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.

    OBS: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many Industrial Researcher projects have experienced difficulties. This includes e.g. doing fieldwork, laboratory testing etc. In order to meet the challenges facing many Industrial Researchers and companies, Innovation Fund Denmark would like to give the Industrial PhD and Industrial Postdoc project partners the opportunity to apply for up to a three-month extension and thus extra payroll funds for the Industrial PhD student’s wages as well as additional funds for the university’s project costs. Read more here (link:

    Guidelines updated in June 2020
    26 June 2020 we have updated the guidelines for Industrial PhD and Industrial Postdoc with a number of small but important amendments.

    With the amendments, the Innovation Fund has removed the requirement for a named candidate when applying for a public Industrial Researcher and has allowed a Industrial Postdoc candidate to have been employed in the private sector for max. 12 months if the application is a reapplication of a previously submitted application with the same candidate.

    Current guidelines can be found on the individual search options (see list below)

    Previous guidelines for business researcher projects


    Industrial Postdoc: All areas (private sector) Industrial Postdoc e-f 1209
    Industrial PhD: Greenland and the Faroes Islands (private sector) Industrial PhD e-f 1210
    Industrial PhD: Research in dementia (private sector) Industrial PhD e-f 1210
    About and contact
    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

    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

    Erik Lund  
    Aalborg Universitet, Institut for Mekanik og Produktion

    Hanne Ingmer  
    Københavns Universitet, Institut for Veterinær Sygdomsbiologi

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

    Henrik Callesen  
    Aarhus Universitet, Institut for Husdyrvidenskab

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

    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

    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

    Peter Sestoft  
    IT-Universitetet, Software & Systems

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

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

    Susan Stipp  
    Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Institut for Fysik

    Vice President Waste and Contaminated Sites
    Torben Kristiansen  

    Vice President Discovery
    Torben V. Borchert  

    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



    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)

    Contact information

    Telephone: +45 6190 5002 

    Phone time: 9 - 12 AM on weekdays

    We are closed in week 30.


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    Telefontid og kontaktinfo

    Tlf.: 6190 5002

    Telefon: tirsdag: kl. 9-12

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