PhD Position Inclusive Research and Innovation in STEM

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Sep 16, 2023 21:59:00 GMT+00:00
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Challenge: STEM scholars addressing diversity of human beingsChange: use collaborations with relevant stakeholders to change STEMImpact: processes and outcomes that are fairer and more impactful

Job description

If Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) scholars address human beings in their research and innovation, they usually concentrate on the ‘average’ human being. Thereby, they miss an important source of inspiration for their research and innovation. At Delft University of Technology we implemented Inclusive Research and Innovation (IRI) in STEM as a strategic priority to address this issue. Yet from a research perspective we lack a systematic approach of addressing diversity and inclusion of human beings to guide the research and innovation activities and outcomes of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

You will work with our IRI in STEM team within the Section Economics of Technology and Innovation at the Faculty Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technolgy.

You will help to identify STEM research and innovation systematically addressing the diversity of human beings in the broad sense, i.e. gender, age, socio-economic background, sexual orientation etc. as well as intersectionality. In particular, you will use an interdisciplinary approach bridging STEM and Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) to investigate how the research questions, methodologies, reporting and innovation activities as well as collaboration between scholars and relevant stakeholders have to change like to accommodate IRI in STEM.

You can build on an already existing network and first results regarding IRI in STEM in the field Robots at Work. While you will start to qualitatively investigate IRI in STEM in this field to build a theoretical framework combining economics, ethics and gender studies, depending on your background and interest, you will move towards other STEM application areas and possibly build a quantitative approach as well.


* A Master’s degree in a relevant field, i.e. preferably an interdisciplinary Master’s degree such as Management of Technology bridging STEM and SSH with an interest in diversity in STEM; alternatively a Master’s degree in e.g. Management, Economics, Ethics or Political Sciences with demonstrable interest in innovation and technology.• Excellent communication skills in English, both written and oral.* A curiosity-driven mindset and a passion for (doing) research.* Command of the Dutch language is a plus, but not a necessity.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

Conditions of employment

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2541 per month in the first year to € 3247 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

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 Technology, Policy and Management

The Faculty of TPM provides an important contribution to solving complex technical-social issues, such as energy transition, mobility, digitalisation, water management and (cyber) security. TPM does this with its excellent education and research at the intersection of technology, society and policy. We combine insights from both engineering and social sciences as well as the humanities. TPM develops robust models and designs, is internationally oriented and has an extensive network of knowledge institutions, companies, social organisations and governments.

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Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Claudia Werker (   

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 16 September 2023 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.

  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.

  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.


Faculty of Technology, Policy & Management




Behaviour and Society




€ 2.541,00 – € 3.247,00


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