2 positions for Assistant/ Associate/ Full Professor in Accounting (tenure track)

Hanken School of Economics is a leading, internationally accredited business school located in Finland. It offers a range of B.Sc., M.Sc., EMBA, PhD, and Executive Development programmes taught mainly in English and Swedish. Hanken's research operations are of an internationally high standard and it maintains close links with the business world.

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

Hanken is recognized for its outstanding research quality and international orientation 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 program is ranked among the top 90 programs globally by Financial Times. We are located in Helsinki and Vaasa, Finland.

Finland, as a country, is ranked as the best-governed country in the world (Legatum prosperity index, 2019), as well as the No. 1 happiest country in the world (World Happiness Report 2020). 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 the position is in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Helsinki has been regarded as one of the most liveable cities in the world (https://monocle.com/film/affairs/most-liveable-city-helsinki/) and No. 1 city in the world for Work-Life Balance (Kisi 2019).

Accounting Research at Hanken

The Accounting major is part of Hanken's Area of Strength in the group of Financial Management, Accounting, and Governance. Our research activities focus on the following areas: Financial Accounting, International Financial Reporting and Analysis; Corporate Governance; Auditing; and Sustainable Investing and ESG. 

We have a strong research climate reflected in the volume and range of research activities. The faculty has several publications in acknowledged accounting journals, such as Accounting & Business Research, Accounting Horizons, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Corporate Governance, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, European Accounting Review, International Journal of Accounting, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, Journal of Management Accounting Research and Management Accounting Research. Our goal is to further increase the quantity and proportion of publications in highly ranked Accounting journals.

We have strong collaborative links with other universities and business schools around the world as well as close cooperation with the Big 4 and a large number of corporations.


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 the Hanken School of Economics community, the academic community and the society.

The applicants should hold a doctoral degree in accounting or in a related field. The applicants will be reviewed based on their research, teaching and activity in the scientific community. Special consideration is given to candidates that have demonstrated their ability to produce high quality research in the field of Accounting.

Applicants for the Associate and Full Professor -levels are expected to have demonstrated a high level of academic competence, have experience of leading academic research, good teaching skills and extensive teaching experience. In addition, experience of doctoral education, applying for external funding, international research co-operation and academic expert assignments, as well as experience of participation in administrative tasks within an academic department, faculty or university are expected.

The following additional qualifications are also considered as merits 

Experience of responsibility for a degree programme, a subject, department, faculty or university; successfully raising external research funds; experience in leading the development of teaching; good co-operative skills; and pedagogical education.

When evaluating the applicants’ qualifications in the above-mentioned areas, the main focus will be on the person’s qualifications with emphasis given to recent years. 

Applicants are required to have fluent command of English. Swedish language skills are considered a merit, and the recruited faculty member will be expected to learn the basics of the Swedish language.

Working hours

The position is full time with 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 Department in order to actively contribute to the research and teaching environment. Teaching tasks are allocated based on the curriculum needs of the Department and by considering relevant own expertise. 


The salary is based on the university salary system in Finland (including employee healthcare as well as pension and holiday contributions). The exact salary level depends on the recruited individual’s qualifications and performance.


Selected candidates may be invited to an interview and trial lecture/research presentation. Associate and Full Professor nominations are based upon an evaluation by externally appointed academic scholars.

For more Information

For additional information, please contact Professor Matti Kukkonen, Head of the Department, matti.kukkonen@hanken.fi (or in the case of questions relating to the recruitment process, Director Elina Stadigh, elina.stadigh@hanken.fi).

How to apply

The application for position 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 four references
  • Relevant certificates (degree certificates, language certificates)


Please submit all application materials in English. The application deadline is 13.11.2020. 

To apply please click on the below link to complete your application. General instructions for applicants are provided at https://www.hanken.fi/en/faculty-staff/job-opportunities/applications-and-selection-process

Application period starts: 2020-09-24 18:00Application period ends: 2020-11-13 23:59
Application Deadline:
Thursday, Nov 12, 2020
Hanken School of Economics
The Department of Accounting and Commercial Law
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