Associate Professor in Innovation Studies
Type of employment: Until further notice
Extent: 100 %
Location: Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy, CIRCLE, Lund
First day of employment: After agreement
Official Records Number: PEPA 2012/757
Specific subject description
Successful applicants for the positions shall have conducted and published high quality research within the field of Innovation Studies in a broad sense. This includes the following subfields:
- Innovation systems
- Globalization of innovation
- Innovation and entrepreneurship
- Economics of Innovation
Core competence in one of these three areas is required and the sub-fields are considered equally important. Preference will be given to applicants with competence and interest in more than one of these sub-fields.
CIRCLE research staff gets access to unique databases that may be used for research. These data comprise, for instance, longitudinal matched employer-employee data including all workers in Sweden with detailed information on individuals and firms, including inventors of patents identified through EPO patent data. Data are also matched to other sources Such as several waves of the Community Innovation Survey (CIS), R&D surveys and international trade activities.
The task associated with this position is primarily research. The holder of the position is expected to contribute to the following projects:
- Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Knowledge Creation – Dynamics in Globalizing Learning Economies, funded by the Swedish Research Council within the framework of the Linneaus Research Programme.
- Transformation and Growth in Innovation Systems: Innovation Policy for Global Competitiveness of SMEs and R&I Milieus, funded by VINNOVA within the framework of Core Funding of Centers for Innovation Systems Research.
More information about these research projects and the involved researchers can be found at CIRCLEs website http://www.circle.lu.se/research. The applicants are encouraged to specify in their applications how they can contribute to these projects.
Other duties for this position are to attract external funding for additional research, organization of research activities (such as conferences, special sessions, seminars and workshops). The holder of the position may also be involved in teaching – in English or Swedish – at CIRCLE or at other centres and departments of Lund University. CIRCLE operates in English, and most courses offered by CIRCLE are also taught in English. Another duty is to pursue third task activities, i.e. to cooperate with society and to provide information on research and education. . Finally, the successful candidate will be expected to participate in the day-to-day activities at CIRCLE.
The qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3-4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.
The qualifications for appointment as a senior lecturer are stated in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 4 Section 4: (http://www.hsv.se/lawsandregulations/thehighereducationordinance.4.5161b99123700c42b07ffe3981.html#chapter4)
To be eligible for the position as senior lecturer (associate professor) the applicant must have a PhD in a relevant research area and a strong research record, as well as documented teaching skills. The ability to interact with the surrounding community and to inform about research and development work will also be taken into account. An additional requirement is the ability to teach in English.
Basis of Assessment
Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 15 of the Higher Education Ordinance, Lund University Teacher Appointment Regulations,(http://www3.lu.se/pers/Regler/aolu02_en.pdf ) and in the Strategic Plan of Lund University (http://www.lu.se/upload/LUPDF/Om_LU/Strategicplan_2007_2011.pdf).
In the assessment of the applicants, special importance will be given to academic qualifications in research on innovation systems and innovation policy in a global economy, entrepreneurship and innovation, and the interplay between innovation, evolution of firms’ competitive advantages and industrial dynamics. Core competence in one of these areas is required and the sub-fields are considered equally important. Preference will be given to applicants with competence and interest in more than one of these sub-fields.
The following criteria will constitute the basis for the assessment of applicants for the position:
- Documented ability to conduct research of high international quality
- A strong publication record
- Documented ability attract research funding and to initiate, organize and carry research projects and activities, individually as well as in cooperation with others
- Pedagogical abilities and skills
- Documented ability to engage and inform society at large, in relation to research, educational and developmental activities
- Ability to work in teams and collaborate with others
Experience of working in interdisciplinary environments and taking a proactive role in the development of research ideas and activities will be considered merits.