Assistant professor in Circular Economy, Operations, and System Dynamics

Assistant professor in Circular Economy, Operations, and System Dynamics

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13 Apr 28 May Eindhoven

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The ITEM group in the department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences has a vacancy for a Tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Circular Economy, Operations, and System Dynamics.

Job description

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.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


  • Motivated researcher, with a PhD in innovation management, circular economy, operations management, sustainability, or a related domain.
  • Experience with simulation modelling, preferably system dynamics.
  • Ability to conduct high-quality research, demonstrated in a successfully completed PhD thesis and/or an initial set of publications arising from this thesis.
  • Ability to teach, demonstrated by experience or assistance in teaching. Informed vision on teaching and learning within your own discipline.
  • Strong cooperation skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Effective communication and leadership skills, including coaching and mentoring of students and staff, leading a project or chairing a group.
  • Excellent (written and verbal) proficiency in English.

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
  • A tenure track of (at least) five years with the prospect of becoming an Associate Professor. After a maximum of four years, the tenure decision will be made. If you have a more senior profile, you will receive a tailor-made career proposal.
  • The opportunity to focus your career on education, research, or impact. You can develop your personal ambitions and objections within the strategic objectives of the university.
  • Salary in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale 11. (min. € 3.974 max. € 5.439).
  • An attractive starting package.
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • A dedicated mentoring program to help you get to know the university and the Dutch (research) environment.
  • High-quality training programs for academic leadership and teaching.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • Partially paid parental leave and an allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team is available for international candidates, as are a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) and partner career support.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • V39.6564


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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