Associate Professor in Technology and Innovation Management Syddansk Universitet (SDU)

Associate Professor in Technology and Innovation Management

Syddansk Universitet (SDU)

Ph.d. project
Southern Jutland

The Mads Clausen Institute at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) invites applications for an Associate Professor of Technology and Innovation Management.

The targeted starting date of the position is February 1st 2018 or earlier, if possible.

The position is located within the Section SDU Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation (TEI) at the Faculty of Engineering on the international SDU's campus Sønderborg. SDU TEI unites engineering, innovation management, and entrepreneurship scholars in teaching and joint research projects. The section focuses on the technological innovation process, from ideation and prototyping, through production and operations management, to commercialization.

SDU TEI is embedded in a region with a strong network of companies, including some of Denmark's largest global industrial players (i.e. Danfoss, Linak, Siemens, Vestas) and many manufacturing SMEs. Projects currently run by the group cover a range of cutting-edge topics, such as smart factory, digitalization, collaborative robots, lean automation, and innovative production region characterized by high mix low volume production. The group publishes in leading international journals on these topics, such as Creativity and Innovation Management, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Sensors and Actuators, and Technovation.

The SDU TEI section is a highly international and interdisciplinary group of 12 faculty members, with international students from diverse academic backgrounds. The campus is in Sønderborg, an attractive maritime town with an open Scandinavian culture and affordable housing and living costs. The head of the section is the incoming president of the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB). For more information on SDU TEI, please visit

The SDU TEI section is seeking a highly motivated, outgoing person, who is able to work in an international, interdisciplinary team. The candidate must be a team player and at the same time able to work independently. The successful candidate is active in publishing in technology management and/or engineering journals.

The successful candidate should have a background in engineering or in innovation management with a strong focus on engineering topics, procedures and technologies. Further, she or he shall develop and implement research-project ideas with a regional focus and impact. We expect the field of Technology and Innovation Management at SDU TEI to grow. The candidate will get the opportunity to shape this development together with the team.

• Taking a leading role in pursuing a research agenda in technology and innovation management
• Publishing in high ranked peer-reviewed journals, as well as engaging in other forms and levels of research dissemination
• Teaching at Bachelor and Master levels of SDU TEI's "Innovation and Business" engineering study programmes
• Initiating fund raising - and playing an active role in securing research funding to support
the research activities of the section
• Communicating across different disciplines (experience in interdisciplinary research and teaching, particularly at the intersections of engineering, innovation, and business would be an advantage)
• Playing an active role in the development of new courses and degrees
• Knowledge and technology transfer to industry
• Contributing to the administrative responsibilities of the group

Application requirements

Applicants for the Associate Professor position must have a PhD degree in engineering or business/economics, and a convincing record of research, development and management. The candidate must have significant teaching experience. Candidates with any kind of practical industrial experience will be preferred.

Further information is available from the Head of the Section, Associate Professor Silke Tegtmeier This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Associate Professor Arne Bilberg This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Application, salary and conditions of employment, etc.
Level of qualification is a PhD.

Applications will be assessed by an expert committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the Faculty.

As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, an interview may be applied.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations), Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten 2015.

If the successful applicant has not documented teaching experience wich corresponds to assistant professor level, the applicant can be employed on trial for the first 18 months.

Applications must be submitted online using the link below. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

Read the guideline for applicants.

An application must include:

• An application letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the position in question (max. two pages)
• a Curriculum Vitae including contact details and information on previous employment,
• a research and funding proposal within the announced subject area (max. five pages, including problem statement, purpose, theoretical foundation, research design and plan, funding sources),
• all relevant Certificates/Diplomas,
• information on previous teaching experience (please attach as teaching portfolio),
• a full list of publications,
• and a statement of max. five most relevant publications for this position. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication, a possible co-author statement should be a part of this pdf-file.

Applicants for an associate professorship at the Faculty of Engineering are requested to submit a teaching portfolio with the application as documentation for teaching experience as well as supervision qualifications. Please read more here.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


31 oktober 2017 (Application deadline: 31 october 2017)