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Leib­niz-Insti­tut für Raum­be­zo­gene Sozi­al­for­schung (IRS)

Das Leib­niz-Insti­tut für Raum­be­zo­gene Sozi­al­for­schung ist ein inter­na­tio­nal aner­kann­ter For­schungs­part­ner und besetzt zen­trale Kom­pe­tenz­fel­der der sozi­al­wis­sen­schaft­li­chen Raum­for­schung in Europa. Sein Auf­trag ist die Erfor­schung der Trans­for­ma­tion und Steue­rung von Städ­ten und Regio­nen aus sozi­al­wis­sen­schaft­li­chen Per­spek­ti­ven.

Posi­tion as an Early-Stage Rese­ar­cher
Euro­pean Trai­ning Net­work RurAc­tion

Work­ing field:

RurAc­tion is an inte­gra­ted rese­arch and doc­to­rate pro­gramme fun­ded by the Euro­pean Union in the Hori­zon 2020 Marie Sklo­dow­ska-Curie ITN Action. RurAc­tion reco­gni­zes a lack of know­ledge and cross-sec­to­ral trai­nings at the inter­sec­tion of rural deve­lop­ment, social inno­va­tion and social entre­pre­neurship rese­arch. It addres­ses this gap by sys­te­ma­ti­cally inte­gra­ting these three fields of rese­arch. RurAc­tion offers a uni­que oppor­tu­nity to 10 Early-Stage Rese­ar­chers to inves­ti­gate highly rele­vant topics about social inno­va­tions and social entre­pre­neurship in rural regi­ons. The 10 Early-Stage Rese­ar­chers will bene­fit from trans­na­tio­nal high qua­lity trai­nings, brin­ging toge­ther both aca­de­mic edu­ca­tion and prac­tical skills trai­nings pro­vi­ded by social ent­er­pri­ses with great exper­tise in inno­va­tive rural deve­lop­ment. The enrol­ment as PhD stu­dents in the cont­ri­bu­ting uni­ver­si­ties enables the ESRs to cont­ri­bute to their insti­tu­tio­na­li­zed PhD cour­ses, com­ple­men­tary to the RurAc­tion trai­nings.
One posi­tion for the ESR 9-pro­ject:
The impact of inno­va­tive solu­ti­ons on regio­nal dis­cour­ses and the per­cep­tion of rural deve­lop­ment
Begin­ning in March/April 2019 until Sep­tem­ber 2020

Aims: Con­trary to the ESR 3-pro­ject, ESR 9 does not look back to dis­cour­ses prior to, but par­al­lel to the imple­men­ta­tion and the spread of the inno­va­tive approa­ches. It will be exami­ned in how far the imple­men­ta­tion of inno­va­tive approa­ches trig­gers media res­pon­ses, how they are por­trayed in the reports, and how approa­ches of pro­blem sol­ving are dis­cur­si­vely fur­ther pro­ces­sed in the respec­tive regi­ons. Fur­ther­more, it will be inves­ti­ga­ted in how far resi­dents are aware of such inno­va­tive approa­ches to solu­ti­ons and how they per­ceive poten­ti­als for the deve­lop­ment of their region. A qua­li­ta­tive dis­course ana­ly­sis (regio­nal news­pa­per arti­cles) and qua­li­ta­tive inter­views with selec­ted regio­nal resi­dents and deci­sion makers will be con­duc­ted for the Mid-West (IE), the Ucker­mark (DE) and the Mühl­vier­tel (AT). ESR 3 and ESR 9 will work as a tan­dem, i.e. they exch­ange empi­ri­cal fin­dings and jointly dis­cuss results.
Rele­vant sub­jects to be cove­red in the cumu­la­tive dis­ser­ta­tion employ­ing qua­li­ta­tive and/or quan­ti­ta­tive methods of empi­ri­cal social sci­ence include but are not strictly limi­ted to the fol­lo­wing:
  • Impact of regio­nally imple­men­ted inno­va­tion and entre­pre­neurship prac­tices on regio­nal dis­cour­ses
  • Emer­gence of orga­niza­t­io­nal fields lin­ked to the regio­nally imple­men­ted inno­va­tion and entre­pre­neurship prac­tices
  • The inter­play bet­ween (chan­ges in) insti­tu­tio­nal logics regio­nally imple­men­ted inno­va­tion and entre­pre­neurship prac­tices
  • Mul­ti­le­vel ana­ly­sis of the inter­de­pen­dence bet­ween resour­ces for and legi­ti­macy of regio­nally imple­men­ted inno­va­tion and entre­pre­neurship prac­tices
  • Sca­ling regio­nally imple­men­ted niche inno­va­tions to regime-level chan­ges
  • Ana­ly­sis of place-based insti­tu­ti­ons rele­vant for regio­nally imple­men­ted inno­va­tion and entre­pre­neurship prac­tices
  • Com­pa­ra­tive ana­ly­sis of regio­nally imple­men­ted inno­va­tion prac­tices bet­ween inter­na­tio­nal con­texts (Aus­trian, Greece, Irish and Polish case regi­ons) and bet­ween cor­po­rate and social entre­pre­neurship

Super­vi­sor: The sci­en­ti­fic super­vi­sor will be selec­ted accord­ing to the disci­pline of the can­di­date. The prac­tical super­vi­sor is Mar­tin Hol­li­netz and prac­tical co-super­vi­sor is Wolf­gang Mader (Otelo eGen).

