Vacancy: Post-docs or late-PhD scholarship – Leuphana University of Lüneburg


Professor Lynn Martin and her colleague Matthias Wenzel have acquired funding from the European Fund for Regional Development to investigate dynamics of time and space in public accelerator programmes in Northern Germany. We are able to hire a post-doc for two years (a parttime position) and would be very keen to find someone with a strong interest in practice theories, discourses, and entrepreneurship studies. It is not require to relocate to Lüneburg, however, for empirical reasons, a high-level proficiency in German is a must. The position could also be taken up by someone in the final stages of their PhD.

Post-docs or late-PhD scholars (m/f/d) within the project “Accelerating Regional Development & Innovation: A Co-creative Approach”
(salary group EG 13 TV-L)

starting as soon as possible for a fixed term until June 30, 2022 (subject to the final funding acceptance). This project is conducted by the Professorship for Organization Studies and the Assistant Professorship for Cultural Entrepreneurship.

“Acceleration” has become a contemporary feature of modern societies and economic systems. Among others, this becomes manifest in the current pandemic crisis, which—as an outcome of an accelerated society—has tapered at a tearing pace. The founding of “accelerators” can be seen as a response to this Zeitgeist. Accelerators are organizations that foster the growth and survival of early-stage ventures through measures and offers such as coaching, mentoring, workshops, and networking with investors. With such measures, accelerators potentially act as catalysts of the regions within which they are anchored in that they accelerate regional development through the support of innovative startups.
In this sense, the project “Accelerating Regional Development & Innovation” aims to generate insights into the following overarching question: How is “acceleration” for regional development and innovation understood and performed in accelerators? The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the federal state of Lower Saxony. It pursues a “co-creative approach” by which regionally anchored accelerators from Lower Saxony are included in knowledge generation.

Your tasks:

  • The tasks of this position relate to the scientific realization of the project. They include:
  • Investigating relevant literature
  • Collecting and analyzing qualitative data
  • Writing and/or coauthoring internationally competitive research articles
  • The preparation, co-hosting, and post-processing of workshops and events

Your profile:

  • Completed academic university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) with a focus on management, organization, strategy, entrepreneurship, or another related field
  • Interest in advanced areas of entrepreneurship and organization research such as entrepreneurship/strategy as practice, entrepreneurship/strategy as discourse and lifestyle, temporality, space, and ecosystems
  • Experience in the collection and analysis of qualitative data
  • Affinity for and experience in the conceptualization and realization of networking activities with researchers and practitioners
  • Knowledge about and relations with the national and international scientific community
  • Very good written and oral communication in German and English
  • Decision-making competence and capacity for teamwork
  • Initial publication experience is desirable

We offer:

  • A dynamic work environment within a research-intensive team
  • Flexible and family-friendly working hours
  • Internal and external CPD courses
  • University sports and health promotion measures
  • Employer-funded pension

For further information and to apply please click here.


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