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.

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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.

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    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. Please be aware that co-supervisors and third parties cannot attend the meeting.

    The purpose of this event is:

    • To prepare the project partners for a positive collaboration
    • To present the opportunity to network across projects
    • To let Innovation Fund Denmark see the projects we have invested in.

    You can expect different activities that will prepare you for the collaboration that you are about to embark on. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about other projects. Among other things you must show your project with a poster. You are not obliged to make a presentation, but to be available for anyone who would like to hear more about the project.

    The poster must be brought physically to the Kick-off meeting and also sent to erhvervsforsker@innofond.dk in advance.

    Program

    09.00 - 10.00 Registration

    10.00 - 10.15 Welcome - why are we meeting today?

    10.15 - 10.20 Learn from the best – watch movie clips with good advice from Industrial PhD partners

    10.20 - 10.50 Poster session – communicate your project and identify peers

    10.50 - 10.55 Learn from the best – watch movie clips with good advice from Industrial PhD partners

    10.55 – 11.05 Introduction to the Industrial PhD course

    11.05 - 12.00 Live through the Industrial PhD experience and solve critical Industrial PhD dilemmas by playing Trilemma – The Industrial PhD Board Game (1. round)

    12.00 - 12.45 Eat a nice lunch and network

    12.45 - 13.40 Live through the Industrial PhD experience and solve critical Industrial PhD dilemmas by playing Trilemma – The Industrial PhD Board Game (2. round)

    13.40 - 14.00 Stay and have a meeting with your project partners (optional).

    (small changes in the program may occur).

    Next kick-off meeting date

    • Tuesday, February 18, 2019, at 10:00 AM 

    Registration

    All participants must be registered with name and all other information in the registration form.

    Supervisors are not automatically registered if the candidate is registered. You can either register individually or one person can register all participants from the project.

    Each project must show the project during a poster session.

    Poster guide

    • Project facts
      ​Project parties and title – company, university/academic department and student characteristics, incl. a picture of the student, so those interested can find the person among the participants
    • Problem & solution
      What problem is your project solving?
      What is the project’s research contribution?
      What is your project’s commercial potential?
      What are your specific scientific or commercial challenges?
    • Other relevant facts and/or best practice
      Other relevant facts and/or your best advice on how to complete a succesful Industrial PhD project

    The poster must be A3 format 297 × 420 mm. They will be fixed on the wall with Blu-Tack.

    Please note

    If you live abroad or have taken part in an introduction meeting within the past three years you do not have to attend.

    How do we start up an Industrial PhD?

    If you want to start up an Industrial PhD for the first time, it can be hard knowing where to begin. If you are a company or a candidate, the typical route is through the universities. The research field experts here have connections to relevant companies and can point out good Industrial PhD candidates among the students.

    In order to find the right university researcher we recommend that you contact the PhD programme for the research area. Every university has PhD programmes in different areas. The PhD programmes are the administrative centre for the universities’ PhD training and will be able to help you find a relevant university researcher. Find a list of Danish universities here: www.studyindenmark.dk

    You can also put out adverts in our LinkedIn group ”Industrial PhD matchmaking and Experience Sharing” where candidates and companies meet. Companies can also put ads in university papers.

    You can also contact one of the Danish innovation clusters, who may be able to connect you with collaboration partners in the sector. Find the clusters here. As a candidate, business associations will be able to direct you to relevant companies. Also, keep an eye on “science dating” events at universities where students and companies can meet each other.

    Candidates can also contact relevant companies directly. Our experience is that it is advantageous to have a project proposition ready where the commercial value to the company is clear, and where you are also open to any changes the company may want to make to the project in order to make it more relevant to them.

    Good applications for inspiration

    Below you find a couple of former applications which have been topratet by the assessment committee. Please note that the format of the application has changed in the meantime. Therefor only the content but not the format might serve as an inspiration for your application.

