4-year Postdoc Position Academic Project Manager for the seizmic MSCA Doctoral Network

Copenhagen Business School
August 10, 2024
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Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is searching to hire an academic project manager (Postdoc) for the seizmic doctoral network, a 4-year interdisciplinary research project, funded by the MSCA Horizon 2020 programme. The position should ideally be filled by 1st October 2024 or as soon after that as possible. The Postdoc will support 15 PhD positions across nine European universities and coordinate their research into how to overcome the barriers to external scaling of social enterprises. The project manager will oversee the day-to-day management of the doctoral network, ensuring timely completion of project activities, milestones, and deliverables. The Postdoc will coordinate with PhD students and their supervisors, as well as their respective non-academic partners across multiple institutions, ensuring that each PhD student not only delivers high quality research, but also lives up to the MSCA requirements of mobility (via secondments at seizmic universities as well as secondments with non-academic partners). The Postdoc will interact primarily with the seizmic principal investigator, as well as the senior academics leading the diverse work packages.

In particular the project manager will:

  • manage project timelines, budgets, and resources.
  • ensure compliance with MSCA European Commission standards.
  • facilitate regular communication & meetings with PhDs and supervisors.
  • coordinate network training sessions (summer universities and virtual workshops).
  • implement risk mitigation strategies and contingency plans for potential delays.
  • engage with stakeholders, including policymakers, social entrepreneurs, and impact investors, to disseminate project findings and foster collaboration.
  • report project progress to the MSCA European Commission contact point.
  • In addition to acting as a project manager for the seizmic doctoral network the Postdoc will join in research efforts in collaboration with the PhDs and their supervisors. The Postdoc will also be able to continue work on their existent research interest and publications. The position can include a minor teaching load, that will negotiated in relation to the interest of the candidate.

    Research Objectives of the Doctoral Network

    The project will develop an interdisciplinary theoretical framework explaining the factors influencing SE scaling through replication and imitation.

  • It will evaluate the impact of social entrepreneurship business model design on scaling outcomes, combining quantitative and qualitative assessments. The focus is on identifying design competencies that facilitate scalability and examining how factors like social forecasting and impact measurement support scaling.
  • Furthermore, the project will investigate the intentions and actual outcomes of impact investors in supporting SE scaling in Europe. This involves longitudinal case studies to understand how impact investments contribute to scaling, replication, and imitation of SE initiatives, highlighting competencies needed by impact investors.
  • Next, the seizmic doctoral network will develop an interdisciplinary model for professional learning and curriculum development to enhance SE scaling. This includes training SE educators, conducting longitudinal trials of SE education, and assessing the role of feedback in supporting learning among social entrepreneurs, ultimately contributing to entrepreneurship education.
  • Finally, the network will propose and test a theoretical model on the role of digital ecosystems in SE scaling, exploring bottom-up creativity, digital data politics, and collaborative networks. This also involves training and implementing an AI model specialized in SE scaling to compare the effectiveness of AI and human mentoring, as well as combined mentoring approaches.
  • As indication of who you would be working with, please see below the list of all 15 doctoral positions and their respective host organizations:

    DC1: Schumpeterian Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing (CBS)

    DC2: Outcomes of Social Entrepreneurship Competencies (CBS)

    DC3: The Effectiveness of AI Mentoring in Enhancing SE Outcomes (CBS)

    DC4: Teaching social entrepreneurs through explicit and hidden curricula (CBS)

    DC5: Transparency and impact measurement in social business model design (Iceland)

    DC6: Feedback and mentoring in SE Education (Iceland)

    DC7: Maintaining 'Impact Fidelity' Throughout the Investment Lifecycle (Iceland)

    DC8: Exploring Innovative Social Business Models & Market Transformation (Napoli)

    DC9: Innovations at the Margin: Digital Ecosystems in Social Entrepreneurship (Napoli)

    DC10: Cross-sector Collaboration in Social Business Model Design (ESCP Berlin)

    DC11: AI's Role in Fostering Social Entrepreneurship in Innovation Ecosystems (Innsbruck)

    DC12: Impact Investment Strategies and Social Entrepreneurship Scaling (URV Taragona)

    DC13: Social foresight in social business model design (UPEC Paris)

    DC14: Quantitative Analysis of Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurship (Twente)

    DC15: Social Entrepreneurship Activation in Conflict Zones with a focus on Ukraine (Karazin Berlin/Ukraine)

