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2 positions as Marie Curie PhD students in Business Administration

The Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management invites applications for two vacant 3-year positions as PhD Students in Public-Private Innovation//Business Administration (the two different projects are described in more details below).

The positions are vacant from 1st December 2016 or soon after. Candidates will be located at University of Southern Denmark (Syddansk Universitet) at campus Kolding in Denmark and will be registered for the doctoral programme within University of Southern Denmark at the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences.

The programme of research in which the PhD Student will engage will form part of the CATCH (Cancer: Activating Technology in Connected Health) ITN programme which is a European Industrial Doctorate (EID)

CATCH has received funding from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 722012 . The positions are therefore subject to the entry into force of grant agreement no. 722012 by and between The European Commission and the network partners in CATCH.

About an EID

A European Industrial Doctorate (EID) is a consortium that sets up a joint research and training programme for researchers at doctoral level with particular emphasis on training in the non-academic sector. Each participating researcher must be enrolled in a doctoral programme and spend at least 50% of their time in the non-academic sector. The joint supervision of the researchers by supervisors in the academic and non-academic sector is mandatory.

Project background

Advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment have been ground breaking, and we are now considering some cancers as chronic disease rather than fatal illness. This moves the point of focus in the fight against cancer from sustaining life towards maximizing functional capacity and quality of life (QOL). A critical element in this shift has been the rise of active rehabilitation in the management of cancer. In the past 10-15 years we have seen the emergence of significant evidence for the clinical effectiveness of active rehabilitation in cancer care, both in maximizing functional capacity and QOL, and preventing secondary recurrence. However, many barriers to implementation of active rehabilitation in cancer care exist due to its profound physical and psychological implications.

Technology advances such as gamification based on biofeedback, and neuromuscular electrical stimulation, can help address some of these barriers but much must be done before we can effectively marry the technological capability to the unmet clinical need. In particular we need to understand specific challenges and patient journeys associated with cancer care and how we can help patients to leverage psychological tools to better engage in their own care.

We then need to optimize technological tools to meet patients‘ rehabilitation needs, and finally, to understand how to bring resultant solutions to market where they can have maximal impact on quality of care. This can only be done by a multidisciplinary programme of research involving close collaboration between researchers in academic, clinical and industry settings.


CATCH (Cancer: Activating Technology for Connected Health) is funded by the European Commission through its Marie Sklowdowska Curie programme and all EID positions are subject to this funding. For more information visit: catchitn.eu
CATCH is a deep collaboration across academic, business and clinical sectors. PhD Students willbenefit from intersectoral secondments, interdisciplinary communication skills, public engagement and outreach while working on a programme of interrelated core research projects addressing gaps in the knowledge and evidence base for technology enabled cancer rehabilitation mentioned above.

About the Network

A network of 8 PhD students will be based in partner organisations across Europe including:

SALUMEDIA TECNOLOGÍAS S.L., Spain (non-academic)
BEACON HOSPITAL, Ireland (non-academic)
ONCOAVANZE, Spain (non-academic)

