Postdoctoral Researcher: Academic Entrepreneurship and NSF I-Corps



The research and evaluation team for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Great Lakes I-Corps Hub is seeking a post-doctoral fellow to focus on research related to faculty and doctoral student entrepreneurship and training associated with the NSF’s I-Corps program. The candidate will be expected to conduct research related to reasons for involvement in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship; measurement of outcomes as they relate to faculty and graduate student participation; as well as synthesize best practices related to topics such as technology commercialization recruiting, training, and policy. It is a 1-year, renewable position.

The primary responsibilities of the post-doctoral fellow include:

  • contribute to research design and data collection;
  • supervise survey and interview data collection;
  • analyze quantitative, longitudinal survey data as a primary activity;
  • analyze qualitative interview data as a secondary activity;
  • mentor graduate and undergraduate students;
  • participate in collaborative project meetings of the team members;
  • support the development of research proposals
  • present research at conferences;
  • draft manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication.

The project leadership includes Nathalie Duval-Couetil (Purdue University) and Alanna Epstein (University of Michigan). The candidate will be employed by Purdue University, but will work closely with all members of the I-Corps team, including weekly participation in virtual and/or in-person meetings.


Applicants should submit letter of interest, vita, and list of three references to and Curriculum vitae should include publications and presentations. Review of applications will continue until position is filled. The start date is negotiable.



Ph.D. from an accredited institution in education research, business, psychology, STEM, or other pertinent field. A demonstrated ability to work/collaborate with others and work independently on scholarly publications. Strong oral and written communication skills.



Demonstrated experience with conducting and publishing education or higher education research using quantitative or qualitative research methods, supervision of survey data collection, data management and cleaning, and/or quantitative methods for longitudinal survey data analysis.


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