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Postdoc in science, technology and innovation policy and strategy, UNICAMP, Brazil

Deadline: September 30 2017

Updated: September 08 2017

The Department of Science and Technology Policy offers a post-doctoral fellowship in science, technology and innovation policy and strategy. This post-doctoral fellowship is attached to the São Paulo Excellence Chair (SPEC) “Innovation Systems, Strategies and Policy” (InSySPo) ( established at DPCT by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) ( This is a full-time position for a maximum of two years.

The post-doctoral researcher will conduct research on comparative analysis of technology and innovation policy across countries and of the impact of major supply-side and demandside policies on the competitiveness of countries/regions, and industy. The work will involve both theoretical and empirical analysis. Indicative areas of research include:

• Demand-side innovation policies, especially related to public procurement for
• Technology, innovation and the middle-income trap
• Global value chains and regional competitiveness
• Models of innovation in manufacturing and service sectors

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Professors Andre Tosi Furtado (UNICAMP) and Nicholas Vonortas (The Washington University, USA; and UNICAMP).

Duties include carrying out research on grants/contracts, theory development, data collection and analysis around the world, authoring papers and reports, publishing in the peer-reviewed literature, participating in seminars and work groups, and collaborating on research grant/contract applications. They also include assistance in co-organizing an international workshop in June 2018 and another workshop and conference a year later.

Importantly, the post-doctoral researcher will serve as one of the in-house administrators of the SPEC program at DPCT. This program deals with various aspects of technology and innovation policy and includes at its core the faculty members mentioned above.

Successful applicants will have a doctoral degree in science and technology policy, economics, management of technology, public administration, or other relevant subject area. Strong background in the socio-economic aspects of technological advancement and innovation and in STI policy is highly desirable. Candidates must have less than five years’ experience following their doctorate degree, a demonstrated record of individual initiative in research, and strong analytical skills. Preference will be given to applicants whose training, skills and research interest’s best align with those of InSySPo faculty members, especially Professors Vonortas and Furtado.

The remuneration package is set in accordance with FAPESP’s standards ( and includes benefits and relocation expenditures.

This round of applications is open until September 31st, 2017. Decisions will be made by mid-October 2017.

Interested parties are encouraged to communicate with the project and participating faculty and scientists for more information. They can reach Professor Vonortas by email ( or telephone at +1-202-378-6230. Apply electronically through the program’s website ( or directly to Professor Vonortas.

Applications must include cover letter, current curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, names of three references, and a concise description of proposed research under the fellowship.

DPCT is located on the main campus of UNICAMP in the city of Campinas, State of São Paulo, Brazil. Campinas is about 93 kilometers northwest of the city of São Paulo. The working language of the postdoctoral position is English. Knowledge of at least basic Portuguese is desirable but not required.