Research Associate (Regional Technology Foresight)

University of Sheffield - Information School

Contract Type: Fixed-term with a start date as soon as possible and an end date of 31 March 2020
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

We are embarking on an exciting new project on the practices and processes of identifying, transferring and integrating technological innovations to maximise capacity and capabilities of regional firms. ‘Regional Technology Foresight’ is a 24-month project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Focusing on the Sheffield City Region as an internationally recognised manufacturing hub, the project will generate procedural solutions concerning the enhancement of a region's ability to identify and exploit technological innovations, in order to maximise competitiveness.

This position is an opportunity for an ambitious post-doctoral researcher to play a key role in exploring technological foresight to better understand the patterns of change and innovation associated with regional dynamics. The appointed person will work with Dr Jorge Tiago Martins and Professor Tim Vorley, examining regional technology foresight as a concrete regional tool aimed at enhancing knowledge transfer and conversion in regional innovation networks.

You will have a commitment to delivering first-class research, combining theoretical sophistication with practical relevance and impact. You will have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant field and a strong background in the fields of strategy, organisation, technology and innovation. You will have excellent skills in qualitative research methods (archival research, interviews and focus groups) and experience in project management. You should be capable of delivering impact through engagement with companies and key players in the national and regional innovation system.

You will join the Information School at the University of Sheffield, which is recognised nationally and internationally for its world-class research, excellence in teaching, and the achievements of its graduates. It is the leader in its field in the UK, consistently ranked number one in every national Research Assessment Exercise and achieving top-ranking positions for research environment and research impact in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It is a member of the international iSchools organisation, a group of leading cognate schools established to promote the role of the information field in shaping the future of the global information society.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

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