You will be embedded in the Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing (ITEM) group
—and collaborate with the Operations, Planning, Accounting & Control (OPAC) group
. ITEM's research program focuses on understanding and improving innovation processes within firms, organizations, and institutions—typically in a high-tech context. In light of global challenges, such as climate change, waste, and pollution, we must find innovative ways to start reusing, re-making, and recycling our products. Hence, we need to understand the dynamics of circular production and life-cycle support. As a successful candidate, you are able to take a systems perspective to study, for instance, the reuse of waste in production processes, sustainable after-sales support, reuse of (sub)systems, and the reuse of materials of capital goods at the end of their life cycle. Moreover, to enable effective design, testing, and implementation of circular strategies, we need to understand better the possible (adverse) side effects, such as rebound effects, that potentially undermine such strategies.
The ITEM group currently has an opening for a tenure-track assistant professor who wants to contribute to its research program and teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. As a successful candidate, you will be involved in conducting top-level academic research to be published in high-quality scholarly journals. Depending on your background, you will be involved in developing and lecturing courses on circular economy and system dynamics and supervising bachelor and master thesis students. In addition, you are expected to acquire external research funding (e.g., industry, NWO, EU) and be active and visible in international academic networks. The TU/e is situated in one of the leading high-tech regions of the world, which provides ample opportunities for excellent researchers in the field of innovation seeking to make a societal as well as academic impact.