Project researcher / Doctoral student, Regional studies

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 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 Project Researcher or Doctoral student. The position is located in the School of Management in the field of Regional Studies. 

The position is part of a research project “Second Machine Age Knowledge Co-Creation in Space and Time”, funded by the Academy of Finland. The project analyses the processes of knowledge creation and creativity in organisations (companies, universities, public governance) that apply artificial intelligence (AI) and/or robots. In addition, the project analyses innovation policy in the era of AI. Research materials include, for example, interviews, observation, and policy documents. The research project is connected to the Innolab  and  Digital Economy  research platforms.

The starting date is at the beginning of May 2021 or as agreed and ending on 31.8.2023. The employment is subject to a probationary period. The position is situated in Vaasa.

Your role:

As a Doctoral Student you will perform research in the project and study in either the Doctoral Program in Social Studies    or in the Doctoral Program in Business Studies . As a member of a research group you will participate in the planning, implementation and administration of the project. You will be responsible for creating and maintaining contacts to different partners of the project. Furthermore, your tasks include collecting and analysing data for your doctoral dissertation,  writing scientific publications together with other project members, as well as other project tasks.

The annual working time in the position is 1612 hours. More detailed task description is agreed in the Annual Work Plan. 


As a Doctoral Student you are required to hold a higher university degree and should at the start of employment be enrolled as a doctoral student at the University of Vaasa. You should also have a demonstrated (e.g. past study success) ability and motivation to pursue doctoral studies and the doctoral degree. For more information, please visit the Graduate School website:  

As a Project Researcher you are required to hold a higher university degree and you have the ability and motivation to pursue doctoral studies.

The main selection criteria include success in previous studies, evidence of previous research (publications, conference papers), and other experience in the field. We consider as a merit if you have good skills in both qualitative (e.g. interviews, ethnographic research methods, policy documents) and quantitative research methods. Good communication skills in English are a necessity.

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:  

Inspirational work environment:

The research activities of the School of Management  focus on four research groups: Human Resource Management (HRM),  Public Policy and Organizations , Complexity Research  and Strategic Business Development . The Human Resources Management research group is Finland's largest research group focusing on human resources management, and its three main research themes are: international human resources management, strategic human resources management and leadership research. The Research Group on Public Policy and Organizations brings together an active team of researchers in regional science, public administration, public law as well as social and health care administration. In the field of science, the research group represents administrative sciences. The Complexity Research Group is a multidisciplinary top-level research group focusing on the study and analysis of complex and challenging social phenomena. The research of the Strategic Business Development Group focuses on networks and inter-organizational relationships, strategy and strategy processes, and the service business. 

The 5,000 students and 500 employees of the University of Vaasa thrive on the most beautiful campus in Finland, located 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 opportunities for competence development, flexible working time arrangements and extensive occupational health care. Our vibrant campus enables networking as part of a close-knit work community. We have been awarded the HR Excellence in Research recognition. More about us: .


The salary is based on the University Salary System for Teaching and Research Staff. The salary for a Doctoral Student is based on demand levels 2-4 (2055-2563 €/month). An additional personal salary component is paid based on work performance.

Ready to apply:

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 (Finnish time, GMT +2) 28.03.2021Please note! In order for us to process your application, please ensure that you fill in the fields of application form thoroughly and attach the following annexes (in Finnish or English) to the online application:

  • CV
  • Additional attachment 1: Research plan  including an account of doctoral thesis phase and planned time schedule as well as planned research mobility
  • Additional attachment 2: An up-to-date study plan including completed post graduate studies
  • Additional attachment 3: Transcript of records of a Master's Degree

Further information:

  • Associate Professor, Johanna Hautala,
  • Vice-Director, Faculty and Management Services, Kaisu Piirainen tel. 029 449 8428

Email: firstname.surname(a)

Enquiries about the online application system: careers(a)

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