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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: March 18th 2020 from 14-17pm

Project Management


A Practitioner’s Approach to the Managerial Process on 24-26. September & 3-4. December 2019

(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: 24-26 September 2019 (3 days)
  • Module 2: 3-4 December 2019 (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 Thursday, 1 August 2019. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than Monday, 23 August 2019.

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, senior manager, Arla Foods amba

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, 24 September 2019 at 9-18
  • Wednesday, 25 September 2019 at 9-18
  • Thursday, 26 September 2019 at 9-16

Module 2:

  • Tuesday, 3 December 2019 at 9-18
  • Wednesday, 4 December 2019 at 9-16


Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V, Building 2610


  • 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 19-20. November 2019


Registration deadline is 17. October.

(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 Astrid Viola Hornbech Svendsen and Michael Martini, Leadership Development Consultants at Development and Work Environment, AU HR, as well as a guest instructor Helle Svendsen, deputy manager and ph.d., from Technological Institute.    



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, 19 November 2019 9-15 at Tåsingegade, building 1441, room 210. 

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 9-15 at Studenterhusfonden, Mogens Zieler stuen. 

No longer able to participate? Unregister here

Understanding Organizations in Theory and Practice

3 day course in Understanding Organizations – in Theory and Practice,

23-24.April & 26.May 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:

This course will help you better understand how organizations work and how to succeed in organizational life. Organizations are complex entities that vary across many dimensions. The course will present theory about different organizational structures and how they affect internal processes. It will also focus on organizations as complex social systems and explain some of the reasons why some people tend to succeed in organizations much more than others. The course will enable you to better understand organizational dynamics and use such knowledge to pursue both your own and your workplace’s goals and targets. 

Learning outcomes and competencies:

Understanding organizational dynamics and why organizations work the way they do is paramount to be able to perform in organizational settings. Therefore, the objective of this course is to present theories about organizations that will help participants see through the organizational complexity and effectively work to obtain individual as well as organizational goals.

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

  • Describe and analyze different organizational structures, and how they relate to organizations external opportunities and challenges and internal processes.
  • Understand and apply organizational behavior theories including how employees are motivated and how organizational influence is obtained and used
  • Diagnose and analyze organizational problems and propose solutions and how they should be implemented

Taken together these learning objectives relate to some of the most fundamental elements of organizations. The course will enable participants to understand why different types of organizations adopt different strategies and structures, and how these affect employees and what they do. No matter the specific work task, be it more technical or more administrative or managerial, such knowledge is important and help answer questions about how work is affected by organizational structures, values, decision making, and culture.

Compulsory programme:

3 course days with active participation. Participation in all course days is expected.

The course takes place over two modules:

  • Module 1: 23-24 April 2020 (2 days) 09:00 - 15:00
  • Module 2: 26 May 2020 (1 day) 09:00 - 15:00

Group assignment which is part of the assessment. Each group will be asked to identify a “real challenge” in an organization, which should be examined based on the course topics and theories. Group work will end with a presentation on the last day of the course. Groups consist of 4-6 participants.

Course contents:

  • Organizational elements: Structure, Strategy, Technology, People, Culture
  • Organizational life: Motivation and job satisfaction, Power and influence

Course practicalities:

Registration deadline:  

 Language: English

Level of course: AU talent course

Course Structure:

1.    Module: April 23.-24. 2020 in Mogens Zieler Stuen, AU Conference center, Frederik Nielsens vej 2-4,  

             8000 Aarhus C

2.     Module: May 26. 2020 in Richard Mortensen Stuen, AU Conference center, Frederik Nielsens vej 2-4,  

             8000 Aarhus C

Course participants will also be doing individual and group assignment between the two modules

Capacity limits Min. 12 and max. 24 participants


  • Course Coordinator & lecturer: Professor Anders Villadsen, Department of Management + possibly a guest lecturer

Type of course/teaching methods:

Lectures, exercises, cases, group work, discussions, group assignment analyzing an organization, and presentations


·       Most chapters from: Daft, Murphy, and Willmott: Organization Theory and Design. 3 ed. Cengage. 2017. ( 2017ISBN 9781473726383) 

·       Selected journal papers

·       Optional: Fisman, R. and Sullivan, T. The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Office. Princeton University Press. 2015

Course assessment:

Presentation of organizational analysis in groups.

Workshop: How to put your research into play


A lot of research can be put into play and create value outside of academia but it can be challenging to see the opportunities and also to communicate the value you can create to different audiences and stakeholders. In this workshop we will work with how you can put your research into play as

  • Collaborations with external partners
  • New research projects
  • A business idea 
  • Or as a way to make you attractive to employers outside of academia

We will guide you through different concrete tools and train you in how to communicate your research to different audiences.

The workshop will contain both individual and group work and you will work with your own research area and will consist of the following elements: 

1)      Mapping of your research – individual and group exercise

2)      Principles of communication

3)      Alternative usages of your research – group exercise

4)      Framing your research problem according to different stakeholders – group exercise

5)      Next step for me – individual exercise

No preparation is needed but we invite you to think about how you can put your research into play in different contexts before the workshop.

The workshop will take place on August 28th from 9.00 to 12.00 in Meeting room 2.2 at Studenterhusfonden, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 2-4, 8000 Aarhus C.  

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