The Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management research group at the Department of Food and Resource Economics invites applicants for a PhD fellowship in Health Care System Innovation at UCPH, Denmark 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD fellowship
No. of Positions: 1
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Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Sep 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Food and Resource Economics

University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark


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Qualification Details

In addition to the above mentioned four criteria related to the MSCA, to be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g., innovation studies, organization studies, anthropology, public health, public administration, design studies, or entrepreneurship studies. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

We are looking for candidates with a background within fields such as, for example, innovation studies, organization studies, anthropology, public health, public administration, design studies, or entrepreneurship studies. You should have prior experiences with qualitative research methodologies and the projects are envisioned to be action research-based and aimed at contributing to the improvement of present practices at CRD. During the research, you will be expected to work closely with the CRD Health Research and Innovation Department and CRD practitioners.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The PhD fellowship is based on a close collaboration with the Capital Region of Denmark (CRD), the regional authority of the Copenhagen Region, which is responsible for managing Denmark’s largest hospital organization, including 11 hospitals and 36.000 employees. The overall objective of the fellowship is to conduct research in innovation processes and innovation management and contribute new knowledge that can support the future development of the CRD’s innovation practices. The PhD fellowship is expected to focus one of the following three research project themes:

Project proposal 1: This project aims to enrich our understanding of employee-driven innovation and investigates how best to promote and support entrepreneurship and innovation in health care systems. The project asks questions such as: What characterizes and drives employees who engage in innovation? How do they transform their ideas into value creating solutions? How, and under what conditions do employee innovators interact with the formal hospital innovation support systems and the broader ecosystem?

Project proposal 2: The project aims to enrich our understanding of how innovation and entrepreneurship in the health care and hospital sector can be supported by tools, heuristics and frameworks. The project will scrutinize existing and support the development of new innovation support tools. The project asks: Which types of processes and tools optimize innovation processes and long-term value creation. How are such processes best implemented within health care systems?

Project proposal 3: The project aims to enrich our understanding of the practices, structures and dynamics of the wider health innovation ecosystem with a focus on development of more coherent health pathways. The project asks: What characterizes the types and dynamics of processes within health sector innovation ecosystems? Who are the involved actors, and what are their relationships? What hinders or promotes inter-organizational innovation processes?

Which of these themes the PhD student presumes will depend on prior academic experiences, and personal interest and competencies.

The project is co-funded by RMIT European Doctoral Innovators (REDI), which is financed by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement (MSCA) No 101034328. For more information about the REDI programme, see the REDI webside at: The PhD project is offered as a Double Degree in collaboration between UCPH and RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

Please notice that to apply for this MSCA scholarship, applicants will need to comply with the following minimum criteria: 1) you must be in the first four years of your research career and not yet have a doctoral degree; 2) you must be available for full-time employment; 3) you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work/studies etc.) in Denmark for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before recruitment or be employed by University of Copenhagen at the time of the call deadline; 4) you must hold a Master’s degree with honours in a discipline related to the research project of your choice, including a research component, or equivalent academic qualifications and/or professional experience; and 5) you must have a minimum of C1 level English language proficiency. Further to the above, Applicants who are nationals or residents of countries, against which restrictive measures are in place either by the European Union or Australia, may be subject to additional security procedures.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

  1. A separate application motivation letter (max. one page) for the each of three above-mentioned research project proposals (1-3) that the applicant is interested in persuing (one letter per theme applied for).
  2. A separate research proposal description for each of the three above-mentioned research project proposals (1-3) that the applicant is interested in persuing (one description per theme applied for)
  3. Curriculum vitae in the EUROPASS CV format (incl. publication list)
  4. Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  5. Proof of level of English proficiency
  6. One-page overview of Master (or equivalient) research project (optional)
  7. Any other scientific output (scientific articles, book chapters, etc.) merged in one PDF file
  8. Up to two reference letters
  9. If you are disabled and covered by the rules in the Executive Order on Compensation for Disabled People in Business, etc., and you request priority based on this (the right to preferential access applies to EU citizens only), then please include a short describtion of the situation that makes you eligible for extra financial support.

About the Department/Section/Group

As a PhD fellow, you will be part of the Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management research group. We are a team of six who conducts research on management, innovation, innovation systems, entrepreneurship, university-industry collaboration and socio-technical transitions. Our research covers a range of aspects related to business development, entrepreneurial ecosystem and innovation systems, and organizational and interorganizational collaboration and innovation, often in the context of bioscience sectors. We work with a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies. The IEM team members seek to explore the preconditions for promoting entrepreneurship and innovation at the individual as well as organizational level and contribute to the development of enhanced support and teaching practices. As a group, we teach courses in entrepreneurship, innovation, socio-technical transitions, business management and consultancy.

The group is a part of Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. We are located in Copenhagen.

We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

Employment is conditional upon your successful enrollment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

The employment is conditioned on the applicants compliance with the requirements of the REDI program (see

The terms of employment and salary are in accordance to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

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Contact details

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Carsten Nico Hjortsø, Department of Food and Resource Economics, E-mail: [email protected], Direct Phone: +45 3533 2287.

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