PhD scholarship in Impact of Big Science Organizations on Innovation

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Big Science Organizations (BSOs) - often as large Research Infrastructures (RIs) in Europe - are increasingly important as influencers in ecosystems of innovation and business creation, because they are capable of driving technological advancement for the relevant industries. A number of BSOs, such as CERN, European Space Agency (ESA), and European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), have shown their importance in technological breakthrough and their impact on national and international economies and society. Yet, our current knowledge on how BSOs make their impact on innovation together with partner universities and industrial suppliers is limited, and a proven effect of BSOs on innovation is generally lacking.

Therefore, this PhD project aims at searching for new knowledge regarding how BSOs make impact on not only scientific but also innovation impact on themselves and on partner organizations, including universities, in-kind partners, and industry (particularly suppliers).

Empirical studies are expected to be carried on during the 3-year period, based on the theoretical foundations regarding socio-economic impact of public organizations, open innovation, supplier-driven innovation and proximity theories. The empirical base for research in the project is set within the collaboration with European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden. Various types of data are expected to be collected and analysed with the support from ESS and its innovation network. 

The PhD will be hosted at DTU Centre for Technology Entrepreneurship.

Responsibilities and tasks
We are looking for an ambitious candidate for a PhD project (3-year, full-time) to focus on the impact of Big Science Organizations on Innovation in collaboration with ESS. We expect the candidate can perform rigorous and relevant research using a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods and extend collaborations with key academic and industrial partners within and outside of the DTU-ESS partnership during the PhD project. 

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. Candidates should have a master's degree in social science, political science, business, management, computer science, engineering, digital media design, or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering. 

In addition, we seek a candidate with the following specific qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge about innovation, industrial economics and relevant research methods
  • Working experience in public research organizations, preferably a BSO
  • A longer-term interest in pursuing a research career
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment as well as in a Danish context
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
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. 

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor (MSO) Jason Li-Ying, email: Tel: +45 4525 4856. 

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Please submit your online application no later than 3 April 2020 (23:59 Danish local 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 Centre for Technology Entrepreneurship
DTU Entrepreneurship is a newly established centre aiming to be a world-renowned centre of excellence for building the entrepreneurial and technology innovation capabilities of students, researchers, and organizations. The centre currently employs approximately 30 people, including eight permanent faculty and eight PhD students. The centre collaborates very closely with colleagues across DTU’s entrepreneurial eco-system. The centre provides a portfolio of courses for all students to become exemplary engineers with deep technical skills and the capability to recognize needs, innovate, productize and commercialize new technology. Research at the centre focus on building an effective feedback loop between entrepreneurship research and practice to ensure research are translated into practice – and that practice provides an empirical foundation for research.

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