4 PhD studentships (Innovation Research)
University College Dublin
PhD scholarship, starting 01/04/2009 or later, for 3 years (1800 EUR per
a) Self-defined PhD project in Innovation Research
b) Help with Establishing UCD´s Innovation Research Unit
The advertised positions will offer the opportunity to follow a
project in the general research orientation at IRU.
Innovation, the creation of new, technologically feasible, commercially
products and processes, is permanently emerging from an ongoing interaction
process of innovative organisations such as universities, research
firms, government agencies, venture capitalists and others. These actors
generate and exchange knowledge, financial capital, and other resources in
networks of relationships which are embedded in institutional frameworks
local, regional, national and international level. While the contexts of
performance provide turbulent environments with high uncertainty and
ambiguity, innovation networks in complex social systems typically show
characteristics such as multi-scale interactions with high contingency
emergent behaviour, pattern formation, and self-organisation. IRU’s
research deals with governance issues of innovation networks in complex
systems. Most projects combine a conceptual framework of complexity science
and social systems theory with computational methods such as network
agent-based modelling and social simulation. Successful candidates need
with a project idea fitting this framework.
The advertised positions at IRU (UCD Innovation Research Unit,
http://casl.ucd.ie/iru) are funded by UCD´s Vice-President for Research. IRU
works in an environment that will commission independent, multidisciplinary
research focused on the broad role, drivers and impacts of innovation.
advance knowledge of a broad definition of innovation through high-quality,
independent research which is fully engaged with policy and practitioner
communities. It will ensure the maximum impact of new knowledge on
practice and develop capacity, in terms of people, data and methods, for
research and knowledge exchange. Successful candidates need to engage fully
with the mission of IRU and assist in establishing the unit.
Since IRU is an interdisciplinary research environment, any disciplinary
background of the PhD candidates are welcome. We are looking for excellent
candidates from the natural and social sciences with an interest in
empirical research and modelling activities for complex systems, in our case
innovation systems. A sound background in research methods using both,
quantitative (prominently social network analysis and agent-based
and qualitative methods is mandatory though UCD offers the possibility for
starting PhDs with a bachelor degree.
Organisational skills, love for detail, and social competence would be
very good written and oral English, and permanent residence in
In addition to the superior payment, this positions provide the
work in an international research team doing cutting-edge innovation
The successful candidates will enrol in the new PhD Programme “Complex
Systems and Computational Social Science” at UCD and will receive a PhD
adapted to the disciplinary area of their main supervisors which can be
natural or from the social sciences.
Applications should include an up-to-date CV and a cover letter and can
by email (pdf or doc files). Further requests for information before
formal application are welcome.
Please send your application via email until 15/03/2009 to:
firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to your submission.
Prof. Dr. Petra Ahrweiler
Professor of Technology and Innovation Management UCD Innovation
Research Unit (IRU) Complex Adaptive Systems Laboratory CASL University
8 Belfield Office Park
Phone: +353 1 716 5367
Fax: +353 1 716 5396
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