Tenure Track position - Organisation of Design & Innovation

  • Organising and managing innovations and transitions within and across organisations.
  • Harnessing complex public-private ecosystems.
  • Driving design and innovation to meet societal challenges. 

Job description

To tackle societal challenges ranging from waste reduction and the energy transition to early diagnostics and disease prevention, innovation is crucial. But in an increasingly complex world, no organisation can successfully innovate on its own. In fact, meaningful and sustainable innovation relies on the organisation and management of ever-changing public-private ecosystems. As Assistant Professor in Organisation of Design & Innovation at TU Delft you will focus on the role of innovation management in complex ecosystems. How can individual organisations redesign their offering to embrace ecosystem innovation? Or how can long-term collaborations be developed and managed between the private and public sectors to address societal challenges? These are just examples of research questions you could take on in a sector of your choice.

You will develop your research vision on organising innovation, including appropriate quantitative empirical research lines. To realise your vision, you will conduct research and write research proposals to generate funding, grow your network and interact with relevant ecosystems. You will also build your team of PhD students, supervising them to completion together with a promotor on marketing and innovation management. In addition, you will help develop our curriculum by creating courses, for instance on strategic design, managing innovation, entrepreneurship and understanding organisations. You’ll be teaching these courses to our Bachelor and Master students, whom you’ll also coach and support with their theses. And you will build your academic authority by disseminating your knowledge through publications, presentations at conferences and within relevant innovation management communities.

Your home base will be the 70-strong, internationally diverse team of Professors, teachers, PhD students and postdocs in the Department of Design, Organisation and Strategy (DOS). At DOS, you will find driven specialists in hugely diverse fields, including design, innovation management, marketing, consumer behaviour, econometrics, but also data and AI. We have a highly collaborative, friendly and inspiring culture. And we will give you all the support you need to evolve and grow your academic career. Join us, and help us empower organisations, ecosystems and our students to address societal challenges through innovation management and design!


You thrive on improving the organisation and management of innovation within and across organisations and helping meet societal challenges. Putting your networking and communication skills to good use, you inspire and convince relevant stakeholders of your research proposals. And you embrace the whole scope of qualitative and especially quantitative empirical research techniques. As your research is typically interdisciplinary, you enjoy working closely with people in multiple disciplines to achieve meaningful team results. You also enjoy teaching and mentoring students, while growing your own competencies in your tenure track!

You also have:

  • A PhD in Strategic Design, Business Administration, Economics, (Innovation) Management, Open Innovation, Organisation Studies or another relevant subject, geared to design and innovation management.
  • A keen interest in the other disciplines of your interdisciplinary research.
  • A good command of spoken and written English, as you’ll be working in an internationally diverse community. And a command of Dutch, or the willingness to learn the language, as your home base at TU Delft is bilingual

Conditions of employment

A tenure-track position is offered for six years. In the fifth year we’ll decide if you will be offered a permanent faculty position, based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment. We expect that you have the potential to grow towards an Associate Professor and/or Full Professor role in the future.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme.

TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language within three years.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty Industrial Design Engineering

Matching the evolution of people with the speed of the revolution of technology. This is the focus of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE). Delft designers act as a bridge between advances in technology and the needs of people, organisations and society to create products, services and systems with purpose.

IDE is a leader in design research across the application areas of mobility, sustainability and health, as well as its development of design tools and methods. A 350-strong research team and over 2,000 students work together in our inspiring hall, labs and studios.

In close cooperation with industry, the public sector and NGOs we rehearse possible futures in research and education to design for a complex future.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Erik Jan Hultink, Professor of New Product Marketing, email: H.J.Hultink@tudelft.nl, tel: +31(0)15 278 3032.

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 1-3-2023 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

After the first selection video interviews will be held. For information about the application procedure, please contact : secretariaat-DOS@tudelft.nl    

  • FACULTY/DEPARTMENT- Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
  • JOB TYPE- Professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers
  • SCIENTIFIC FIELD- Behaviour and Society
  • HOURS PER WEEK- 36-40
  • SALARY- € 3.974,00 – € 5.439,00
  • DESIRED LEVEL OF EDUCATION- University graduate