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The University of Oulu is an international scientific community with 15,000 students and approximately 3,000 employees. The strengths of the University include wide multidisciplinary education/research interests, a modern research and learning environment, and good cooperation with international educational and research institutes. The University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS) ( provides the framework and conditions for high-quality, research-driven doctoral education at the University of Oulu, and field-specific doctoral training is provided by its multidisciplinary doctoral programmes.

Job Description and Location

GenZ– Economic Resilience research team is located at Oulu Business School ( and its’ research is focusing on regional resilience and how digital technologies and humans co-create socio-economic development. Our research focuses on how people, communities and societies can be made stronger and more resilient as they use and develop intelligent and digital technologies. Research team is actively working within the University of Oulu profiling theme Generation Z and beyond: Co-evolution of human capabilities and intelligent technologies in the 21st century (GenZ).

Responsibilities, Required Qualifications and Language Skills

We are looking for a candidate with an interest to understand the themes of GenZ – Resilience researchteam. We are focusing specifically on a) How resilience is realized at regional, organizational and individual levels? b) How human resilience is impacted by technological development and what potential roles new technologies can play in the development of resilience, especially in labour markets? We appreciate understanding of research on economic resilience and technology driven economic growth as well as experience with quantitative research methods. Ability to conduct independent scholarly research in English and collaborative working skills are required.

The appointee to the doctoral student position must hold a Master Degree in Economics. Degree must have been completed with good grades before the start of the employment. It is considered an advantage to the candidates to have work experience working in research environments.

The assessment of an application is based on the following criteria: education, previous work experience, and the motivation letter in a relation to the research themes of GenZ – Economic Resilience research team.


The salary of a doctoral student will be based on levels 2 – 4 (the requirement level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities). In addition to the basic salary, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance with a maximum of 50 % of the basic salary. The typical full salary is approximately 2,400 – 2,700 euros per month for a doctoral student.

A separate agreement will be made on the teaching duties connected with the position within the framework of an annual work plan of 1612 hours, with the maximum being 5 % of the annual working hours as per the existing collective agreement.

The position is scheduled to be filled as starting from October 2020 or upon agreement with the appointee and lasting till December 2022. The position is subject to a trial period of 6 months.

Application Procedure

The applications must be submitted using the online application form on September 13th, 2020 at the latest. The application should be written in English. Top candidates will be invited to a remote interview. All applicants will be notified when the selection process is completed.

The following appendices shall be included with the application (PDF files preferred):

1) CV (with education/previous degrees obtained, prior work/research experience, list of publications, received research funding)

2)  A copy of the applicant’s Master of Science degree diplomas, or, if not available at the time of application, a statement from the applicant and their supervisor(s) regarding the expected completion date.

3) Contact information of 1–2 referees who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate.

4)  Motivation letter (summarizing applicant’s professional experience and expertise and describing why applicant is interested in this position. Also, information on personal research interests, experience and career plans are valuable to provide here (max. 3 pages.)

Contact Information

Further information:

Associate Professor Jaakko Simonen (jaakko.simonen(at)

Department of Economics, Accounting and Finance, Oulu Business School, University of Oulu
Telephone: +358 294 482938

Oulu Business School

University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4600, 90014 University of Oulu, FINLAND

Telephone: Academic Affairs: +358 294 48 2920, Oulu Business School general administration (excl. Academic Affairs): +358 294 483913

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