Assistant or Associate Professor in Sustainable Consumer Behavior

Company:University of Eastern Finland

Location:Finland / Kuopio

Discipline:Sustainable Consumer Behavior

Employment Type:Permanent Full-time


The University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor in Sustainable Consumer Behavior. Please find more information below and submit your application no later than 20 September 2021.

Role and salary

As our new Assistant or Associate Professor in Sustainable Consumer Behavior, you will be working in the Business School at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies. At the Business School you will join the Marketing and Consumer Behavior research group ( that is a part of the multidisciplinary Forests and Bioeconomy (FOBI) research community ( at the UEF. The FOBI research community is a highly regarded academic community of more than 150 researchers, with over 30 professors, associate professors, or research directors, 20 senior researchers or university lecturers, 20 post-doctoral researchers, and around 50 full-time doctoral students.

We seek highly motivated candidates whose research complement and strengthen the Business School, the research group, and the FOBI research community in the area of sustainable consumer behavior. FOBI has experts in diverse fields such as chemistry, nutrition sciences, wood material science, and forestry dealing with biofuels, sustainable innovative food and wood products, and other bio-based materials. We are looking for an expert interested in understanding the end-user behavior and consumer decision-making related to sustainable bio-based products and services. Digitalization plays a growing role in the consumer behavior of today and, therefore, the candidate would benefit from an understanding of consumer behavior in a digital and virtual environment. Ideally, the candidate should demonstrate research competence and excellence in the fields including, but not limited to, marketing, psychology, decision-making, sustainable and/or ethical consumption, international marketing, quantitative modeling, data analytics, and experimental studies.

As our new Assistant or Associate Professor, your main responsibilities are to:

  • produce high-impact world-class research in the field of sustainable consumer behavior,
  • actively apply for external research funding from foundations, the Academy of Finland, and the EU, for example,
  • supervise Master’s thesis and PhD students,
  • teach in a field appropriate to the task.

The position is a full-time Tenure Track position to be filled for a fixed four-year term from 1 December 2021 (or as agreed). The merits of the applicant determine the entry level of the position (Assistant or Associate Professor). At the end of the term, the merits and performance of the person will be assessed to determine if he or she can proceed to the next level in the tenure track. A probationary period is applied to all new members of the UEF staff. University of Eastern Finland operates in two campuses, Kuopio and Joensuu. This position can be located on either the Kuopio or Joensuu campuses.

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of the Finnish universities. The salary comprises two components: a job requirement component and a personal performance component. In this position, the job requirement component is 3, 498.98 €/month for Assistant Professor and 4, 033.80 €/month for Associate Professor, based on the levels 6 - 7 of the job requirement chart for teaching and research staff. In addition, the personal performance component can be a minimum of 6 % and a maximum of 50 % of the above-mentioned sum. The estimated monthly salary in the beginning of the employment will be 3, 848 - 5, 042 €/per month.

Our requirements and expectations

We expect from you:

  • a doctoral degree in business science or a relevant field,
  • an excellent proficiency in written and spoken English,
  • a proven track record of publishing top-level international research in marketing and other business-related journals,
  • demonstrated high level scientific impact of research,
  • demonstrated success in applying and securing external research funding,
  • novelty in research design,
  • a proven ability to operate in international scientific networks,
  • high level personal motivation for scientific excellence in research,
  • experience in supervising academic thesis,
  • good teaching skills.

Your benefits

We offer you:

  • a vibrant, active, and goal-oriented international multidisciplinary research environment,
  • sufficient time for research,
  • a work atmosphere that encourages results,
  • a commitment to develop your career to full professorship depending on your accomplishments,
  • extensive occupational health care,
  • staff discount on lunch in our campus restaurants, as well as on a range of other services,
  • affordable sports services.

Please read more in the Work at UEF section on our website.

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How to apply?

Submit your application by using our electronic application form no later than 20 September 2021 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time).

Please note that you must include the following appendices in your application:

  • A resume or a curriculum vitae compiled in accordance with the template for researcher’s curriculum vitae of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (
  • A portfolio of teaching merits (> Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies > Portfolio Instructions)
  • A complete list of publications compiled in accordance with the publication classification of the Ministry of Education and Culture (
  • An informal report (max 6 pages) on how you intend to develop your research agenda, acquire external funding and develop other activities, if appointed, and also explaining your international networks, supervision experience and past acquisition of external funding
  • Publications (max 10) with which you wish to demonstrate your qualification and merits for the position, and a list of the selected publications
  • Copies of your academic degree certificates/diplomas - Copies of certificates/diplomas relating to your language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas


For further information on the position, please contact Professor Tommi Laukkanen, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, tel. +358 50 438 7423,

For further information on the application procedure, please contact Executive Head of Administration Ulla Hurskainen, tel. +358 50 512 5238,, or Financial and Human Resources Coordinator Tuula Ranne, tel. +358 29 445 5245,

University of Eastern Finland and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies in brief

The University of Eastern Finland is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We are home to 16,000 students and 2,750 staff members. Our research is ranked among the best in the world in several fields. We generate research-based knowledge and make it openly accessible for the benefit of all. UEF stands for action with impact that is relevant today and tomorrow. To learn more about our university please visit our website at

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies operates on two campuses of the University of Eastern Finland – in Joensuu and Kuopio. The faculty trains experts in the fields of history, geography, economics and business administration, law, social sciences, and social and health management. The faculty's research is closely linked to the research areas identified in the university's strategy. The faculty has approximately 4,400 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students and approximately 480 postgraduate students actively pursuing their studies. The faculty has approximately 320 staff members. To learn more about the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business studies please visit our website at

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