11/01/2021

Postdoctoral position in governance of value


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Tallinn University of Technology
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Sociology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    11/02/2021 21:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Estonia › Tallinn
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/03/2021
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020

OFFER DESCRIPTION

SUMMARY

Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance is opening up a post- doc position in value governance and the commons. The research will take place in the context of two projects titled as “COSMOLOCALISM”, led by Prof. Vasilis Kostakis and “CENTRINNO”, led by Dr. Veiko Lember. Research will be oriented towards exploring the democratisation and sustainability potential in the production of knowledge commons and open-source technologies through conducting case-study and comparative research, developing impact assessment methodology and contributing to pilot projects both within the projects and beyond.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The COSMOLOCALISM project documents, analyses, tests, evaluates, and creates awareness for an emerging mode of production, based on the confluence of the digital commons (e.g., open knowledge and design) with local manufacturing and automation technologies (from 3D printing and CNC machines to low-tech tools and crafts). This convergence could catalyse the transition to new inclusive and circular production models, such as the “design global, manufacture local” (DGML) model. COSMOLOCALISM is a pilot-driven investigation of the DGML phenomenon.

COSMOLOCALISM has three concurrent streams: democratisation; innovation; and sustainability. First, DGML governance practices will be studied, patterns will be recognised, and their form, function, cultural values, and structure will be determined. Second, the relevant open innovation ecosystems and their potential to reorient design and manufacturing practices will be examined. Third, selected DGML products will be evaluated from an environmental sustainability perspective.

The CENTRINNO project aims to develop and demonstrate strategies, approaches and solutions for regeneration of industrial historic sites and areas as creative production and manufacturing hubs, that 1) hold true to the ecological challenges of our time, 2) boost a diverse, inclusive and innovative urban economy, and 3) and use heritage as a catalyzer for innovation and social inclusion. The project will, among other activities, set up and run a Fab Lab pilot in Tallinn, develop an evaluation and benchmarking methodology and conduct a comparative impact assessment on the involved pilots in the project.

The applicants are expected to apply mixed-methods approach as well as critical thinking towards the abovementioned projects’ goals. The successful applicant should have experience in working with commons-based traditions.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS

During the research, the successful applicant should work towards two directions:

First, to explore alternatives to late-stage capitalism offered by DGML initiatives, by examining the way value dimensions get established through commons-based forms of production, innovation, and organization.

Second, to explore and apply new evaluation and benchmarking frameworks that would enable to understand the real-world impacts of commons-based alternative economic models and social organization strategies fit for the future.

Additional information

For further information, please contact Prof Vasilis Kostakis (vasileios.kostakis AT taltech.ee) or Dr Veiko Lember (veiko.lember AT taltech.ee) or visit http://taltech.ee/nurkse; http://www.cosmolocalism.eu and https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/869595.

We offer:

  • 34-months funded post-doc position in one of the largest, most internationalized and leading social science research centres in Estonia with a large portfolio of ongoing pan-European and national public administration, digital governance and innovation studies projects;
  • Opportunities for conference visits, research stays and networking with globally leading universities and research centres in the fields of commons, public administration, innovation studies and post-growth futures;
  • The gross salary – depending on previous experiences and qualifications – starting from €2,400 and full health and social insurance. The position will be jointly financed by the European Research Council under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 802512) and European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 869595).

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

To apply for this job please send the following documents (in English) by 31 January 2021 at the latest (the application deadline) to Dr. Veiko Lember or use the link "Apply" below:

  • a letter of motivation;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • two key recent academic publications.

 

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    Benefits

    TalTech as an employer offers

    • Modern ergonomic working conditions and a flexible schedule;
    • One of the most compact university campuses in Europe that is situated next to Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol and many high-tech companies and start-ups (Skype, Starship Technologies etc.);
    • Individual development and training opportunities;
    • Material and non-material tokens of acknowledgement;
    • Sporting opportunities;
    • All-staff activities and a balanced work and family life.

    Additional comments

    TalTech is an international scientific community with 11,000 students and approximately 1,800 employees, one of the largest universities in Estonia that is a leading EU country in digitalization. The strengths of the university are wide multidisciplinary study/research interests, modern research and study environment as well as good collaboration with international educational and research institutions.

    More information about TalTech: https://taltech.ee/en/

    Further information about working and living in Estonia: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/, http://www.workinestonia.com/

    Offer Requirements

    • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
      Sociology: PhD or equivalent
    • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
      ENGLISH: Excellent

    Skills/Qualifications

    A successful candidate should have:

    • a PhD degree in social sciences and humanities or in other areas with additional proof of social science research skills;
    • a clear interest and own vision for independent research in the topic of the position;
    • excellent command of English;
    • proven research experience, incl. high-level publications in the field-related domain;
    • capacity to work both as an independent researcher and as part of an international team;
    • capacity and willingness to provide assistance in organizational tasks relevant to the projects.

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