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Are you passionate about finding innovative ways to improve access to finance for income generation, for those that have limited if any access currently? In collaboration with the Dutch inclusive finance firm Qredits and the European Microfinance Network (EMN), the University of Twente received an EIBURS grant from the European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute to study ground breaking practices in the field of financial inclusion in Europe. For this project, we are looking for both (1) a postdoc and (2) a PhD researcher. Are you interested in strengthening our team?
Your primary task is to uncover innovative practices across Europe while additionally conducting a detailed analysis of the rich data that Qredits has available with regards to their existing client base. Via our academic partners the TU Berlin (Germany) and Nord University (Norway), we will also be able to study the German and Norwegian inclusive finance markets. Based on these studies, we research how a good balance is achieved between automation and face-to-face interaction when seeking to deliver the greatest impact for inclusive finance. In sum, while conducting rigorous research, we also want to impact practice and provide strong policy recommendations to the EIB and other relevant societal actors. You are encouraged to spend substantial time at the Qredits head office for your research. Additionally, you will be involved in education (0,4 fte), including the supervision of project related master and bachelor theses.
As a postdoc researcher, you will become a leading player in our diverse research team, and - together with a PhD student - you will research:
INFORMATION AND APPLICATION
More information about this position can be obtained from Dr. Michel Ehrenhard (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please send your application, with a detailed CV and a motivation letter, before the 11th of November 2019.
We offer you a very challenging position in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization and entrepreneurship are a key part of the strategic agenda.
The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences
The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) strives to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. Through 'social engineering' these technological advances are embedded in society befitting human needs and behaviour, within proper public and private management and business structures. For this the faculty of BMS upholds high quality disciplinary knowledge in psychology, business administration, public administration, communication science, philosophy, educational science and health sciences. All with a focus on the challenges in society. Research is strongly connected to our institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.
Qredits is a social enterprise that supports entrepreneurs in the Netherlands to successfully start or invest in their business by offering business loans up to €250,000. Qredits also helps entrepreneurs to build their business skills through its coaching, e-learning and Academy services - making it one of the most innovative and forward-thinking Microfinance organizations in Europe. To date Qredits has delivered almost 17,000 loans totaling over €400 million, making it the largest alternative lender for entrepreneurs in the Netherlands. Currently it employs 100 professionals and works with 600 volunteer entrepreneurial coaches. Qredits is based in Almelo, and has offices in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Weert, Barneveld , Meppel, and the Dutch Antilles. It is a private foundation, founded by a group of public and private partners.