Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a vacant DIREC PhD
scholarship within the field of Digital Transformation of Organizations:
The Department of Digitalization (DIGI) focuses on how digital technologies
are changing business and society. This is reflected in our teaching and
research activities, as well as our externally funded research projects and
ongoing engagement with external partners. Teaching responsibilities of the
Department comprise mainly of undergraduate and graduate teaching in the IT
cluster at CBS.
We are looking for a PhD student that will be part of a project on Human-AI
collaboration focusing on engaging and controlling swarms of robots and
drones. The project is part of the DIREC network. This is an interdisciplinary
project initiated by researchers from Aarhus University, Aalborg University,
Alexandra Institute, Copenhagen Business School, and Technical University of
Denmark, as well as industrial partners from both private and public sectors.
The project focus is on the challenges in multi-robot collaboration, to design
and evaluate technological solutions that enable end-users to engage and
control autonomous multi-robot systems. The project builds on use cases in
agriculture and search and rescue supported by the industrial partners' domain
knowledge and robotic hardware. The project involves the design and evaluation
of digital prototypes in order to explore different interaction techniques to
support end-users in controlling, navigating, and communicating with multi-
drone or multi-robot systems. The research will contribute by bridging
academic research with companies currently developing solutions using drone or
The CBS research team will contribute in requirements gathering from end-users
and other stakeholders, user studies that involve techniques such as analysis
of performance data, interviews and/or observations. The main focus of the CBS
team is on identifying the business and organisational adaptation and
innovation for swarm robotics technology to be successfully adopted in the
public and private organizations.
Examples of research areas that a scholarship might cover:
Autonomous multi-robot technology and its impact on adopting organizations
Autonomous multi-robot technology digital representation and
AI and digital transformation of organizational processes
The three-year PhD programme at CBS gives you the opportunity to conduct
research under the supervision of CBS's associate professors and professors,
supported by research related PhD courses. The programme is highly
international, and you are expected to participate in international research
conferences and to spend time at another research institution as a visiting
PhD student. See the CBS homepage for more information about the PhD
programme: https: // www. cbs.dk/en/research/phd-programme.
CBS PhD graduates are held in high esteem not only in academia and research
institutions but also in government and business where their research
qualifications are in high demand.
CBS is committed to ensuring excellence, transformative and relevant teaching
and research. Candidates who wish to join us must be interested in working in
an organisation of this type and it is expected that the applicant shows an
interest in joining the department's research environment. You can read more
about the department's research here: www. cbs.dk/en.
Application and admission requirements
The department will give priority to applicants with high grades from their
To be considered the applicant must
have a basic education at master's level (corresponding to the 3 + 2
have received the grade of 10 (or equivalent) for the master's thesis
according to the Danish 7-point grading scale
https: // ufm.dk/en/education/the-danish-education-system/grading-system
have a weighted grade point average of at least 8.2 on the Danish 7-point
grading scale for the bachelor's and master's degree combined or
alternatively a weighted grade point average must be at least 9.5 for the
master's degree alone.
have an educational background in the social sciences
have completed the master's programme before starting the PhD programme at
master academic English at a high level in writing and speaking
4+4 PhD scheme
For admittance to the 4 + 4 PhD scheme, the applicant must have completed a
bachelor's degree (or equivalent) and have passed subjects corresponding to
60 ECTS in a relevant master's programme within the CBS' subject areas. The
minimum weighted grade point average is 8.2 on the Danish 7-point grading
scale for the entire programme (i.e. for the full bachelor and one year of
the master studies together), and at least the grade 10 for the bachelor
thesis or equivalent final examination project. If the grade point average is
not met, documentation for being in the top 40% of the class is also accepted.
Applicants who are not enrolled in a master's programme at CBS will be
assessed by the Admissions Office. You can read more about this scheme via
https: // www. cbs.dk/en/research/phd-programmes/different-routes-to-a-phd
The application (see link below) must include a five-page project
description. The project description must include:
a presentation of an original research question
a description of the initial theoretical framework and method
a presentation of the proposed empirical material
a work plan for the three years
More information can be found here: https: // www. cbs.dk/en/research/phd-
In addition to the project description, copies of the following must be
diploma for bachelor's and master's degree or other certificates at an
equivalent level as well as the grade transcripts
a concise curriculum vitae (CV)
a list of articles and publications (if applicable)
one example of a selected written work (e.g. master's thesis)
The PhD student is enrolled in the CBS PhD School. Further information about
PhD scholarships and the PhD programme can be found at
https: // www. cbs.dk/en/research/phd-programme.
For further information please contact Ioanna Constantiou, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about the department can be found at www. cbs.dk/en.
Employment and salary
A PhD scholarship runs for a period of three years, and includes teaching
obligations equivalent to six months' work (840 work hours). The
scholarships are fully salaried positions, according to the national Danish
collective agreement. The monthly salary is currently approximately DKK 27,871
up to DKK 33,659 depending on seniority and a pension contribution totalling
17.1%. The scholarship includes tuition fees, office space, course and travel
costs (according to the current CBS agreement).
Salary level and employment take place in accordance with the Ministry of
Finance's agreement with the Academics' Central Organization.
The Recruitment Committee shortlists at least two-five applicants to be
assessed by the Assessment Committee. Applicants are informed whether their
application has proceeded for assessment.
Applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of
the Assessment Committee and will receive their personal assessment later.
Selected applicants will be invited for an interview. Please note that a
positive assessment does not automatically result in an interview.
Once the recruitment process is completed each applicant will be notified of
the outcome of their application.
The application must be sent via the online link below.
Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including
all appendices (see above), by the application deadline.
Details about Copenhagen Business School are available at www. cbs.dk/en.
Closing date: 23 May 2022.