Insti­tu­tio­nal affi­lia­tion: The hol­der of the post will be enrol­led as a PhD stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of his/her sci­en­ti­fic super­vi­sor. Second­ments will take place at Bal­ly­houra Deve­lop­ment Lt (1-3 months, Ire­land) and Social Impact (1-3 months, Ger­many).


Rese­ar­cher career pro­file
  • At the core of the MSCA-ITNs is rese­ar­cher mobi­lity. The recrui­ted Early Stage Rese­ar­chers (ESRs) must not have resi­ded or car­ried out his/her main activity in the coun­try he/she will be employed for more than 12 months in the 3 years imme­dia­tely prior to the recruit­ment date.
  • Can­di­da­tes must be in the early stage of their rese­arch career (first four years, full time equi­va­lent) and not in pos­ses­sion of a doc­to­ral degree.
  • Strong inte­rest in social inno­va­tion, social entre­pre­neurship and inter­di­sci­pli­nary col­la­bo­ra­tion. There will be a lot of pos­si­bi­li­ties to get good insights in Otelo eGen and in the prac­tical work of an inte­res­ting and inno­va­tive social busi­ness.
  • Strong moti­va­tion to work in a coope­ra­tive and fle­xi­ble team envi­ron­ment.
  • Be pre­pa­red to tra­vel and ful­fill secon­de­ments in two coun­tries (Ger­many and Ire­land).
  • The fel­low should cont­ri­bute to the out­reach of the pro­ject, espe­cially by: 1. par­ti­ci­pa­tion in publi­ca­ti­ons in high ran­ked jour­nals, ela­bo­ra­tion of the plan­ned prac­tice hand­book and policy briefs, 2. active par­ti­ci­pa­tion at sci­en­ti­fic con­fe­ren­ces, policy Work­shops etc. at natio­nal and EU level and the pre­pa­ra­tion of the plan­ned exhi­bi­tion, 3. par­ti­ci­pa­tion in media com­mu­ni­ca­tion, crea­tion of a photo and video diary as a form of rese­arch auto-refle­xi­vity and a docu­men­tary film and in sprea­ding pro­ject infor­ma­tion on EU level using Euro­pean Com­mis­si­ons' com­mu­ni­ca­tion tools
  • Mas­ter degree, pre­fe­r­a­bly in social sci­en­ces
  • Excel­lent social skills and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and inter­cul­tu­ral sen­si­ti­vity
  • Flu­ency in Eng­lish lan­guage (writ­ten and oral)
  • Good working know­ledge in Ger­man lan­guage
  • Theo­re­ti­cal back­ground in social sci­en­ces with a focus on entre­pre­neurship, inno­va­tion and regio­nal deve­lop­ment - Ability to work in a rese­arch team and expe­ri­ence in field work
  • Expe­ri­en­ces in dis­course ana­ly­sis and qua­li­ta­tive inter­views

What we of­fer:

The posi­tion offers:
  • Excel­lent insti­tu­tio­nal envi­ron­ment, a sti­mu­la­ting high pro­file rese­arch pro­gram with inter­na­tio­nal focus.
  • Oppor­tu­nity to carve out and popu­late your own niche in the sci­en­ti­fic dis­course
  • Strong poten­tial for fur­ther deve­lo­ping a strong publi­ca­tion record
  • Inter­na­tio­nal expe­ri­ence in diverse aca­de­mic insti­tu­ti­ons
  • Men­to­ring by lea­ding experts in the field
  • Mea­su­res for career deve­lop­ment oppor­tu­nities (trai­ning pro­gram, second­ments).
  • Salary cor­re­spon­ding to MSCA-ITN 2016 Euro­pean Trai­ning Net­work (inclu­ding living, mobi­lity and family allo­wan­ces).
  • full-time con­tract until the end of Sep­tem­ber 2020

How to ap­ply:

App­li­cants are requested to send their app­li­ca­tion in Eng­lish with the refe­rence num­ber RurAc­tion ESR 9 until Janu­ary 24th 2019 as a PDF file (max. 4MB) to The app­li­ca­tion shall com­prise a let­ter of moti­va­tion (at least one page), a cur­ri­cu­lum vitae, copies of diplo­mas and lan­guage skills, a tran­script of records (if app­lica­ble), two nomi­na­ted refe­rees that can be con­tac­ted and a chap­ter of the Mas­ter The­sis or a paper or a publi­ca­tion in Eng­lish (if app­lica­ble).