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JRDP courses

The Junior Researcher Development Programme (JRDP) aims to provide you with different courses and workshops to support your career development during your employment at AU. We offer three courses which focus on development of transferable skills such as Project management, Understanding organisations and Leadership and in addition you can participate in a number of  career courses and entrepreneurship courses offered by AU Career PHD & JR and Science for Society respectively.  

The programme also offers a workshop in strategic career thinking for new junior researchers which can support you in understanding which skills and experiences that are essential for the career path you are considering.

Be aware that your own faculty also offer courses that are relevant for your career development. Some but not all of these can be found in the event calendar.

Intro Workshop: Introduction to strategic career thinking

This workshop is for new junior researchers (postdocs and assistent professors) who are interested in getting the most out of their research years at Aarhus University by working with strategic career planning. The goal of the workshop is to encourage you to work with your own career development by providing you with tools to develop a conscious and focused approach to your postdoc and further career.

The workshop is part of the Junior Researcher Development Programme and serves as an introduction to how you can integrate the various parts of the programme in the best possible way to support your career development. The workshop is three hours long, and the participants are junior researchers from all faculties.

In the workshop, we will consider what makes a successful post doc: how to plan ahead and how to navigate and think strategically in order to achieve your desired goals. 

For inspiration, we will use case studies of former researchers from AU to see if we can identify common themes in their career progression.

Outcomes of the workshop:

  • Understand how career planning during your postdoc will strengthen your ability to navigate in the research environment.
  • Identify pitfalls and helpers in relation to career progression.
  • Understand how to take the lead in your own career development

Facilitator: Vibeke Broe, AU Career PhD and JR

Date: November 4th 2020 from 14:00-17:00

Project Management


A Practitioner’s Approach to the Managerial Process on 22-24. September & 8-9. December 2020

(please note that signing up does not guarantee you a place in the course. We will inform you about acceptance into the course 4 weeks before the first course day)

Objectives of the course:

The objective of the course is to take a practitioners approach to project management focusing on both technical and sociocultural skills.

Learning outcomes and competencies:

At the end of the course the participants should be able to:

  • Describeanalyze and apply technical and sociocultural project management methods, models and tools related to the managerial process of a project
  • List, select and apply relevant methods, models, and tools to manage the lifecycle of an project
  • Manage and execute low to medium complex projects

Compulsory programme:

  • Five course days with active participation. Participants who are absent more than one day will not be able to pass the course unless special arrangement has been agreed with the course lecturers
  • Individual/group assignment which is part of the assessment. Each participant will be asked to select a “real life” project in an organization, which should be examined in an empirical study. The project can be any type in private or public organizations as well as research projects. The assignment can be fulfilled either individually or in groups of maximum three participants, however the exam report is prepared individually

The course takes place over two modules:

  • Module 1: 22-24 September 2020 (3 days)
  • Module 2: 8-9 December 2020 (2 days)


Course contents:

Technical skills:

  • Scope, WBS, schedules, resource allocation, budgets, organization, resources and risks

Sociocultural skills:

  • Leadership, problem solving, teamwork, negotiation, politics and customer expectations

Project life cycle skills (inspired by the Half Double Methodology):

  •       Ensuring impact, flow and leadership    


Course practicalities:

Deadline for registration is 10 August 2020. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than Monday, 24 August 2020.

It is recommended, but not a prerequisite, that the participant has a basic knowledge about projects either obtained from work in organizations, being part of research project(s) or others.

Name of lecturer(s):

  • Course Coordinator & lecturer: Per Svejvig, Associate Professor, PhD, Department of Business Administration, Aarhus University
  • External lecturer: Carsten Nielsen, Independent Management Consultant

Type of course/teaching methods:
Lectures, exercises, group work, discussions, individual/group assignment analyzing a specific project in an organization, presentations and short paper


Time and place:

Module 1:

  • Tuesday, 22 September 2020 at 9-18
  • Wednesday, 23 September 2020 at 9-18
  • Thursday, 24 September 2020 at 9-16

Module 2:

  • Tuesday, 8 December 2020 at 9-18
  • Wednesday, 9 December 2020 at 9-16


To be announced as soon as venue is confirmed. 


  • Gray, C. F., & Larson, E. W. (2011). Project management: the managerial process (Fifth international edition ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill Irwin.
  • Olsson, J. R., K. T. Adland, M. Ehlers and N. Ahrengot (2018). Half Double: Projects in half the time with double the impact. Hellerup, Implement Press

Leadership Course

Introduction to Leadership: two-day course in leadership for junior researchers 1-2. December 2020


 There are currently no spots left on this course. If you want to be put on the waiting list, please write an email to mabs@au.dk.   

(please note that signing up does not guarantee you a place in the course. We will inform you about acceptance into the course 4 weeks before the first course day)

This leadership course is intended for junior researchers who have recently taken on leadership tasks - with or without formal leadership responsibilities, for example in a new research group or as PI on a project. 


Course objectives:

Leadership skills are required in order to establish and ensure well-functioning research groups and project teams. This interactive course introduces the participants to essential leadership elements. The specific course objectives are:

  • To ensure that junior researchers are aware of their personal identity as leaders versus their identity as experts within a specific field
  • To learn about and practise different types of communication
  • To support their career development as leaders in either academia or in business and industry


The course instructors are Michael Martini and Louise Tornøe Johnsen, Leadership Development Consultants at Development and Work Environment, AU HR, as well as a guest instructor.     



Before the course starts, please read: Effective Leadership Behavior: Gary Yukl. What We Know and What Questions Need More Attention. Leadership challenge. Academy of Management Perspectives. p. 66-85. Nov. 2012.

Time and place:

Tuesday, 1 December 2020 9-15 at Studenterhusfonden, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 4, Richard Mortensens stuen.

Wednesday, 2 December 2020 9-15 at  Studenterhusfonden, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 4, Preben Hornung stuen.

No longer able to participate? Please cancel your registration via the registration confirmation email.