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University of Passau / Chair of Organisation, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship / Postdoctoral Researcher (with the opportunity for habilitation)


The University of Passau owes its strong visibility and good repute to excellent research, innovative teaching and its tight-knit international academic networks. Some 11,000 students from 100 countries and more than 1,300 staff study and work on our University campus, which is located a stone’s throw from the historical Old Town of Passau and combines state-of-the art technical infrastructure with award-winning architecture. Internationally successful hightech companies and a vibrant start-up scene, coupled with a rich culture and Lower Bavarian traditions, give Passau and the surrounding area a special appeal that makes it a great place to live and work.

The Chair of Organisation, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (Professor Carolin Häussler) at the University of Passau invites applications for the position of

Postdoctoral Researcher
(with the opportunity for habilitation)

to start at the earliest convenience, but not later than 1 September 2024.

This is an 0.75 full-time equivalent position, based on a fixed-term contract valid for a period of three years, with the option of renewal and extension to a full-time position. Remuneration is in accordance with pay grade E13 of the German public-sector collective agreement, TV-L; the salary step depends on your qualifications and experience.

The project

The project in the field "Science of Science" investigates how different forms of competition shape the behaviour of researchers and ultimately influence the nature of research, collaboration and research progress. It is part of the DFG Research Unit (FOR 5234) "Multiple Competition in Higher Education", which consists of members from numerous universities and research institutions. Within the framework of the interdisciplinary network (economics, business administration and sociology), coordinated support is provided for early career researchers, offering attractive conditions for further academic qualification.

What we seek

  • You are a highly motivated and passionate researcher who has completed (or is about to complete) a doctoral degree in innovation, applied economics or a field relevant to the project.
  • You have demonstrated outstanding research potential through excellent doctoral research, and enjoy working in diverse and interdisciplinary teams.
  • Very good analytical skills and a keen interest in questions related to the science of science and innovation.
  • Willingness to proactively participate in the development of ambitious quantitative empirical research projects and to publish in leading academic journals. Prior experience with empirical-quantitative research methods would be advantageous.
  • Ability to work in a team, open-mindedness, and the motivation to work on a research project independently, diligently and under pressure.
  • Excellent spoken and written English language skills.
  • Knowledge of German would be advantageous but is not a requirement.

What we offer you

  • A dynamic and international environment, with research and travel budget.
  • The opportunity to pursue a postdoctoral qualification at a renowned German university and as part of a strong team with research activities that are recognised at the highest international level (see www.wiwi.uni-passau.de/en/organisation).
  • Membership in the interdisciplinary Research Unit 5234 “Multiple Competition in Higher Education” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
  • You will participate regularly in international conferences, become integrated into an international research network and contribute to the discourse on “science of science”.
  • Excellent infrastructure on one of the most beautiful university campuses in Germany.

Job-sharing arrangements may be possible, depending on the number of suitable candidates. The University of Passau wishes to increase the proportion of its female staff and expressly encourages women to apply for the position.

This position is suitable for candidates with disabilities. Those who are registered disabled are given preference over non-disabled applicants who do not otherwise have statutory preferential status if their overall personal aptitudes, skills and qualifications are equal.

If you have any further questions about this position, please contact Professor Carolin Häussler by e-mail (carolin.haeussler@uni-passau.de)

To apply, please send your full application (including motivation letter, CV, and school, training and work certificates as well as a job market paper, if available) as a single pdf file to carolin.haeussler@uni-passau.de. You can apply at any time, as we will be accepting applications until the position is filled. We will start reviewing received applications on 15 June 2024. E-mailed applications are kept on file for up to six months after the conclusion of the appointment procedure, whereupon they are deleted from our systems.

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