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Message posted on 13/11/2020

Post-doc and PhD position at the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), TU Munich: “Hidden Regions, Lost Futures: Exploring Innovation in the Periphery”

Dear colleagues,

The Innovation, Society and Public Policy (ISPP) group at the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) is inviting applications for one postdoctoral researcher (TV-L E13, 100%, 3 years) and one doctoral researcher (TV-L E13, 65%, 3 years) position as part of the research project “Hidden Regions, Lost Futures: Exploring Innovation in the Periphery.” The project investigates how regions outside the well-known metropolitan areas and innovation hubs are dealing with mounting pressures to (re-)position themselves as innovation leaders, and how in the eyes of policy-makers their future is increasingly tied to their perceived innovation capacity and competitiveness. This applies to small and medium-sized towns of relative prosperity that might feature “hidden champion” industries and strong social cohesion and institutions. It also applies to regions shaped by industrial decline, political polarization, and growing disillusionment about the promises of innovation to deliver growth and better living for all citizens. Both face increasingly pressing questions how this “innovation imperative” for regions (Pfotenhauer et al., 2018) and related forces of globalization can being brought into alignment with local identities, culture, history, and politics.

The project aims to study such “hidden” and “lost” innovation regions through a variety of case studies and theoretical work grounded in Science and Technology Studies (STS) – especially its co-productionist branch (Jasanoff 2004) – with close connections to Innovation Studies as well as Economic and Political Geography. The project has comparative ambitions, both within Germany and internationally. The exact case selection and distribution between the postdoctoral and doctoral researcher will be decided based on the candidate profiles (with slight a preference for the post-doc to focus on “hidden regions” and the doctoral researcher on “lost regions” aspects). The project builds on prior research by the PIs conducted in the projects “Regional Innovation Cultures” (DFG project, 2017-2021) and “Traveling Imaginaries of Innovation” (NSF project, 2014-18).

More information can be found here or in the attached pdf.

The deadline for applications is Dec 1, 2020. Ideally, work on the project should commence as soon as possible. All application materials should be sent to Ms. Dong Li (, mentioning “ISPP Innovation Cultures Post-Doc” or “ISPP Innovation Cultures PhD” in the subject line, respectively.

Please feel free to share widely,

Best regards,


Prof. Dr. Sebastian M. Pfotenhauer Co-Director, Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) Carl von Linde Associate Professor of Innovation Research Technische Universität München

Augustenstr. 46, Room #456 80333 München, Germany

office: +49 89.289.29222

Innovation, Society, and Public Policy Group Coordinator, EU H2020 Consortium SCALINGS Academic Program Director, M.A. “Responsibility in Science, Engineering, and Technology" (RESET)

Profiles: ResearchGate & Google Schoolar

Recently published:

· Engels, F., Wentland, A., Pfotenhauer S.M. “Testing future societies? Developing a framework for test beds and living labs as instruments of innovation governance,” Research Policy (2019).

· Pfotenhauer, S.M. “Building global innovation hubs: The 'MIT Model' in three start-up universities.” In: Wisnioski, M. et al. (eds.) Does America need more innovators? MIT Press, pp. 191-220 (2019)

· Garden, H., Winickoff, D., Frahm N. and Pfotenhauer S.M. “Responsible Innovation in Neurotechnology Enterprises” OECD Science, Technology and Industry Working Papers (2018).

· Pfotenhauer, S.M., Juhl, J., Aarden, E. “Challenging the ‘Deficit Model' of Innovation: Framing Policy Issues under the Innovation Imperative,” Research Policy (2018).

· Winickoff, D. and Pfotenhauer S.M. “Technology Governance and the Innovation Process,” OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook (2018).

· Pfotenhauer, S.M. and Jasanoff, S. “Panacea or diagnosis? Imaginaries of innovation and the “MIT model” in three political cultures,” Social Studies of Science (2017).

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