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Department of Business Development and Technology - Aarhus BSS

Research assistant position(s) in digital business development: The Next Generation Internet (open internet architectures)

Published 6 Sep

Deadline 30 Sep

Expected start 1 Jan

  • Department of Business Development and Technology Birk Centerpark 15 7400 Herning

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2022 ID: 1762

The Department of Business Development and Technology (BTECH) at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University invites applications for research assistant positions in digital business development. The positions are a fixed-term full-time employment (three years). The starting date is 1 January 2020 or as agreed upon.
Job description
The positions are related (but not exclusively) to the H2020 NGI POINTER project with specific responsibilities, including:
  1. Digital business development: Over three years, 48 teams of researchers and entrepreneurs all over Europe are looking at new tools, protocols and mechanisms underpinning the internet architectures. You will guide them to develop their ideas from a business perspective and develop a go-to-market strategy, investigating options related to open source, licensing and software as a service amongst other ideas.
  2. Funding policies: Investigating funding policies and acceleration using non-equity government funding called Financial Support to Third Parties (FSTP) for internet entrepreneurship. You will be identifying success criteria and develop policy recommendations for future EU Framework Programmes.
  3. Project management: You will be helping the coordinator manage the day-to-day operation of the project.
  4. Travel: You will need to be able to travel frequently (once per month for 2-3 days) to meet with internet entrepreneurs and the project partners. On occasion, this will also be during weekends for specific matchmaking events and boot camps.
 Background information about the project and the Next Generation Internet
The Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, launched by the European Commission in the autumn of 2016, aims to shape the future internet as an interoperable platform ecosystem embodying the values that Europe holds dear: openness, inclusivity, transparency, privacy, cooperation and protection of data. The NGI drives this technological revolution and ensures the progressive adoption of advanced concepts and methodologies spanning the domains of artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, interactive technologies and more, while contributing to making the future internet more human-centric (
The NGI POINTER project is one of several H2020 projects supporting the initiative. The project focuses on changing the underlying fabric of the internet and the web itself by supporting promising bottom-up projects that are able to build on top of SOA research, scalable protocols and tools to assist in the practical transition or migration to new or updated technologies.
The NGI POINTER project will scout and support European-based ‘internet talents’ in developing and providing new marketable solutions backed in state-of-the-art technology and research that provide alternative and/or auxiliary tools and protocols with specific value propositions and self-sustainable business models for specific use case areas related to internet architecture renovation. These include, among others: Privacy-by-design; Internet of Things; network optimisation; virtualisation and isolation; limitations in the TCP/IP protocol suite; ecommerce security; autonomous network operations and control; energy efficiency; etc.

The project runs from 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2022 and is coordinated by BTECH. The other three partners are from Poland, Spain and Germany. The project is funded with EUR 7 million (EUR 5.6 million is allocated to third parties) and runs for three years.
Qualification requirements
Applicants for a research assistant position hold a Master’s degree or equivalent academic qualifications in digital business development, computer science or electrical and electronic engineering; however, industry and specifically entrepreneurship experience can alleviate the need for a specific degree.
Applicants are encouraged to describe how their work is linked to the internet, open source, entrepreneurship and/or digital business development.
Who we are
BTECH is part of Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University – a top 100 university. Aarhus BSS – and specifically BTECH – has achieved the distinguished AASCB, AMBA and EQUIS accreditations.
BTECH is located in the business-oriented and entrepreneurial city of Herning. The department excels in business and engineering disciplines and pays particular attention to company collaborations. We have around 1,800 students and close to 100 faculty and staff. In 2018, more than 500 students were involved in company projects in more than 250 companies ranging from SMEs to leading globals. Our incubator Business Factory launches around 15 new businesses every year.
We influence society through business development and technology. For this reason, many research projects are conducted in close collaboration with industry on the basis of new data and new technologies. These projects are generously supported by H2020, the Danish Research Council and the Danish Industry Foundation, among others.
More information about the department is available here.

Further information
For further information about the position and the department, please contact the Deputy Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Digital Business Development Mirko Presser, Tel.: +45 3049 0976, Email:  
If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Supporter, Regitze Arnbjerg, Tel.: +45 87152174, Email:

Place of work
The place of work will be Birk Centerpark 15, DK-7400 Herning.
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Terms of employment
The appointment is made 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 (in Danish).
The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of  Academic Staff at Universities.
Application procedure
When you apply for this position it is mandatory to attach the following:
  • 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)
In addition the following documents can be included in the application:
  • List of publications (the enclosed publications must be clearly marked on the list of publications)
Publications. Up to three publications may be submitted. 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. Please use this template
  • 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.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Questions about the position?

Mirko Presser

Mirko Presser Associate professor, Department of Business Development and Technology

Questions about application and proces?

Aarhus BSS Administrative Centre - Aarhus BSS HR and PhD Administration +4587152174


Deadline: Monday 30 Sep 2019 at 23:59 CEST

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