Postdoctoral Researcher, Digital Marketing – Vaasa, Finland

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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 Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Marketing and communication for a fixed-term of 3 years. The field of the position is Marketing. The starting date is January 2, 2024 or as agreed.

Your role:

The position entails scientific research work, teaching and university administrative tasks. The task also encompasses education for independent research tasks as well as thesis supervision.

The position is research-oriented and the research profile and activities of the position are connected to the Marketing and Consumption Research group. The researchers work as a part of the research group and engage in cooperation with the University’s phenomenon-driven research platforms. The position includes also seeking external funding for research projects and working in these projects.

The teaching and supervision activities of the position are intended to support the Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs in Marketing and Digital Marketing.

Work may include other tasks to be agreed upon separately.

The annual working time is 1612 hours based on the general collective agreement for universities. More detailed task description is agreed in the Annual Work Plan.


As a Postdoctoral Researcher you are required to have a doctoral degree and the ability to do independent scientific work as well as the necessary teaching skills.

In addition to the dissertation, other desirable merits include post-doctoral research, peer-reviewed scientific publications or manuscripts accepted for publication, as well as possible publications in high-level journals or on the initiative of the publishers. The evaluation of research merits takes into account the content of the researcher’s published production (e.g. research topics, methodologies and the significance of the results) and the quality as a whole. Experience in obtaining external funding and international mobility are also considered merits.

The applicant must present a research plan that is aligned with the University’s strategy and research profile for the term of the contract. Attention is also paid to the applicant’s success in completing postgraduate studies (quality, duration), and the applicant’s international experience.

Furthermore, teaching merits, including pedagogical studies are considered as a merit. The applicant may be invited to give a teaching demonstration as a part of the assessment of teaching competence.

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 Marketing and Communication is a truly multidisciplinary community where new openings are being made and where digitalization is at the heart of operations. Our three subjects are International Business, Marketing and Communication Studies. Our research is internationally recognized and our teaching is progressive and productive. We are strongly networked and responsible actors in research, education and public relations. As a work community, our unit is equal, international and encouraging. The cooperation and support of colleagues promotes well-being and inspires work.

In education and research, we particularly address the challenges of sustainable development, digitalisation and innovation in the fields of responsible business, communications, marketing and building customer value. At the heart of marketing research and teaching are customer-oriented marketing concepts and business models, consumer behavior, product and service innovations, customer relationships and responsible business. The internationalisation and growth of SMEs, international marketing and investment strategies and their success play a key role in international business research and teaching.  In communication studies, research and teaching focus on organisations, information systems, online communities, gamified systems, and usability.


The salary of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart in the Finnish University Salary System for Teaching and Research Staff. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The salary of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be ca. 3200–3600 euros/month, depending on the appointees’ qualifications and experience.


To apply for the position, please use our online application system (using the „Leave an application“ button below). The application, including annexes, has to be in our online application database by midnight October 8, 2023 (Finnish time, EEST). Please note! In order for us to process your application, please ensure that you fill in the fields below thoroughly.

The application should include the following annexes in English:

  • CV. Use of CV template is required.
  • Teaching Portfolio – addition to CV
  • List of Publications
  • Research Plan from the perspective of the position’s discipline and the university’s strategy
  • Copies of no more than 3-5 publications (numbered according to the above publication categories) that the applicant wishes to be taken into account when evaluating their competence and qualifications.
  • A letter of motivation for the position

Further information

  • Dean Arto Rajala, tel. 029 449 8141
  • Professor Hannu Makkonen, tel. 029 449 8102
  • Vice-director, Faculty and Administrative Services, Kaisu Piirainen, tel. 029 449 8428
  • e-mail: firstname.lastname(a)

–  Inquiries about the online application system: careers(a)

–  The employment is subject to a probationary period.

This job posting is also available in Finnish: Avoimet työpaikat –


The 5,000 students and 600 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:

Application period starts: 2023-09-08 13:00. Application period ends: 2023-10-08 23:59

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