Postdoctoral Scholars in Economy and Society
University of Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law

1-2 Post-doctoral Scholars in Economy and Society

Diary id: PAR 2020/485
Employment level: Fixed term
Location: Department of Economy and Society
Apply by: 2020-06-08

The Department of Economy and Society at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg announces one or two positions as post-doctoral scholars located at the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.The department conducts education and research within three different subject areas; Economic History, Human Geography, and Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Asset. The different subjects within the department create possibilities to carry out interdisciplinary education and research.

The Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship conducts research and education in the field of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Assets. The subject area deals with innovation processes with a focus on entrepreneurship and intellectual assets. More specifically, it focuses on the different determinants of innovation processes, the actors involved, and the related social and economic consequences. The research on innovation and entrepreneurship aims to explain the correlation between, and to identify methods and strategies to promote, innovation and entrepreneurship in a societal and organizational perspective. Also the effects on individuals, organizations, businesses, institutions and knowledge due to innovation-related societal changes are analysed. The institute offers single subject courses at the Bachelor´s level, two Master´s programmes, and doctoral education. For further information about the institute, please  click here.

Subject area

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Assets

Subject area description

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Assets is a subject to analyse and explain innovation processes, their determinants and social and economic outcomes. Our subject area thus encompasses: The actors in innovation processes; Innovations as systems and the role of networks and institutions; The role of knowledge and learning in innovation processes; Particular characteristics of innovations in time and space; The management of intellectual capital space, such as the role of clusters; Social and economic outcomes of innovation; and The role of innovation policy

Job assignments

To further strengthen our research and teaching in the field of innovation, entrepreneurship and intellectual capital management, we seek to employ 1 to 2 candidates for post-doctoral scholars.

The position as post-doctoral research is primarily aimed towards giving individuals who  have recently received their PhD degree the possibility to develop their scientific skills through a concentration on research. The job assignment is primarily oriented towards engaging in research but can, at maximum 20% of the employment, also include teaching duties.

Professor McKelvey’s Distinguished Professors Programme, financed for 10 years by the Swedish Research Council is the research group, within which these PhD students will work. Including a group of scholars at the department and internationally, the PhD students will be part of her research programme on knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial ecosystems.This Distinguished Professor’s Program has three specific goals: 1) Conceptualize knowledge intensive entrepreneurial ecosystems; 2) Analyze empirically the dynamic relationships involving collective and individual action between knowledge intensive entrepreneurs (as individuals) and the surrounding institutions, firms and organizations; and 3) Explain changes in these knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial ecosystems over time.

In doing so, we study knowledge creation and knowledge transfer between firms and between firms and universities. We do so by studying empirical phenomena primarily within Sweden, and within these three industries: transportation industry (including electro-mobility, autonomous systems and AI), life sciences (including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medical technology) and sports / sports technology.

The post-doctoral scholars will work within Professor McKelvey’s Distinguished Research program, within different projects focused on transformation of the ecosystems over time and knowledge transfer. They will use advanced qualitative and quantitative methods. One project will develop a case study within “life sciences” of how knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial ecosystems are established and maintained as well as how the new types of engineering knowledge and networks are developed through collaboration. A second project will execute a survey and interview knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial firms and their external contacts, within a specified area of sports/sports-technology.

The research will include advanced methods as related to the theoretical literature in our subject area. In this research programme, the theories we use focus upon innovation and entrepreneurship from an evolutionary economics and Schumepterian perspectives on industrial dynamics, technology diffusion, public policy, digitalization and entrepreneurship. The work will involve the development and use of large-scale databases as well as qualitative case studies, and can also involve drawing out and presenting the implications for firms, universities and public policy makers.


We are looking for a person who has the following qualifications: 1) A PhD degree within the subject of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Assets or a related subject. For applicants with PhD degree and thesis specialization from a related subject, there will be an evaluation of the correspondence of the subject and if application, an evaluation of foreign degrees as to whether or not they correspond to the Swedish degree and subject. 2) A PhD degree awarded within 3 years from the deadline to apply for the position. Note that persons who have been awarded a PhD degree more than 3 years ago can also be evaluated as qualified, if there are particular reasons. Particular reasons include the following: leave of absence due to illness, duties in Swedish defense agencies, union representation, student associations, parental leave and similar situations.

Particularly important in the evaluation of the qualifications of the applicants is that they are currently active in research and innovation in innovation and entrepreneurship, with an evolutionary economics and Schumpeterian perspective on entrepreneurship and about relationships between university and industry.

The applicant should have demonstrated a high level of proficiency and documented experience of the research methods, which are relevant for the specific projects in this research program.

Personal suitability is of high importance for the appointment of employment. For the position it is important to have the ability to co-operate with colleagues in the larger research programme. You should be able to work independently as well as in a team. There will be an evaluation of the applicants’ ability to collaborate both internally and with external actors in order to be able to conduct the job assignments as considered qualified for the position.

Qualified is the person who masters English in speech and writing. Good mastery of Swedish is an added merit. For the post-doctoral scholar who has not mastered Swedish, they are expected to do so after two years.


The employment is a temporary employment during two years with an extent of 100 % of full time, located at the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Department of Economy and Society. The decision regarding employment as post-doctoral scholar is regulated by the collective employment agreement, “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor”. Starting date is 15 September 2020 or upon agreement.

Appointment procedure

During the selection process, we will use a variety of methods to select suitable candidate/s. We will evaluate all applications according to the specified criteria. For a selected few candidates, we will conduct interviews, check the references and evaluate the results of written assignments.

For further information regarding the position

Please contact:

Maureen McKelvey, Professor, +46-76-618-1442,


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

Please attach the following as part of the application:

  • CV
  • Personal letter
  • Max 2 pages letter of intent, which describes the applicant’s main goals with the position
  • Diploma/ degree certificate
  • PhD dissertation
  • Copies of articles, conference papers, book chapters and similar (Max 10)
  • Two letters of scientific references, including contact details
  • Other documents, important for the application

Please clearly state your social security/date of birth in the application, preferably in the CV and Cover Letter. Also clearly state the reference number to the recruitment case.


Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed three copies to:

University of Gothenburg
Department of Economy and Society
Att: Linda Malmhage
Box 625
405 30 Gothenburg

Closing date and all publications should be to the department no later than: 8 June, 2020

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

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