PhD scholarship within the fields of Information Systems and Human-Computer Interaction

Updated: about 3 hours ago
Deadline: 31 Dec 2021

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) invites applications for one vacant PhD scholarship within the fields of Information Systems and Human-Computer Interaction. 

Core research areas of the Department of Digitalization (DIGI) are Information Systems and Human-Computer Interaction. It is the ambition of the Department to create a context where researchers can accomplish their potential in a supportive and conductive environment with a set of common values, aspirations and directions. Teaching responsibilities of the Department comprise undergraduate and graduate teaching in Information Systems and Human-Computer Interaction. 

This position is linked to the SIOT project which is funded by the DIRECT and CBS, focusing on the Security of Internet of Things. This is an interdisciplinary project initiated by researchers from Aarhus University, Aalborg University, Alexandra Institute, Copenhagen Business School, and Technical University of Denmark, as well as industrial partners from both private and public sectors.

The project’s full title is: “SIOT – Secure Internet of Things – risk analysis in design and operation”. The SIOT project propose to use algorithms from automata theory and game theory to automate risk analysis and security strategy synthesis. The implementation of the security policies will consider both technical as well as social aspects, in particular usability in organizations and training of people. 

The CBS team will focus on 1) studying the adequacy and usability of current risk analysis and design tools for target organization, 2) improving the user interface design and assess effectiveness of the IoT security toolkits from a human-centered perspective, 3) designing, implementing, and certifying the IoT security‐related training program based on the developed tools or systems, and 4) proposing guidelines/code‐of‐conduct regarding IoT security for organizational stakeholders. 

The applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant area of study. Applicants who are in the process of finishing their master’s thesis are also welcome to apply for this position.

You should be able to:
•    Master quantitative methods, such as experiment, applied economics, and survey.
•    Master at least one statistical software, e.g. STATA, R, SPSS, or SAS.
•    Master at least one of the following programming language: Python, Java, C++/C.
•    Experience on Internet-of-Things design/development/implementation.
•    Communicate in Danish/Swedish/Norwegian (at least speaking and understanding)
•    Have fluency in written and oral English

Desired but not mandatory qualifications:
•    Knowledge and experience in Data Science and Machine Learning techniques is an advantage
•    Knowledge on Game theory/economic analysis/operations research method and interaction design

The three-year PhD programme at CBS gives you the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of CBS’s associate professors and professors, supported by research related PhD courses. The programme is highly international, and you are expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time at another research institution as a visiting PhD student. See the CBS homepage for more information about the PhD programme: https://www.cbs.dk/en/research/phd-programme .

CBS PhD graduates are held in high esteem not only in academia and research institutions but also in government and business where their research qualifications are in high demand.

CBS is committed to ensuring excellence, transformative and relevant teaching and research. Candidates who wish to join us must be interested in working in an organisation of this type and it is expected that the applicant shows an interest in joining the department's research environment. You can read more about the department's research here:www.cbs.dk/en .

Application and admission requirements

The department will give priority to applicants with high grades from their universities.

To be considered the applicant must

  • have a basic education at master's level (corresponding to the 3 + 2 Bologna process)
  • have received the grade of 10 (or equivalent) for the master's thesis according to the Danish 7-point grading scale (https://eng.uvm.dk/general-overview/7-point-grading-scale)
  • have a weighted grade point average of at least 8.2 on the Danish 7-point grading scale for the bachelor's and master's degree combined or alternatively a weighted grade point average must be at least 9.5 for the master's degree alone. 
  • have an educational background in the social sciences 
  • have completed the master's programme before starting the PhD programme at CBS
  • master academic English at a high level in writing and speaking

The application (see link below) must include a five-page project description. The project description must include:

  • a presentation of an original research question
  • a description of the initial theoretical framework and method
  • a presentation of the proposed empirical material
  • a work plan for the three years

More information can be found here: https://www.cbs.dk/en/research/phd-programmes/admission .

In addition to the project description, copies of the following must be included:

  • diploma for bachelor's and master's degree or other certificates at an equivalent level as well as the grade transcripts
  • a concise curriculum vitae (CV)
  • a list of articles and publications (if applicable)
  • one example of a selected written work (e.g. master's thesis)

The PhD student is enrolled in the CBS PhD School. Further information about PhD scholarships and the PhD programme can be found at https://www.cbs.dk/en/research/phd-programme .

For further information please contact Torkil Clemmensen or Qiqi Jiang, email tc.digi@cbs.dk or qj.digi@cbs.dk . Information about the department can be found at www.cbs.dk/en .

Employment and salary

A PhD scholarship runs for a period of three years, and includes teaching obligations equivalent to six months’ work (840 work hours). The scholarships are fully salaried positions, according to the national Danish collective agreement. The monthly salary is currently approximately DKK 27,871 up to DKK 33,659 depending on seniority and a pension contribution totalling 17.1%. The scholarship includes tuition fees, office space, course and travel costs (according to the current CBS agreement).

Salary level and employment take place in accordance with the Ministry of Finance's agreement with the Academics' Central Organization.

Recruitment procedure

The Recruitment Committee shortlists at least two-five applicants to be assessed by the Assessment Committee. Applicants are informed whether their application has proceeded for assessment.

Applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and will receive their personal assessment later. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview. Please note that a positive assessment does not automatically result in an interview.

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

The application must be sent via the online link below.

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

Details about Copenhagen Business School are available at www.cbs.dk/en .

Closing date: 31 December 2021.

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With some 20.422 full and part-time students, 644 full-time faculty members, 192 PhD and 724 administrative staff CBS is a unique business-oriented university with a full portfolio of Bachelor, Masters, MBA/EMBA, PhD and Executive programmes delivered in English and Danish. Our academic staff includes internationally-recognised experts in classical business disciplines as well as in philosophy, history, psychology, sociology, law, political science, information systems and culture.

The University welcomes applications from suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic background.


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