phd student position in entrepreneurship and innovation for norrlandsnavet - a center for the development of business operations in northern sweden
Lulea University of Technology

phd student position in entrepreneurship and innovation for norrlandsnavet - a center for the development of business operations in northern sweden

Sweden 01 Oct 2021


Lulea University of Technology
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Luleå University of Technology is experiencing strong growth with world leading competence in several areas of research. Our research is conducted in close collaboration with industries such as Bosch, Ericsson, Scania, LKAB, SKF and leading international universities. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.8 billion per year. We currently have 1,700 employees and 15,100 students.

We shape the future through innovative education and groundbreaking research. Drawing on our location in the Arctic region, we create global societal benefit.

The research subject Entrepreneurship and Innovation is seeking a PhD student for NorrlandsNavet – center for the development of business operations in northern Sweden. The center is run by Luleå University of Technology and is funded by The Kamprad Family Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Research & Charity. The center will, for eight years, focus on the development of small and medium-sized companies in the region.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Luleå University of Technology was established in 2006 and today has about 20 employees with a broad competence base. Our goal is to be an international center for the development and dissemination of future ideas in entrepreneurship and innovation. Entrepreneurship and innovation include organizational development with a particular focus on business development based on innovative products, services, business models and production solutions, as well as ways of managing and organizing businesses. The research group collaborates with large national and international companies, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), policy makers and other research groups. Research results are produced in close collaboration with industry and other community actors. The research group publishes in leading journals such as Research Policy, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Strategic Management Journal, and so on. To strengthen our research in business model innovation, we are now seeking a PhD student.

Subject description
Entrepreneurship and Innovation comprises organizational development with a specific focus on firm development based on innovative products, services, production solutions or management modes.

A PhD student position involves being part of a research group where you collaborate with leading scholars in the field. It includes collecting and analyzing data, and writing scientific articles, together with others in the research group and individually. The PhD student will also be a part of the newly started Research school of industrial management at LTU, which has sustainability and digitalization as the overall themes. In total, about ten doctoral students were recruited to the research school in 2019 and 2020. The scientific work for this PhD student position will be conducted within the above-described project, and the PhD student will be responsible for relationship building and interaction with industrial partners. In particular, you will be working closely with companies, while providing them with business insight and acting as change agenda for driving innovation. A PhD student position also involves participating in research courses, presenting research nationally and internationally, and participating in seminar activities within the research group. In the doctoral student position, departmental duties such as teachers can also be included (max 20%). Completed postgraduate education after a corresponding four-year full-time postgraduate education (consisting of both approved postgraduate courses and an independent doctoral thesis) results in a doctoral degree in entrepreneurship and innovation.

We are looking for a candidate who has a master's degree in business administration or in industrial engineering and management or equivalent. You have a strong interest in the research project/topics described above. The position requires good knowledge of oral and written communication in English. Good knowledge of the Swedish language is a merit. At the same time as the position requires good ability to work closely with the rest of the project group, it also requires a strong own drive to be able to independently plan and manage one's own work and be responsible for carrying out tasks within given time frames. Being a PhD student is about developing new knowledge and therefore creativity and ability to handle uncertainty and ambiguity is needed. The industrial nature of the research project with many partner companies requires that you have high social skills and are good at managing different stakeholders' expectations.

For further information about a specific subject see; General curricula for the Board of the faculty of science and technology

Employment as a PhD student is limited to 4 years, teaching and other department duties may be added with max 20%. Salary is paid in accordance with current agreements. We look positively on you being able to get started as soon as possible.

For further information, please contact: Head of research subject Vinit Parida, 0920-492469, and PhD candidate of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Alina Veksler, +46 920 49 34 96,

Union representatives: SACO-S Kjell Johansson, + 46 920-49 1529 and OFR-S Lars Frisk, +46 920 49 17 92

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

We prefer that you apply for the position via the application button below. The following documents should be attached to the application CV and Personal letter (about one to two A4 pages) reflecting on the theme of the project and why you are an appropriate doctoral student for this project. Diploma or certificate of results. Essay / report /ex-job or other text that you have written that shows your scientific competence.

Please note! CV and personal letter must be written in English. The diploma must be written in Swedish or English. Please mark your application with the reference number below.

Reference number: 4027-2020
Last day of application:
January 10, 2021

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