Assistant Professor in Accounting

Job Description & Qualification

The Department of Accounting and Commercial Law at Hanken School of Economics invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Accounting.

We are specifically interested in applicants with research and teaching ability or potential in any of the following broad areas: (1) International Financial Reporting and Analysis; (2) Corporate Governance; (3) Sustainable Investing and ESG Reporting; and (4) Information Systems and Data-Driven Decision-Making in Accounting. The position is on the Vaasa campus and the employment contract starts from March 1, 2023, or according to agreement.

Financial Management, Accounting, and Governance is one of Hanken's Areas of Strengths. The research activities of the accounting group focus on the following areas:

Financial Accounting
International Financial Reporting and Analysis
Corporate Governance and Auditing
Sustainable Investing and ESG.

We have a strong research climate reflected in a growing volume and range of research activities. The faculty have published in leading journals, such as Accounting and Business Research; Accounting Horizons; Accounting, Organizations and Society; Accounting Review; Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory; Contemporary Accounting Research; European Accounting Review; Journal of Accounting Research; and Journal of Business Ethics. Our goal is to conduct high quality academic research with corporate and societal relevance. The group houses the Hanken Centre for Accounting, Finance and Governance, which provides opportunities to connect with international researchers, executives, and policymakers.

The teaching in our major centres on four themes: (1) Financial accounting and reporting; (2) Managerial accounting; (3) Sustainability reporting; and (4) Data-Driven Decision-Making in Accounting. At Hanken the goal is to educate responsible professionals for the global economy and changing society. We embrace Nordic values in teaching and learning, such as openness, equality, and integrity, and promote a diverse and innovative learning community that answers to the challenges of the global world, and that efficiently integrates students, faculty, staff, the corporate world, as well as partner organisations and universities.

The applicants must have a doctoral degree in accounting or a related field. The applicants will be reviewed based on their research, teaching, impact, and activity in the scientific community.

When evaluating the applicants’ qualifications, the main focus will be on the ability or potential to conduct independent high-quality research with original ideas and impact; and the ability or potential to independently provide high-quality teaching in key areas of accounting. Applicants are required to have fluent command of English. Hanken supports international faculty in learning the Swedish language.

Academic staff at Hanken are expected to carry out and supervise scientific research, provide high quality academic teaching, closely follow the advances of their field, and participate in service to Hanken, the academic community, and the society. Candidates should be committed to exercise and foster the Nordic values in all professional activities.

The full-time position has an annual working time of 1612 hours. During the academic year, it is expected that a minimum average of three days per week is spent at the office in Vaasa to actively contribute to the research and teaching environment. Teaching tasks are allocated based on the curriculum needs of the subject and by considering relevant own expertise.

The salary is based on the university salary system in Finland (includes employee healthcare as well as pension and holiday contributions). The exact salary level depends on the recruited individual’s qualifications and performance. At the assistant professor level, the annual salary is around 56.000 euros (including holiday contributions). For candidates with more extensive qualifications (i.e., substantial research, teaching, impact and activity in the scientific community) the salary level can be higher. Hanken School of Economics offers research funds for assistant professors. Additional research, travel and teaching development grants can be applied for. The school rewards excellence in both research and teaching.

Application Procedure

The application is to be addressed to the Rector and application materials should include:

Cover letter
Curriculum Vitae
List of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted)
Teaching portfolio
A research statement - describing future research plans, collaboration, publications in the pipeline, funding sought for (3-4 pages)
Names and contact information of up to four references
Relevant certificates (degree certificates, language certificates)

The application deadline is November 20, 2022.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to present their research and meet the faculty (online or a site visit). Applicants attending the 2022 EAA Talent Workshop in Madrid may be offered opportunities for pre-interviews and are, thus, strongly encouraged to submit their applications before November 10th, 2022.

For additional information, please contact Professor Kim Ittonen, Head of the Department, or Director Elina Stadigh,

About the Organization

Hanken is recognized for its international orientation and outstanding research quality in proportion to its size. We have close ties to the business community and an active alumni network with over 13 800 alumni working in more than 70 countries. Our Master’s programme is ranked 62 in the Masters in Management 2022 by Financial Times. We are located in Helsinki and Vaasa, Finland.

Finland, as a country, is ranked as one of the best-governed countries in the world (Legatum prosperity index, 2022), as well as the happiest country in the world (World Happiness Report 2022). This is thanks to, among others, the high level of equality and safety; free, high-quality education at both primary, secondary, and university levels; affordable healthcare and childcare; and competitiveness and innovativeness of the business sector. The location of this position is in Vaasa, an international and innovative city, with six higher education institutions and the largest energy cluster in the Nordics.

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Job ID

ID: J12026