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|Job Title||Early Stage Researcher (PhD candidate) - Legitimizing innovation ecosystem orchestration|
|Career level||[not specified]|
|Desired education level||Advanced Degree|
|Salary||Estimated to 43,920.00 euros – additional family allowance based on personal circumstances may apply|
ABOUT THE POSITION
The PhD position is part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action ‟European Training Network for InduStry Digital Transformation across Innovation Ecosystems” (EINST4INE), coordinated by RMIT Europe. EINST4INE project aims to develop new concepts, approaches and methods in the area of digital transformation and brings together a unique group of world-leading experts in the areas of Open Innovation, Industry 4.0, digital transformation and innovation ecosystems.
EINST4INE six academic beneficiaries will recruit altogether 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) working in the domain of industrial digital transformation who will meet regularly via a coordinated exchange programme organised across the international network, comprising secondments, visits, training events, workshops, and summer schools. The successful candidate will be based at LUT University (Lappeenranta, Finland) and enrolled in a PhD programme in this institution.
PHD PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Legitimizing innovation ecosystem orchestration
Innovation ecosystems refer to diverse collectives of actors that are together creating a joint value proposition or contributing jointly to a specific offering via variety of complementary and innovative activities. Orchestrator - the entity coordinating the ecosystem – often needs to persuade and facilitate other actors to adopt new solutions, provide them with resources and practices, or otherwise engage actors into new activities. This creates challenges for legitimizing the orchestration as an activity as well as legitimacy challenges related to the orchestrator and the overall ecosystem. This PhD project focuses on these challenges and examines the ways in which an orchestrator creates the necessary legitimacy to coordinate the emergence and growth of innovation ecosystems. The PhD project will involve hands-on industrial collaboration, data collection and training among industrial partners.
Innovation management, Strategic management, Marketing and branding, Entrepreneurship
EINST4INE research programs involve comprehensive, independent research under the supervision of an expert supervising team. For the current position, these are:
Ideal candidates should have an interest and motivation to study management and coordination of innovation ecosystems, interorganizational networks and inter-firm relationships in general. Background in setting up or coordinating innovation ecosystems, other type of collaborative structures or new ventures is likely to be useful in understanding the challenges involved in legitimization challenges of innovation ecosystems and their orchestration. Backgrounds in marketing, branding or in (project) management are also considered as assets. Furthermore, skills in qualitative research methods are appreciated.
Candidates should have a master’s degree in Business (e.g. Management, Marketing, or Entrepreneurship), Industrial Engineering and Management, or a related field. A completed master’s degree is required to apply. However, we may also consider applicants who are in the final stages of their master’s degree while applying, but we will require a completed and awarded degree at the time of starting the employment (the degree must be completed latest during August 2021).
ELIGIBILITY AND KEY SELECTION CRITERIA
To be eligible, you need to be an “Early Stage Researcher”, simultaneously fulfil the following criteria at the time of recruitment:
Key selection criteria:
The positions adhere to the European policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Both men and women are encouraged to apply.
In Finland doctoral studies take 4 years. To cover the whole 48 months studies, we offer a 12+36-months full-time work contract, starting from 1st September 2021. The position will be based in Lappeenranta and international travel are foreseen. The work will start with a six- month trial period.
For the first 36 months, the remuneration, in line with the European Commission rules for Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant holders, will consists of a salary augmented by a mobility allowance, resulting in a gross monthly salary of about 3,660.00 euros. Taxes and net salary 2021 depend on applicant’s incomes prior to moving to Finland. On 2022, the net income is roughly 2,450.00 euros per month without other income. In case applicant is entitled to family allowance, the gross salary will be increased of about 416 euros per month. The last 12 months the remuneration will be funded by LUT University. The remuneration will remain at the same level as it was during the first 36 months.
The ESRs will be involved in a Marie Skłodowska-Curie network with excellent opportunities for scientific and personal development. These include:
Applicants will be selected on their potential for scientific excellence and adaptability to work in a multicultural environment. Recruitment will be a transparent, open and equal process following the guidelines of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. Carefully read the guidelines before applying. NB: the recruitment and interview process for this position is specific to EINST4INE project. Still, applicants should make sure they comply with the recruiting institution conditions.
The application must be submitted online, together with the following supporting documents (in English):
The data of the applicant will be collected for the sole purpose of the selection procedure, such as described in Grant Agreement No. 956745 - Horizon 2020 EINST4INE. The candidate may refer to RMIT EU (coordinator) in order to exercise her/his rights under art. 15 – 22 Reg. (EU) 2016/679.