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Postdoctoral position in the SMART HOME research project 964366

The Department of Management at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a new research project on the digital transformation of the home industry to the smart home industry. The postdoc may be extended with one more year after the first two.

The starting date is 1 May 2018 or subject to mutual agreement.

The research project

The project will address topics related to the changes facing producers and suppliers to Smart Homes and their ecosystem.

This will include how digitalization and new customer touchpoints are changing the role of the traditional B2B Smart Home supplier.

The project will investigate the general digital maturity of the Smart Home suppliers and their ecosystems and look into future Smart Home digital products, partners and business model. This will also include a study of the necessary changes in leadership competences and organizational design.

The purpose of the project is to strengthen Danish companies producing or supplying Smart Home solutions. The project partners will develop new digital business models, customer relations, strategies and management, so that the companies will be able to engage in a digital ecosystem and create growth. The aim of the project is to create measurable impact in the Smart Home companies and their ecosystem. The development work will be facilitated by researchers and consultants in a co-creation process and result in number of dissemination activities and research publications aimed at sharing the knowledge and experiences with a broader audience of Danish companies and academia. The project is funded by Industriens Fond.

Job description
The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the overall objectives of the project by being in direct contact with the involved companies and their development. Further, the successful candidate will be involved in collecting and analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data. Additionally the successful candidate will be involved in writing the reports from the project.

The position is research-oriented but may involve teaching assignments in connection to the dissemination of the project results.

Candidates must hold a PhD relevant to the academic areas of the Department of Management, preferably within one or more of the following areas: Strategy, Organization, Information Systems, Innovation Management, Marketing, Consumer Behavior, Technology Management.

Preferably candidates will also have relevant prior experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Qualitative data collection
  • Data analytics
  • Digital transformation
  • Experience in working with and presenting to practitioners
  • Publishing on innovation management, marketing, strategy, technology managementinformation systems, or scenario planning
Preferably candidates will also:
  • Have strong communication and facilitation skills (e.g. documented experience in running workshop with industry)
  • Be fluent in English, both oral and written.
  • It will be an advantage if the candidate speaks Danish
Who we are
The Department of Management is one of the six departments at Aarhus BSS, one of the four faculties at Aarhus University. Aarhus BSS unites the research fields of business and social sciences bringing them closer together to reflect  the  close  relationship  between  society  and  the  business  community.  As part of a Top 100 university, Aarhus BSS, and specifically the Department of Management, has achieved the distinguished AASCB, AMBA and EQUIS accreditations. 

The department’s research and teaching environment is highly international and culturally diverse with a mix of  Danish and international academic staff members and PhD students. We employ more than 160 academic staff including researchers, PhD students, research associates and cover a broad range of disciplines within     management, e.g. marketing, corporate communication, international business, organization, HR, strategy, management accounting, innovation management, entrepreneurship, project management, and information    systems. We aim to conduct high-quality research, and we give high priority to publishing our research in leading academic journals and presenting it at recognised conferences. In addition, we have a dynamic exchange of international researchers, who stay at the department for short or long periods of time.

For more information about the Department of Management, please visit:

International applicant?
Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark.

Further information
For further information about the position and the department, please contact professor Børge Obel, e-mail:

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Frederik Sørensen, Tel.: +45 87153445 , Email:

Terms of employment
The appointment is in accordance with the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities as well as the circular on the Collective Agreement for Academics Employed by the State.

The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in Circular on Terms of Employment for Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure
It is obligatory to attach the following when you apply for this position:

Curriculum Vitae. You are encouraged to declare any periods of leave without research activity, including, for example, maternity leave, since your research activities are assessed in relation to your actual research time
Education (diploma for master's, PhD and possibly higher doctoral degree)
List of publications (the enclosed publications must be clearly marked on the list of publications)
Publications. Up to three publications can be included in the application. In the event of several authors the publications must be accompanied by a co-author statement concerning the applicant's share of the collaborative work with the consent of the co-authors. This form can be used for the purpose
Teaching portfolio. The specific requirements regarding the documentation can be found here

Materials which cannot be uploaded together with the application may be submitted in three copies to Aarhus BSS HR & PhD, Aarhus University, Tåsingegade 1, 2nd floor, DK-8000 Aarhus C.

Read more about how to apply for an academic post at Aarhus BSS here.

The evaluation process
After the application deadline, an assessment committee is appointed. Please note that the assessment of applicants is based solely on the material received prior to the application deadline. For further information, see Guidelines for Assessment Committee, Aarhus BSS.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of personal background.


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