Readvertisement: Postdoc on “Women in Science and Technology (WINST)"

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 16 Oct 2022

The Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI) at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is looking for a postdoc researcher. The postdoc position is limited to 3 years and connected to the project “Women in science and technology: career impediments and the child penalty” funded by Forte (Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare). Expected starting date around 1 January 2023. The starting date might be adjusted depending on when the right candidate is able to start.

About the project
Scientific progress and innovation is critical for sustainable growth and equitable welfare and societies cannot afford that certain groups of citizens become marginalized at innovative work. This project will address the loss of innovative and scientific potential due to underrepresentation of women in science and technology. Gender inequalities in the general labor market have been related to the fact that women must endure a higher share of domestic responsibilities than their partners, while coping with the demands of their working life. The Nordic countries have long recognized some of the difficult trade-offs, responding through the introduction of ‘family-friendly’ policies where parents could stay on paid parental leave. However, there are potential adverse consequences of parental leave in high-skilled and knowledge-intensive jobs, since workers in science and technology suffer from a “burden of knowledge” and the time away from the job can lead to quick depreciation of knowledge. The project leverages micro data compiled on inventive (Denmark, Finland and Sweden) and publication (Denmark and Sweden) efforts and connected to administrative (register) data on individuals. This unique source of data will allow us to understand what distinguishes careers in science and technology and how women’s careers differ from those of men.

About the position
The postdoc will become an integral part of the project, collaborating and co-authoring with a team of internationally recognized scholars based in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy and Sweden. Team members have all worked extensively on research questions associated with inventors and scientists and have substantial experience analyzing the role of gender in invention and science. The ideal candidate will be thinking of this position as a platform to acquire skills and to further build a strong research portfolio towards an academic career. The postdoc will assume a leading role in constructing, managing and econometrically analyzing large-scale datasets that combine micro data on inventions and publications with rich administrative registers across the Nordic countries. The daily workplace of the postdoc will be at the Copenhagen Business School. In order to maximize cross-institutional learning, researchers in the team will also work and interact across the Nordic countries, including shorter research stays at the participating universities.

You can find more information about the project and the team here:


  • Applicants must have completed, or be close to completing, a PhD in the areas of Economics, Management, or related fields of social science.
  • A strong quantitative research record and first-rate econometric skills.
  • Experience in working with large-scale databases.
  • An excellent academic record and work ethic.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills (both oral and written). Proficiency in English.
  • Enthusiasm for research is required.
  • Willingness to move to and live in Denmark.

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

The application must include:

  • Cover letter describing the motivations to join the project, experience with large datasets, and econometric skills.
  • Proof of qualifications and a full CV.
  • Any relevant information indicating experience in research management, industry co-operation and international cooperation.
  • A complete, numbered list of publications (indicating titles, co-authors, page numbers and year) with an * marking of the academic productions to be considered during the review. A maximum of 10 publications for review are allowed. Applicants are encouraged to prioritize their publications or working papers in relation to the field of this job advertisement.
  • Copies of the publications marked with an *. Only publications written in English will be taken into consideration.

Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see items above), by the application deadline.

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 assessed by the 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 his or her application.

About  the Department of Strategy and Innovation:
The Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI) is one of 11 departments within CBS. The number of staff at the department is approximately 90. This includes about 50 faculty members (professors, associate professors, and tenure track assistant professors), administrative staff, and 30 members of staff who are hired on temporary contracts as research assistants, post docs or PhD students.

SI’s ambition is to host an internationally leading environment for research and teaching in strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, and international business. The theoretical foundation for research in these areas is eclectic and cross-disciplinary, combining theoretical insights from strategy, international business, organizational theory, economics, sociology, psychology, and economic geography. Methodologically, the department places considerable emphasis on the solid application of empirical methods, featuring surveys, register data, experiments, and qualitative studies. Faculty members have published in top academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Management Science, Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Research Policy, among others.

For further information about the project and the position, please contact Professor H.C. Kongsted: . To find out more about the department go to .

Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Central Academic Organization. A small personal research budget for travel and conference participation will be available. Information about CBS as a workplace is available at .

Application due



CBS is a globally recognised business school with deep roots in the Nordic socio-economic model. We have a broad focus on business and societal challenges of the 21st century. As such we have a full portfolio of high-quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and education that has equipped generations of professionals and leaders in the private sector and beyond.

Located at Frederiksberg, Denmark, the school has approx. 21.000 full and part-time students, 760 full-time faculty members, 210 PhD students and 680 administrative staff, and a full portfolio of Bachelor, Master’s, MBA/EMBA, PhD and Executive programmes delivered in English and Danish.

Our global profile carries the obligation to develop the transformational capabilities of students, graduates and business leaders via our educational activities and opportunities for lifelong learning. Complex challenges call for joint action, and therefore our strategy focuses on strengthening current and starting new partnerships with other sciences, the business community, authorities and civil society.

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