PhD scholarship in Measuring and improving impact of university-industry innovation collaboration in an open innovation perspective

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The Innovation Processes and Entreneurship group at DTU Diplom seek an engaged and ambitious candidate for a PhD project on developing a model for measuring the impact of innovation collaborations between university and industry. This project will contribute to the Departments overall strategy of strengthening our knowledge within a research field that ties university research and technological development with companies – and especially SMEs - need for innovation and implementation of new technology.  

University- industry collaboration is increasing in these years and we see a growth in both numbers and in types of collaborations. This covers collaborative relationships with many different types of companies including companies without previous experience of collaboration with universities such as SMEs without R&D or tradition of more systematic knowledge building. The collaborative projects have also become more diverse and include, in addition to research, consulting, product development, problem solving, educational collaborations (eg. student projects, cases, and internships) etc. The experience is that the collaborations are largely value-creating and knowledge creating for all involved actors and institutions. However, there is a lack of systematic knowledge to understand the collaborations more deeply.

This PhD project will first map out the existing form of University-Industry collaborations from initial processes of search and select to the final concluding activities, and then research methods to measure impact of the different types of collaborations. After that we will develop a possible model for future university-industry collaborations and test out the model in the organisation.

Responsibilities and tasks
We are looking for an ambitious candidate for a PhD project (3 year full-time) to focus on the impact of university-industry (U-I) collaborations. We expect the candidate can perform relevant research using a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods and extend collaborations with key academic and industrial partners within and outside DTU during the PhD project.

Are you interested in working in and environment where we combine scientific and professional knowledge in innovative projects and are you curious about exploring open innovation processes, systematising quantitative and qualitative data, and develop systems for tracking and documenting impact in U-I collaborations, you might be our new Phd Student.  

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. You hold a degree in engineering, business, political science or social science or similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering.

In addition we expect you to have basic knowledge about innovation, entrepreneurship, data science, and business intelligence as well as knowledge about relevant research methods.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

Main workplace will be at DTU Campus Ballerup at DTU Diplom. The Phd project is carried out in close collaboration with DTU Center for Entrepreneurship at Lyngby Campus).

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Study, Associate Professor Sara Grex, Email, tel.: +45 26247747

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Please submit your online application no later than 2 December 2020 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

About DTU Diplom
DTU Diplom has a strong track record in university-industry collaboration on both faculty and student level. Based on DTU’s Ballerup Campus with state-of-the art labs and workshops for student innovation and collaboration, DTU Diplom is a driver in collaborations between students and small and medium sized companies. With approximately 500 graduation projects and 500 student internships with industry per year, our hands-on approach to technology transfer and solving real-life industry challenges is part of everything we do.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.