Monday, July 21, 2014

PhD Positions at INGENIO in Valencia Related to Higher Education and Innovation Studies

Español: Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Photo: Wikipedia)
by Higher Education Development Association:

INGENIO, a joint research centre of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), has two new doctoral positions available for commencement in early 2015.

INGENIO is a research institute focusing on the analysis of science and technology policies, innovation and research systems.

It has a staff of over 30 researchers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds including economics, sociology, physics, medicine, engineering and management studies.

Each scholarship includes a fees exemption, an annual salary and social security entitlements. The possibility to apply for additional funding to cover the cost of international stays of up to three months per year is also associated with each PhD scholarship.

Two PhD candidates will be linked to two existing INGENIO projects:

Project PrestEnce Spain: The Spanish University from Prestige to Excellence. An International Comparison

The concept of “excellence” is progressively gaining ground as the legitimate and final justification of the teaching and research activities carried out at universities.

Excellence has become an objective of university policies in many countries, including Spain. This objective is pursued through the definition of sets of indicators, which are intended to measure the performance of academic organizations.

Such indicators are typically synthesized in a single measure allowing for the construction of national and international “rankings”, which are becoming a standard performance measure.

This is the case for both formal evaluations and informal assessments, carried out by individuals, political authorities and potential customers, interested in the performance of an academic organization.

This way of assessing excellence contrasts sharply with the assessments of prestige based on the social circulation of reputational judgments that have traditionally been used by academic communities.

PrestEnce Spain researchers include Carolina CañibanoJordi Molas and Inmaculada Vilardell Riera (UAB). Read more about the project here

Essential criteria for applicants include:
  • A Bachelor’s degree completed after January 1st, 2011.
  • Willingness to undertake research visits of up to three months in other countries
  • A proven capacity to write and interact in English. A high level (C1or C2) will be highly regarded.
  • A high level of Spanish that guarantees the candidate’s capacity to undertake qualitative research tasks in Spanish institutions, including conducting interviews, transcribing, and analysing Spanish language documents.
Desirable criteria for applicants include:
  • An undergraduate degree in economics, sociology, education, or related social sciences
  • A strong interest in qualitative research methods
  • A working knowledge of French will be highly regarded
  • A Master’s degree

Project EXTRA: Scientific excellence and knowledge transfer, two riding together? Organisational factors, individual antecedents and societal impact

The main objective of this project is to investigate the conditions that favour the joint realization of scientific excellence and knowledge transfer among scientific researchers.

The premise of the project is that a better understanding of the complementarities between excellence and knowledge transfer will contribute to enhancing the economic and societal impact of publicly funded scientific research.

While there has been a significant amount of research on whether the pursuit of societal impact in academic research is detrimental or beneficial to research excellence, empirical studies have produced largely mixed and conflicting results.

Therefore, the relationship between scientific excellence and knowledge transfer remains an open-ended research question, as well as a highly pressing topic within science and public policy agendas.

EXTRA researchers include Pablo D’Este and Ismael Rafols. Read more about the project here

Essential criteria for applicants include:
  • A Bachelor’s degree completed after January 1st, 2011.
  • Willingness to undertake research visits of up to three months in other countries
  • A highly developed understanding of quantitative research methods and data analysis
Desirable criteria for applicants include:
  • A proven capacity to write and interact in English. A high level (C2) will be particularly highly regarded.
  • Experience in quantitative data analysis
  • Background in innovation studies or related fields
  • Proven interest in mixed method (quantitative and qualitative) analyses
  • A Master’s degree


Formal applications for the PhD scholarships must be made online, through the framework of the Spanish National Program for Training of Researchers (FPI program), with the call for applications expected in September 2014.

It is essential that interested candidates contact INGENIO to express their interest to apply for these positions prior to this date. INGENIO will support a small number of pre-selected candidates though the centralised FPI application process.

Potential candidates are requested to send a brief expression of interest, including a copy of their academic transcript and a CV to Irene Dede. Expressions of interest should specify the preferred project and include current contact details.

Complete information about the projects, positions and application procedure can be accessed here.

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