PhD student in innovation and design with a focus on innovation management

Mälardalen University
March 15, 2023
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PhD student in innovation and design with a focus on innovation management


Mälardalen University is growing and evolving due to increased research funding from the Swedish Government. Join our team on this exciting journey towards MDU`s vision, to be a progressive and collaborative University where together we shape a sustainable future. You can make a difference. Together, we can create a sustainable future through knowledge and innovation. We believe that knowledge and new perspectives are best attained and reached together in collaboration with others – our colleagues, students, the private and public sectors, both nationally and internationally. Around 20 000 students are currently studying courses and programmes with us in the various domains. We offer education in areas such as design and communication, economics, health, engineering and technology, preschool and compulsory school teacher training as well as in chamber music and opera. In most of our areas we also offer programmes entirely taught in English. We conduct research in all disciplinary domains and our research in Future Energy and Embedded Systems is internationally prominent. Mälardalen University is located in Sweden, on both sides of Lake Mälaren, with campuses in Eskilstuna and Västerås. Mälardalen is a region dominated by strong growth with several multinational companies based here such as ABB, Volvo, Westinghouse, Alstom and Northvolt. We enjoy close cooperation with the region's private sector, municipalities, and county councils.

At the School of Innovation, Design and Engineering our students are studying to be for example innovators, entrepreneurs, illustrators, communications officers, network technicians and engineers. Here we have the research specialisations of Embedded Systems, and Innovation and Product Realisation. Our work takes place in cooperation with and in strategic agreements with companies, organisations and public authorities in the region.

Employment information

Employment: Temporary employment Scope: Full time Closing date for application: 2023-03-15 Campus location: Eskilstuna School: School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, (IDT)

Position description

Mälardalen University is recruiting a PhD student in Innovation & Design, with a focus on innovation management. Innovation and Design is a third-cycle subject area with an interdisciplinary approach to the development process from needs/problems to usable solutions, with a profile towards sustainable future development and industrial innovation. Examples of applications are communication and information processes, quality development, management of innovation collaboration between different actors, and also the development and operation of sustainable production systems and their interfaces towards product development. One of the goals is by means of co-production to contribute knowledge of development processes and/or by developing methods, approaches and prerequisites to carry out improvements within the chosen application.

As our new PhD student, you are a part of a larger group shaping the future of the dynamic and interdisciplinary research and education environment innovation and product realization (IPR), which provides good opportunities for conducting interdisciplinary research. Digital transformation and innovation constitute a future common focus within IPR, where both research and teaching take place largely in co-production with external parties.

The position as PhD student is placed at the division innovation management, which is responsible for research and education in the field of innovation management (undergraduate level) and the subject innovation & design (graduate and postgraduate education level). Innovation management consists of a number of competence areas within which the division conducts research and education: Entrepreneurship, Managing innovation, Creativity, Service Innovation and Foresight.

The position as a PhD student may also include a certain part of institutional service, which may include teaching and administration within undergradute education in innovation management as well as innovation and design.


Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at a higher education may be appointed to doctoral studentships. For futher information see Chapter 5 of the Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 1993:100).

For specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies in the subject of Innovation and Design, a degree or 60 credits at second-cycle level within the main field of study/subject, relevant to the specific third-cycle project, is required. Students with equivalent prior knowledge also fulfil the specific entry requirements.

For the position, very good knowledge of spoken and written English is required.

In addition to documents that strengthen your eligibility for the position as PhD student in innovation and design, you shall also submit a "Research proposal". For this position we encourage research proposals with relevance for the competence areas of creativity and/or foresight. Examples of streams of research to build on:

  • Technology change, efficiency, and competitive advantage
  • Sustainable technology change
  • The future of work and skills
  • Managing human-technology interaction
  • Responsible innovation and technology design
  • Innovation and technology change management
  • Foresight in innovation processes
  • Managing group creativity
  • Please, structure the proposal by using the following headings: Problem background, Possible research questions and Proposal of research design. A maximum of 1,500 words is allowed for the proposal, and you write the text in English.

    Selection among eligible applicants is made according to the following assessment criteria:

  • relevant prior knowledge of the specific research project,
  • collaborative ability and drive,
  • Decisive importance is attached to personal suitability. We value the qualities that an even distribution of age and gender, as well as ethnic and cultural diversity, can contribute to the organization.

  • Educational and/or practical experience of the competence areas creativity and/or foresight
  • Application

    Application is made online. Make your application by clicking the "Apply" button below.

    The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and will reach the University no later than closing date for application.

    We look forward to receiving your application.

    We decline all contact with recruiters and salespersons of advertisements. We have made our strategic choices for this recruitment.

    Union representatives:

    Michaël Le Duc (SACO), tel: +46 (0) 21-10 14 02 Susanne Meijer (OFR), Tel: +46 (0) 21-10 14 89

    Contact person

    Peter E. Johansson

    Head of Division

    +46 (0) 16-15 37 08

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