The Postdoc position is part of the NWO-VICI project “The Genealogy of Novelty: An evolutionary explanation of breakthrough inventions in science, technology, and the arts” and aims to analyze the personal, institutional and geographical conditions supportive of breakthrough inventions. The project will investigate breakthroughs in science, technology and the arts. Currently, four PhD students are employed on the grant.
One of the key questions in the project is whether people with a variety of knowledge and experiences, are also the most creative and successful. A second question is what geographical and personal conditions favor breakthrough innovation and the institutional change processes prompted by it. These questions will be addressed using databases (on documents, inventors, artefacts), agent-based modelling and/or detailed case studies. The candidate is also encouraged to support and collaborate the PhD students currently working on sub-projects.
We seek highly motivated candidates with a PhD degree in innovation studies, economics, management, geography, history, sociology, political science, science & technologies studies, or a related discipline. We are looking for candidates who:
A postdoc can spend the vast majority of their time on the research project; only 10% of their time will be spent on teaching, and supervision of (under)graduate research projects. The preferred starting data is between 1 September 2017 and 1 January 2018.
The successful candidate will be offered a full-time Postdoc for two years. Based on the experience and qualifications of the candidate, the gross monthly salary is between €2.552,- and €4.028,- (scale 10 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment. The salary is supplemented by a holiday allowance of 8% per year and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
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