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Postdoc on Innovation Policy in China


The Department of Organization invites applications for a postdoc position within the field of STS and organization studies. The position (research and teaching) is funded for a period of 2 years and 3 months. The successful candidate must take up the position before the end of 2020 and be willing to spend 6 months in China. Candidates should not previously have received postdoc funding from the Sino-Danish Centre.

The postdoc position is linked to the collaborative research project “Isomorphic differences: familiarity and distinctiveness in national science and innovation policies” funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The postdoc has a special focus on current Chinese science and innovation policy, organizational initiatives and the global travel of policy ideas and practices. We are interested in someone who can study this topic from a sociology of science and technology (STS) or organization studies perspective; conduct comparative analysis of policy documents and statements, institutional structures and initiatives, and the perspectives of key actors; investigate a selected “big science” collaboration in China; help explore the similarities and differences between Chinese science and innovation policy and those of the USA and Denmark. The scholarship requires the candidate to conduct empirical fieldwork in China, but also to be willing to stay for the main part of the scholarship in the Copenhagen area.

The 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 position comprise undergraduate teaching and supervision in subjects such as organization theory, organizational analysis, political economy and qualitative methods.

The post doc is a non-tenured position which entails 2/3 research obligation and 1/3 teaching.


The applicant must hold a PhD or the equivalent. In assessing applications, particular emphasis will be placed on the research potential of the candidate. The candidate’s research interests should be relevant to the job description.

The applicant must have professional proficiency in English (written and spoken) and preferably also be able to speak Chinese.

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, e-mail: ai.ioa@cbs.dk. Information about the department may be found at www.cbs.dk/ioa.  

Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.

Application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.

Applications must include:

  1. A summary of the candidate’s main strengths and abilities.
  2. A five-page project proposal (excl. bibliography) concerning research plans for the next two and a quarter years.
  3. A complete, numbered list of publications (indicating titles, co-authors, page numbers and year) with an * marking the academic productions to be considered during the review. A maximum of 5 publications for review are allowed. Applicants are requested to prioritise their publications in relation to the field of this job advertisement.
  4. With regard to publications marked with an *, only publications written in English or one of the Scandinavian languages will be taken into consideration.
  5. Information indicating experience in research management, teaching, industry co-operation and international co-operation.
  6. Documentation of relevant, significant, original research at an international level.
  7. Transcript of PhD degree and a full CV  

Recruitment procedure
The Recruitment Committee will shortlist a minimum of two applicants; if possible, five or more applicants will be shortlisted. The shortlisted applicants will be reviewed by an Assessment Committee. All applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application deadline.

The 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.

Closing date: August 6th, 2020

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 at www.cbs.dk.

Closing date: 6 August 2020.

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With some 20.422 full and part-time students, 644 full-time faculty members, 192 PhD and 724 administrative staff CBS is a unique business-oriented university with a full portfolio of Bachelor, Masters, MBA/EMBA, PhD and Executive programmes delivered in English and Danish. Our academic staff includes internationally-recognised experts in classical business disciplines as well as in philosophy, history, psychology, sociology, law, political science, information systems and culture.

The University welcomes applications from suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic background.



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2. Application form
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