Assistant Professor in Sustainable Business Models for Future Food Systems

Assistant Professor in Sustainable Business Models for Future Food Systems

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19 Jul 25 Sep Eindhoven

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Job description

Do you have a background in innovation, sustainable entrepreneurship, new business model development and take an interest in agrifood? Are you interested in helping to develop the high-tech and data-driven sustainable food system of the future? And would you like to build your own research line around these topics? Then we are looking for you!

You will be embedded in the Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship and Marketing (ITEM) group and will have many opportunities to connect with colleagues working on projects in the fields of sustainable business models (agrifood and other), consumer research and (sustainable) entrepreneurship. The ITEM group is part of the School of Industrial Engineering in the department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences of Eindhoven University of Technology. We focus on performing research on understanding and improving new business and product development processes within firms, organizations, and institutions in a high-tech context. As a successful candidate you will be involved in conducting top-level academic research to be published in high-quality scholarly journals.

From the outset, you will collaborate with and supervise a PhD student who will focus on the setup and execution of a collective business models design trajectory that involves many different actors (e.g. entrepreneurs, consumers, governmental institutions). Depending on your background you will be involved in lecturing courses on innovation, sustainable business models and entrepreneurship as well as supervise bachelor and master thesis students. In addition, you are expected to acquire external research funding (from, e.g., industry, NWO, EU) and be active and visible in international academic networks.

This position is part of the 4TU program entitled 'Next generation food system - High-tech & data-driven agri-food system of the future', see for more information. The execution of this program demands close cooperation with the consortium's partners, such as the 4TU researchers, industry partners and government stakeholders involved. As part of the program, there are five tenure track positions.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


  • A relevant PhD degree in the field of sustainable business model innovation. Experience/knowledge in the agrifood domain is a pre.
  • Preferably, you have published papers in academic journals such as Research Policy; Journal of Cleaner Production; Business, Strategy and the Environment; Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, Technovation, Technological Forecasting and Social Change and Organization Studies.
  • You also have expertise in quantitative research methods and techniques. Experience with business model design in practical settings or qualitative methods is a plus.
  • You are creative and dedicated to (multidisciplinary) collaboration within and outside the 4TU consortium.
  • You have good communication and leadership skills and take ownership of your work.
  • You have relevant teaching experience at the Bachelor and/or Master level and are willing to obtain the University Teaching Qualification.
  • Ability to speak Dutch is highly appreciated, fluency in English is required.
  • Finally, you are a team player and prepared to play an active citizenship role within the ITEM-group.

The intended starting date for the position is January 2023.

Conditions of employment

  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the autonomy to develop your own research line and participate in the curriculum of the department.
  • A tenure track of five years with the prospect of becoming Associate Professor. After a maximum of four years the tenure decision will be made. If you have a more senior profile, a tailor-made career proposal will be considered. See academic perspectives for more information.
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs for academic leadership, the university teaching qualification program, research and valorization competences, and a dedicated mentoring program to help you get to know the university and the Dutch (research) environment.
  • Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Support for internationals is in place, such as the Partner Career Support Program, an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • V39.5793


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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