Kindly note this PhD opportunity (full-time) at the Jyväskylä School of Business and Economics, Finland.

Join us to work on matters of ‘nationalism & business’ from a historical perspective.

Call for applications: (Deadline: 15.5.2022)

It would be my pleasure to have a chat with anyone interested!



Christian Stutz
Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher, PhD
Jyväskylä School of Business and Economics

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Recruiting a new Ph.D. Student

Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics (JSBE) is currently seeking to recruit staff to the position of


A Doctoral Researcher (i.e., PhD student), starting on the 1st of August 2022 for 29 months (December 2024). The starting date can be negotiated, and there is a possibility for continuation as further funding is secured.

The position is part of the project “International tensions, local nationalism, and global business: A historical perspective (NaBus), funded by the Emil Aaltonen Foundation. The project starts from the observation that recent developments have heightened the salience of nationalist sentiments, interests, and borders in the (geo)political arena, and zooms in on the role of and impact on business actors. For such an analysis, the team will take a larger temporal timeframe to study Finnish companies and business associations in the context of the development of global markets, international relations, and the Finnish nation state.

The interdisciplinary project combines historical methods and reasoning with management research. It intends to contribute to scholarly debates of international business studies, ‘business & society’ studies, and business history/historical organization studies.



Your primary task will be to pursue your doctoral thesis at the JSBE Doctoral Programme in Business Studies under the supervision of the project’s co-leaders, focusing on some of the main foci of the team project. For your thesis, we encourage you to take the team project’s research plan as a starting point, but take over the responsibility and refine the project according to your research interests. Please reach out to the co-leaders to get a comprehensive project description.

Besides the dissertation work and your doctoral education, the position may also include other related duties, such as teaching assistance, and allows for international exchanges, if funding is secured.



As a doctoral researcher, you are required to have a Master’s degree (MA/MSc) in business studies, history, or another relevant discipline, completed with excellent grades or otherwise proven competence in independent research.

We a looking for candidates who have a curious nature, interest in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of history and business studies, dedication to acquire state-of-the-art research skills, and commitment to publishing research in top journals. You need the ability to work independently while also being a team player. We require fluency in English (both written and oral); Finnish and/or Swedish are considered as an advantage.

Please also note the short study guide for the JSBE Doctoral Programme in Business Studies as well as the duties, eligibility requirements, and language skills of Doctoral Researchers as defined in the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines.


What do we offer as an employer?

You will be employed by the Jyväskylä School of Business and Economics. The annual salary for a Doctoral Researcher in Finland will be approximately 28,500 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus). Your staff benefits include occupational health care, flexible working hours, excellent sports facilities, and several restaurants and cafés on campus with staff discounts. With progress of your thesis work, the salary will be revised in accordance with the Collective Agreement of Finnish Universities. A trial period of six months will be used in the beginning of the employment.

You will be part of the Emil Aaltonen project team “NaBus,” embedded in the Strategy and Entrepreneurship research group. The group hosts four other ongoing large-scale projects funded by the Academy of Finland and the Wallenberg Foundation, which all leverage history in management research, and allow for synergies.

You will become a recognized member of our scholarly community with a unique opportunity to create connections to our international research network. Doctoral students do not have to pay tuition fees in Finland.

To find more information about the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä, and living in Finland, see the University’s International Staff Guide.


How to apply?

Please attach the following documents to your online application:

Please submit your application at the latest on 15th May 2022 by using the online application form.

For further information please contact the co-leaders of the team project, Dr. Christian Stutz ([log in to unmask], tel. +358406484186) and Dr. Saara Matala ([log in to unmask]).


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