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PhD position in Innovation studies, Science and technology studies, Management – Vrije Universiteit

The Netherlands

PhD position will be primarily located in the division of Science, Business & Innovation. The Division of Science, Business & Innovation (SBI) is a joint organization that is led by the Department of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Faculty of Science, in close cooperation with the faculty’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands – 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 1 Year
Salary: 2,434 to 3,111 Euro/Month

Division of Science, Business & Innovation (VU)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

  • MSc or equivalent degree in innovation studies, science and technology studies, science system assessment, management and organization of technological innovation,
  • And/or an engineering or exact sciences background combined with a minor in entrepreneurship and/or innovation management.
  • With a keen interest in science- and tech-based entrepreneurship
  • Highly motivated to provide high-quality teaching;
  • Willingness to participate in the exchange between VU Amsterdam and Universiteit Twente for a time period of approximately six months
  • Willingness to learn Dutch;
  • Proven management skills are a plus;
  • Solid oral and written communication skills in the English language and comfortable working independently and in a team.

Responsibilities/Job Description

  • Perform research on didactics and the effect of science- and tech-based entrepreneurship education;
  • Contribute to hands-on innovation in and development of high-level education at the Faculty of Science of VU Amsterdam;
  • Facilitate knowledge exchange on science- and tech-based entrepreneurship education between VU Amsterdam and Universiteit Twente.
  • Contribute to teaching and supervising activities (including supervision of MSc and BSc students) at the division of Science, Business & Innovation at the Faculty of Science of VU Amsterdam;
  • Collaborate within the research team that is constructed for this project and subprojects;
  • Participate in a European research network involving many leading scientific research institutes and infrastructures;
  • Publish scientific articles and present research results at international conferences and journals; and
  • Conduct research within the project’s scope leading to a dissertation and a PhD degree towards the end of the 4-year project.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter

About the Department/Section/Group

Science and technology hold an enormous potential to contribute to the solutions of big societal problems of today, such as the recent pandemic and subsequent innovations in vaccine development have so poignantly shown. Science- and tech-based entrepreneurship education is a means to commercially and societally valorize innovative scientific knowledge.This challenging and highly innovative PhD-project centers around the following questions: How can Science-based Entrepreneurship Education (SBEE) contribute to establishing a dynamic of knowledge circulation in innovation ecosystems, such that both students, researchers, and practitioners benefit in terms of learning and creating value?The following subprojects, focusing on related research questions, will be performed: 1. Which didactical design principles can be deduced from current initiatives in science- and tech-based entrepreneurship education in European scientific research infrastructures? 2. How to optimize the output of these programs in terms of knowledge and technology transfer from university to the innovation ecosystem? 3. How can “thesis supervision as a team effort” contribute to professional skills development in science-based entrepreneurship education and how can it strengthen regional and inter-university collaboration in innovation ecosystems? 4. How to develop an honours course on Science- and tech-based entrepreneurship education (Faculty of Science, VU)? 5. How can knowledge exchange for science-based entrepreneurship education be organized between cooperating universities (VU and Universiteit Twente).The project and subprojects will be performed as a joint effort between Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Universiteit Twente. The project will be supervised by a team of professors of both Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Universiteit Twente, headed by the division SBI/prof. dr. ir. Bart Bossink. Project-leader is dr. Marlous Blankesteijn. It involves a period of exchange between Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Universiteit Twente, to facilitate knowledge exchange between both universities on science- and tech-based entrepreneurship and -entrepreneurship education. It is part of the European research project ATTRACT phase 2 that evaluates the socio-economic impact of leading scientific research infrastructures. For more information on ATTRACT phase 2, please visit: https://attract-eu.com/

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Note or Other details

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,443 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €3,122 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on full-time employment. The job profile: PhD candidate is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1 FTE.The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a total duration of 3 years. Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • possibility to save holiday hours, for sabbatical leave
  • child daycare facilities available on campus

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Contact details

If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: dr. Marlous Blankesteijn, assistant professor SBI and project leaderand/or

Prof. Dr. Ir. Bart Bossink, full professor and head of division SBI.
E-mail: [email protected][email protected]@vu.nl

Relocation support

If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam, and working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:

Name: Sara Veldhorst2,434
Position: Relocation Advisor
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone:  +31 (20) 59 86212

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