Tenure Track Assistant professor “Working, Organizing and Innovating with Digital Technologies''

Tenure Track Assistant professor “Working, Organizing and Innovating with Digital Technologies''

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Job description

We are searching for a passionate colleague to develop our research program related
to Digital Innovation and Future of work. The position is for a tenure track assistant professor, who will contribute to our ambition to be one of the top research and teaching groups in the field of digital innovation. For this opening we look for a candidate with an ambition to conduct top-level research and teaching portfolio, with a clear focus on the consequences of digitalization for work and organizing.

We are looking for internationally oriented, ambitious, and collegial scholars who share our passion for the field and will contribute to our research and teaching. We welcome applications with a PhD in business administration, organizational sociology or related social science disciplines.

We seek to further increase our global visibility through top-level research on
technology and work. In terms of teaching, we offer a newly developed and challenging MSc Program in Digital Business and Innovation, with 140 international students in 2021. The program delivers in-depth knowledge on Digital Innovation, based on fundamental theoretical perspectives and with a strong focus on implications for (and collaboration with) practice. Furthermore, we offer courses on information systems, digital innovation, new ways of working, and (qualitative) research methods in the BSc programs in (International) Business Administration as well as the doctoral program of the School of Business and Economics. All our teaching for the BSc IBA program, the MSc program and doctoral program is in English. This position will involve, among others, teaching courses on qualitative research methods and new ways of working and organizing.

Your duties
  • conducting and supervising research (including PhD projects)
  • publishing in international top-tier journals
  • teaching at the BSc and MSc at the School of Business and Economics and at the executive level in the programs of the KIN Center for Digital Innovation
  • coordination of courses, and (eventually) participation in project groups or
  • committees within the Department or School
  • contributing to the KIN Center for Digital Innovation in providing executive education and collaborating with the business community


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • earned PhD in business administration, organization studies, or related discipline
  • strong (quantitative and/or qualitative) methodological skills
  • affinity with technology and digitalization
  • an ambitious research agenda and pipeline
  • demonstrate a potential to establish a successful publication track record
  • demonstrate experience in teaching in undergrad and master program
  • interest in collaboration with industry partners and active research valorization is an asset.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 6 years.

We offer a challenging position in an international and ambitious research group.
The initial employment contract as assistant professor will be for a period of 6 years, with the possibility of obtaining a permanent position (tenure). The position involves research (40%) and teaching (60%). At the end of the second year, a performance evaluation will take place. The Tenure Track Committee will review your file, including the evaluation and advice on the continuation of your tenure track. In the fifth year, the Tenure Track Committee will review your file in order to decide upon the tenured assignment based on the assessment criteria of the Tenure Track system SBE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 6 years.
Gross monthly salaries are based on qualifications and experience and are set in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment,
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus,
  • solid pension scheme (ABP),
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge, contribution to commuting expenses, optional model for designing a personalized benefits package


The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

School of Business and Economics
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) provides high-quality education and excellent research in business administration and economics with a focus on contributing to the social, economic and ecological challenges of our time. Whether it is the use of robots in society or big data, labour market participation or flexibility in the labour market, traffic jams or the housing market, flash crashes in the stock market or choice behaviour in gambling, leadership or change management: we believe in goal-oriented scientific research and understand that progress in academics, the business community and society is achieved through cooperation, openness and social responsibility.

At SBE, all of our highly-motivated colleagues work together closely in a stimulating, dynamic and international environment to achieve our collective goal of encouraging society to make informed choices. Approximately 4,200 Bachelor’s and Master’s students and 1,700 executive students are enrolled at the School, and employs roughly 500 people.
About KIN Center for Digital Innovation
The KIN Center for Digital Innovation (https://vu.nl/en/about-vu/research-institutes/kin-center-for-digital-innovation) is a multi-disciplinary research group focusing on digital innovation and is part of the School of Business and Economics of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. We are an international group of 35 researchers studying the ways in which the use and development of digital innovations affect the way we work and organize. The group is very well connected to both the academic, private, and public organizations. Our research is characterized by a practice-based approach and by its close collaboration with many business partners and researchers from other institutes. On top of delivering top quality teaching and research, the KIN Center for Digital Innovation is a platform for collaboration with private and public organizations, offering various forms of executive education, research collaboration, and knowledge sharing sessions for business partners.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Economics
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €3807—€5211 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 8709


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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