CoDoc - Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Model

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CoDoc – Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Model is a project funded by the Regional Council of Ostrobothnia. The goal is to develop a model between the doctoral researcher and the partner, which enables the integration of the company's or a third party's research topic into the doctoral researcher's research topic. The CoDoc model seeks to deliver added value for all parties involved, covering everything from a joint funding model to scheduling, mentoring and supervision. 

The model integrates strongly with the needs of companies in the province for the development of research-based operations, processes and services. The cooperation model enables long-term development work that strengthens the competitiveness of companies in the region and offers doctoral students an attractive career path to demanding research and expert tasks. 

You can also get additional information from the leaflet below and CoDoc's project card

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Foundation of collaboration

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Foundation of CoDoc - Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Model

  • Connecting for competitiveness
  • Joint commitment to four-year doctoral research
  • Opportunities to influence research themes and questions
  • Research based on provided partner data
  • Early access to results and outcomes

New knowledge and competitiveness 

The CoDoc Vaasa partnership model allows doctoral researchers to tackle real-world issues related to sustainable business, energy and society utilising support, resources and data of external partner organisations with common interests. Research projects are based on the partners specific needs, providing new knowledge for improving competitiveness and creating solutions for the future. 

Bringing together the right parties 

The CoDoc Vaasa partnership model brings together ambitious and innovative doctoral researchers with relevant partner organisations, offering opportunities to influence research topics, gain early access to results and link own R&D with validated independent scientific research. It also builds connections with doctoral-level expertise with future employment prospects in mind.

Partners

Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Model brings the partners an excellent chance to influence their own field's cutting-edge research findings. The model integrates strongly with the needs of companies in the province for the development of research-based operations, processes and services. 

Potential CoDoc partners from the private sector are companies (private or listed), associations and individuals. The public sector's eligible partners are for example cities, municipalities and societies.

The collaboration model brings together ambitious and innovative doctoral students with partner organisations with aligned interests, offering an opportunity to affect research parameters, gain early access to results and link own R&D with validated independent scientific research. The doctoral researcher's commitment to a 4-year graduation goal ensures partner's early access to their own field's cutting-edge research findings. 

During collaboration, partners are offered new research knowledge through unique laboratories and research environments, high-quality academic supervision and close ties with the university. 

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What to expect as a partner

  • The main objective of the collaboration model is to deliver academic dissertation
  • High-quality scientific and academic research
  • The research results might not meet expectations
  • Results will be made publicly available
  • Project that has non-commercial primary objective
  • A fixed term of 4 years for completions
  • The partner will fund the research work together with the University of Vaasa

Doctoral Researcher

The CoDoc model allows doctoral researchers to tackle concrete issues related to sustainable business, energy and society utilizing support, resources and data of external partner organisations with common interests. Collaboration between the doctoral researcher and company opens up a desirable chance for long-term co-operation and a career path to challenging researcher and specialist positions. 

When participating the CoDoc model, the doctoral researcher commits to timely completion of doctoral studies of 4 years. Since the doctoral research will be produced in collaboration with a company, it is important that the company's inputs and request are taken into account during the process. 

What could company collaboration bring to your research? 
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  • Funding for your PhD project 
  • Real-world implications 
  • Access to relevant data
  • 3rd supervisor from the collaborative partner
  • Career opportunities outside the University 
  • The possibility to make a real impact through collaboration

If interested, please discuss the possibility of company collaboration with your supervisor. 

Supervisor

Regular supervision is an important part of the CoDoc model. Each doctoral student will be assigned two supervisors who are employed by the University of Vaasa. One of the supervisors must be a professor. The responsible supervisor can be a professor, or qualified professor, a docent or an associate professor. In exceptional cases, a senior researcher, a university lecturer, a senior university lecturer or a research director who has at least docent-level research merits, may be appointed as the responsible supervisor. The second supervisor can be a researcher who has a doctorate degree and is well acquainted with the field. 

A third supervisor may also be appointed to the doctoral student, who in the case of CoDoc model comes from the collaboration company. 

You can find more information on supervision here

Roles and responsibilites of participating parties

Partners

  • Co-funding of the 4-year doctoral research with the University of Vaasa 
  • Providing research topics and inputs 
  • Providing a third supervisor for the doctoral research 

Doctoral Researcher

  • Commitment to timely completion of doctoral research (4 years)
  • Flexibility to take on partner inputs and requests 
  • Combination of academic and commercial interest 
  • Mindset that sees the project as a career launchpad

Supervisor & University of Vaasa

  • Securing (external) funding for new PhD positions and research '
  • Regular supervision & moderation of researcher/partner relationship 
  • Supervisor to determine a strong student/company match 
  • Project supervision until satisfactory completion 
  • Ensuring both academic and commercial requirements are met
  • Aiming towards successful graduation of PhD student

 

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Contact information

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Mika Grundström

Mika Grundström

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Virpi Juppo

Virpi Juppo

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Philipp Holtkamp

Philipp Holtkamp

Senior Specialist
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Niklas Lundström

Niklas Lundström

Senior Specialist in Doctoral Education
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