Postdoctoral Fellowship in Social Networks and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Researcher

North Dakota State University   Fargo, ND   Full-time     Research
Posted on July 3, 2024
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Title: Entrepreneurial Ecosystem/Social Network Researcher

Where: NDSU College of Business, Fargo, ND.

Duration: 2 years, Starting August/September 2024

Application due date: July 16 th 2024

This position is funded through the NSF Engines: North Dakota Advanced Agriculture Technology Engine supported by the U.S. The National Science Foundation (award #2315315). The aim of this fellowship is to assist Dr. Josh Marineau in the study of the local and regional entrepreneurial ecosystems. The immediate study will focus on capturing the evolution, growth, and change of the broader ecosystem through meaningful and reliable measurement of the social networks of individuals, groups, and organizations. However, other research questions will also be pursued, such as evaluating the effectiveness of Engine programs and activities. Fellows will be encouraged to pursue their own research questions as well.

The candidate is expected to:
  • Assist in the development of novel methodology for the collection of social networks and relevant data at multiple levels of analysis (individual, organization, community).
  • Participate in the collection and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Assist in the writing of various reports and papers for diverse audiences (industry, NSF, academic, etc.)
  • Teach 2 courses per year in the NDSU College of Business (topics TBD)
The candidate should have a topical interest in social networks and social network analysis at the individual, organizational, and/or community level. Successful candidates will be well-versed in social network methods and analysis.

Requirements: Must have completed training at the doctoral level within five years of the position's start date. PhD from a variety of business administrative fields are welcomed to apply, such as management, organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, strategy, organizational theory and human resources. Fields outside business administration with expertise in social networks, such as sociology and psychology are also welcome to apply. Effective oral and written communication skills. Candidates must have a demonstrated interest and familiarity with social networks and social network analysis at the individual, organizational, or community level. Candidates must demonstrate ability to successfully teach business-and management-related courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate level (such as management/OB, strategy, entrepreneurship, HRM, etc.).

A strong preference will be given to candidates with expertise in social network analysis, exponential random graph models, graph theory, relational event analysis, and/or statistical programming (R, C, Python, etc.). Individuals with expertise with qualitative social network analysis and methods will also be considered favorably. Preference will also be given to candidates who demonstrate active research that involves social network theory and methods. Additional preferences will be for candidates with a PhD from an AACSB, AMBA or EFMD-accredited program. Preference will also be given to candidates with proven ability to teach undergraduate and/or graduate management topics (OB, strategy, entrepreneurship, etc.).

Questions about the position should be addressed to Dr. Joshua Marineau ( )

The fellowship includes a competitive salary and benefits. Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, and names of three references to ( Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The start date is flexible.


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include: wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include: supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

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