Post Doctoral Researcher in Economic Geography
Heidelberg University Institute of Geography

Post-Doctoral Researcher in Economic Geography

The Economic Geography Group at the Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University, is offering a Post-Doc researcher position for three years as part of an international research team funded by Agence Nationale de Recherche (ANR) and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in the context of a French-German binational grant:


36 months fixed-term employment; starting 01 Sep 2020. An upgrade to 100% is possible under certain conditions. Payment will be according to German TV-L 13. A kindergarten service is available.

Research Project UNIFIED. The employment is in the ANR-DFG-funded research project UNIFIED (From local diversity to transnational institutionalization: The emergence of the European Unified Patent Court). UNIFIED focuses on the current process of institutional convergence between nationally fragmented IP regimes and the emergence of a new kind of transnational institution: the Unified Patent Court. The project aims to pioneer a neo-structural theory of institutionalization that integrates institutional and network approaches to account for the relational mechanisms that harmonize and enforce judicial beliefs, interpretations and practices. As part of a mixed-methods research design, the research team will conduct extensive interviews with patent judges in France and Germany, and it will carry out a set of formal network surveys at professional events in Europe. UNIFIED is looking at whether a common legal institution still provides incentives for innovation and the conditions under which this common legal institution could help France and Germany jointly boost the strength of their respective national innovation systems.

Your tasks. The successful candidate will be located in Heidelberg and closely working with the German team, incl. Prof. Johannes Glckler and a doctoral researcher, as well as with the partnering team in Paris, incl. Prof. Emmanuel Lazega, a Post-Doc and a doctoral researcher. The research team pursues intensive collaboration and welcomes collaborative publications. Your role in the team includes the following tasks:

  • Conduct in-depth ethnographic interviews with legal professionals in Germany, France, and in other European locations
  • Process all data and conduct detailed scholarly qualitative content analysis
  • Help realize formal network surveys at professional events across Europe
  • Help build a bibliography in the field of study
  • Draft and co-author academic publications
  • Present and disseminate findings to academic, professional and public audiences
  • Take leadership in project administration and reporting, and in guiding student assistants

Your ideal qualifications.

  • Ph.D. in social science, e.g. human or economic geography, regional studies, sociology, political science, economics, organization studies, ethnology, empirical legal studies or related fields
  • Excellent written and spoken English and German language skills, French is an advantage.
  • Expertise in qualitative/ethnographic research methods and in using QDA software
  • Proficiency in conducting interviews with highly-qualified service professionals is an advantage
  • Intellectual curiosity and a strong interest in theory-building empirical research
  • Expertise in any of the following fields – innovation and IP studies, network theory, institutional theory – is an advantage.
  • Willingness to closely collaborate in an international and interdisciplinary team
  • Experience in academic publishing and conference presentations
  • Basic skills in data processing, statistical and network analysis, and related software (e.g. R) are an advantage.

Contact. Ute Bechberger (+49 6221 544573), Prof. Dr. J. Glckler (+49 6221 544373) Application and deadline. Please submit your application in English, including a CV and two of your most significant journal publications, online to before end of 15 May 2020.

Heidelberg University is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified female candidates. Handicapped applicants will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications. Information on the collection of personal data in accordance with Art. 13 DS-GVO can be found on our homepage at

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