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Full-time Assistant Professor Position in Innovation and Technology Management/Sustainable Development and Social Innovation

École Polytechnique - Department of Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship (MIE)

The Department of Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship (MIE) of the École Polytechnique (“l’X”) – Polytechnique Institute of Paris (IP Paris) University – is looking to recruit a full-time Assistant Professor (equivalent to Lecturer, or “Maître de conférences”), with a potential promotion to the rank of full professor after 6 years (Monge position), in Innovation and Technology Management with a desired focus on Sustainable Development and Social Innovation starting September 1, 2021. 

Founded over 225 ago, École Polytechnique is one of the oldest STEM higher education institution in the world. One of the famed French “Grandes Écoles”, and consistently ranked as the best STEM HE institution in France, École Polytechnique has been ranked 2nd best “small universities” in the World (behind CalTech) by the Times Higher Education for the third year in a row. It is also ranked 2nd in France and 15th best European University in the 2020 QS World University ranking, 4th worldwide in the THE Alma Mater Index 2017 (global business elite education) and 6th worldwide by Nature’s “Nobel Prize Alma Mater” institutions.  

Located in ‘Greater Paris’ on a 160+ hectare campus, École Polytechnique is now a part (and a founding member) of IP Paris University, along with four other leading “Grandes Écoles”: ENSAE, ENSTA, Telecom Paris, Telecom ParisSud. 

This appointment is directly related to the recent launch of the “Chair of Technology for Change”, so while we welcome applications from candidates in any areas of Innovation and Technology Management (and, more broadly, in Management in general), we are particularly interested in candidates with expert knowledge on sustainable development, social innovation, inclusive innovation, user innovation, social economy, sharing economy, circular economy, crowdsourcing/funding/lending, energy transition, as well as in any of the following technological topics: A.I., Industry 4.0, IoT, Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, Blockchain, Digital Economy, Biomimicry, Energy, Mobility Technologies.  

A PhD in the areas of Technology and Innovation Management (as well as any relevant academic field) is a requirement. Candidates must have an excellent track record of both research and teaching, and should demonstrate the ability to publish in top-tier peer-reviewed journals. While research carried out at the Department typically involves qualitative research (cases, interviews, action research), all relevant forms of research methodologies are welcome (e.g. quantitative, computational, foresight, FS/QCA). A past appointment abroad or in an international setting, as well as a successful experience to teach Management subjects to STEM students would be highly appreciated, as well as an acquaintance with pedagogical innovation (e.g. SPOC, MOOC, serious gaming, blended learning).  

The successful candidate will develop a research programme related to the issues of how science and technology can help overcome the critical challenges currently facing humanity, in relation to environment, climate change, development, social change, inclusive innovation, base of the pyramid innovation. (S)he will become a member of the Management Research Centre (“CRG – Centre de Recherche en Gestion”) of École Polytechnique (12 researchers, 18 associate researchers, 25 PhD students), which is a part of the CNRS (French National Research Council) Innovation Interdisciplinary Institute (i3, 85 researchers, 52 associate researchers, 21 postdocs, 120 PhD students), France’s leading research institution on the areas of innovation, and one of the largest European research bodies devoted to this topic.  

S(he) will contribute to the department’s teaching portfolio at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, in both core and speciality subjects related to Innovation Management. Teaching at École Polytechnique in Management subjects typically takes place with smaller-size groups ranging from 15 to 45 students, in the form of ‘workshops’ combining lecture, projects and practice (classes are taught in either English or French, depending on the programme). Members of the department also supervise individual and group projects, as well as postgraduate dissertations. 

While command of the French language is not mandatory (many classes are taught in English in our institution), a basic or working knowledge of French (or a willingness to acquire one) is nonetheless advisable. Successful candidates will be expected to relocate to the Greater Paris region. 

This position is a “Monge Assistant Professorship”, similar to a 6-year tenure-track position (involving two consecutive 3-year fixed-term contracts), that lead (upon successful completion) to a permanent/open-ended/tenured full professor position. Tenure conditions are based, amongst other criteria, on research quality, teaching excellence, ability to work in teams, involvement in the activities of the Department, Research Centre, and University in general.  

For further information (including salary range and teaching load) and informal discussion, please contact Prof. Thierry Rayna, Chair of Technology for Change (+33 1 81 87 21 76‬ or, the Head of the Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship Department, Prof. Florence Charue-Duboc (, or the Director of the Management Research Centre i3-CRG, Prof. Hervé Dumez ( 

Applications must be made directly via École Polytechnique’s website ( and should contain (among other documents listed on the website) a research statement (outlining a research project to be conducted at the research centre) and teaching statement (outlining one or several new teaching modules/courses that the applicant would wish to develop). For further information or questions about the application process, please contact Mrs Carine Robert, 

Application deadline: 28th February 2021

Location: Paris - France
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent, Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th January 2021
Expires: 28th February 2021
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