Fully funded 4-year PhD Position on system dynamics modeling of drivers and inhibitors of mission-driven open innovation projects

Fully funded 4-year PhD Position on system dynamics modeling of drivers and inhibitors of mission-driven open innovation projects

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Tilburg University and Tilburg School of Economics and Management has a job opening for a Fully funded 4-year PhD Position on system dynamics modeling of drivers and inhibitors of mission-driven open innovation projects (1.0 FTE), location: Tilburg, the Netherlands.
Application deadline: Selection of candidates will start January 1, 2023. Applications will remain open until position is filled.

Job description

Tilburg University (TiSEM) is looking for an ambitious PhD Candidate to become part of the Fieldlabs@Scale NWO project studying open innovation networks at a regional level. Preferably, the candidate should be Dutch speaking and have exposure or interest to study System Dynamics modelling.
Fieldlabs@Scale: Towards effective collaborative experimentation for mission-driven innovation
Fieldlabs are emerging as a promising approach to mission-driven innovation. They bring together regional stakeholders—including business and knowledge institutes—to collaboratively experiment with solutions for societal challenges. Their effectiveness remains mixed as they face problems in scaling such innovative solutions in business ecosystems. Involving a broad, interdisciplinary consortium, Fieldlabs@Scale studies fieldlabs in agriculture, healthcare, infrastructure, and smart industry. We develop new theories on mechanisms for collaborative experimentation and co-create a toolkit and Fieldlab Academy programmes alongside policymakers, regional network organisations, and fieldlab participants in our consortium, to support fieldlabs in accelerating mission-driven innovation and generate economic and societal value.

University of Twente, Tilburg University, TU Eindhoven, VU Amsterdam, Stichting Pioneering, Greenports Nederland, Waterschap Vechtstromen, Philips Electronics Nederland B.V., Brainport Development NV, World Class Maintenance (WCM), Kansen voor West, Provincie Overijssel, NeLL (National E-Health Living Lab), Fidett - Fieldlab Digitalisation Energy Transition Twente, KNVB, Technische Universiteit Delft, Greenports NL, Royal Philips, Aspari, ZoARG, Techport, EFRO/Kansen voor West, Smart Industry Hub Noordwest, TNO

The PhD candidate will be embedded in the productive, collegial, and engaged Information and Supply Chain Management (ISCM) Research Group at Tilburg University. The group consists of faculty, lecturers, postdoctoral fellows, and PhD candidates. The PhD candidates are also enrolled in the world-class CentER PhD Program, where they will take about 40 European credits of courses as part of working towards the PhD degree. Two of the SCM faculty members are designated as advisors to the candidate for this project. For this candidate, the advisors will be Professor Henk Akkermans and Andreas Alexiou.

The ISCM Group is part of the Department of Management in the Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM). TISEM is the largest school of Tilburg University. It benefits from a strong research reputation, for instance exemplified by the recent top-10 ranking in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (“Shanghai Ranking”) for the field of business administration.

Tilburg University
Tilburg University is one of Europe’s leading universities in the fields of business and economics, ranking #5 in Europe in the field of Business Research (UT Dallas World Ranking) and #20 in Economics & Business Worldwide (US News Ranking 2021). The School of Economics and Management has 7,000 students (26% international) and 400 academic staff (50% international).  The campus provides a green, academically centered environment with modern facilities and convenient local transportation.  Tilburg’s central position in the Benelux offers excellent regional and international access.  Major airports nearby include Amsterdam (Netherlands), Brussels (Belgium) and Düsseldorf (Germany).  English is the working language of the university.


Tilburg University


  1. An academic Master’s or MPhil/Research Master’s degree in econometrics or business (in the latter case with a sizeable share of quantitative courses. The degree should demonstrate an excellent background in analytical skills. 
  2. Completed the previous degree with an excellent GPA (top 10% of class)
  3. Proficiency in English to be proven by means of an IELTS score of at least 7.0, with no sub scores below 6.5, a TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet based) or 600 (paper based), a Cambridge CAE (at least B) or a Cambridge CPE. Exemptions can be provided upon request to native English speakers or to candidates who have obtained their bachelor’s and master’s degree in English in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia, or New Zealand.
  4. For candidates from a university outside Europe: a recent GRE or GMAT test score of at most two years old. 

    If you have any of the following additional skills or evidence of skills, please include them specifically in your application, as they can be of value in the selection process:
  5. Knowledge of Python / R programming and/or other evidence of data science skills (including certificates obtained through online education)
  6. Evidence of econometric and/or data science work conducted with empirical data.
  7. Excellent academic writing skills (a writing sample of a thesis or paper can serve as evidence)
  8. Knowledge of any of the languages of the countries where we do field work would be considered an additional asset. These would include Spanish, Portuguese, French, and/or Swahili.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years fulltime.

Tilburg University is rated among the top Dutch employers and has excellent terms of employment. The appointment will be for the total of 48 months. The selected candidates will initially be appointed for 16 months, with an extension for the following 32 months based on a positive evaluation. The evaluation will take place after about 12 months.

During the first year, you will receive extensive training in theory and methods by taking several PhD-level courses. There is also a good travel budget for attending summer schools, working visits and conferences. The training can be adapted to the previous educational achievements of the PhD candidate by mutual agreement with the supervisors. For the remaining three years, 80% of the position’s time will be dedicated to the completion of your PhD research, and 20% to the acquisition of academic skills through teaching courses and supervising master/bachelor theses within the department.

The appointed PhD candidate will be an employee of Tilburg University.  The starting gross salary is 
€ 2,541 per month (for a full-time appointment) in the first year, up to € 3,247 in the final year. There is a holiday allowance (8% in May), and end-of-year bonus (8.3% in December). 

All university employees are covered by the so-called civil servants pension fund (ABP). Researchers from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. The university offers very good fringe benefits (it is one of the best non-profit employers in the Netherlands), such as an options model for terms and conditions of employment and excellent reimbursement of moving expenses.


Tilburg School of Economics and Management

Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM) is the university largest faculty.  TiSEM offers well reputed academic research and education. Its research belongs to the European top. The education programs, of which the majority are offered completely in English, are on the international map with the AACSB accreditation awarded in 2002. Employees and students form an ambitious international community.

Tilburg School of Economics and Management


  • PhD
  • Economics
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • 21197



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