30 hours a week; fixed-term employment for the period of one year with optional extension for two more years; position to be filled as of September 1st 2018
- Conducting independent and cooperative research in the field of innovation and sustainability research, in particular regarding the development of circular economy business models and innovations in an international SME context
- Realizing empirical studies including data collection and data analysis according to the project specifications and with the aim to publish relevant results
- Fostering knowledge transfer between various project partners and stakeholders, presenting and disseminating results in various forms
- Organizing project meetings, stakeholder workshops and conferences Coordinating and managing the project collaboration in the INTERREG-Project START CIRCLES from the perspective of University of Graz
The shift towards a circular economy (entailing a number of new demands from relevant directives) presents new challenges: Companies will need to increase the use of recycled materials, innovate and introduce new technologies to improve material recovery and recycling. There are, however strong regional differences in the capacity for innovation in the program area and SMEs, especially lack information, activities, strategies and innovation partners necessary to tackle them. START CIRCLES is designed to enable SMEs better access to information, activities, as well as innovation partners in order to strengthen and support their cooperation with project partners.