Postdoctoral Position in Data and Platform Economy

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Aug 2021

We are now seeking to hire a Postdoctoral scholar to work on Data and Platform Economy for a two-year term, with the opportunity to apply for other academic positions during or after the two years. The post doctoral researcher 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. The applicant is expected to have proven expertise and merits in data and platform economy research. The postdoctoral researcher will contribute to a research project on policy rationales in the platform economy ( ). We are especially looking for researchers with strong analytical skills and experience relevant for the research on the data and platform economy. Expertise in economics, law, standards, competition dynamics, or computer science is considered a merit.

The specific research the postdoctoral research will be engaged in is on the governance and economics of digital public goods, open data, interfaces, standards, and digital infrastructures, in the context of data and platform economy. The research aims at advancing the understanding of rationales for public and government engagement in the data and platform economy in various sectors. The focus could be on the governance of digital public goods, e.g., data operators in the traffic, health, and/or education sector. We are especially interested in advancing understanding of how and under what conditions data operators contribute to innovation and economic spill-overs, as well societal value (externalities), and how to foster healthy competition and innovation in the data and platform economy. 

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. We value your ability to conduct high-quality research and publish papers in the leading scientific journals in some of the research areas of the department. Moreover, we provide entrepreneurship education for all Aalto students and management training for business practitioners. For more information, see

Job description

We expect our postdoctoral researchers to conduct research of the highest standards, and we provide you with an opportunity to teach in our intriguing 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 learn more about university pedagogy and appreciate your interest in education development.

You will benefit from collaborating with leading scholars in the fields, the university’s generous research support, extensive international networks, 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. Join our world-class research community and seize the many benefits that come with living and working in one of Europe’s leading capital cities, at the center of learning and innovation. The position is fixed-term for two years, with the opportunity to apply for other academic positions at Aalto University or elsewhere during or after the two-year period. 

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.

Ready to apply?

If you are interested to learn more about the department and would like to be considered for the position, please submit your application through our online recruitment system by using the link on Aalto University’s web page (“Apply”). The following application materials should be submitted in English (in pdf format): 

  • 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: August 15th, 2021

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online interview.

For more information

For additional information, please contact Associate Professor Robin Gustafsson. In recruitment process related questions, please contact HR Coordinator Saara Haggrén. E-mails: . Please note that due to summer vacations, there might be some delay in the answers. 

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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