About the two EID Projects at SDU University of Southern Denmark

The two vacant positions related to the CATCH project as EID students at SDU are both part of the CATCH work package (WP) 3: sell and Scale. The objective of the WP is to offer routes to market and strategic approaches to drive adoption at scale of the proposed solutions and associated care models at both an industry and public actor level. The use of smart technologies in cancer care has never been more timely. However, evidence for health technology‘s effectiveness - clinical outcomes, adoption rates, and cost savings - is limited (1,2,3). Adoption of such technologies in cancer care requires convincing patients, citizens, medical providers, insurance companies, and governments of their economic and clinical viability. The interdisciplinary nature of designing this form of health technology shows the necessity for academic and industrial partners to work together. When healthcare solutions are developed between academia and industry, a transfer of ideas and knowledge occur (4). Recognizing this as a route to scaling adoption, EU countries are promoting Public-Private Innovation (PPI) nationally, as well as at an EU level (e.g. Horizon 2020). Hundreds of PPI-projects between public organizations and private firms have been executed (5), but few can be deemed commercially successful (6). Little is known of the conditions that create successful PPI-projects (7), but a great deal concerning the challenges (8), many of which may be addressed through a design-thinking approach to commercialization: Collaboration- under­stand­ing each other‘s heterogeneous needs, values and work traditions; Innovation - incorporating context-specific knowledge to move beyond technical success to user attractiveness; Implementation- diffusing solutions into public organisations based on user needs and demands (9). Firms need a dynamic approach where commercialization decisions are adapted based on learning from stakeholder interactions while in the market (10,11,12). This requires firms to rethink existing business conventions and develop new industry combinations (13). Commercialization planning can sometimes mean a viable solution at one point, creates problems in the future (14). It is more than a ‘latter‘ dissemination phase of the innovation (15). It is a process of divergent strategic decisions, using practical implementations to raise awareness and adoption among customers and other stakeholders, induce sales (16), realize benefits for the customer (17), and achieve diffusion (18). WP3 develops sustainable business and revenue models for technology-enabled post-diagnosis rehabilitative supports in cancer and other clinical areas. It increases knowledge of conditions for PPI-partner­ships, including how to collaborate and innovate.

Project 1: Supporting commercialization of technology-enabled cancer solutions through design thinking

This project is hosted by SDU - UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN DENMARK, Denmark in partnership with SALU­MEDIA TECNOLOGÍAS S.L. (SALU), Spain (non-academic)

Sustainable eHealth innovation requires integration of different disciplines and ideas, and information sharing by industry, users and public partners (19). Firms must often rearrange their organisation and values to integrate these external and internal elements in a commercialisation process. Based in SDU, jointly supervised by Evald (Public-private innovation and intrapreneurship) and Munksgaard (Relationship management and design), the PhD Student will combine the emerging field of PPI with design thinking and methods to mediate between heterogeneous innovators and between external and internal surroundings, facilitating new understanding and insight in an open yet structured way (20). User-centred innovation and co-creation, incorporating innovation problem solving and business development by hands-on experimenting (21), will allow users and businesses to explore and uncover multiple relevant user needs that are also commercially viable. The PhD Student will spend 6 months in SDU (M1-M6) systematically reviewing PPI, commercialization and design literatures complemented by interviews with up to 20 users (cancer patients, researchers, clinicians) leveraging Evald and Munksgaard‘s extensive experience with PPI-projects on how firms turn developed health solutions into commercial successes.

The PhD Student will have a 6 month (M7-12) secondment in SALU to understand the context in which solutions are developed. Returning to SDU (M13-18), the PhD Student will develop preliminary guidelines for how private firms can use design thinking (methods) to secure the handling of collaboration, innovation, diffusion and commercialization challenges and qualify the process of developing technology-enabled cancer care solutions. The PhD Student will spend 12 months (M19-30) with SALU conducting three workshops to gather knowledge from external and internal partners and users before conducting a pilot evaluation of the processes that char­acter­ise the development of technology-enabled cancer car e solutions, to assess whether design has strengthened the firms‘ awareness of different external and internal challenges and how to handle them. 6 months (M31-36) will be spent writing the PhD thesis, to be awarded by SDU.

Project 2: Qualifying private organisations commercialization efforts through stakeholder interactions

This project is hosted by SDU - UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN DENMARK, Denmark in partnership with BEACON HOSPITAL (BEAC), Ireland (non-academic) and SALUMEDIA TECNOLOGÍAS S.L. (SALU), Spain (non-academic)

Recent literature adds other stakeholders to customers and R&D collaborators (22,23) in terms of enhancing commercialization activities. They can articulate customer needs and market structure issues, assist to re-define the market (24), and thereby turn the invention into a commercially successful innovation. Earlyengagement and interaction with network stakeholders (suppliers, distributors and customers) is crucial to innovation success (25,26,27). Hosted in SDU, jointly supervised by Højbjerg Clarke (Innovation and User/ Stakeholder involvement) and Evald (Public-private innovation and intrapreneurship), the PhD Student in project 2 will examine how stakeholder interactions influence the development and realization of commercialization plans.

