Deadline: 2015-01-11


Aalto University Business School is seeking a frugal innovation specialist for its multi-disciplinary research and innovation project Co-creating frugal and reverse innovation in complex global systems (New Global; The main focus of the project is on co-creation of frugal and sustainable innovations in low-income emerging markets. Launched in the beginning of 2014, New Global is a path-breaking research and innovation project that seeks to develop new methods for doing research in contexts of extreme resource scarcity, in ways that both contribute to new scientific knowledge and help to make a societal impact through initiation of frugal innovations particularly in the areas of water, energy and housing solutions. Taking a systems approach, the New Global is a collaborative project between different disciplines of Aalto University: Business, design, water, renewable energy, and architecture. The project also includes collaboration with business enterprises, non-governmental organizations, and local communities in emerging markets. The project offers a unique research setting for scholars keen on advancing scientifically rigorous research strongly connected to practice.

We offer a three-year post doctoral researcher position for a scientist who will help lead the frugal innovation research in the context of the New Global project, preferably from the perspective of developing frugal solution business models. The fellow will join a research team which includes professors, post doctors and doctoral students from the above mentioned disciplines. The post doctoral researcher will be positioned in Corporate Sustainability ( research group, which is in the Department of Management Studies of Aalto University Business School.

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We look for scholars who have recently completed their Ph.D. in a relevant field of study (such as frugal innovation, inclusive innovation, sustainable innovation, or innovation in low-income market contexts). Postdoctoral researcher is expected to plan and execute multi-disciplinary research, write papers for peer-reviewed journals, make presentations to scientific and practitioner audiences, and assist in guiding doctoral students. Methodologically the project emphasizes action research and the candidate preferably has experience of or willingness to learn about action research approach. The applicants should have demonstrated the ability to publish internationally. The position requires fluent skills in the English language. Additional language skills are a merit.

Post doctoral researchers are required to be in residence for the duration of the appointment.


Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities, but applicants may also provide their own salary requests.

For more Information

For further information, please contact Professor Minna Halme,, Project Manager Sara Lindeman, (or in questions relating to the recruitment process, HR Coordinator Kati Elovaara, +358 50 3716600,

How to apply

The applications are submitted through the eRecruitment system no later than on 20 December 2014 and the position can start as soon as February 1, 2015. The application materials for the postdoctoral position include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted)

All application materials should be submitted in English. The application materials will not be returned.

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

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