Industrial Researcher

Are you a research talent with an appetite for a career in the business sector?

    Or are you a company or a research institution with an idea for a research project that can create commercial value for the company?

    The Industrial Researcher Programme invests in Industrial PhD and Postdoc projects. In both project types the candidate is employed in a private company and enrolled at or collaborates with a public sector research organisation. The candidate works on the same project at both places. Innovation Fund Denmark invests in research projects within all research fields, provided the research project is of a high quality and is commercially relevant to the company.

    Guidelines updated in October 2019
    10 October 2019 we have updated the guidelines for Industrial PhD and Industrial postdoc with a number of small but important clarifications to increase transparency in assessment criteria.

    In addition, for Industrial PhD candidates, we introduce a simplification of the rules for dispensation with regard to grade requirements.

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    Industrial PhD
    Guidelines for Industrial PhD projects

    The Guidelines for Industrial PhD is the document that establishes the terms for Industrial PhD applications, project structure and financing. You can find the guidelines down below.

    Documents
    Kick-off event for new projects

    The Industrial PhD student and the 2 primary supervisors (one from the company and one from the university) are required to participate in a kick-off when the Industrial PhD project is approved.

    Read more about the next kick-off event 25 August 2020

     

    Salary

    An Industrial PhD student must receive at least the total salary (salary + pension) of a university employed PhD student. The AC collective agreement (DK: ‘AC-overenskomsten’) regulates salary levels for PhD fellows, whose salaries are determined in accordance with the collective agreement’s §4 and §8.

    Per 1 October 2019 the total monthly salary levels, incl. pension and supplement, are as follows, based on seniority:

    • Year 1, salary level 4: DKK 31,810
    • Year 2, salary level 4: DKK 31,810 
    • Year 3, salary level 5: DKK 34,177 
    • Year 4, salary level 6: DKK 36,337
    • Year 5, salary level 8: DKK 38,464 

    Salary seniority is determined by the period of time the PhD fellow has been employed with work that requires an academic education. This means if you go directly from the master’s degree to the PhD study you start on salary level 4.

    The collectively agreed salary is a minimum salary. As an Industrial PhD candidate, you can negotiate a higher salary. In general you should consider your Industrial PhD employment as any other type of employment with regard to negotiating employment terms. This means that you can also negotiate holidays, paternal leave etc. As a minimum, the employment must be on terms for salaried employees (DK: funktionærbetingelser).

    Please note that an actual employment contract must be agreed upon which frees up from any other work tasks except the project and the education when the project is running. Additionally, please note that any non-competition clauses or similar in the employment contract must not limit your possibilities for employment elsewhere. Likewise, the contract must not contain educational clauses or similar that require you to reimburse the company’s expenses for the education if the education is discontinued, or if you change employment after completing the Industrial PhD project.

    We advise you to seek consultation on the salary level with an HR specialist or with a union within the sector and the above salary levels are indicative.

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    Industrial PhD course

    Innovation Fund Denmark is offering a new, mandatory course for all Industrial PhD students. The course is run by CBS. The general purpose of the course is to prepare the Industrial PhD students for the role as industrial researcher during and after the studies.

    The Industrial PhD course and its content is designed for you, as a student, to follow at the start of your Industrial PhD education, and you will make the most of the course by participating early in your project. Accordingly we encourage you to sign up for the first upcoming course after your project start.

    Please be aware: The course is only accessible for Industrial PhD's approved from the first round of 2017 and forth.

    Course dates

    The course dates for 2019 are as follows:

    • Module 1: 20-21 April 2020
    • Module 2: 26-27 October 2020
    • Module 3: 8 April 2021

    Sign up here

    CBS runs the course. Training, facilities and administration in relation to the course are conducted in collaboration with Innovation Fund Denmark.

    The subgoals of the course are that the industrial PhD student:

    • acquires practical and theoretical tools for managing a research project that involves academic and business cultures and often does not have a clear hierarchical structure.
       
    • acquires tools for manoeuvering in academic and commercial environments and getting the best of both worlds.
       
    • acquires tools for converting their own and others’ research into innovation and business value.
       
    • gets to understand their potential impact as an industrial researcher and the impact of the project in a company and society perspective, and becomes capable of acting in this regard.
       
    • creates a professional and social network with other Industrial PhD students.

    The course makes up 5 ECTS points and consists of three modules. All three modules are mandatory for all approved Industrial PhD students.

    Accordingly, the student participates in three modules across a one-year period from the start of the Industrial PhD project.

    Industrial Postdoc
    Guidelines for Industrial Postdoc projects

    The Guidelines for Industrial Postdoc is the document that establishes the terms for Industrial Postdoc application, project structure and financing. You can find the guidelines down below.

     

    Documents
    Salary

    An Industrial Postdoc must receive at least the total salary (salary + pension) of a postdoc employed at a university in Denmark. The AC collective agreement (DK: ‘AC-overenskomsten’) regulates salary levels for postdoc employees, whose salaries are determined in accordance with the collective agreement’s §4 and §8.

    Per 1 October 2019 the total monthly salary levels, incl. pension and supplement, are as follows, based on seniority:

    • Year 1, salary level 4: DKK 35.714 
    • Year 2, salary level 4: DKK 35.714 
    • Year 3, salary level 5: DKK 38.082 
    • Year 4, salary level 6: DKK 40.241 
    • Year 5, salary level 8: DKK 42.369

    Salary seniority is determined by the period of time the postdoc employee has been employed with work that requires an academic education. Since a postdoc employee typically has at least 3 years of PhD employment already, they usually start on salary level 5 or above.

