DTU Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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In recent years, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has cemented its position as a dedicated entrepreneurial university and continuously aims to provide the means to promote entrepreneurship and innovation among students and faculties by developing their entrepreneurial capabilities to solve the challenges facing our society. Therefore, DTU puts a premium on research, education, and learning in this respect by investing in a new Tenure Track Assistant Professor position in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation. The position will be hosted by DTU Centre for Technology Entrepreneurship (DTU ENT) at DTU.

The hosting institution will provide the best conditions to support the career development of the tenure track position, including a mentor, state-of-the-art research infrastructure, research funding, pedagogic training, and international networks. Candidates for this position should expect to play an important role in research and education within the entrepreneurial eco-system at DTU.

Centre for Technology Entrepreneurship (DTU Entrepreneurship)
DTU Entrepreneurship is a newly established centre aiming to be a world-renowned centre of excellence for building the entrepreneurial and technology innovation capabilities of students, researchers, and organizations. The centre currently employs approximately 30 people including eight permanent faculty and eight PhD students.

Academic members of the centre publish in the top journals in entrepreneurship and innovation management and conduct research in the fields of start-up creation and success, entrepreneurial teams, entrepreneurship and health, corporate entrepreneurship, IP and technology transfer, digital business model innovations, sustainability, and entrepreneurship didactics. Digitalization, sustainability, and didactics are the growing areas of interest within the group. Furthermore, the group is characterized by a strong dedication to the implications of its research for delivering excellent entrepreneurship education.

The centre offers a suite of BSc, MSc, and PhD courses specializing in entrepreneurship and innovation. The centre also hosts a new two-year interdisciplinary postgraduate programme on Technology Entrepreneurship to commence September 2020. We also take pride in supervising entrepreneurship theses and project courses for students across DTU as a means to spur an entrepreneurial mind-set and culture. DTU Entrepreneurship has, in addition to the research and teaching activities, an ‘Impact Lab’ focused on experimenting and translating research knowledge into practice and enhance industrial collaboration.

For further information on DTU ENT, please visit: www.entrepreneurship.dtu.dk/

Research fields
We welcome candidates from various relevant research backgrounds to apply for the tenure track position with DTU ENT. Background and experience in research and education in the following fields will be considered an advantage:

  • Entrepreneurship—broad scope of theories, research methods, and practices
  • Digitalization and entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability and entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship, equality, and diversity
  • Innovation and corporate entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial finance and legal issues
  • Open Innovation and business model innovation for start-ups and SMEs

In addition, we envision the ideal candidate to have didactical knowledge and experience in entrepreneurship education, and/or real-life experience in entrepreneurship and innovation. In this respect, the candidate should be able to balance the objectives of research between scientific rigor and practical relevance in order to produce applicable knowledge on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Responsibilities and tasks
The tenure track assistant professor is expected to perform research and education in some of the areas outlined above. This includes developing new research and alliances, developing research applications, and accelerating the academic output in general. As general responsibilities, you will be expected to:

  • conduct and initiate rigorous and impactful research at an international level and build a track record of research excellence and relevance
  • teach in several courses related to entrepreneurship and innovation at the BSc and MSc levels
  • provide supervision to students and engage in the mentoring of early-career researchers
  • establish research networks nationally and internationally, recognized at an international level
  • develop research proposals in close collaboration with relevant internal and external partners of the University in pursuit of suitable national and international funding opportunities

We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about research and education in entrepreneurship as a means to complement the strong technical skills of our graduates with skills of the future as encompassed in their entrepreneurial capabilities. We are therefore looking for candidates with the following qualifications:

  • a PhD degree in entrepreneurship and innovation, or other relevant fields
  • the potential for documented academic production at an international level with applied impact in the field and documented initiatives for independent and original project ideas
  • ability to adequately outline his/her research visions and to prepare a coherent vision for his/her research covering the full tenure track period
  • track record of teaching at various levels of university education
  • experience in supervising students on the BSc and MSc levels
  • experience in applying for research grants and/or participate in granted research projects

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:

  • Experience and quality of entrepreneurship teaching
  • Research experience and output
  • Research vision
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International experience
  • Internal and external collaboration
  • Communication skills

Tenure Track at DTU
DTU offers talented researchers and educators from around the world attractive career perspectives via the DTU Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Assistant Professors for a period of up to six years with the prospect of performance-based advancement to a tenured Associate Professorship.

As part of the tenure track position, the candidate receives:

  • Access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure
  • Capability development, including postgraduate teacher training
  • A mentoring programme
  • Support to develop scientific networks and to secure interdisciplinary research at the highest level
  • As part of the DTU Tenure Track Programme, the University carries out a mid-way evaluation to review the progress of the tenure track candidate, according to the same criteria used in the final tenure review. If the final review is positive, the candidate will be offered a tenured position as Associate Professor at DTU

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Research Director Prof. Jason Li-Ying, yinli@dtu.dk and Education Director Sannie Fisker, safi@dtu.dk

You can read more about DTU Entrepreneurship at www.entrepreneurship.dtu.dk

Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 31 January 2021 (local time)Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link ‘Apply online’, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • A vision for future research and education
  • Teaching and research vision statement, with a focus on the ‘Responsibilities and tasks’ bullet points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications indicating scientific highlights
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g. http://orcid.org/)
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Entrepreneurship
Centre for Technology Entrepreneurship is a centre at DTU. The centre opened in December 2018. The centre is based on the University’s academic environments within entrepreneurship. The centre will increase research and education in the field and the purpose is to help engineers understand the interplay between technology and the new business models and support viable high-tech companies in adapting to a rapidly changing market. We build an open entrepreneurial ecosystem for collaboration. Our work is interdisciplinary and intersectional, and we are driven by our core values: Openness, honesty and helpfulness.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.