Doctoral Researcher (Business and Technology Management), 2 positions / Väitöskirjatutkija (teknis-taloudelliset tieteet), 2 tehtävää

Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences create a unique environment for multidisciplinary, inspirational and high-impact research and education. Our universities community has its competitive edges in technology, health and society.

The Doctoral Programme in Business and Technology Management provides students with excellent research skills, broad expertise in industrial engineering and management, and an in-depth understanding of information and knowledge management. Our students develop technological and business expertise that allows them to create new scientific knowledge and address societally significant challenges that require in-depth analysis. The programme is intended for applicants who hold a master's degree in technology, economics or an applicable field. In addition to graduates from the Master’s Degree Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management and the Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Knowledge Management, the Doctoral Programme in Business and Technology Management attracts graduates with a degree in, for example, technology, business or economics.

We are seeking doctoral students with the potential to offer new research insights, contribute to the generation of new knowledge, address the challenges facing our society, and apply their knowledge in the different fields of technology and administration. After completing the programme, our graduates are awarded the degree of Doctor of Science in Technology and typically move into leadership roles in industry, research and teaching positions in universities or universities of applied sciences, or research and management positions in research institutions. Extensive career opportunities are also available for our graduates in industry and public administration.

Job description

We have fully funded four-year Doctoral Researcher positions open to candidates interested in the two research themes of the Doctoral Programme. We are also open to your own ideas that supplement the research theme for which you are applying.

1) Industrial Engineering and Management 

Our research interests in Industrial Engineering and Management are related to the phenomenon of sustainable technology-centric competitive advantage. Our interests lie in the management of industrial firms in a safe, sustainable, innovative and efficient way. We search for answers to questions such as how do organizations create and utilize resources in creating value efficiently and effectively, and what resources do organizations need in a technology-centric, dynamic industry to achieve sustained competitive advantage.

Examples of topical areas at Industrial Management:

  • Integrating advanced data and risk analytics into managerial decision-making
  • Strategic technology and innovation management
  • Sustainable supply chains in manufacturing, projects or services

2) Information and Knowledge Management

Our research interests in Information and Knowledge Management are on offering, utilizing and managing information and knowledge in organizations in order to improve their competitive advantage. We search answers to questions such as how information and/or knowledge is best used by different stakeholders, how it is offered, how it creates value, how it can be improved, and why different challenges and obstacles emerge. In particular, we are interested in value creation mechanisms, such as information technologies, data assets, data analytics, work systems, and different types of networks.

Examples of research topics at Information and Knowledge Management:

  • Digital transformation in data-driven businesses
  • Information systems management and use
  • Knowledge-based value creation, knowledge networks and work systems


You need to have a Master’s degree completed by 31 December 2019 and fulfill the eligibility requirements for the Doctoral Programme (see How to apply > Eligibility criteria). Selected candidates must complete their research plan and apply to the doctoral programme officially during the trial period in line with the application guidelines (unless they already have a position in the programme).

The successful applicants are highly motivated and ambitious students. Proficiency to carry out goal-oriented work, good skills to deliver oral and written presentations of research results, as well as good cooperation abilities will be emphasized.

Candidates are selected based on the level of promise that they show, and this will be evaluated on the basis of their study and research plans, their previous success in studies and merits in writing the doctoral thesis and / or scientific publishing. 

We offer

We are offering the successful candidates fully funded four-year positions as Doctoral Researchers, commencing in January 2020. We offer you high-quality supervision and the freedom to develop your ideas in a supportive and inspirational research environment. We are proud to note that with the extensive academic and departmental support, our students have an excellent track record of successfully completing their doctoral degrees. A trial period of six (6) months applies to all our new employees.

The salary will be based on both the job requirements and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of a Doctoral Researcher is placed on level 2—4 of the job requirements scale. A typical starting salary for Doctoral Researchers is approximately 2350—2450 EUR/month. 

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working hours, excellent sports facilities on campus and several restaurants and cafés on campus with staff discounts. Please read more about working at Tampere University.

We are inviting you to be a part of a vibrant, active and truly international research community. Interdisciplinarity is highly encouraged, as it allows you to expand your research network and exposes you to new perspectives and ideas to solve complex research problems and pursue novel research findings. The university has a strong commitment to the highest level of scientific research and the provision of high-quality doctoral education. Through rigorous research within your field, you will have the opportunity to make an impact on science, the advancement of technology, and economic and societal change. Doctoral studies provide an excellent theoretical and technical foundation upon which you can build your future career at the highest national and international levels.

Tampere is one of the major academic hubs in the Nordic countries and offers a dynamic living environment. Tampere region is one of the three most rapidly growing urban areas in Finland and home to a vibrant knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial community. The city is an industrial powerhouse that enjoys a rich cultural scene and a reputation as a centre of Finland’s information society. For more information on Tampere and Finland, please visit:

How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2019 (23:59 EET / UTC+2). Please write your application and all the accompanying documentation in English and attach them in PDF format.

Please attach only the following documents to your application: 

  • A letter of motivation (max 1 page)
  • Research proposal - description of your research interest (max. 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae according to the TENK template  and including a list of publications and the contact details of two referees
  • Copy of your MSc+BSc degree certificates including transcripts of all university records and their English translations (Finnish certificates are accepted) and Diploma Supplement

For more information, please contact:

  1. Industrial Engineering and Management
    Prof. Miia Martinsuo (director of the doctoral programme),
  2. Information and Knowledge Management
    Prof. Samuli Pekkola,

If you have any queries regarding the submission of your application, please contact HR Partner Miia Haikonen, email


Tampereen yliopisto ja Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu muodostavat yhdessä Suomen toiseksi suurimman monitieteisen, innostavan ja vaikuttavan tutkimus- ja oppimisyhteisön. Korkeakouluyhteisömme osaamiskärjet ovat tekniikka, terveys ja yhteiskunta. Lue lisää:  

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Hakuaika tehtävään päättyy 31.10.2019 klo 23.59.

Application period starts: 2019-10-04 09:00Application period ends: 2019-10-31 23:59