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School of Business and Social Sciences

Postdoctoral position in the Welfare Technology Innovation research project 895515

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 Welfare Technology Innovation in healthcare services.

The starting date is 1 September 2017 or subject to mutual agreement.

The research project
This position involves working with a small research group on an externally funded project. The project is entitled “Welfare Technology Innovation: Industrialization and Benefit Realization” (WellTech). The overall aim of the research project is to advance a research agenda on welfare technology innovation in healthcare services by investigating the diffusion, adoption, implementation or use of cutting-edge technologies such as telemedicine, robotics and tracking technologies that are increasingly being adopted by contemporary healthcare organizations.

Welfare technology — technology capable of assisting citizens in their daily lives, reduce costs, and provide a better work environment for healthcare professionals — offers a potentially radical solution to transform healthcare services. Although investment is growing at a rapid pace, and although the transformative power of welfare technology is widely recognized, many healthcare IT projects tend to fail. It is notoriously difficult to realize the expected benefits; the long-term co-operation of multiple actors is hard to sustain, and despite promising results from various welfare technology pilots throughout the world, rather few pilots are applied to a larger population. To address these issues, the WellTech project consists of two interrelated work packages (WPs). The first WP — From Pilot to Industrialization — addresses the under-researched problem of how welfare technology solutions become sustainable. The second WP — Benefit Realization — investigates how healthcare organizations strive to realize “hard” benefits such as cost efficiency as well as more “soft” benefits emerging from welfare technology implementation.

The WellTech project is anchored in the INEIS section at the Department of Management, Aarhus University. Associate professor Jeppe Agger Nielsen is project leader.

Job description
The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the overall objectives of the project by being involved in the data collection (field studies in Danish healthcare organizations) as well as the other phases of the research process, including coordination of research activities, data analysis, writing of articles and the ongoing development of the research project.

The position is research-oriented, but may involve teaching assignments. This means that the successful candidate is expected to provide a dedicated contribution to both the department’s research and teaching environment.

Candidates must hold a PhD relevant to the academic areas of the Department of Management, preferably with experience within one or more of the following areas: organizational studies, Information Systems, IT in health care or public sector innovation. Candidates are expected to possess strong methodological skills, and to have a demonstrated research potential.

The successful candidate demonstrates a high level of English skills. Danish language skills are also preferable as collaboration with Danish healthcare organizations is an important part of the research project.

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 latter specifically applying to the school’s core business activities.

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.

Further information
For more information about the Department of Management, please visit: http://mgmt.au.dk/.

For further information about the position, please contact Jeppe Agger Nielsen, Tel.: +4530701530, e-mail: agger@mgmt.au.dk.

For further information about the department and its activities, please contact Head of Department, Professor Jacob Eskildsen, Tel.: +45 31608100, e-mail:eskildsen@mgmt.au.dk .

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Frederik Sørensen, Tel.: +45 87 15 34 45, Email: fso@au.dk

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Place of work
Aarhus BSS
Department of Management
Fuglesangs Allé 4
DK-8210 Aarhus V
Denmark Formalities

  • Aarhus BSS refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order) under the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.
  • Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations AC.
  • Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities .
  • Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in Applicant Guidelines.
  • Teaching portfolio, degree certificate (copy), curriculum vitae, complete list of publications (including annotations for not enclosed items) and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any) must be submitted with the application together with no more than 3 selected publications. Please note that co-authorship statements including detailed information on applicant's contribution must be enclosed for joint research.
  • Scientific publications and other application material which cannot be uploaded together with the application can be sent in hard copy (3 copies) by surface mail to Aarhus BSS HR & PhD, Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Taasingegade 1, building 1447, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark and must have reached the office no later than the application deadline. All hard copy application material must be marked with the ID number in the email you receive after having submitted the online application.

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


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