PhD Stipend in Innovation Policy for the Digitalization of Manufacturing: A Comparative Study (915-20063)

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PhD Stipend in Innovation Policy for the Digitalization of Manufacturing: A Comparative Study (915-20063)

At the Department of Materials and Production, the Faculty of Engineering and Science, a PhD stipend in Innovation Policy for the digitalization of Manufacturing is open for application. The PhD position lasts for three years and is co-financed by Sino-Danish Centre for Education and Research (SDC). The selected PhD candidate must be employed no later than December 31, 2020. The PhD project aims to enhance the pioneering research areas of innovation policy, digital transformation of manufacturing, and Denmark-China comparison and contribute to SDC’s social science research and educational activities.
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The PhD project is specifically about a comparative study between Denmark and China in terms of their innovation policy for digital transformation of manufacturing. Recently, the term “digital transformation” has attracted a lot of attention throughout the media and across the manufacturing industry. It is generally defined as “the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business, resulting in fundamental changes to how businesses operate and how they deliver value to customers”. Specifically for manufacturing, it refers to a combination of traditional manufacturing processes enhanced with new advancing technologies, working together to drive manufacturing forward and address inefficiencies in the current sector. With digitalisation comes the rise of trends, e.g. industry 4.0, smart manufacturing and factories. Corresponding to these trends, both Danish and Chinese governments have released a series of programs and policies to stimulate the innovation derived from digitalisation for manufacturing industry and facilitate manufacturing companies to better carry out their digital transformation. Two example programs can be Manufacturing Academy of Denmark (MADE) from Danish side and Made in China 2025 from Chinese side. Thus, the PhD project aims to (1) evaluate whether these programs and policies stimulate the innovation related to digitalisation and positively influence the digital transformation of manufacturing in Denmark and China; (2) if so, which programs and policies play the most important roles; and (3) how programs and policies are implemented to influence manufacturing companies, both large and small/medium companies. Specifically, the PhD project aims for a comparative study between Denmark and China. In doing so, it is expected the project can contribute to understanding innovation policies for digital transformation of manufacturing from a country contingency perspective, identifying best practices from Denmark and China to facilitate the learning from each other, and providing more guidance for future policy making.

The PhD candidate is expected to address the research questions and objectives above by applying relevant scientific methods. Besides the candidate is required to spend 12 months in China within the PhD period of 36 months. Besides, we also look for a talented and ambitious candidate who has the following qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in innovation management, public management, business management or operations/production management;
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate cross-culturally, which requires solid communication skills;
  • Excellent English writing and speaking skills to accommodate scientific work and dissemination purposes; Danish and/or Chinese speaking are preferred;
  • Promising academic records, well trained skills on applying scientific research methods.

The position is supported by the Sino-Danish research networks including scholars from Aalborg University, and leading researchers from top Chinese universities. The PhD candidate will also be involved in the education of SDC master program in Social Science. The applicant should provide the following documents:

  • A research proposal addressing the main issue of this project;
  • A motivation letter;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • Copies of diplomas (master degree in relevant majors);
  • Scientific qualifications: transcripts, publications if there are any, awards, etc.;
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position, e.g. references/recommendation letters, other documents the applicant wants to be considered.

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Yang Cheng ( ), Department of Materials and Production, Aalborg University.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master’s degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.
The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will make a decision for allocating the stipend.
For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Ruth Klitte, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email: ,  phone: +45 9940 7993.
For more information of The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science:  

The application is only to be submitted online by using the “Apply online” button below.
AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.
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