Postdoctoral Researcher in Marketing

We, at the University of Oulu, work as part of the international science community to produce new scientific information and science-based solutions. We are committed to educate future pioneers to build a more sustainable, intelligent and humane world. Creating new, taking responsibility and succeeding together are values that build a strong foundation for all our actions. We offer a working environment where individuals can cultivate their skills, do meaningful work, and develop professionally. Our university's several specialized research and service units enable extensive and diverse development and career opportunities for experts in various fields. 

We are now looking for

Postdoctoral Researcher

in Marketing.

Oulu Business School is an AACSB accredited international research and educational institute. It is one of the eight faculties within the University of Oulu, having around 1 500 students and 100 faculty and staff members. It offers degrees of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Science in Business Administration with six different majors and a doctoral research program

Description of the position

The Postdoctoral Researcher position is located at the Oulu Business School. More specifically, the postdoctoral researcher’s work is positioned in the field of marketing, within which it may be focused on topics such as business networks and relationships, brand marketing, digital value creation or sustainability, for example.

As the aim of the Postdoctoral Researcher’s work is to produce high-quality research-based knowledge, the duties include scientific research and publishing, scientific collaboration, as well as planning and management of research projects, including applying for external funding for the said activities. They also include teaching in the Bachelor and Master’s programs, supervising of Bachelor’s and Master’s theses, and participation in the related educational development work. Moreover, various administrative tasks may be part of the work of the postdoctoral researcher.

Qualification requirements

You must hold a doctoral degree in Business Administration or Economics. Applications indicating that the doctoral dissertation has been defended may be acknowledged even if the final degree has not been afforded yet. If you are selected without a final degree, the work contract may be started only after the degree has been confirmed. On the other hand, the doctoral degree must have been received no more than 10 years ago. When calculating the 10-year period, parental leaves and other such career breaks are acknowledged. You are expected to have fluency in English. Finnish skills are greatly appreciated.

In the evaluation, the following are considered:

  • High-quality scientific activity in terms of planning and executing research projects, which is demonstrated by the number and quality of scientific publications, as well as roles in research activities (e.g. project leader, project manager, work package leader)
  • Teaching skills and activity (including aspects such as experience in teaching and supervision at different levels, pedagogical training, teaching portfolio, evaluations of peers and students)
  • Ability to acquire external research funding
  • Interests and abilities to collaborate with the international research community and with various kinds of external stakeholders (demonstrated by international research visits, research and publication collaboration, teaching mobility, etc.).
  • Experience in providing services within academia (e.g., editorial boards, reviewer tasks, serving as external evaluator)
  • Activities through which the applicant has been engaged with the business life and the larger society, related to the applicant’s approach to conduct impactful research and education (e.g., company board memberships)
  • Communication and teamwork skills, technical skills

What we offer

Beyond the opportunity to work on the tasks described here, the university as a workplace offers several benefits:

  • The regular salary paid 12 months per year includes paid leave and additional holiday bonus in the summer.
  • The employed person will be insured by the university. The Finnish government provides benefits to residents and their families, for example, possibility to the national healthcare system and affordable high-quality childcare.
  • In addition to research facilities, we offer you personnel benefits such as free occupational healthcare, support for wellbeing (e.g., sport or cultural services), and personnel training for developing your skills and competences.
  • University’s wide variety of support services are at your disposal from library to student administration support.


A salary will be in accordance with the Finnish universities salary system for teaching and research personnel: level 05, equivalent to assistant professor level. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50% of the job-specific component). The starting salary will be approximately 3500-3600€ per month before taxes.

The position is fixed term for five years starting on 1st of March 2022 or as agreed. A trial period of six months is applied to the position.

How to apply

Applications, together with all the relevant enclosures, should be submitted using the electronic application form by December 4th, 2022 at 23:59 (Finnish local time). The application should be written in English and include the following documents as enclosed PDF files:

1) A motivation letter describing why the applicant is interested in this position (max 1 page)
2) A Curriculum Vitae written in English (max. 5 pages); following The Finnish National Board on Research Integrity TENK format (
3) A list of publications classified as follows (with the 5 most important publications highlighted; see Academy of Finland guidelines (  

i.          articles in international peer-reviewed journals, 
ii.          articles in international peer-reviewed volumes of scientific significance and articles in peer-reviewed conference  proceedings,
iii.          articles in domestic peer-reviewed journals,
iv.          articles in domestic peer-reviewed volumes of scientific significance and articles in domestic peer-reviewed conference proceedings
v.          scientific monographs
vi.          other scientific publications, e.g., articles in scientific journals and conference proceedings with no peer-review process, and in university or department publications.

4) Teaching merits relevant for the position in the form of a teaching portfolio or a similar account. 
5) A concise (1-2 pages) plan for research work.

For further information

Inquiries can be addressed to: Professor Pia Hurmelinna-Laukkanen,

About Oulu, Finland

Finland is one of the most livable countries, with a high quality of life, safety, excellent education system, and competitive economy. The Oulu region is home to over 200 000 people making it the largest urban centre and one of the fastest growing regions in northern Finland. It is easily reachable by car, train, or plane, with the second largest airport in Finland located in Oulu. Oulu is a combination of beautiful, northern nature, vivid cultural life and modern technology. Oulu is also known for its highly-educated people and friendly, easy-going atmosphere. Living in Oulu is easy – everything is only max. 20 minutes away! Getting around on a bike, for example, is well facilitated throughout the year. Find out more about Oulu:



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