Copenhagen Business School in Denmark invites applications for a PhD scholarship within the field of Information Systems focusing on the Industrial Internet of Things, Embedded AI and Business Models in the 2022/23 academic session.

Project details:

This position is linked to the “Embedded AI” project which is funded by the Digital Research Centre Denmark (DIREC) and CBS. 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 the private sector.


The “Embedded AI” project aims to investigate new models of IIoT involving the merging of AI and IoT into “Artificial Intelligence of Things” (AIoT), and creating Embedded AI, where all or parts of AI processing are done on sensor devices at the edge of the ecosystem, rather than centrally on cloud based systems. Working together, the project members will design technical and socio-commercial elements of a potential embedded AI driven Artificial Intelligence of Things.

The CBS team will focus on developing business models for Embedded AI. In embedded AI environments there is a need to move beyond established business models to approaches which reflect embedded AI’s distributed nature, associated hardware constraints and shared infrastructure.

In this context and given a foundation of traditional and current state of the art business models, the CBS team will develop scenarios of different types of business models in an ecosystem of complementary and even overlapping embedded AI services. Ultimately, the CBS team will propose business models where the distributed and shared nature of embedded AI is captured.

Worth of Award

  • 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 op til 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.


Applicants must be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Digital platforms and/or digital infrastructures.
  • Digital ecosystems and digital business models.
  • The Industrial Internet of Things and/or applications of AI in an industrial context.
  • An understanding of associated information systems and strategic management theory.
  • Have fluency in written and oral English

The department will give priority to applicants with high grades from their universities.

To be considered the applicant must

  • have a basic education at master’s level (corresponding to the 3 + 2 Bologna process)
  • have received the grade of 10 (or equivalent) for the master’s thesis according to the Danish 7-point grading scale
  • 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 completed the master’s programme before starting the PhD programme at CBS
  • master academic English at a high level in writing and speaking

How to Apply

The application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system.

The application 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

In addition to the project description, copies of the following must be included:

  • 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)

Deadline: Application closes on December 31, 2021.


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