PhD-position in science and innovation policy in the USA

The Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a vacant PhD scholarship within the field of STS and organization studies. The scholarship is part of the collaborative research project “Isomorphic differences: familiarity and distinctiveness in national science and innovation policies” funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark (project description available upon request). The scholarship has a special focus on current US science and innovation policy, organizational initiatives and patterns of implementation. We are interested in PhD projects that: study this topic from a sociology of science and technology (STS) or organization studies perspective; conduct comparative analysis of policy documents, institutional structures and initiatives, policy statements and the views of key actors; investigate a selected “big science” collaboration in the US; help explore the similarities and differences between US science and innovation policy and those of China and Denmark. The scholarship requires the candidate to conduct empirical fieldwork in the US, but also willingness to stay for the main part of the scholarship in the Copenhagen area.
Department of Organization (IOA) pursues a problem-oriented, business in society approach to understanding and intervening in organizations and institutions. Our research is driven by an interest in organization as a practical, situated, contested and changing matter. Our approach is interdisciplinary and combines social-scientific traditions such as organization theory, sociology, science and technology studies, political economy, and social psychology in the analysis of organizing processes and their outcomes. Methodologically, we value qualitative research methods highly and often adopt case study and fieldwork methodology.
The teaching responsibilities associated with the scholarship comprise undergraduate teaching and supervision in subjects such as organization theory, organizational analysis and qualitative methodology.
The Department will give priority to applicants with high grades from their universities.
The three-year PhD programme at CBS allows candidates to conduct research under the supervision of CBS professors, supported by research training courses. The programme is highly international, and you are expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time abroad as a visiting PhD student. See the CBS homepage for more information about the PhD programme.
It is also required that the applicant shows an interest in joining the Department’s research environment, see here.
Copenhagen Business School has a broad commitment to the excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research programmes. Candidates who wish to join us should demonstrate enthusiasm for working in an organisation of this type (highlighting, for example, relevant business, educational and dissemination activities)
For further information please contact: Professor Alan Irwin, tel.: +45 3815 3067, e-mail: ai.ioa[at] Information about the department may be found here.
Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.
General information:   
A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years, and includes teaching obligations equivalent of ½ year’s work (840 work hours). The scholarships are fully salaried positions, according to the national Danish collective agreement. The scholarship includes the tuition fees, office space, travel grants plus a salary, currently starting with per month app. DKK 23.770 (app. 3,160 euro) up to DKK 28.964 (app. 3,860 euro) depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totalling 17,1 % of 85 per cent of the base salary.
The salary level and appointment is determined by the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.
The PhD student will be enrolled at the PhD School in Organisation and Management Studies.
To be considered, the candidate should have a basic training at the Masters level (similar to the 3 + 2 Bologna process). An educational background in the social sciences is necessary. The applicant must have successfully completed the Masters degree before commencing PhD at CBS. The applicants must be fluent in English.
The application must include:  
  • A project description (max. 5 pages): This research proposal should contain a presentation of an original research question, a description of the initial theoretical framework and research methodology, a presentation of the suggested empirical material as well as a work-plan in the form of a Gantt Chart, and finally a brief outline of how the project would fit within the framework of the collaborative research project.
  • Copies of a Master’s degree certificate or other certificates of a corresponding level.
  • Brief curriculum vitae (CV).
  • A list of papers and publications.
  • One copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis).
  • Documentation for English language skills if English is not mother tongue.
Recruitment procedure:   
The Recruitment Committee expects to shortlist at least five applicants to be assessed by the Assessment Committee. All applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application deadline.
Applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and later in the process about the result of the assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed each applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application.
Please find guidelines and further information on scholarships and the Doctoral Programme here.
Application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.
Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see items above), by the application deadline.
Details about Copenhagen Business School and the department are available here.
The envisaged starting date of the position is January 1, 2019.
Closing date: September 1, 2018.   

Closing date: 1 September 2018.

apply here.