This PhD Student will spend 6 months in SDU (M1-6) systematically reviewing PPI, commercialization and stake­holder literatures, and leveraging Højbjerg Clarke and Evald‘s experience of projects turning health solutions into commercial successes. The PhD Student will then spend 10 months (M7-16) at BEACON HOSPITAL under­stand­ing the context in which cancer care solutions are developed and forming preliminary guidelines for how private firms can use stakeholder interactions to qualify commercialization efforts. The first 16 months will include inter­views with up to 30 private and public actors engaged in PPI. Returning to SDU, the PhD Student will spend 6 months (M17-22) refining the guidelines, followed by 8 months (M23-30) with SALU. Here, they will conduct a pilot evaluation of the processes the PPI-projects have undergone and assess whether stakeholder interactions have strengt­hened private firms‘ awareness of different challenges and how to handle them. 6 months will be spent in SDU writing the PhD thesis (M31-36).

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Further information on the projects can be obtained from SDU project leader Kristin B. Munksgaard, phone 6550 1467, email kbm@sam.sdu.dk or Head of Department Ann Højbjerg Clarke, phone +45 6550 1361, email ahc@sam.sdu.dk .

About the host and partnership organisations

SDU - University of Southern Denmark has more than 27,000 students and 4,000 employees. It is located in campuses in 6 different cities. Each has a central focus on education and research. The research team at SDU participating in CATCH focus on the emerging Public-Private Innovation (PPI) research field in addition to developing PPI-tools to design and manage stakeholders, innovation, implementation and commercialization challenges (www.sdu.dk/opi). The team is active in various Advisory Boards and in setting up customized workshops and courses for private and public partners. The PPI-research team is strongly motivated to contribute to the project as the research of this group is rooted in an applied research tradition based on learning cycles with businesses and industry promoting institutions. The interaction with the surrounding business community is expressed through cooperation in relation to research projects and disseminating research results. The department and the research team have a great experience within Industrial PhD positions in Denmark. The Department has had more than 15 Industrial PhD candidates within the last years.

Salumedia Tecnologías S.L. (SALU) is a young company based in Seville, south Spain (www.salumedia.com). They specialise in digital solutions for the healthcare sector. Their main capacity involves providing innovative solutions, strategies and products to different actors in the healthcare domain. SALU is extremely focused on patient empowerment and increasing their quality of life. The staff at SALU consists of experts in the field of computer informatics, healthcare sector, and business. Together they have years of experience in eHealth and mHealth markets.

Beacon Hospital (BEAC) in Ireland provides world-class acute care services, including orthopaedic surgery, heart surgery, neurosurgery, general surgery, comprehensive cancer care (medical oncology and radiation oncology), and general and emergency medicine services. It has 153 acute care beds, eight operating theatres, two endoscopy suites and 14 dedicated critical care beds. The eight-bed medical-surgical intensive care unit (ICU) and six-bed coronary care unit (CCU) are designed to provide specialised patient care and recovery. Treatment facilities in Beacon include 8 operating theatres with dedicated rooms for Neurosurgery, Urology, Cardiac, General, Orthopaedic and Ophthalmic Surgery. It has 2 Endoscopy suites, a state of the art Oncology day treatment centre, and therapeutic radiography with LINAC- linear accelerator. Beacon hospital is accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI).

