Ledige stillinger

School of Business and Social Sciences

Postdoctoral position in research projects focusing on market practices and innovation 967283

The Department of Management at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, invites applications for a 1 1/2-year postdoctoral position offering an exciting opportunity to join three related projects on market practices in relation to local food products and animal welfare.

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

The research projects
The position will involve working on three research projects focused on market practices in the food sector; “Provenance”, “Demand Driven Innovation for Higher Quality Beef and Lamb” and “Value Creation in Danish Pig Production through Increased Focus on Animal Welfare.”

The Provenance project is financed by the Danish Innovation Fund. It addresses the knowledge gaps that exist related to physical, cultural and economic factors that prevent the growth of the Danish provenance food sector. To address these gaps, the successful candidate will conduct detailed case studies of both successful and unsuccessful cases of provenance foods in order to determine facilitators and barriers to farmers, processors, food service operators and retailers for successfully engaging in activities related to developing and marketing provenance foods. The project will employ a practice perspective to investigate how local producers can develop sustainable business models and market strategies for producing, processing and distributing provenance foods.

The second project is financed by Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak and aims to contribute to more innovative techniques and methods that will provide primacy producers and other value chain stakeholders with opportunities for meeting the demands of different groups of customers regarding ethical and eating quality in order to strengthen their competitiveness on both the domestic and international market. More specifically, the successful candidate will study how animal welfare aspects influence different stakeholders’ perception of quality, and how market practices and collaborative practices further or hinder firms from engaging in the development and marketing of products with a better animal welfare.

The third project is financed by Svineafgiftsfonden. The purpose is to explore the possibilities for developing Danish indoor production of pork sold under an animal welfare label. Specifically, the candidate will help study the representations that retailers and other relevant stakeholders have of the market for animal welfare and the expectations about how the market will develop.
Job description
The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the overall objectives of the projects by being involved in the data collection (interviews in Danish and international companies and organisations) as well as the other phases of the research process, including coordination of research activities, analysis and interpretation of data, writing of scientific articles, dissemination of results to practitioner and the ongoing development of the projects.

The position is research-oriented but will involve teaching assignments (210 hours/year). 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 within one or more of the following areas: temporality, systems theory, inter-organisational relationships, value mediation and qualitative methods.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of English skills. Very good Danish language skills are also a prerequisite, as the projects involves interviewing Danish companies and organisation. In addition, collaboration with various Danish and Swedish partners is an important part of the research projects.

The successful candidate will have teaching experience within management or marketing and have publication experience from inter-disciplinary journals.

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 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: http://mgmt.au.dk/.

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, please contact Associate Professor Lars Esbjerg, Tel.: +45 87165058, e-mail: lae@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 SørensenTel.: +45 +45 8715 3445, Email: bhrfso@jobsys.au.dk

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

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:

• Application
• 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.


Alle ansøgninger skal være lavet online og modtaget senest:

Søg stilling online her

Aarhus Universitet er et fagligt bredt og forskningsintensivt universitet med høj kvalitet i uddannelse og forskning, og et stærkt engagement i samfundsudviklingen nationalt og globalt. Universitetet tilbyder et inspirerende uddannelses- og forskningsmiljø for 40.000 studerende og 8.000 medarbejdere med et årligt budget på 6,4 mia. kr. Læs mere på www.au.dk.