Researchers in Industrial Dynamics and Systemic Change

DTU Management Engineering
Tuesday 12 Jun 18

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DTU Management Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for two positions as researcher in Industrial dynamics and systemic change. The position will be affiliated to the Industrial Dynamics and Strategy (IDS) research group within the department’s Technology and Innovation Management division.

The researchers are expected to work in a research team building on the adjunct disciplines of Industrial dynamics, Institutional theory, Evolutionary economics, Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Technology Foresight.

The research field revolves around system innovation for grand societal challenges. A key aspect is to understand mechanisms that lead to systemic changes of technological, industrial and societal systems. The research focusses on understanding change and change processes of industrial sectors and wider innovation systems with private and public actors. Empirically, the group has a stronghold in the sectors of energy and cleantech. The users of the research are typically industrial sectors and their associations, sectoral and regional authorities but also individual national and international organizations.

The position as researcher is a permanent entry-level position.

Responsibilities and tasks
Over the first three years, the two new researchers are expected to allocate 2/3 of their time at research in a new EU funded project ‘Scaling up Co-creation: Avenues and Limits for Integrating Society in Science and Innovation’. The project will investigate the implementation, uptake and outcomes of three co-creation instruments (public procurement of innovation, co-creation facilities and living labs) in two technical domains (robotics and urban energy) across 10 countries.

Other tasks and responsibilities related to the positions include: 

  • Publication of research results in leading international journals.
  • Research-based teaching up to 20% of the time. The teaching includes contributions to the 3-year programmes leading to a B.Sc. in Strategic Analysis and Systems Design and a B.Sc. in Design & Innovation.
  • Attracting external research funding in cooperation with industry, public organisations and DTU’s international partner universities.
  • Further develop the department’s collaboration with other DTU departments; e.g. DTU Wind Energy.

Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

Furthermore, the ideal candidates have: 

  • A PhD degree in Industrial Dynamics, Science and Technology Studies (STS), or similar.
  • Experience in quantitative and qualitative research, including experience in case studies.
  • Scientific production within co-creation and user involvement in systemic innovation.
  • Experience in collaboration with Danish and European stakeholders in the domain of renewable energy and/or robotics.
  • An established European and international academic network; in particular at technical universities.

Since the positions are permanent, we expect candidates to speak Danish or learn Danish within a short time frame. For international candidates, DTU offers Danish language courses for the purpose of being able to learn to speak Danish within the first 2-3 years.

In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to 

  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International experience
  • Internal and external collaboration
  • Communication skills

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 terms of employment
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 position as a researcher is a permanent entry-level position. After a maximum of 4 years, a researcher can be promoted to a senior researcher position after assessment. More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU.  

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Group Leader Anne Nygaard Tanner, tel.: +45 4525 4557, or Professor, Head of division Per Dannemand Andersen, tel.: +45 4525 4535,  

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Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 26 June 2018 (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 in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullets points listed above
  • Documentation of previous research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

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

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

DTU Management Engineering contributes actively to the development of management tools and optimization of processes by using and re-thinking theoretical engineering perspectives, models, and methods. Through our research and teaching, we ensure an innovative, competitive, and sustainable organization and use of technologies within areas such as energy and climate, transportation, production and health, both domestic and abroad. DTU Management Engineering has 380 employees, including around 100 PhD students. More than 20% of our employees are from abroad and a total of 38 different nationalities are represented at the Department.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.