Eligibility Criteria for CATCH:

  • Masters Degree in Business Administration or any other Masters Degree supplemented with an MBA
  • Applicants must provide evidence of equivalent competence in English language by achieving the minimum standard in a recognised English language test, as outlined at the following link: https://myucd.ucd.ie/admissions/english-language-requirement.ezc A high level in written and spoken English will be preferred. Preferable the candidate is also strong in spoken Spanish, but this is not mandatory.
  • Researcher may NOT have resided or carried out activity in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the submission deadline date.
Eligibility criteria for EU:

  • Researchers participating in an EID have to be ‘Early Stage Researchers‘ at the time of recruitment. This means that they are in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research career and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. At the time of recruitment, they cannot have lived or worked for more than 12 months in the country of their future host organisation (short stays such as vacation are not taken into account) in the 3 years prior to recruitment.

The employment as a Salaried PhD Student in Denmark is governed by the agreement of October 1, 2008 on Graduate Employees in government appendix 5 – protocol on PhD Student.

The PhD will be paid a salary (scholarship) including; Living allowance of gross EUR 4207 per month. They will be entitled to a mobility allowance at gross EUR 600 per month and also a potentially family allowance EUR 500 per month where appropriate.

The scholarship runs for three years (36month) as a fully funded PhD. The PhD student is employed 100% by SDU and sent to the partners BEACON HOSPITAL (BEAC), Ireland and SALUMEDIA TECNOLOGÍAS S.L. (SALU), Spain for the share of time foreseen under the implementation of the project.

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries about these positions may be made to Head of Department Ann Højbjerg Clarke, phone +45 6550 1361, email ahc@sam.sdu.dk

Or to the project leader at the University of Southern Denmark, Kristin B. Munksgaard, phone +45 6550 1467, email kbm@sam.sdu.dk

Submission Process

An application must include:

  • Detailed CV (maximum of 5 pages)
  • A short motivation letter for why you apply for the position (maximum of 1 page)
  • A certified copy of your master‘s degree certificate including all examination results along with information on the grading scale (comparable to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS))
  • Application form (please see below)
  • A project proposal (max 5 pages of 2400 characters each, including spaces, notes, appendices, bibliography etc.)
  • An abstract for the above project proposal of no more than 250 words
  • Complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
  • Information on teaching experience or other forms of knowledge communication, if relevant
  • References
When applying for a PhD scholarship, please fill in the application form available on our web page. On the webpage of the PhD-school, you can find the guidelines for preparing your project proposal within the PhD programme in Business Administration. Applications must be submitted electronically using the link on our web page. Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) or Word format.

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English. Please remember to indicate very clear if you apply for project number 1 or 2.

Further information for international applicants considering applying for a job at the University of Southern Denmark. Please take a look at the webpage from our International Staff Office (ISO) at The University of Southern Denmark.

The University encourages all interested persons to apply, regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background.

Read the guideline for applicants

Each field can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

Application date

Application deadline for the two positions is 1st October 2016 with an expected time for employment at 1st of December 2016 and preferable no later than 1st of February 2017.

Important Notes

All PhD positions in CATCH will have a pre-arranged secondment to another country as outlined in the project descriptions above. These secondments cannot be altered and the candidate will have to embark on the planned secondment when taking up the PhD position.

All applications will be assessed by a committee. The members of the committee for these positions are:

Professor Markus Becker
Department of Marketing and Management
University of Southern Denmark

Professor Bent Warming-Rasmussen
Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management
University of Southern Denmark

Professor Hans Stubbe Solgaard
Department of Environmental and Business Economics
University of Southern Denmark

Professor Mette Præst Knudsen
Department of Marketing and Management
University of Southern Denmark

If you have objections to any of the members of this committee, you must provide the objection when you submit. When the evaluation committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her.

As part of the overall assessment of the applicant‘s qualifications, an interview may be applied. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria as outlined above and are selected for interview will be notified by email. Please provide the email address you wish to be contacted on, when you submit.

Interviews will be held via Skype and you will be notified of the date.

Applications that are incomplete with regard to the above requirements will not be assessed by the committee

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