Re-announcement: PhD Position in ‘The Chinese state-led development of AI technologies’

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 01 Sep 2021

Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a vacant PhD scholarship at the Department of International Economics, Government and Business (EGB).

Expected starting date 1 January 2022 (negotiable).

EGB is a multidisciplinary department, which conducts high-quality research in the fields of international business and political science with direct relevance to business, policy-makers and the public. Research at the department focuses on two principal focus areas (I) Business & Government and (II) International Business in relation to societal challenges. To learn more about the research and education profile of the department, please visit the departmental homepage here . We call for PhD projects in the area of ‘Business & Government’. Here political science and political economy research focuses on the intersection between business and government and how relations between business and government affect and are shaped by the surrounding political, economic, and societal environment. Faculty apply advanced quantitative and qualitative methods to generate systematic knowledge about business-government relations. The focus is on theoretically grounded empirical research that improves our understanding of government and the relations between business and politics – with practical relevance for policy makers.

The Sino Danish Center (SDC) co-finances this PhD scholarship. The PhD project is expected to contribute to the SDC social science research project “Artificial Intelligence (AI) in China”, please see here for a more information. PhD proposals may address, but are not limited to, aspects such as:

  • Governance, principles and constraints of Chinese state-led AI development policies
  • Role of national Chinese AI open innovation platforms; and/or
  • Interaction of Chinese and foreign firms/actors in AI ecosystems
  • The PhD is co-hosted by the School of Economics and Management at the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS). The prospective PhD candidate will spend at least 12 months at UCAS. She/he will contribute to the educational activities at SDC in Beijing. Knowledge of Chinese language is an advantage but no formal pre-requisite. Chinese citizens including citizens from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao are not eligible for this PhD position. Please see here for SDC specific requirements. 

    About the PhD Programme

    The three-year PhD programme at CBS allows candidates to conduct research under the supervision of CBS faculty, supported by research training courses. The programme is highly international. Candidates are expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time abroad as a visiting PhD student. See the CBS homepage for more information about the 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 increasingly demanded. One third of CBS PhD graduates go on to employment outside universities and public research institutions. Recent EGB graduates have been successfully placed at Texas A&M University and Cornell University.


    The department will give priority to applicants with excellent grades from their universities. CBS has a broad commitment to the excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research programmes. Candidates who wish to join us should demonstrate enthusiasm for working in an organisation of this type (highlighting, for example, relevant experience in academia, business, educational and dissemination activities).

    At the time of enrolment, the applicant must have completed an academically relevant master’s degree according to the Bologna process (3-year bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS) and 2-year master’s degree (120 ECTS)) or equivalent qualifications. The minimum grade requirements are a weighted grade point average of at least 8.2 on the Danish 7-point grading scale for the entire programme (i.e. for both the bachelor’s and master’s studies), and at least the grade 10 on the Danish 7-point grading scale for any final thesis or equivalent examination project.

    The applicant may apply for enrolment before the completion of a master’s degree. In this case, the decision of enrolment will be conditional upon the master’s degree having been successfully completed by the time of enrolment.

    General Information

    A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years, and includes teaching obligations equivalent of ½ year’s work (840 work hours). The scholarships are fully salaried positions, according to the national Danish collective agreement. The scholarships include tuition fees, office space and travel grants. The salary level and appointment are determined by the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organisation. The scholarship includes the tuition fees, office space, travel grants plus a salary, currently starting with per month app. DKK 27.568 up to DKK 33.293 depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totalling 17.1%.

    The application

    The project description may not exceed five pages and should include the following:

    • A brief explanation of the aims of the project
    • An explanation of the issue and the hypotheses, alternatively propositions or research questions that the PhD student will work with
    • A positioning of the project in the research field of the department.
    • A description of the “state-of the art” within the project’s research field
    • An explanation of the theories on which the project is based
    • An explanation of the methods to be used
    • An indication of the project’s potential contribution to the scientific field
    • A work plan (brief), which describes the main phases in the project including scheduling the elements of the PhD programme

    In addition to the research proposal, the application must include copies of all diplomas/transcripts including both bachelor’s and master’s degree, including any grades obtained by the time of application if a degree has not been completed. Further, a brief curriculum vitae (CV), a list of papers and publications, and one copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis). Applicants must enclose documentation for English language skills. A master thesis written in English is considered documentation for English language skills.

    Recruitment procedure

    The Recruitment Committee expects to shortlist at least five applicants to be assessed by the Assessment Committee. All applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application deadline.

    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 outcome of his or her application.

    Please find guidelines and further information on scholarships and the Doctoral Programme at .

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

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

    Deadline: 1 September 2021.

    Details about Copenhagen Business School and the department are available at .

    For further information please contact: Head of Department, Jens Gammelgaard,

    With some 21.500 full and part-time students, 630 full-time faculty members, 200 PhD and 680 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, culture and languages.

    Closing date: 1 September 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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