The Doctoral Programme in Business and Technology Management provides students with excellent research skills, broad expertise in industrial engineering and management, and an in-depth understanding of information and knowledge management. Our doctoral researchers develop technological and business expertise that allows them to create new scientific knowledge and address societally significant challenges that require in-depth analysis. The programme is intended for applicants who hold a master’s degree in technology, economics or an applicable field. In addition to graduates from the Master’s Degree Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management and the Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Knowledge Management, the Doctoral Programme in Business and Technology Management attracts graduates with a degree in, for example, technology, business or economics.
We are seeking doctoral researchers with the potential to offer new research insights, contribute to the generation of new knowledge, address the challenges facing our society, and apply their knowledge in the different fields of business and technology management. After completing the programme, our graduates are awarded the degree of Doctor of Science in Technology (or PhD) and typically move into leadership roles in industry, research and teaching positions in universities or universities of applied sciences, or research and management positions in research institutions. Extensive career opportunities are also available for our graduates in industry and public administration.
We have three (3) Doctoral Researcher (postgraduate student) positions open to candidates willing to carry out a research project towards a doctoral degree (D. Sc. Tech. / PhD). The positions are fully funded for four years, but shorter periods are also possible if the candidate has started doctoral studies already earlier. The doctoral researchers are supposed to carry out research in one of the two departments involved in the doctoral program, preferably in one of the thematic areas listed below.
1) Industrial Engineering and Management
The unit of Industrial Engineering and Management examines the production and economic activities of technology-based organizations comprehensively. Research interests in Industrial Engineering and Management are related to sustainable value creation in technology-driven organizations. Our interests lie in the management of industrial firms in a safe, sustainable, innovative and efficient way. We search for answers to questions such as how organizations create and utilize resources in creating value efficiently and effectively, and what resources do organizations need in a technology-centric, dynamic industry to achieve sustained competitive advantage.
The priority in these doctoral researcher positions is in the following areas of industrial engineering and management:
- Industrial purchasing and supply chain management
- Sustainable value creation in industrial service networks, project networks, or technology-based ecosystems
- Managing organizational profitability or safety risks
2) Information and Knowledge Management
The unit of information and knowledge management (NOVI) conducts research related to value creation in the areas of information systems management, knowledge-based management and digital business. Our research interests are on offering, utilizing and managing information and knowledge in organizations in order to improve their competitive advantage. We search answers to questions such as how information and/or knowledge is best used by different stakeholders, how it is offered, how it creates value, how it can be improved, and why different challenges and obstacles emerge. In particular, we are interested in value creation mechanisms, such as information technologies, data assets, data analytics, work systems, and different types of networks.
The priority in these doctoral researcher positions is in the following areas of information and knowledge management:
- Digital transformation in public sector, industry, health care, or developing countries
- Dark side of information technology use, platformization and information system management practices, i.e., information system management and use related topics
- Extended reality, micro-credentials and gamification of knowledge management
You need to have a Master’s degree completed by 31 December 2021 and fulfill the eligibility requirements for the Doctoral Programme (see How to apply > Eligibility criteria). Selected candidates must complete their research plan and apply to the doctoral programme officially before the beginning of the doctoral researcher job, in line with the doctoral program’s application guidelines (unless they already have a position in the programme).
The successful applicants are highly motivated and ambitious students. Proficiency to carry out goal-oriented work, good skills to deliver oral and written presentations of research results, as well as good cooperation abilities will be emphasized.
Candidates are selected based on the suitability of the research topic, rigor of the proposal and the level of promise that the applicants show. These will be evaluated on the basis of the research proposal and motivation letter, the candidates’ previous success in studies, completeness of the materials, and merits in scientific publishing (if any).
We are offering the successful candidates fully funded four-year positions as Doctoral Researchers, commencing in February 2022 (or shorter terms, as proposed by applicants). We offer you high-quality supervision and the freedom to develop your ideas in a supportive and inspirational research environment. We are proud to note that with the extensive academic and departmental support, our students have an excellent track record of successfully completing their doctoral degrees. A trial period of six (6) months applies to all our new employees.
The salary will be based on both the job requirements and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of a Doctoral Researcher is placed on level 2—4 of the job requirements scale. A typical starting salary for Doctoral Researchers is approximately 2450—2550 EUR/month. Our incentive salary system for Doctoral Researchers ensures salary increases based on the progress of the doctoral degree and thesis.
We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working hours, excellent sports facilities on campus and several restaurants and cafés on campus with staff discounts. Please read more about working at Tampere University.
We are inviting you to be a part of a vibrant, active and truly international research community. Interdisciplinarity is highly encouraged, as it allows you to expand your research network and exposes you to new perspectives and ideas to solve complex research problems and pursue novel research findings. The university has a strong commitment to the highest level of scientific research and the provision of high-quality doctoral education. Through rigorous research within your field, you will have the opportunity to make an impact on science, the advancement of technology, and economic and societal change. Doctoral studies provide an excellent theoretical and technical foundation upon which you can build your future career at the highest national and international levels.
Tampere is one of the major academic hubs in the Nordic countries and offers a dynamic living environment. Tampere region is one of the three most rapidly growing urban areas in Finland and home to a vibrant knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial community. The city is an industrial powerhouse that enjoys a rich cultural scene and a reputation as a centre of Finland’s information society. For more information on Tampere and Finland, please visit:
How to apply
Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 29 October 2021 (23:59 EET / UTC+2). Please write your application and all the accompanying documentation in English and attach them in PDF format.
Please attach only the following documents to your application:
- A letter of motivation (max 1 page)
- Research proposal: description of your research topic, its positioning in the scientific field, justified research gap and goals, and intended research design (max. 2 pages)
- Curriculum vitae according to the TENK template including a list of publications and the contact details of two referees
- Copy of your MSc+BSc degree certificates and Diploma Supplement
- Transcripts of all university records and their English translations (Finnish certificates are accepted)
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