Tenure Track Position in Communication and Digital Economy

We are now inviting applications for a tenure track position in digital communication within the subject area of communication studies. For the successful applicant this position offers an excellent opportunity to build a multifaceted academic career in a dynamic and international environment.

Job description and requirements

The research focus associated with this position is on digital agency and digitalization in the broad sense. The expected areas of interest ideally include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • social media and platform economy
  • usability and user experience
  • data visualization and datafication
  • digitalization from the perspectives of individuals, society, community, culture and/or economy.

In addition, publications in the fields of user-centered design, sustainability, and business research are considered as merits.

The Tenure Track position is research-orientated, but the appointed person will also acquire external funding, deliver high-quality teaching and theses supervision, actively participate in activities within the scientific community and university administration, as well as create societal impact through their work. The duties in teaching and supervision are related to the study programmes in communication studies. The scope of responsibilities is determined according to the career stage of the successful candidate and agreed in more detail in the annual work plan.

We are looking for candidates with a suitable  doctoral degree (PhD) together with, excellent academic merit as well as evidence of the ability to produce high quality research. The ideal candidate will have a strong track record of, or potential for, excellence in teaching. Applicants will also be evaluated on the basis of relevance and innovativeness of their preliminary research plan. Please see the complete appointment plan for more information regarding the position, requirements and appointment procedure : 

The position is located in the School of Marketing and Communication and the research will be undertaken as a part of the multidisciplinary research platform Digital Economy. More information: 


Applications are submitted using the university’s own electronic form (https://www.univaasa.fi/en/rekry/). In order for applications to be processed, the application form must be filled out and the enclosures listed in the appointment plan, must be attached to it. The application period is open until midnight (Finnish time, GMT +3hrs)  17.8.2020.

Further information

  • The position will be filled fixed-term primarily as Assistant or Associate Professor under the tenure track system. Applicants for a permanent position of Professor may also be considered. The level of appointment depends on the merits and career stage of the applicant. Further information on the University of Vaasa’s tenure track procedure: https://www.univaasa.fi/en/rekry/hakuprosessi/yliopistoura/
  • Employment is subject to a trial period of 6 months.
  • For employees moving to Finland from abroad, relocation services are available.

Further information about the position: 

  • Pirjo Laaksonen, Dean,  School of Marketing and Communication, tel. +358 29 449 8460, email: pirjo.laaksonen(a)univaasa.fi
  • Tanja Sihvonen, Professor, Communication Studies, tel. +358 29 449 8269, email: tanja.sihvonen(a)univaasa.fi
  • Kaisu Piirainen, Vice-Director, Faculty and Management Services, tel. +358 29 449 8428, email: kaisu.piirainen(a)univaasa.fi
  • Inquiries about the online application system may be directed to: careers(a)univaasa.fi

A Finnish  version of the job ad can be found  here.