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Research Associate (Post-Doc, 100%) Educational Sciences / Psychology in the transdisciplinary research project "Futurisation of Politics" at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Postdam, Germany
> Job start: As soon as possible. Application deadline: 19 February 2017.

Within the IASS, the interdisciplinary research project Futurisation of Politics focuses on questions of long-term time horizons and sustainable practice in politics, society and economy. Thereby the formation of individual as well as collective abilities for future orientation is of central importance. While prevalent as image, implication and time scale in national and international politics, the future is rarely an explicit and reflected upon part of political decision making and public debate. Against this background, the research project studies future orientation and ideas, the influence of time and change, among other things in educational settings. Besides the educational sciences approach, the project contains political science, economic and philosophical perspectives.

German and English applications are welcome.

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r4d Synthese Coordinator
> Start: March 2017. Application deadline: 28 February 2017.

The Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme) is a joint funding scheme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) focusing on reducing poverty and global risks, and contributing to global sustainable development. Synthesis products are to be elaborated based on the research results generated in the more than 40 ongoing transnational partnership projects.
For the implementation of the synthesis work, we are seeking as of March 2017 or per agreement a
Synthesis coordinator
The position is offered as an ad personam mandate for a period of 4 years. The overall budget for this mandate is CHF 150’000 and the mean workload is 15 % with more working hours required at the beginning of the mandate.

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4-year PhD programme at the University of Edinburgh : Disruptive influence? The role of interdisciplinarity in training the next generation of researchers
> Start: September 2017. Application deadline: 28 February 2017.

Funding is available to support a four-year (1+3) PhD programme at the University of Edinburgh covering fees (at the UK/EU rate) and an annual stipend of £14,000 from September 2017

PhD topic: Disruptive influence? The role of interdisciplinarity in training the next generation of researchers

Host institution: Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS), in the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh in partnership with OPTIMA, the Centre for Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging (based at the Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde).

Summary statement of topic
In the UK, the Research Councils are increasingly supporting PhD training through a mechanism termed ‘Centres for Doctoral Training’ (CDTs). These centres seek to bring together diverse areas of expertise in order to create new working cultures, build relationships between teams in universities and forge links with industry. In many of these CDTs, doctoral study remains circumscribed within the social sciences, natural sciences or medicine, while others are co-funded by more than one research council and place great emphasis on interdisciplinary projects that work across different disciplinary domains.

This study will examine the impact of this doctoral funding mechanism on PhD students and their supervisors. Specifically, it will identify the range of interdisciplinary experiences and environments offered by the CDTs. The study will develop a series of case studies to assess the influence that interdisciplinary CDTs are having on the research community and other stakeholders.

The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop the project according to their own interests and expertise.

The first supervisor will be Catherine Lyall who is a Professor of Science and Public Policy in the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science. Her recent research focus has been on the promotion and management of interdisciplinary research (e.g. Lyall et al., 2011) and on the evaluation of non-academic research impacts.

A second supervisor will be appointed during the first year and there will be close involvement from OPTIMA colleagues in order to facilitate access.

Candidates from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply, they are expected to have an excellent undergraduate degree in either the social or natural sciences and a strong interest in and/or experience of interdisciplinary research.

The studentship will cover fees (at the UK/EU rate) and an annual stipend of £14,000 from September 2017. Non UK/EU applicants are eligible however they must be able to fund the additional fees at the international level.

To be considered for this studentship an application for the MSc by Research Science and Technology Studies must have been submitted by 28 February 2017.

To apply visit or email c.notexisting@nodomain.comlyall@ed.notexisting@nodomain.comac.notexisting@nodomain.comuk

Leiterin / Leiter Wissens- und Technologietransfer // Chargé-e du transfert de connaissances et de technologies
> Stellenantritt: 1. Juni 2017. Bewerbungsschluss: 24. März 2017.

Das Nationale Forschungsprogramm "Nachhaltige Wirtschaft" (NFP 73) sucht eine Leiterin / einen Leiter Wissens-und Technologietransfer

Für die Konzeption, Planung und Umsetzung der Massnahmen im Bereich Wissens-und Technologietransfer vergibt jedes NFP ein Mandat ad personam.
Für das NFP 73 suchen wir ab 1. Juni 2017 eine Leiterin / einen Leiter Wissens- und Technologietransfer.



Le Programme national de recherche "Economie durable" (PNR 73) cherche un-e chargé-e du transfert de connaissances et de technologies

Chaque PNR attribue un mandat ad personam pour la conception, la planification et la mise en œuvre des mesures de transfert de connaissances et de technologies.
Nous recherchons pour le PNR 73 une chargée ou un chargé du transfert de connaissances et de technologies, à partir du 1er juin 2017. Les candidatures doivent parvenir jusqu'au 24 mars 2017.

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The National Research Programme "Sustainable Economy" (NRP 73) advertises mandate for head of knowledge transfer

Each NRP elects a head of Knowledge and Technology Transfer (KTT) whose task it is to devise, plan and implement the knowledge and technology transfer measures to be taken within the scope of the NRP.
NRP 73 is looking for a head of Knowledge and Technology Transfer starting in June 2017. Applications are to be submitted until 24 March 2017 the latest.

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