CDM – PhD Position in Economics of Innovation

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The Chair of Innovation and Intellectual Property Policy at the College of Management of Technology (CDM) at Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, offers a 4-year, fully funded position for a PhD student.

The successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of Prof. de Rassenfosse ( ) on a project funded by the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (MSCA-ITN-POLISS). This project involves studying various empirical aspects related to innovation policy in Europe, with a focus on smart specialization.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in economics or finance (advanced master from a leading university preferred) and a keen interest in innovation studies. Candidates who lack such a background will be expected to complete the Gerzensee doctoral programme. Exceptional candidates with a MSc in a related discipline (physics, mathematics, management, etc.) will also be considered. The start date is 15 September, 2020.

Submission procedure

Please submit a one-page cover letter, record of transcripts, CV and contact details of three referees to Prof. de Rassenfosse at . Candidates who are then formally encouraged to apply will be expected to submit their applications to the EDMT doctoral school , which involves submitting GRE and TOEFL test scores. The deadline for submissions is 15 January and 15 April, 2020.

We offer

  • Excellent working conditions: an innovative and competitive atmosphere, modern equipped working areas and an environment that promotes access to the world’s best scientists.
  • Individual and intensive supervision of your PhD project.
  • Mentors committed to your long-term success in academia.
  • Full financial support, including travel money and computing equipment.
  • Integration into a vibrant PhD program developed as part of the Innovative Training Networks.

About EPFL and CDM

EPFL is a research-intensive university in Lausanne, Switzerland, that specialises in physical sciences and engineering. EPFL is widely regarded as one of the world-leading universities.

The CDM has an aligned focus on research and teaching in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation studies with close ties to engineering and technology. See for more information.

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