The Department of Science and Technology Policy offers two post-doctoral fellowships in: (1) Evaluation of Science, Technology and Innovation policies and Progra4ms (STI); or (2) Strategic Alliances and Innovation Policy. These post-doctoral fellowships are attached to the São Paulo Excellence Chair (SPEC) “Innovation Systems, Strategies and Policy” (InSySPo) ( established at DPCT by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). These are full-time positions for nine months (with the possibility of extending for one more year).


Research lines

(1) Evaluation of Science, Technology and Innovation policies and programs (STI):

The post-doctoral researcher will conduct research on the development and application of concepts and methods of impact evaluation of programs and policies related to STI. Methodologies must focus both on ex-post and on ex-ante approaches with a perspective of building complete cycle evaluations linking ex-ante and ex-post under systematic evaluation processes. The researcher is expected to work on qualitative and quantitative methods applying counterfactuals of different natures. Three axes must be developed: a) evaluations based on secondary data, both on structured and non-structured database, including Big Data and text analytics; b) evaluations based on primary data directly and indirectly collected from stakeholders, either through web questionnaires or direct interviews; and c) evaluations based on the combination of previous axes. Finally, researcher is supposed to have basic skills in Statistics. The position implies collaboration with Professor Sergio Salles-Filho (UNICAMP, Brazil) and Professor Nicholas Vonortas (The George Washington University, USA; and UNICAMP, Brazil).


(2) Strategic Alliances and Innovation Policy:

The post-doctoral researcher will conduct research on the formation and performance of partnerships and knowledge networks among firms and/or universities and public research institutes in strategic knowledge-intensive sectors for Brazil such as energy, information and communication technologies, transportation, and knowledge-intensive business services. The coverage will be international. The work will involve theoretical analysis and simulation on social network methodology, application to real alliance data, and policy justification and will be undertaken in collaboration with Professor Nicholas Vonortas (The Washington University, USA; and UNICAMP, Brazil).



Duties include carrying out research on grants/contracts, theory development, data collection and analysis around the world, authoring papers and reports, publishing in the peer-reviewed literature, participating in seminars and work groups, and collaborating on research grant/contract applications. They also include assistance in organizing an international workshop and conference in the first semester of 2019.

Importantly, the post-doctoral researcher will serve as one of the in-house administrators of the SPEC program at DPCT. This program deals with various aspects of technology and innovation policy and includes at its core the faculty members mentioned above.


Desirable Requirements

Successful applicants should have a doctoral degree in industrial economics, business management, sociology, or other relevant disciplinary or interdisciplinary subject area. Strong background in the socio-economic aspects of technological advancement and innovation and in STI policy is highly desirable. Candidates must have less than seven years’ experience post-doctorate, a demonstrated record of individual initiative in research, and strong analytical skills. Preference will be given to applicants whose training, skills and research interest’s best align with those of InSySPo faculty members, especially Professors Vonortas and Salles.



The remuneration package is set in accordance with FAPESP’s standards ( and includes benefits and relocation expenditures.



Interested parties are encouraged to communicate with the project and participating faculty and scientists for more information. They can reach Professor Vonortas by email ( or telephone at +1-202-378-6230. Apply electronically through the project’s website.



Applications must include cover letter, current curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, names of three references, and a concise description of proposed research under the fellowship (see form bellow).


Additional Information

DPCT is located on the main campus of UNICAMP in the city of Campinas, State of São Paulo, Brazil. Campinas is about 93 kilometers northwest of the city of São Paulo. The working language of the postdoctoral position is English. Knowledge of at least basic Portuguese is desirable but not required.


This round of applications is open until November 19th, 2018. Decisions will be made by the end of November, 2018.