Assistant professor, Business Law

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 14 Mar 2021

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.  

We are now inviting applications for the position of Assistant professor for a fixed-term of two years. The starting date is 1.4.2021 or as agreed. The employment is subject to a probationary period.

The position is located in the School of Accounting and Finance and connected to the Digital Economy research platform.

Your role

The research profile of the position targets legal matters that the growing role of digitalisation in business brings. The position holder explores how the regulation of digitalisation can support and act as a tool to develop business.

The expected areas of expertise and interest can include, but are not limited to, the following legal issues in business brought up by digitalisation:

  • framework conditions for digital economy
  • regulation of digital business, digital organisations and platforms
  • EU-level and national regulation related to digital information in business 
  • regulation and possibilities of AI, legal aspects of robotisation
  • personal data protection and the right to access data, MyData
  • regulation and possibilities related to the digitalisation of the finance sector, financial reporting
  • digitalization in employment relationships and remote work
  • digital financing contracts, smart contracts, contract design, legal design

We are particularly interested in applicants with interdisciplinary interests and strong records of, or potential for, excellence in teaching.

The position is research-orientated and includes research as well as applying for external funding for research projects and working in and/or leading the projects. The appointed person will also participate in teaching and thesis supervision of Business Law programs (Bc.S & Mc.S). The teaching and supervising duties are specifically related to the research content of the position, i.e. the law of digital business and society. Work may also include university administrative tasks.

The yearly working time is 1612 hours based on the collective bargaining agreement for universities. Duties at work are annually agreed upon in the work plan.


As Assistant professor, you are required to hold a relevant doctoral degree. You should also have the ability to conduct independent scientific work and the teaching skills required for the task.

Personnel recruited to fill teaching and research positions are to be proficient in Finnish. However, the University may grant an exemption from the Finnish language proficiency requirement. Strong English language skills are a prerequisite to succeed in the position. More information about the application process and language requirements:

Inspiring working environment

The School of Accounting and Finance  is one of Finland's largest educational units in its field and internationally known for its high-quality research activities. The School includes four disciplines: accounting, finance, business law and economics. In research, the unit's particular strengths are management accounting, corporate finance and financial markets, corporate financial statements, auditing, the effects of information regulation on business operations, intangible capital and financial literacy. 

Digital Economy  is a phenomenon-based, multidisciplinary open research platform, which focuses on research of the digital transformation in industry and society. It has researchers from all Schools of our university and conducts research projects on the latest trends in digitalisation, the state of the art technologies and data economy. To name a few - Artificial intelligence and machine learning in industry and decision making; Smart industry and robotized logistics, manufacturing and transport; Resilient IoT and connectivity (5G and beyond); Sustainable automation; Situational awareness; Data analytics; FinTech; Big Data. 

The 5,000 students and 500 employees of the University of Vaasa thrive on the most beautiful campus in Finland, at the seaside. Our university community is international: we come from 80 countries. As an employer, we focus on employee well-being at work by providing extensive occupational health care, flexible working time arrangements and opportunities for competence development. We have been awarded the HR Excellence in Research recognition. Read more about us:


The salary is based on the University Salary System for Teaching and Research Staff.  The salary for an Assistant Professor is based on demand levels 5-6 (2968–3461 €/month). An additional personal salary component is paid based on work performance. 


To apply for the position, please use our online application system ( ). The application including annexes has to be in our online application database by midnight 14.3.2021 (Finnish time, GMT +2). Please note! In order for us to process your application, please ensure that you fill in the fields of application form thoroughly. 

The application should include the following annexes in English or Finnish:

  • CV. Use of CV template  is required.
  • Teaching portfolio :  - addition to CV
  • List of Publications
  • Copies of no more than 6 publications (numbered according to the above publication categories) that the applicant wishes to be taken into account when evaluating their competence and qualifications.
  • An account of ongoing research and future research interests
  • A letter of motivation for the position 

Further information

  • Dean Helinä Saarela, tel. 029 449 8507
  • Professor Vesa Annola, tel. 029 449 8442
  • Vice-director Faculty and Management Services Kaisu Piirainen, tel. 029 449 8428
  • e-mail: firstname.lastname(a)

Inquiries about the online application system: careers(a)

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