Business specialist for academic innovation and technology transfer

1 Research Collaborator position


Econometrics; Technology transfer; Innovation and patenting


Development of research on performance, R&D expenditure, and productivity of Italian start-ups, in particular regarding the effect of the special law (221/2012) for innovative start-ups. Writing business plans for academic spin-offs. Supervise and coordinate patenting of new inventions by the research group within the ERC PoC project Physic. External fund raising for academic spin-offs, such as venture capitalists, business angels, bank loans, private or corporate equity funds, mutual funds or equity crowd-funding.


The IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca is searching one research collaborator as business specialist with experience in the area of applied economics/management science to carry out the activities supported by the ERC Proof of Concept grant Physic.
The candidate must possess the following skills:
(i) knowledge of spatial econometrics models, such as Spatial Auto-regressive, Spatial Error models, etc.;
(ii) computational and statistical tools for firm competitiveness analysis by using different econometric methods;
(iii) knowledge of firm location choice models to attract foreign direct investments;
(iv) experience on factors drivers for innovation;
(v) ability in writing business plans and technology transfer.
Perspective applicants should hold a Master degree in Economics or related areas. Articles published in scientific journals or in conference proceedings, or doctoral experience confirming the requested skills are preferential requirements.

Formal requirements:

Master in Economics or in related areas.

Specific requirements:

Notions about commercial law, patents' law, Italian start-up benefit law and basic knowledge on venture capital, private equity, mutual funds, institutional investors, and stock markets are warmly welcome. Some elementary notions of Physics in order to understand the novelty and radical aspects of pending patents may be an asset.


PHYSIC - PHotovoltaic with SuperIor Crack resistance (Horizon 2020 – ERC - Proof of Concept-2016)

Research Area:
Computer Science and Systems Engineering
Research Unit:
MUSAM - Multi-scale Analysis of Materials
Type of contract:
Assegno di ricerca
Gross remuneration:

24.600 euro


1 year

Full call:
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