Postdoctoral Scholar Position

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 5th, 2019
Last review date: Friday, Sep 20, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Monday, Oct 7, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Postdoc Scholar Employee (Title Code 3252) position, in the area of Business Innovation at 100% percent time.


Under the direction of Faculty Director of the Garwood Center, Professor Henry Chesbrough, the Postdoc Scholar Employee will be expected to build a body of research output to strengthen the intellectual capital of the Garwood Center during his or her time in the position. This may include academic journal articles, cases, research notes, and conference write-ups. The Postdoc Scholar Employee will also have a proven ability to write for both academic and management audiences.

Minimum Qualifications Required (at the time of application):
Completion of all PhD degree requirements, or international degree equivalent, except the dissertation at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications (by the start of appointment):
PhD or equivalent international degree by the start date of the job.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Published work directly germane to the Garwood Center focused on research into and application of innovation in a corporate context.
• Experience teaching, presenting, and leading workshops.
• Preference will be given to those candidates who have published work directly germane to the mission of the Garwood Center, research into and application of innovation in a corporate context, in contrast to startups or small businesses. These topics include: business model innovation, IP management and innovation, corporate venturing, open innovation, and ambidexterity.

Please visit the following link to apply: Submit questions to Aza Gevorkian at

More About The Garwood Center

The Garwood Center center pays particular attention to the implementation of issues and development of new business models to capture the value of innovative products and services. Garwood’s Faculty Director, Henry Chesbrough, is known as the father of Open Innovation, but like any proud parent, he prefers to shine the spotlight away from himself and on to what his idea contributes to the world: a way to innovate that harnesses useful knowledge from just about anywhere.


Take Procter & Gamble’s SpinBrush. It’s a low-cost powered toothbrush using technology invented outside P&G—and first used in a spinning lollipop. It’s also the result of Open Innovation, which is less restricted and more distributed than the closed research-and-development process corporations typically rely on, a process that doesn’t always yield the results they’re seeking.


Garwood acts as a bridge between two usually disconnected spheres: business practice in corporations and business theory devised and refined by academics. In fact, the Center’s mission is to bring together scholars and practitioners—from undergraduate students to CEOs—to understand and overcome the unique challenges of innovating in large enterprises. Through its programs, Garwood helps corporations implement Open Innovation and other innovation models, and it creates a platform for scholars to generate and share the latest research on corporate innovation.


At Garwood’s annual World Open Innovation Conference, scholars present the latest research on Open Innovation and collaborate with managers who are facing real-world innovation challenges in their organizations. Through the Center’s Berkeley Innovation Forum, managers from 32 member firms share their innovation-management successes and obstacles, offering support and potential solutions from a range of industries. Every quarter, the Center invites chief innovation officers from select companies to the CIO Roundtable, which explores leading-edge innovation concepts, such as autonomous factories and innovation as a service. The Garwood Innovation Fellows program gives executives-in-residence the opportunity to work with the unparalleled Garwood network on their organizations’ most pressing innovation challenges. As part of the Institute for Business Innovation, Garwood also hosts a number of visiting scholars who come from around the world but are all focused on corporate innovation in their research.


These programs all leverage Garwood’s unique elements. In addition to being home to the father of Open Innovation, the Center is part of one of the world’s top-ranked business schools, where many renowned innovation experts teach and research, and it’s close to Silicon Valley, which infuses all of Garwood’s programs with an entrepreneurial spirit.   Chesbrough believes business schools are often too separate from the organizations they study, and he’s used the Open Innovation mindset to find a useful model for the Garwood Center. “We need to do what leading medical schools do: they hire world-class researchers, but they also employ a second kind of professor, a clinical professor. This person translates the latest research results into new, real-world treatment methods. That’s what we’re trying to do at Garwood, to translate new theories of innovation into practice, and help companies get better results.”