Associate Professor in Sustainability & Innovation

Closing Date
WorkplaceOdense, Syddanmark, Denmark
The Department of Technology and Innovation at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) invites applications for a position as Associate Professor in Sustainability & Innovation with interests and experience in entrepreneurship education for sustainability, business model innovation, circular economy, and the transition to sustainability.

The targeted starting date of the position is December 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is located within the Section SDU Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation (TEI) at the Faculty of Engineering on the international campus in Sønderborg. The section unites engineering, innovation management, and entrepreneurship scholars in joint research projects and teaching. The focus is on industrial engineering and how to generate innovative products, the production of the future, and technology-based business ventures. As such, related research focuses on innovative solutions across the entire value chain, with an emphasis on sustainable, digitalized, and automated production and business.

SDU TEI is embedded in a region with a strong network of companies, including some of Denmark’s largest global industrial players (i.e., Danfoss, Lego, Linak, Siemens, Vestas) and many manufacturing SMEs. Projects currently running by the group cover a range of cutting-edge topics within Smart Factory - Industry 4.0, digitalization, and automation, viewed from perspectives of engineering, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The group publishes in leading international journals on these topics, such as the Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing,  Journal of Assembly Automation, Journal of Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Small Business Economics, Small Business Management, etc.

SDU TEI is a highly international and interdisciplinary group of faculty members, with international students. The campus is in Sønderborg, an attractive maritime town with an open Scandinavian culture. For more information on SDU TEI, please visit ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> .

The successful candidate must have a background in engineering accompanied by a business understanding. The candidates’ main interests and background should preferably be within sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship at the interface of engineering and business venturing.

Job description The candidate will be responsible for building up the area of Sustainability & Innovation with a focus on corporate sustainability, circular economy, business model innovation, and entrepreneurship education for sustainability. The candidate needs to be able to bridge the gap between engineering and management. As the TEI section is strong in digitalization and smart manufacturing, the candidate will be connected to this research with a focus on the implementation of related solutions within corporations to innovate for sustainability.

Successful candidates will drive internationally competitive research, work closely with industry, and attract competitive external research funding. The candidate will play a key role in providing outstanding education, supervising students, and developing junior research staff.

We offer We offer a vigorous international research environment with excellent facilities and strong collaborations with research organisations and industry. We also offer the opportunity to shape our educational programmes to benefit from new developments in approach and content.

We expect A highly motivated, outgoing person, who is able to work in an international and interdisciplinary team. A candidate that is able to generate innovative ideas and solutions within digitalization, sustainability, and innovation. The candidate must have a strong theoretical background in combination with practical skills and be able to work in practical cases with industrial players. The candidate must be a team player and at the same time able to work independently. The successful candidate is active in publishing in engineering and business journals.

The candidate must have a relevant Ph.D. and active research and teaching experience to qualify for an associate professor.

The ideal candidate has knowledge, skills, and competencies in:

  • Sustainability in general and in a corporate context
  • Innovation management and business model innovation
  • Entrepreneurship education for sustainability
  • Circular economy and related industrial application
  • The role of technology adoption in the transition towards sustainability
  • Sustainable business venturing

Commensurate with the seniority of the position applied for, the candidates must have:

  • A solid standing in research
  • Significant successes in attracting research funding
  • An excellent track record in education
  • Extensive international academic network
  • Extensive experience with industrial collaboration
  • Preferably prior industrial experience

Further information is available from the Head of the Section Associate Professor Arne Bilberg .

Conditions of employment The appointment as Associate Professor is permanent. Employment is on the terms specified in the labour market agreement in effect for SDU. For information about working in Denmark please, follow this link.

Application The qualifications of applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of this assessment. Applicants may be called for an interview as part of the overall assessment.

Applications must be submitted online using the link below. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. Please read the guideline for applicants.

The application must include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research vision and strategy
  • Diplomas/Certificates (Master and D. degree)
  • Teaching portfolio
  • List of publications
  • Documentation of other qualifications with relevance to the position

All documents must be in English.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.



Application deadline:


In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 2305046.