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PhD scholarship in Entrepreneurial Team Formation in Science-based Start-ups

   Centre for Technology Entrepreneurship

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About the Project

Do you want to:

·      obtain research-based knowledge about entrepreneurial team formation in science-based start-ups (such as academic spinoffs)?

·      advise university technology transfer offices, incubators and other technology transfer intermediaries how to support scientist-entrepreneurs to build strong entrepreneurial teams?

Despite the importance of teams in science-based start-ups, there are several unanswered questions about the team formation process and the team configurations that may increase the start-ups’ success potential. To help answer these questions, DTU, The Technical University of Denmark, Centre for Technology Entrepreneurship invites applicants for a 3-year PhD position on “Entrepreneurial Team Formation in Science-based Start-ups”, ideally starting by February 1st, 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter in 2023.

Responsibilities and qualifications

We are looking for an ambitious candidate for a PhD project (3-year, full-time) to focus on the project topic. We expect that the candidate will learn to perform rigorous and relevant research using a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods and extend collaborations with key academic and industrial partners at both a national and international level. We also expect that the candidate will disseminate their research findings in academic and practice-oriented outlets.

Candidates should have a master's degree. Master’s degrees in a variety of disciplines will be considered. Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

In addition, we seek a candidate with:

·      A longer-term interest in pursuing a research career

·      Ability to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment

·      Excellent writing and communication skills in English

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education.


The assessment of the applicants will be made by Argyro (Iro) Nikiforou, Assistant Professor and Jes Broeng, Professor, Director of the Centre for Technology Entrepreneurship at DTU.

We offer

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

We expect the PhD project to start by 1 February 2023 (or according to mutual agreement).

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Argyro (Iro) Nikiforou, Assistant Professor, email: [Email Address Removed].

You can read more about DTU Centre for Technology Entrepreneurship at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 31 October 2022 (Danish time). Apply online here: PhD scholarship in Entrepreneurial Team Formation in Science-based Start-ups.


Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

About DTU Centre for Technology Entrepreneurship

With rigorous research at its core, as evidenced by Faculty’s publications in top-tier academic journals (e.g., Strategic Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Perspectives, and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice), the Centre builds the entrepreneurial capabilities of students, industry leaders, academics and policymakers to address unsolved problems, and together create new knowledge, methodologies and initiatives. The Centre is amongst the international leading entities in technology entrepreneurship. As part of a dynamic and evolving ecosystem, we combine practice-oriented education and research in entrepreneurship. We enable ethically minded entrepreneurs to build solutions that benefit people, society and the world.

Technology for people

DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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