Senior Researchers New Economic Framework (Digital Business & Media)

Senior Researchers New Economic Framework (Digital Business & Media)

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2 May 29 May Utrecht

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Our society is moving towards a new economic framework in which profitability is no longer the primary goal, but where organizations have to find the right balance in the impact they make. You can contribute to this change. In collaboration with fellow researchers, students, education professionals and the professional field, you will connect practice-oriented research with higher economic education, and make a real impact on the formation of a value-driven economy.

Job description

University of applied sciences Utrecht (HU UAS) teaches students to become professionals and is leader in the transition towards the New Economy. Under societal pressure, the economy is in need of renewal: from purely financial to a model that takes into account people, planet and the environment: multiple value creation. We are re-evaluating our vision of a healthy economy: from unlimited growth to a form that relates to ecological and socio-economic limits in the right way. In addition, the digital revolution requires maximum adaptability of our economy and offers opportunities to shape a new economy. These developments mean that the classic economic fields in Higher Economic Education, such as Economics, Marketing, Business Administration, Finance & Accounting, Communication, etc., will change. The question in the professional field and education is: How does our current knowledge relate to the frameworks of this New Economic perspective? And what is needed to accelerate the transition towards a new economic reality?

HU students, graduates, teachers, and researchers become co-shapers of the society of the future. To achieve this, we have developed an ambitious plan in which we will renew our education and research program within the economic domain along substantive lines. These lines go beyond the silos of classic courses, disciplines, and research areas.

HU team New Economic Research & Education (HU team NEOO)

We are currently setting up 'HU team NEOO'; a group of experienced, passionate researchers and education professionals with the ambition to develop valuable knowledge to anchor it in practice and education. We will fill in at least 8 positions this year. HU team NEOO will be collectively responsible for concretizing the substantive lines into practice-oriented research projects, for and with the professional field. At the same time, this team will be involved in advising and designing an institute-wide educational curriculum towards our ambition for Higher Economic Education. Of course, in close collaboration with experts within our organization.

What will you do?

As a Senior Researcher in HU team NERO, you will combine research with education. You will work 60% at the Knowledge Centre Digital Business & Media and 40% at one of the educational institutes in the economic domain. We explicitly ask you to look beyond the boundaries of the classic research disciplines.

  • Research: Conducting, supervising, and publishing research within one or more research themes:
  • Research theme: Analysis of the needs of the relevant societal field and translating them into contributions for the (co) development of education development and innovation-oriented research programs. You contribute to the vision formation of HU lectorates and act as an expert on a research line.
  • Knowledge development, distribution, and impact: Encouraging the development and production, dissemination, and circulation of knowledge. Spreading knowledge of the own field of expertise in media and advisory assignments.
  • Collaboration with the environment: Maintaining and expanding (inter)national contacts with the professional field at all levels.
  • Contract activities and research acquisition activities: Recruiting clients based on analyses of societal needs and executing contract activities.


HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht


What do you bring?

We are looking for colleagues who are experienced in acquiring and executing (practice-oriented) research projects. This is evident from the following experience:

  • A completed master's degree and completed PhD research in the economic domain;
  • Expertise in one or a combination of the mentioned research themes, as shown by (recent) publications;
  • Experience with project management, preferably in subsidy projects with teams;
  • Demonstrable experience with practice-oriented research and connecting professional practice and practice-oriented research;
  • You have both academic and business connections. This is evident, for example, from (inter)national collaborations, research assignments, conferences, symposia that you have contributed to;
  • You speak Dutch and are comfortable with English;

Who are you?

Your CV and our conversation with you demonstrate that you possess the following competencies:

  • Leadership qualities, both thought leadership and leading a team;
  • Socially sensitive and entrepreneurial in acquiring new research assignments;
  • Strategic insight; as an associate professor, you are responsible for the research line for which you are responsible.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: with the intention of converting it into a permanent employment contract.

What do we offer you?

  • A job with a lot of variety for 0,8 till 1 fte. 
  • We offer a gross monthly salary of at least €5401.60 and a maximum of €6579.22 (scale 13) with a full-time contract.
  • You will receive a holiday allowance of 8% and a guaranteed end-of-year bonus of 8.3% according to the CAO-HBO.
  • We start with an employment contract for one year (D3) with the intention of converting it into a permanent employment contract.
  • We are affiliated with the ABP and automatically insure our employees with the ABP for their pensions. The HU UAS pays 70% of the premium.
  • A health care contribution of €300.00 gross per year in proportion to employment;
  • We have excellent study and development opportunities;
  • The possibility to have 428 holiday hours per year with a full-time employment;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • Obviously a smartphone and a laptop;
  • An attractive bicycle plan;
  • Discounts on various (health) insurance policies, software and fitness at the Olympos Sports Center in Utrecht;


University of Applied Sciences Utrecht invests heavily in the combination of education and research. Our lectorates have a rich research culture in which interdisciplinary collaboration between education and the professional field takes shape on a daily basis. Within this, we pay specific attention to expertise development in the themes Digital Together, Healthy Together, Learning Together and Sustainable Together. 


Together with your colleagues from the HU Team NERO, you will conduct research at one of the 9 lectorates of the knowledge center Digital Business and Media and teach students within one of the economic institutions. The lectorates collaborate with various partners in the creative and business services, knowledge institutions, public organizations, and government. The research questions arise from practical situations; therefore, the results not only lead to scientific insights but also to insights and applications that are directly relevant to professional practice.


  • Research, development, innovation; Associate professor; Lecturer
  • Economics
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €5401—€6579 per month
  • Doctorate
  • AT HU 20230502


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