PhD Position in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Assets

University of Gothenburg Department of Economy and Society

PhD student in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Assets: specializing in Education and its impact on innovation and entrepreneurship

Ref PAR 2021/720


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The Department of Economy and Society at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg announces a position as PhD student located at unit of innovation and entrepreneurship. The PhD student will be an important member of our new international center, U-GOT KIES and in on-going international research projects. The unit offers single-subject courses at the Bachelor´s level, two Master´s programmes (MSc in Innovation and Industrial Management; MSc in Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship, and doctoral education. For more information click here

The PhD student project will be part of a larger team studying knowledge creation and knowledge transfer between large and entrepreneurial firms and between firms and universities. Professor McKelvey’s Distinguished Professors Program, financed for 10 years by the Swedish Research Council is the research group, within which these PhD students will work. Including a group of scholars at the department and internationally, the PhD students will be part of her research programme on knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial ecosystems. This Distinguished Professor’s Program has three specific goals: 1) Conceptualize knowledge intensive entrepreneurial ecosystems; 2) Analyze empirically the dynamic relationships involving collective and individual action between knowledge intensive entrepreneurs (as individuals) and the surrounding institutions, firms and organizations; and 3) Explain changes in these knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial ecosystems over time.

Subject area

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Assets

Subject area description

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Assets is a subject to analyse and explain innovation processes, their determinants and social and economic outcomes.

Work Tasks

The project addresses Education and its impact on innovation and entrepreneurship. The purpose of this project is to analyze the impact of alumnni from university on innovation and entrepreneurship in society. The project includes comparison of different groups of individuals which have completed their degree programs in either engineering and science or else innovation and entrepreneurship. The project will examine how these different groups of alumni later impact innovation in large firms and entrepreneurship in smaller firms. Methods include developing and analyzing  large-scalse data, specifically register data as well as surveys of alumni.

The doctoral education (leading to PhD degree) in innovation, entrepreneurship and management of intellectual assets consists of completing a scientific project as well as completing doctoral courses of at least 90 credits. Moreover, the PhD student may be asked to apply and discuss their results in collaboration with companies, universities and the public sector as well as participate in international scientific conferenes. The doctoral education requires a PhD thesis of either compiled papers or a monography, corresponding to 150 credits, and publically defended. For more information about the doctoral education at the department, click her


Entry requirements for third-cycle (doctoral) programmes require both general and specific eligibility.

The general entry requirements for third-cycle (doctoral) programmes are:

  1. academic degree in an advanced (Master's) level or
  2. completed at least 240 higher education (HE) credits for courses of which at least 60 HE credits are awarded in the second-cycle; or
  3. equivalent training either in Sweden or abroad.

In addition, admission to the third-cycle programme in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Assets at the University of Gothenburg also requires with 15 credits in a course as well as 15 credits in an advanced thesis, within the subject or a closely related topic.

Qualified is the person who masters English at a high level in speech and writing. The level of proficiency defined here is English language requipement of English 6/English B from Swedish upper secondary school or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test. For more information about general entrance requirements see (English) 

Applicants who are not native speakers will be expected to learn Swedish.


Applicants will be assessed based on the general and specific eligibility requirements and their estimated ability to benefit from the PhD study programme.

During the assessment, we will specifically evaluate and place a high value upon documented experience of:

  • Specific knowledge and skills within the research subject area and closely related fields
  • Experience of scientific theory and relevant research methods
  • Scientific analysis and presentation. This should be documented through, for example, Masters thesis, degree projects, scientific papers, etc.

Personal suitability is of importance for the appointment of employment. For the position it is important with ability to co-operate. You should be able to work independently as well as in a team. You should have characteristics which enable you to learn, also through interacting  with leading scholars through PhD courses and conferences, both nationally and internationally.

Mastery of Swedish language is also important for the position, specifically Swedish which corresponds to Svenska 3 from Swedish upper secondary school or else ”Svenska som andra språk 3”.  

The applicant must have documented experience dealing with lareg-scale datasets and also experience with statistical programs, explicitly with R, Stata, SPSS as well as Pyton. The applicant should have a proven interest in quantitative methods. This may be demonstrated by taking additional training or courses in quantitative methods than required for their degree program; by taking a program with extensive quantitative methods for social sciences.


The position is a temporary position of four years according to the Higher Education Ordinance with an extent of 100 %. The employment is located at the unit of innovation and entrepreneurship, the Department of Economy and Society. First day of employment is 1 October 2021 or upon agreement.

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctorial level are given in SFS 1993.100.

Only the one who are admitted to third-cycle (doctoral) programmes may be employed as PhD student. Departmental duties such as participating in teaching, research projects or administrative assignments may be required, as per regulated in university policy.

A new employment is valid for maximum one year. The employment extends with maximum two years at a time. The total employment time cannot extend more than four years of doctoral education on full-time.

The university applies local agreement regarding setting of wage rates for PhD students.

For applicants with a Masters degree from a foreign country

If your degree is from a university/HEI outside of Sweden or has not been examined by a Swedish authority, it is important that you include a certified copy of your diploma and description of degree program, in order to facilitate evaluation. You also must include contact information (such as telefone number and email address) to the foreign institution which can verify your degree.

Please see further for information about the specific language requirement in English, see:

And for the positive specific language desirable in Swedish, see

Appointment procedure

During the selection process, we will use a variety of methods to select suitable candidate/s. We will evaluate all applications according to the specified criteria. For a selected few candidates, we will conduct interviews, check the references and evaluate the results of written assignments.

For further information regarding the position

Please contact:

Maureen McKelvey, Professor, +46-76-618-1442,


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:


Please attach the following in the application:

  • Personal letter
  • CV
  • Diploma/ degree certificate
  • Certificates
  • A letter of intent (max 2 pages), which describes the applicant’s research interest in relation to this position
  • A copy of thesis at advanced level (Master’s thesis or equivalent)
  • Certified copy of high school grade
  • Certificate /evidence that obtained language requirement in English and language recommendation in Swedish
  • 2 Letters of references, including their contact details
  • Other documents, relevant for the application

Please clearly state your Swedish social security (personnummer) in the application, preferably in the CV and Cover Letter. If you do not have a Swedish social security number, please use the format: YEAR-MM-DD

Also clearly state the reference number to this recruitment case.

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application at the last date of application.

Closing date: 16 August 2021

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.