Postdoc within Sustainability and Business Model Design

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 01 Jul 2022

Copenhagen Business School, Department of Strategy and Innovation invites applications for a vacant postdoc position within the field of sustainability and business model design. 

The postdoc position has a duration of two years. The anticipated starting date is 1 October 2022.

The postdoc position is part of the MADE-project ( . MADE FAST (Flexible, Agile, and Sustainable production enabled by Talented employees) is a new industrial lead research, innovation, and education partnership to develop the next generation of Danish advanced manufacturing capabilities.

The objective of MADE FAST is to deliver solutions to Danish manufacturers, which will enable increased flexibility, agility and environmentally sustainable manufacturing operations, supported by talented employees and enabled by digitalization.

The role of the postdoc is to conceptualize insights across the individual research projects in the form of tools, manuals and frameworks that can be applied broadly in Danish companies facing issues of sustainability and business model design.

The ideal candidate combines knowledge of business and engineering, while a PhD in business or engineering is an advantage, but not a condition. 

The postdoc will be physically located partly at the project lead, the MADE secretariat in the “House of Industry” in central Copenhagen, and partly at Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI) at CBS. The position entails some travelling to the MADE partner companies and a budget for travel and conference participation will be available. The position includes teaching requirements at CBS.

The Department of Strategy and Innovation’s (SI) research is focused on strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship and international business. The department’s ambition is to host an internationally leading environment for research and teaching within the broad area of strategy. The department’s research is generally cross-disciplinary. Faculty members have backgrounds in management, economics, sociology and economic geography. The theoretical foundation for research in these areas is eclectic, combining strategy, innovation, and/or internationalization theory with insights from economics, sociology, psychology, and economic geography. The department has 55 faculty members (professors, associate professors, tenure track assistant professors), 7 administrative staff, and 30 members of staff who are hired on temporary contracts as research assistants, postdocs or PhD students. 

The department puts substantial emphasis on the solid application of scientific research method. The department has a pluralistic approach to research methods that includes, for example, formal theoretical models, quantitative empirical methods such as (lab and field) experiments, econometric applications to register data or survey data, as well as qualitative research methods.

The ideal candidate will have flair for research and conceptualization of findings, as well as being a good communicator that might have some work experience e.g. from a consulting company. You can see through the essentials of a given case, take clear takeaways from complex information, and turn them into clear understandable tools and recommendations using both qualitative and quantitative methods.

The following qualifications will count substantially in the assessment of candidates: 

  • Ability to work autonomously, and as part of a team,
  • Enthusiasm for empirical research and theoretical curiosity, 
  • An excellent academic record and work ethic,
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills (both oral and written),
  • Proficiency in English,
  • Enthusiasm for research is required,
  • Willingness to move to and live in Denmark.

Application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.
The application must include:

  • Cover letter describing the motivations to join the project.
  • Proof of qualifications and a full CV.
  • Any relevant information indicating experience in research management, industry co-operation and international cooperation.
  • A complete, numbered list of publications (indicating titles, co-authors, page numbers and year) with an * marking of the academic productions to be considered during the review. A maximum of 10 publications for review are allowed. Applicants are encouraged to prioritize their publications or working papers in relation to the field of this job advertisement.Copies of the publications marked with an *.

Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see items above), by the application deadline.

Recruitment procedure:
The Recruitment Committee will shortlist a minimum of two applicants. If possible, five or more applicants will be shortlisted.

The shortlisted applicants will be assessed by the Assessment Committee. All applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application deadline.

The applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and later in the process about the result of the assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, each applicant will be notified of the status of their application.

Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Central Academic Organization. Information about CBS as a workplace is available at .Information about the department is available at .

For further information please contact: Professor Torben Pedersen, e-mail: .

Closing date: 1 July 2022.

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CBS is a globally recognised business school with deep roots in the Nordic socio-economic model. We have a broad focus on business and societal challenges of the 21st century. As such we have a full portfolio of high-quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and education that has equipped generations of professionals and leaders in the private sector and beyond.

Located at Frederiksberg, Denmark, the school has approx. 21.000 full and part-time students, 760 full-time faculty members, 210 PhD students and 680 administrative staff, and a full portfolio of Bachelor, Master’s, MBA/EMBA, PhD and Executive programmes delivered in English and Danish.

Our global profile carries the obligation to develop the transformational capabilities of students, graduates and business leaders via our educational activities and opportunities for lifelong learning. Complex challenges call for joint action, and therefore our strategy focuses on strengthening current and starting new partnerships with other sciences, the business community, authorities and civil society.

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