Era chair team (Hiring)

ERA Chair of Industry 4.0 impact on management practices and economics 

The Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) School of Economics and Business is opening a Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow positions to join the team of the ERA Chair Project “Industry 4.0 impact on management practices and economics” (IN4ACT). 

The objective of the IN4ACT project is to implement structural changes at the Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) School of Economics and Business through research to be undertaken under the ERA Chair in “Industry 4.0 Management and Economics”, in order to increase research excellence, socio-economic impact, international reputation, and attractiveness to international talented researchers and students. 

The ERA Chair seeks to recruit a team of 5 Research Fellows from various research and scientific fields closely related to the subject of Industry 4.0 on a full-time or part-time basis. The main objectives of the team are:  

  • To implement an ambitious research agenda on the impact of Industry 4.0 on management practices and economics;  
  • To drive changes at the KTU School of Economics and Business related to research management and human resources, especially to comply with the ERA Industry 4.0 priorities;  
  • To improve the KTU School of Economics and Business’ exploitation, dissemination, and communication capacities;  
  • To develop and expand networks and strengthen KTU School of Economics and Business’ links with stakeholders, especially in order to increase participation in public tenders for advanced RTD projects (e.g., European Commission Framework programs, among others).  

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Additional information: 

ERA Chair holder Prof. Dr. Takis Damaskopoulos  

Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania 


Recruitment of ERA Chair Team

Job description

The ERA Chair research team will be comprised of a group of Researchers with backgrounds and current specialisations in economics, business management, technology management, public policy, law, international political economy, and energy/environmental sciences, among others. In all these positions, the work is mainly composed of research-related activities including conducting empirical research, writing and publishing articles (in top venues of the given domain), acquiring (or assisting in acquiring) research funding, co-organizing seminars, meeting with key stakeholders (academia, firms, government), participating in industrial and academic conferences and conventions related to the core research areas IN4ACT engages. 

As part of the team, you will hold a Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow position at the KTU School of Economics and Business and pro-actively contribute to the achievement of the IN4ACT project objectives. The required competencies of the team members are organized into ‘research interest groups’ which are composed of diverse scientific and research expertise, i.e., they are interdisciplinary, and they often cross the micro, meso, and macro levels. Research, analysis, and evaluation of this multi-level structure of operative factors driving (or impeding) Industry 4.0 involve complex concentrations of interdisciplinary skills that rarely coexist in a single individual researcher. As a result, the required ERA Chair team member positions involve ‘interdisciplinary research interest groups’. These can be considered as clusters of competencies that might involve several individual researchers whose skills are to be engaged and deployed concurrently or sequentially according to specific needs and requirements that emerge in the evolution and maturation of the project. 

Applicants are invited to indicate which group(s) are most suitable/relevant for their background and research expertise. In case more than one research group or specific domain provide a suitable ‘fit’ applicants should the applicants should indicate accordingly. The main goal, however, is that these activities are synergistically linked and developed with the research of the applicant and the objectives of the IN4ACT project. 

We offer

  • Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow title;  
  • Full-time or part-time employment;  
  • Gross salary: from 4,500.00 to 6,000.00 Eur per month; 
  • Annual vacations (excluding national bank holidays): 20 days.  

Recruitment process

This position is open to any person with the desired skills and experience listed above. No discrimination on the basis of gender, age, ethnic, national or social origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, language, disability, political opinion, social, economic condition or any other criteria other than skills and experience will be made.  

All applicants must apply through the online application form where they must provide:   

  1. A Letter of motivation (max. 1000 words). 
  2. Full curriculum vitae listing all relevant experiences. 
  3. List of publications and/or working papers. 
  4. A research plan proposal (about 2000 words) defining its contribution to the IN4ACT project. 
  5. Indication of which research interest group(s) the applicant is primarily competent and interested in: 1) technology management, 2) business model economics, 3) economic geography and regional economics 4) policy, regulation and sustainable development, 5) methodologies of assessment of comparative Industry 4.0 performance.  

No application outside the online application form will be accepted. For more information about the process of recruitment, see the Recruitment process section on this website).  