    The Aurora European University Network

    An important advantage of the seizmic doctoral network is that many of its partners belong to the Aurora European University Alliance (https: // aurora- universities.eu/about/), an alliance of research-intensive universities financed by the European Union a Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Aurora is committed to equipping students with the skills and mindset to address key societal challenges through social entrepreneurship and innovation. Most SEIZMIC supervisors already know each other from developing (bachelor and master level) interdisciplinary social entrepreneurship courses for Aurora which they deliver in many cases jointly. This has created a close-knit community of interdisciplinary social entrepreneurship scholars, which we are certain will transfer into a highly collegial and effective doctoral network in which supervisors collaborate closely with each other across all Aurora partners. The seizmic project manager has access to the broader Aurora network and will be able to attend regular Aurora events (such as the biannual Aurora conference or any of the Aurora blended intensive programmes (BIP).

    Expected Qualifications

  • PhD or equivalent in a relevant field such as social entrepreneurship, business management, finance, education, or technology management.
  • Proven experience in managing large, interdisciplinary research projects (ideally European Commission projects).
  • Great organizational and communication skills, with the ability to manage multiple stakeholders.
  • Ambitious research experience , ideally with a publication pipeline that is relevant to the seizmic research focus.
  • Knowledge of social entrepreneurship and impact investing is highly desirable.
  • Experience in the application of AI and digital tools in social sciences will be considered an asset.
  • Online Information and Introduction Session:

    Candidates can sign up for two optional information and introduction session that will be held in the first week of August 2024:

  • virtually via MS Teams
  • in person at the AOM in Chicago
  • At these sessions we will present the seizmic doctoral network, the PostDoc project manager position, and the Aurora European University Network, as well as answer any questions to assist you in assessing if this position is a good fit for you. If you are interested in this info session, please register your interest here and you will receive an invitation as soon as the date has been set:

    https: // copenhagenbusiness.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV89b9SJ77bsrDIDc

    Participation in the info session is not mandatory and applicants who cannot attend are still explicitly encouraged to apply. We aim for the applicant to start by October 2024 or as soon after that as possible. The project will end in September 2028.

    Application Process:

    Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance's agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.


    Applications are to be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.

    Applications must include:

  • A cover letter with a summary of the candidate's main skills and abilities.
  • A complete, numbered list of publications (indicating titles, co-authors, page numbers and year) with a marking of the academic productions to be considered during the review. A maximum of 5 publications for review are allowed. Applicants are requested to prioritise their publications in relation to the field of this job advertisement.
  • Copies of the publications marked with a . Only publications written in English (or another specified principal language, according to research tradition) or one of the Scandinavian languages will be taken into consideration)
  • Information indicating experience in research management, industry co-operation and international co-operation.
  • Documentation of relevant, significant, original research at an international level.
  • Diplomas and Transcripts.
  • A full and updated CV
  • Recruitment procedure

    The Recruitment Committee will shortlist minimum two applicants; when possible five or more applicants will be shortlisted. The shortlisted applicants will be assessed by the Assessment Committee. All applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application deadline.

    The applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and later in the process about the result of the assessment.

    Once the recruitment process is completed each applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application.

    Please be aware that this process might be prolonged as it takes place during the Danish summer holiday.

    Application deadline: 10th August 2024.

    Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see items above), by the application deadline, but we encourage applicants to submit early.

    Copenhagen Business School invites all qualified candidates to apply for the position. An appointment committee will review the applications and invite a selection of qualified candidates to an interview.

    One of CBS' strategic goals is the promotion of diversity, which is why every effort has been made to ensure a recruitment process that reduces potential bias. Applicants are therefore encouraged not to include a photo or unnecessary personal information in their application.

    Please refer online to details about

  • Copenhagen Business School (www. cbs.dk),
  • the MSC department (https:// www. cbs.dk/msc),
  • the Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation (SE&I) group (https:// www. cbs.dk/msc)
  • the Aurora alliance (https: // aurora-universities.eu)
  • other seizmic activities beyond the doctoral network (www. seizmic.eu)
  • the seizmic doctoral network (www. seizmic.eu/msca)
  • For further information regarding the position please contact:

  • Kai Hockerts, Professor and Principal Investigator of the seizmic Doctoral Network, email: [email protected].
  • Anne-Karen Hueske, PostDoc, CBS Aurora Institutional Coordinator, [email protected]
  • For information regarding the hiring process please contact:

  • HR-Coordinator Rikke Petersen, email: [email protected]
  • (Please note that CBS HR functions will not be available in real time for inquiries during the summer vacation in July.)

    Closing date: 10 August 2024.

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