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Scientific Staff at the Department of Geography and Regional Research
The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, approx. 9.800 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.09.2020 of a
at the Department of Geography and Regional Research
Reference number: 10646
The University of Vienna invites applications for one Early Stage Researcher (ESR) Fellowship funded as part of the Marie Curie European Training Networks, under the European Commissions H2020 Framework Programme.
The recruited ESR will take part in the project Policies for Smart Specialisation (with a 3-year Marie Curie Sklodowska fellowship) as well as in the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences at the Department of Geography and Regional Research at the University of Vienna.
The activity of the ESR will start at the beginning of September 2020.
The research programme
Smart Specialisation has become a cornerstone of the European cohesion policy and also addresses several of the Sustainable Development Goals. However, the early implementation of Smart Spec policies points to a number of gaps in its conceptualisation, design and implementation. POLISS tackles these gaps with the aim of making the design, implementation and evaluation of Smart Spec policies more effective in Europe.
POLISS aims at a) providing new systematic evidence and methodological tools for designing and assessing SmartSpec actions; b) building a PhD programme where a new generation of experts in regional development and innovation policy will be trained and once graduated will be possibly employed in regional, national and European private or public organisations; c) providing a forum for coordinating the vast community of researchers and practitioners working on local development
The successful applicant will work on the project
ESR5 Place-Specific Factors and the Design and Implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies Despite its universal adoption across Europe, little is known about how smart specialisation works in different types of regions and what the particular opportunities and barriers to translating the concept into policy practice are. The project will investigate how place-specific factors residing both within the economic and support system (capabilities of firms, knowledge and support organisations) and the policy system (formal competences and power, institutional structures, quality of governance, etc.) affect the implantation of smart specialisation and create particular challenges in advanced and less-developed regions. To analyse the importance of various place-specific factors and to better understand their impact, we will use both quantitative data (from a large-scale online survey of policy actors and other stakeholders across a wide range of European regions) and qualitative research results from advanced and less developed regions.
- Participation in the Horizon 2020 project "Policies for Smart Specialization" (POLISS) until August 31, 2023.
- Writing a Dissertation (We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months)
- University degree (Diploma/Master) in Economic Geography or a related discipline
- Excellent knowledge in the field of the Geography of Innovation and innovation policy
- In-depth knowledge in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods
- Fluent in English, spoken and written
- Ability to work in teams and willingness to cooperate
- At the time of recruitment, the candidate must not have legally resided or have had her/his main activity in Austria for more than 12 months in the last 3 years (short stays such as holidays are not counted)
- Candidates may be of any nationality
The position is assigned to the work group of Economic Geography (http://humangeo.univie.ac.at/) at the Department of Geography and Regional Research (http://geographie.univie.ac.at/home).
We offer: - Possibility for scientific qualification (Doctorate)
- Participation in an exciting international research programme; international contacts and networks
- An attractive and dynamically developing research location in a city with a high quality of life and a well-developed instruments of research funding
Application documents: - Letter of motivation
- Academic curriculum vitae
- List of publications, evidence of teaching experience (if available)
- Degree certificates (academic certificates, diplomas and other relevant certificates)
- Writing sample (for example, diploma or master thesis)
Please submit the application electronically as one pdf-file.
Main research field
Special research fields
Human Geography, Regional Geography, Regional Planning
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (
http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 15.04.2020, mentioning reference number 10646.
For further information please contact Trippl, Michaela +43-1-4277-48720.
The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (
http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.