***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Two post doctoral positions for a joint ESRC-ANR project will be available from ~October 2011 for 24 months, one at SPRU (University of Sussex, Brighton), and one in Latts (Paris-Est University, Paris-Marne La Vallée) for the project Emergence & institutionalisation of epistemic communities in science-based technologies. http://www.esrc.ac.uk/my-esrc/grants/RES-360-25-0076/read This project aims to combine various analytical dimensions to study the formation of epistemic communities in emergent technologies: knowledge dynamics, normativities (social values, expectations), and institutionalisation. As a result, the research involves diverse methodological approaches, including: • Mapping research dynamics using publications, patents and press data • Interviews of key actors on field dynamics, values, expectations • Survey techniques for exploring wider communities This work will be performed through six case studies of emergent technologies. Competences required: • Background in innovation studies or management, STS, or related (flexible) • Familiarity with quantitative data manipulation and visualisation (expected) • Training in interviewing (plus) • Interest in mixing / articulating quantitative and qualitative analyses Two post doctoral positions : • one in Brighton (SPRU), one in Paris-Marne La Vallée (LATTS), • two years with about six months in the partner location • up to 31 K£/year-32 KEuros/year (before tax) (abour 28KEuros/year for first postdoc) Applications should be sent by April 15th by e-mail including: • Extended CV • Two recommendation letters • One article or conference paper Submission are to be made to Aurelie Delemarle from LATTS ([log in to unmask]) and Ismael Rafols from SPRU ([log in to unmask]), indicating preference for location (i.e. Brighton or Paris). Candidates will be asked to hold interviews in early-mid May in Brighton and/or Paris. Results will be announced by the end of May. SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research) is a world-leading department at the University of Sussex where research and high-level policy advice are combined with postgraduate teaching in science, technology, and innovation policy and management. Its highly interdisciplinary faculty addresses the analysis of the rate and direction of scientific change and innovation, the promotion and management of innovation, the regulation of technological risks, the search for effective energy policies and paths to a more sustainable society. SPRU researchers are prominent participants in debates concerning biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, nuclear power, climate change, technology in development and the roles of public and private research organisations. LATTS (a French acronym meaning “research group on technology, territories and societies”), which was founded in 1985, is a joint research group of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS - http://www.cnrs.fr), the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC, a top French engineering institute under the auspices of the French Ministry of Public Works - http://www.enpc.fr/) and the University of Marne-la-Vallée (http://www.univ-mlv.fr). Latts brings together a team of approximately thirty researchers (in city planning, economics, ergonomics, geography, management, history, political science and sociology) mainly originating from these three academic institutions and thirty doctoral candidates. Latts members carry out research into enterprises, public administration, local institutions, collective action, territorial dynamics and the related technical systems. By means of field research, comparative investigations and conceptual thought processes, this work in the social sciences pursues multidisciplinary aims: between disciplines, between theory and empirics and between scientific controversy and public debate. ________________________________________ Loet Leydesdorff Professor, University of Amsterdam Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR) Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam. Tel. +31-20-525 6598; fax: +31-842239111 [log in to unmask] ; http://www.leydesdorff.net/ Visiting Professor, ISTIC, Beijing; Honorary Fellow, SPRU, University of Sussex _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.