Application and employment

  • Deadline for applications: February 29, 2020  
  • Start of the position: October 1, 2020  
  • Duration of the contract: maximum duration of 3 years  

Desired skills and experience

The candidates are expected to be proficient in at least one area of the following research interest groups:  

Research interest group 1: Technology management  

  • Data science, big data, algorithmic modelling  
  • Artificial Intelligence and learning machines  
  • Decision-making support systems  
  • Investment trends in technology development/acquisition  

Research interest group 2: Business model economics  

  • Business process modelling (BPM)  
  • Robotic process automatization business models (RPA)  
  • Network and ecosystem economics  
  • Cutting-edge design of business models  
  • Predictive analytics/maintenance  
  • Human resources and skills development  

Research interest group 3: Economic geography and regional economics  

  • Smart cities, regional economic and innovation ecosystems  
  • Smart specialisation  
  • Open innovation  
  • Comparative regional advantages and strategic promotion of regions in GVCs  

Research interest group 4: Policy, regulation and sustainability  

  • Design and implementation of policy and regulatory frameworks (ideally from a political economy angle)  
  • Standardisation across digital systems  
  • Legal specialisation, specifically IPRs, patents, privacy (e.g., GDPR), compliance  
  • Social sustainability and inclusive development  
  • Circular economy  
  • Environmental sustainability and environmental engineering (KPI’s, UN)  

Research interest group 5: Methodologies of assessment of comparative industry 4.0 performance  

  • Methodologies of assessment of comparative Industry 4.0 performance  
  • Design of methods and programs of Industry 4.0 skills development  
  • Labour economics  
  • Education program and skillset development design specialists  
  • Industry 4.0 key performance indicators (KPI’s) and metrics  

We are looking for three types of specific profiles that should comply with general and specific requirements: 

Specific requirements for academic publishing profile:  

  • Applicants should have a strong publishing track record and pipeline, including articles in the top academic journals (Q1, Q2).
  • Have at least 5 years’ experience of data design and data collection.
  • Have strong data processing and analyzing skills.

Specific requirements for raising competitive funding (e.g. Horizon Europe) profile:

  • Experience in design of research and technology development (RTD) project proposals.
  • A proven track record of raising public research funding. Experience in networking and team building.

Specific requirements for setting collaborative research (e.g. with business and public sector) profile:

  • A proven track record of raising private research funding.
  • Experience in developing collaborative business networks.
  • Experience in business is an advantage.

General requirements of skills and experience

  • Doctoral degree in economics, business management, technology management, public policy, law, international political economy or other related domains; 
  • Recognized expertise and demonstrated experience in research related to the impact of industry 4.0 on economics and management;  
  • High proficiency in research design, planning, management and execution;  
  • A proven track record of raising private or public research funding through the preparation of RTD proposals (e.g., European Union Framework Programs, among others);  
  • Teaching experience at post-graduate and doctoral levels;   
  • Proficiency in English. Other languages would constitute an advantage.  

About KTU School of Economics and Business

The vision of the School is to become an internationally recognised centre of competence in the fields of economics, business and management focusing on interdisciplinary research and studies in the Baltic region. 

The mission of the School is to contribute to sustainable development of the country and welfare of society by educating responsible future leaders capable of creating and developing economic and social value in the long-term perspective through interdisciplinary research, studies and close interaction with stakeholders. 

The mission of research at the School is to make a visible impact on the future business and society while applying interdisciplinary approach and meeting high international academic standards of research into economics and management. 

Why Lithuania?

  • An industrial country with a strong focus on Industry 4.0 
  • Industrial companies have huge engineering potential with a focus on modern management techniques 
  • Empirical data from the Baltic region are under analysed; therefore, researchers have more opportunities to publish their research 
  • Fast changing society and industry 
  • Nice culture, nature, and friendly people 
  • High quality of life in the country 

Why Kaunas University of Technology School of Economics and Business?

  • Interdisciplinarity is embedded into every researcher of the University 
  • Strong impact on Lithuania’s industry 
  • Strong relations with industrial associations and governmental institutions 
  • Cooperating researchers, willing to grow and ready for challenges 
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