PhD on Innovating Ecosystems by Empowering Next-Generation Universities

PhD on Innovating Ecosystems by Empowering Next-Generation Universities

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20 Sep 26 Nov Eindhoven

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Job description

Are you ready to dive into the world of innovation ecosystems as our next PhD candidate? If you're passionate about understanding how universities respond to society's needs, intrigued by the role they play in regional development and innovation ecosystems, and excited to create tools for maximizing impact, then this position is your chance to make a real difference. Join us on this thrilling journey of discovery and exploration!

Job Description

Eindhoven University of Technology is offering an exciting opportunity: a fully funded, four-year PhD position in collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Together with a team of researchers and practitioners, we're diving into how universities are changing to meet society's needs. You see, as the world evolves, so do the ways universities make a difference. In addition to teaching and undertaking research, universities are also expected to contribute to innovation and positive change in the economy and society. Increasingly, universities are called upon to engage with other actors in the innovation ecosystem to help develop solutions to the complex challenges facing society.

Our mission with this PhD project is clear: we want to understand how universities are becoming what we call "Next Generation Universities." These universities are like adaptable champions, connecting with more people and changing the way they do research, teaching, and coming up with new ideas. The idea of "Next Generation Universities" is all about blending what society needs with what universities do best. This means not only changing how students and staff think, but also making sure that the things universities do help society in the long run. Our aim is to understand how universities are adjusting to their changing role and to support them in facilitating open, collaborative, transdisciplinary, and interdisciplinary research and education focused on addressing societal challenges.

The PhD project will be part of the Eurotech network. By co-creating with stakeholders involved in innovation and business at the universities, the project strives to produce both original research and practitioner-relevant frameworks or tools that will be tested at TU/e and DTU, and if possible used more widely through the EuroTech platform. During the project, the PhD student will spend 6 months at the Centre for Technology Entrepreneurship at DTU in Copenhagen, working closely with the DTU co-supervisor and meeting other DTU researchers at the center. This time will also focus on helping the student gather and analyze data about the DTU innovation ecosystem.

The preferred starting date is January 1, 2024, or by agreement.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


  • A master's degree (or an equivalent university degree) in innovation studies, industrial engineering, innovation management, design science, or any other related, relevant field;
  • A research-oriented attitude, including independence, creativity and analytical skills;
  • Ability to work in as a team player and interested in collaborating with internal and external stakeholders of universities;
  • Strong qualitative research method skills, including case study research; affinity with design science methods is a plus;
  • Motivated to develop your teaching skills and coach students;
  • Fluent in spoken and written English (C1 level), fluency in Dutch is a plus (but not a requirement).

Please note: Each project requires a different mix of skills and attitude. Please use the TU/e PhD Competence Profile to determine which competences you find most important and want to mention as a job requirement (aside from the aspects mentioned above).

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:
  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale P (min. €2,770 max. €3,539).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • V39.6926


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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