Research Fellow in Innovation Management - Ref 3561

School/department: University of Sussex Business School / Science Policy Research Unit   
Hours: Full time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need)
Contract: Fixed term for 3 years until 31 August 2023
Reference: 3561
Salary: Grade 8 starting at £41,526 to £49,553 per annum
Placed on: 17 March 2020
Closing date: 20 April 2020. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date
Expected interview date: 6 May 2020
Expected start date: 1 September 2020 or as soon as possible

Job description

The Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), within the University of Sussex Business School, is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow in Innovation Management to work with Professor Andrew Davies, the RM Phillips Freeman Chair of Innovation Management. The Chair is leading a programme of research into how innovation can play a transformative role in the delivery of large, complex projects. This is a unique opportunity for a researcher working closely with the Chair to design and undertake collaborative research with practitioners and organisations involved in planning, designing and executing complex projects.

We are looking to appoint someone interested in exploring how projects are planned and shaped to address the complexity, uncertainty and time available to complete the task and organised to adapt to unforeseen and dynamically changing conditions when projects are underway. The post holder will be expected to have an appreciation of innovation management and organisation theory, although there will be opportunities to explore various theoretical frames. The successful candidate will be able to identify a research problem, engage with senior practitioners who experience the problem, develop a research design and novel contribution informed by theory, and then communicate the findings to a variety of academic and practitioner audiences. The post holder will be expected to engage closely with practitioners in the co-development of tools, frameworks and other interventions that achieve impact by changing how projects are managed and organised.

Essential criteria for the post are:

  1. PhD in management or the social sciences
  2. Knowledge of innovation management and organisation theory
  3. Knowledge of theories and evidence of the shaping and/or execution of large, complex projects or temporary organisations
  4. Experience of collecting and analysing primary qualitative data
  5. Experience of engaging with senior practitioners in organisations and projects
  6. Ability to work collaboratively in designing, implementing, and writing up qualitative research
  7. Strong analytical capability and evidence of excellent academic writing

    Informal enquires can be made with Professor Andrew Davies (  

    The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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