CDM – PhD Position in Economics of Innovation

Updated: about 15 hours ago

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 (http://www.gder.info ) 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 iipp@epfl.ch . 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 http://cdm.epfl.ch for more information.


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