on strategic management and venturing, operations management, and entrepreneurial leadership. 

In total, we are more than one hundred persons working in the department, including 20 professors, over 30 senior and postdoc researchers, and a large number of doctoral students. The department conducts empirical research in close collaboration with the leading technology firms in Finland and Europe and the key public and government organizations in Finland. For more information, see

Ready to apply?
To apply for the position, please submit your application including the attachments mentioned below as one single PDF document in English through the ’Apply’ link. Please note: Aalto University’s employees and visitors should apply for the position via our internal system Workday > find jobs (not external webpage on open positions) by using their existing Workday user account.
  • a cover letter
  • a curriculum vitae (with contact details)
  • a list of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted)
  • a postdoctoral research statement describing plans for future research
  • up to three letters of recommendation

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

Closing date for applications: 14.11.2021

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online interview.

For more information
For additional information, please contact Associate Professor Robin Gustafsson or Assistant Professor Kimmo Karhu. In recruitment process related questions, please contact HR Coordinator Saara Haggrén. E-mails:

About Finland
We are humble people but dare to say we have one of the very best education systems in the world. The Nordic values of equality and co-operation are rooted deeply in our society. We are one of the world’s top countries in press freedom and consider it beneficial to have many voices in our community. With high investments in R&D, an influential innovation culture, open data, and an advanced state of digitalization, we are a nation of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Gender equality, flexibility, and flat hierarchies are at the core of our Nordic working environment. In Finland, professional ambitions can be combined with personal life. We are one of the world’s most reliable and stable societies with low levels of corruption and a high level of safety and social security. In Finland, everything works.

Having four seasons, clean air, and thousands of lakes, we are some nature-loving people and take good care of our unique environment. The Finnish language is known to be a bit on the complicated side, but don’t worry - it is hard to find a non-English speaker in Finland’s Capital area. We have an international mindset and an inclusive culture and will warmly welcome you to our renowned academic community.

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