    The collectively agreed salary is a minimum salary. As an Industrial Postdoc, you can negotiate a higher salary. In general you should view your Industrial Postdoc employment like any other type of employment with regard to negotiating employment terms. This means that you can also negotiate holidays, paternal leave etc. As a minimum, the employment must be on terms for salaried employees (DK: funktionærbetingelser). Also note that any non-competition clauses or similar in the employment contract must not limit the Industrial Postdoc’s possibilities for employment elsewhere.

    We advise you to seek consultation on the salary level with an HR specialist or with a union within the sector and the above salary levels are indicative.

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    Publications

    The Effect of the Industrial PhD Programme on Employment and Income

    Publication date: 11 July 2013
    ISBN: 978-87-92776-68-6
    Publisher: Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education
    Publication year: 2012
    Page number: 35

    A study of the occupation activity of Industrial PhD’s and conventional PhD’s respectively, shows  generally highemployment rate for both groups. The study also shows that Industrial PhD students are typically employed in specialist positions with high salary in the private sector, while ordinary PhD students are typically employed in the public sector with a lower salary. The study also shows that a high employment rate once the Industrial PhD’s have completed the Industrial PhD.

    The report is in English with a Danish abstract.

    Find the publication here (PDF)

     

    Analysis of the Industrial PhD Programme

    Publication date: 23 February 2011
    ISBN: 978-87-92372-65-9
    Publisher: Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education
    Publication year: 2011
    Page number: 43

    A new impact assessment of the Industrial PhD Programme shows that companies with an Industrial PhD has a significant higher gross profit, patenting and employment rate than companies without. In addition, Industrial PhDs get a better salary and is more often employed in management positions than conventional PhDs, but to a lesser extent involved in research  and development.

    Find the publication here (PDF)

     

    Industrial PhD – An efficient tool for innovation and knowledge transfer

    Publication date: 29 March 2007
    ISBN: 978-87-920-8115-5
    Internet ISBN: 978-87-920-8116-2
    Publisher: Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education
    Publication year: 2007
    Page number: 116

    Find the publication here (pdf)

    The Industrial Researcher Committee

    The Industrial Researcher Committee performs the professional assessment of all Industrial Researcher applications. The Committee processes applications within two months. The Committee may decide to procure additional information from the applicant for the assessment. If so, processing time may exceed two months.

    Members of the Industrial Researcher Committee

    Associate professor
    Adelina Rogowska-Wrzesinska  
    Syddansk Universitet, Institut for Biokemi og Molekylær Biologi

    Professor and chief physician
    Andreas Kjær  
    Københavns Universitet, Biomedicinisk Institut / Rigshospitalet

    Senior Innovation Manager
    Anita Friis Sommer  
    LEGO Group

    Professor
    Brian Vejrum Wæhrens  
    Aalborg Universitet, Center for Industriel Produktion

    Professor and Academic Director
    Christer Karlsson  
    Copenhagen Business School, Operations Management

    Professor and CEO 
    Christian Kapel  
    Københavns Universitet, Institut for Plante- og Miljøvidenskab / ParaTech A/S

    Associate Professor 
    Connie Svabo  
    Roskilde Universitet, Insitut for Kommunikation og Humanistik Videnskab

    Professor 
    Erik Lund  
    Aalborg Universitet, Institut for Mekanik og Produktion

    Professor 
    Hanne Ingmer  
    Københavns Universitet, Institut for Veterinær Sygdomsbiologi

    Senior Director Formulation & Delivery 
    Hanne B. Rasmussen  
    Novo Nordisk A/S

    Professor 
    Henrik Callesen  
    Aarhus Universitet, Institut for Husdyrvidenskab

    Vice President Biometrics 
    Ingrid Sofie Harbo (chair) 
    H. Lundbeck A/S

    Professor
    Ira Assent
    Aarhus University, Department of Computer Science

    Partner, Head of Sustainability Engineering
    Jakob Strømann-Andersen
    Hennning Larsen Architects

    Professor MSO
    Julie Borup Jensen
    Aalborg Universitet, Institut for Læring og Filosofi

    Associate Professor
    Lise Byskov Herslund  
    Københavns Universitet, Institut for Geovidenskab og Naturforvaltning

    Director 
    Mette Glavind  
    Teknologisk Institut, Byggeri og Anlæg

    COO, sales and business development director 
    Mogens Durup Nielsen  
    Xtel Wireless

    Research Area Manager 
    Niels Henrik Pontoppidan  
    Oticon A/S

    Head of education 
    Peter Koudahl  
    TEC - København

    Professor 
    Peter Sestoft  
    IT-Universitetet, Software & Systems

    Chief Specialist 
    Philip C. Kjær  
    Vestas Wind Systems A/S

    Professor 
    René C. Goduscheit (deputy chair)
    Universitet Aarhus, Institut for Forretningsudvikling og Teknologi

    Professor 
    Susan Stipp  
    Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Institut for Fysik

    Vice President Waste and Contaminated Sites
    Torben Kristiansen  
    COWI

    Vice President Discovery
    Torben V. Borchert  
    Novozymes

    Chief Data Scientist 
    Tue Lehn-Schiøler  
    Danske Bank / BrainCapture

    Head of clinic, professor 
    Ulrik Niels Lassen  
    Rigshospitalet, Onkologisk Klinik / Københavns Universitet, Institut for Klinisk Medicin

     

    Contact information

    Telephone: +45 6190 5002, phone time: 9 - 12 AM on weekdays

    Mail: Erhvervsforsker@innofond.dk

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