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

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

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Kick-off

All Industrial PhD students and the 2 primary supervisors are required to participate in a kick-off when your Industrial PhD project is approved.

The purpose of these meetings is

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

You can expect different activities that will prepare you for the collaboration 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 through a poster. You are not to give a poster presentation, but be available for anyone who would like to hear more about the project (read more in the box to the right).

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

Typical programme

9.00 - 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 - 11.55 Live through the Industrial PhD experience and solve critical Industrial PhD dilemmas by playing Trilemma – The Industrial PhD Board Game (1. round)

11.55 - 12.30 Eat a nice lunch and network

12.30 - 13.30 Live through the Industrial PhD experience and solve critical Industrial PhD dilemmas by playing Trilemma – The Industrial PhD Board Game (2. round)

13.30 - 14.00 Stay and have a meeting with your project partners (optional).

Next kick-off meeting dates

  • Coming soon

Registration

  • Link for registration: Coming soon
  • Please note that the meeting is only for already approved Industrial PhD projects

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 the following format: A2 420 × 594 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 to apply and deadline for applications
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.

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Facts on salary and employment

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 2018 the total monthly salary levels, incl. pension and supplement, are as follows, based on seniority:

  • Year 1, salary level 4: DKK 30,450.25
  • Year 2, salary level 4: DKK 30,450.25
  • Year 3, salary level 5: DKK 32,714.50
  • Year 4, salary level 6: DKK 34,779.47
  • Year 5, salary level 8: DKK 36,814,09

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 you 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.

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: 1-2 April 2019 
  • Module 2-4: 30-31 October 2019
  • Module 5: 2 April 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 is mandatory for all approved Industrial PhD students. The course consists of five modules. Two of these - module 1 and 5 - are mandatory for everyone, while each individual student in addition chooses onw of the three other modules - module 2, 3 or 4.

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

Two of the modules are residential modules, where all students from the same course are together, regardless of module choice.

Industrial Postdoc
Guidelines

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
Application deadlines

2019

Regular Industrial Postdoc

  • Tuesday 30 April at 12 CET
  • Tuesday 24 September at 12 CET

Public sector Industrial Postdoc

  • Tuesday 8 October at 12 CET
Facts on salary and employment

An Industrial Postdoc must receive at least the total salary (salary + pension) of a postdoc employed at a university. 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 and receive a fixed salary supplement of DKK 4,345,40 a month. Per 1 October 2018 the total monthly salary levels, incl. pension and supplement, are as follows, based on seniority:

Year 1, salary level 4: DKK 35,093.03 

Year 2, salary level 4: DKK 35,093.03

Year 3, salary level 5: DKK 37,419.41 

Year 4, salary level 6: DKK 39,541.07 

Year 5, salary level 8: DKK 41,631.50 

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.

Relevant information
Publications

Evaluation of Industrial PhD projects in the public sector

Publication date: 12 April 2016
Publisher: Innovation Fund Denmark
Publication year: 2016
Page number: 19

Innovation Fund Denmark’s (IFD)Industrial PhD projects in the public sector is not a permanent programme which meant that there was a need to evaluate assess whether to increase the investment in Industrial PhD projects in the public sector in the years to come. IFD therefore asked IRIS Group to assess the effect of the projects, which had been launched the past five years. The assessment shows that the majority of host companies have achieved – or expect to achieve – results from their Industrial PhD projects. The results are primarily: Better competences to collaborate with research environment; New services and concepts; Increased efficiency and quality in existing services; New methods for innovation; New knowledge for strategic innovation and political decisions.

 

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)

 

The Industrial PhD Programme – a collection of knowledge

Publication date: 19 March 2013
Publisher: Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education
Publication year: 2013
Page number: 40

Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education has carried out a collection of knowledge to lean more about how students and supervisors experience being part of the Industrial PhD Programme and of how the projects are organised in practice.

 

InnovationDanmark – indstik om højtuddannede (insert on highly educated)

Publication date: 1 April 2011
ISBN: 978-87-92776-01-3
Publisher: Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education
Page number: 16

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

Lektor Christian Langhoff Thuesen (Vice chairman)
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, DTU Management Engineering

Professor Ira Assent
Aarhus Universitet, Institut for Datalogi

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

Professor Erik Lund
Aalborg Universitet, Institut for Materialer og Produktion

Direktør Mette Glavind
Teknologisk Institut, Byggeri og Anlæg 

Professor Preben Elgaard Mogensen
Nokia Solutions and Networks og Aalborg Universitet, Institut for Elektroniske Systemer

Konceptmanager Jørgen Peter Jensen
Ørsted A/S

Professor MSO René Chester Goduscheit
Aarhus Universitet, Institut for Forretningsudvikling og Teknologi

Chief Specialist Philip C. Kjær
Vestas A/S og Aalborg Universitet, Det Ingeniør- og Naturvidenskabelige Fakultet

Vice President Ole Kirk
Novozymes A/S

Professor Hanne Ingmer
Københavns Universitet, Institut for Veterinær Sygdomsbiologi

Professor Martin R. Larsen
Syddansk Universitet, Institut for Biokemi og Molekylærbiologi

Lektor, institutleder Katrine Lotz
Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole, Bygningskunst, By & Landskab

Professor Lene Tanggaard
Aalborg Universitet, Institut for Kommunikation

Klinisk professor Ulrik Niels Lassen
Københavns Universitet, Institut for Klinisk Medicin

Lektor Britta Timm Knudsen
Aarhus Universitet, Institut for Æstetik og Kommunikation

Professor Peter Sestoft
IT-Universitetet, Institut for Datalogi

Professor MSO Brian Vejrum Wæhrens
Aalborg Universitet, Center for Industriel Produktion

Professor Emeritus & Academic Director, Christer Karlsson
Copenhagen Business School, Institut for Produktion og Erhvervsøkonomi

Centerchef Leif Højslet Christensen
Teknologisk Institut, Nano- og Mikroteknologi

Professor Mette Marie Rosenkilde
Københavns Universitet, Biomedicinsk Institut

Seniorforsker Peter Koudahl
VIVE, Det Nationale Forsknings- og Analysecenter for Velfærd

Professor Henrik Callesen
Aarhus Universitet, Institut for Husdyrvidenskab

Senior Innovation Manager Anita Friis Sommer
LEGO Group

Nonclinical Project Director Lars Iversen
Novo Nordisk

Contact
Phone time: 9 - 12 AM on weekdays

Tlf.: +45 6190 5002, mail: erhvervsforsker@innofond.dk

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