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Vice President for Innovation
Aalto University

Date Posted Oct. 9, 2018
Title Vice President for Innovation
University Aalto University More About This Institution...
Espoo, Finland
Department Aalto University
Application Deadline Oct. 21, 2018
Position Start Date To be negotiated
  • Vice-(President/Provost/Chancellor)
  • University Administration

At Aalto University, we are building a sustainable society driven by innovation and entrepreneurship. Our innovation capacity is based on convergence of first-class science, art, technology and business, and dedication to long-term research of high scientific value. We foster multidisciplinary collaboration, combining knowledge from different disciplines in order to identify and solve complex challenges, and to educate future visionaries and experts. We create and stimulate multidisciplinary, innovative research for the benefit of industry and society. Our goal is to be among the very top innovation ecosystem universities in the world: a globally renowned collaborative innovation, technology transfer and start up platform tackling the wicked challenges of our time.

We are now seeking a Vice President for Innovation to empower our community towards innovation excellence for societal impact. In the position, you are in charge of the development of the community of innovators within and around Aalto University, our partners and stakeholders, and startup and accelerator activities. You will play a key role in the further development of Aalto University’s strategy for innovation and entrepreneurship.

More specifically, you will be responsible for:

- Leading and facilitating the Aalto innovation agenda, and building and nurturing our knowledge-driven ecosystem further
- Developing Aalto’s innovation activities, ensuring that the university becomes a focal point for our wide-range of private and public, Finnish and international partners for generation of new thinking and commercial potential
- Improving the recognition of research findings with significant societal value, and facilitating their development towards broader applications, breakthrough discoveries and disruptive innovation
- Enabling our scholars and students to take part in collaborative initiatives towards commercialization and start-up activities
- Creating and managing supporting frameworks, practices, processes and tools developed for facilitating innovation, monitoring and reporting on innovation activities and performance

You promote the common goals of the University and inspire and engage the whole Aalto community as part of the university leadership team. You lead and develop innovation and entrepreneurship activities, and work in tight collaboration with our research, education, advancement and corporate engagement, campus, and other internal stakeholders with close interfaces to the innovation ecosystem. The position is a fixed term for a period of 5 years with the possibility for a second term. The position is preferably filled as full time, but the time allocation can be agreed upon negotiation. You report to the Provost of the university.

Your experience and skills

We are looking for a candidate with strong knowledge of innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems, technology transfer and innovation management, who is intrigued by the development of the innovation ecosystem of Aalto University. To succeed in this role, you have a doctoral degree in a relevant field, an excellent academic track record and strong experience in leadership and facilitation of innovation ecosystems. You have shown capability in leading an expert organization as well as an ecosystem of diverse partners. You have excellent leadership skills, and you motivate and inspire people to ambitiously work towards a shared vision. You have shown strong capabilities in working with a range of corporate and other stakeholders, and building collaborations across fields and organizations. You have good existing networks in Finland and internationally. You are fluent in English, while a knowledge of Finnish is considered an asset.

Your passion and ambitions

You have a vision for Aalto University’s innovation agenda and passion for facilitating innovation excellence. You are a strategic thinker with ability to paint the big picture and build common awareness. Having understanding of our unique profile of art and design, business and technology, you are committed to promoting multidisciplinarity. You are able to integrate ideas from different communities and fruitfully orchestrate initiatives into results. With strong collaboration, interaction and networking skills, you foster excellent relations with Aalto’s scholars, students, corporations, startups and all other stakeholders in our ecosystem. You have a high level of ambition, and are eager to build our ecosystem further for societal impact.

Join us in shaping the future

Please send your CV (max 5 pages) and motivation letter (max 2 pages) as separate attachments, in English, by October 21 to In your CV, kindly describe your leadership experience and your innovation related accomplishments. In your motivation letter, please describe why you are passionate about this role.

Recruitment committee Chair Pentti Kujala ( and Committee Secretary Anna Lehtinen ( are happy to answer to any of your questions.

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Contact Information

  • Anna Lehtinen
    Aalto University HR
    Otakaari 24


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