     

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

    • Year 1, salary level 4: DKK 31,545
    • Year 2, salary level 4: DKK 31,545 
    • Year 3, salary level 5: DKK 33,893 
    • Year 4, salary level 6: DKK 36,034
    • Year 5, salary level 8: DKK 38,144 

    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.

    Inspirational videos

     

     

    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: 9 -10 October 2019
    • Module 2: 27-28 April 2020
    • Module 3: 1 October 2020

    Register

    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
    • That the Industrial PhD student acquires tools for manoeuvering in academic and commercial environments and getting the best of both worlds
    • That the Industrial PhD student acquires tools for converting their own and others’ research into innovation and business value
    • That the Industrial PhD student 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
    • That the Industrial PhD student 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 April 2019 the total monthly salary levels, incl. pension and supplement, are as follows, based on seniority:

    • Year 1, salary level 4: DKK 35.417 
    • Year 2, salary level 4: DKK 35.417 
    • Year 3, salary level 5: DKK 37.765 
    • Year 4, salary level 6: DKK 39.906 
    • Year 5, salary level 8: DKK 42.016

    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.

    Industrial Fellow
    Application deadlines

    The programme opens for applications in late fall 2019 (see deadlines below). Documents relevant for the application process will be published here in october 2019.

    • 9 January 2020, 12.00 pm.

    • 30 April 2020, 12.00 pm.

    • 17 September 2020, 12.00 pm.

     

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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

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

    Associate professor Christian Langhoff Thuesen (Vice chairman)
    Technical University of Denmark, DTU Management Engineering

    Director, Formulation and Biophysics Hanne B. Rasmussen
    Novo Nordisk 

    Chief Data Scientist Tue Lehn-Schiøler
    Danske Bank

    Professor Ira Assent
    Aarhus University, Department of Computer Science 

    Research Area Manager Niels Henrik Pontoppidan
    Eriksholm Research Center, Oticon A/S

    Professor Erik Lund
    Aalborg University, Department of Materials and Production

    Executive Vice President Mette Glavind
    Technological Institute, Building and Construction 

    Professor Preben Elgaard Mogensen
    Nokia Solutions and Networks and Aalborg University, Department of Electronic Systems

    Specialist Jørgen Peter Jensen
    COWI

    Professor MSO René Chester Goduscheit
    Aarhus University, Department of Business Development and Technology

    Chief Specialist Philip C. Kjær
    Vestas A/S and Aalborg University, The Faculty of Engineering and Science

    Vice President Ole Kirk
    Novozymes A/S

    Professor Hanne Ingmer
    University of Copenhagen, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology

    Professor Martin R. Larsen
    University of Southern Denmark, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Head of Institute, Katrine Lotz
    The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape

    Professor Lene Tanggaard
    Aalborg University, Department of Communication and Psychology

    Clinical Professor Ulrik Niels Lassen
    University of Copenhagen, Department of Clinical Medicine

    Associate Professor Britta Timm Knudsen
    Aarhus University, School of Communication and Culture

    Professor Peter Sestoft
    IT-University of Copenhagen, Computer Science Department

    Professor Brian Vejrum Wæhrens
    Aalborg University, Department of Materials and Production

    Professor Emeritus & Academic Director, Christer Karlsson
    Copenhagen Business School, Department of Operations Management

    Head of Centre Leif Højslet Christensen
    Danish Technological Institute, Nano Production and Micro Analysis

    Professor Mette Marie Rosenkilde
    University of Copenhagen, Molecular Pharmacology

    Senior Researcher Peter Koudahl
    VIVE Children and Education

    Professor Henrik Callesen
    Aarhus University, Department of Animal Science - Molecular nutrition and reproduction

    Senior Innovation Manager Anita Friis Sommer
    LEGO Group

    Nonclinical Project Director Lars Iversen
    Novo Nordisk

    Contact information

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

    Mail: Erhvervsforsker@innofond.dk

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    Kontakt
    Telefontid: 9 - 12 på hverdage

    Tlf.: 6190 5002, mail: erhvervsforsker@innofond.dk

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