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PhD in Information Systems/Business Engineering

PhD in Information Systems/Business Engineering

The School of Industrial Engineering of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has a vacancy for a PhD student in Information Systems/Business Engineering.
Faculteit Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences


The PhD project will be conducted at Eindhoven University of Technology, one of the world’s leading research universities. It is well-known for its joint research with industry.  The research will be conducted at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences (IE&IS), embedded within the Research Group of Information Systems (IS). The IS Group studies on concepts, methods, techniques, and tools for the design, optimization, innovation, and data-driven analysis of information systems within business networks and society. It operates in both a strong international research network and an extensive international industry network, particularly in the domains of mobility, health, services, supply chains and logistics, and high-tech manufacturing.

Research Project

The PhD project will focus on the design and application of concepts, methods, tools, or theories in either one of the broad research areas of business process management, service systems engineering, or digital business and platforms. In particular, two alternative research topics are considered (which will be decided based on candidate’s interest and background).  

The first one focuses on the governance models for digital platforms. Digital platforms (such as Amazon, App Store, Airbnb, Uber, App Store, Twitter) are transforming economies with new business models. Simply put, digital platforms are socio-technical systems that allow multiple actors - including providers and customers- to interact to co-create value.  The PhD candidate will work on developing governance models for digital platforms particularly in the mobility domain and will have the opportunity to collaborate with a number of industry partners in a European-Union (EU) funded project.

The second alternative focuses on developing patterns for process and/or business model innovation. Relevant topics include digital innovation and transformation, business model management, value co-creation, and explorative business process management (BPM).  The PhD candidate will be a member of a young research team that has been running a series of industry and EU-funded research projects on the above-mentioned topics in the mobility, logistics, services, and healthcare domains.

Job description

You, as a successful applicant, will perform the research project outlined above in an international research team. You will report research findings at international conferences and workshops, and in high-quality scientific journals.  The research will be concluded with a Ph.D. thesis. A small teaching load (on average about 10%) is part of the job description. The project will be supervised by Dr. Alexia Athanasopoulou, Dr. Banu Aysolmaz, and Dr. Oktay Turetken.


  • You have a Master’s degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, Business Science, Industrial Engineering, or a similar field of study.
  • You have a strong affinity with interdisciplinary research that involves both Business Science and Computer Science, as well as collaboration with industry.
  • You can work on a challenging topic that has both basic and applied research aspects.
  • You can implement ideas in software prototypes.
  • Your communication skills are excellent as is your proficiency in English and your ability to collaborate in an international setting.


We offer:

  • A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university.
  • A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation after one year.
  • Target start date in October-December 2020.
  • To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).
  • Gross monthly salary is €2325,- in the first year up to  € 2972,- (gross) in the fourth year on a full-time basis.
  • 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.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

Informatie en sollicitatie

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact dr. A. Athanasopoulou ( and dr. B. Aysolmaz (

For information about terms of employment, please contact Susan Opgenoorth, personnel officer ( More information about the Information Systems group can be found at: Further information about the Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at

You can apply by pressing the ‘apply now’ button for this vacancy on the TU/e web-site.

The deadline for applications is 23 August 2020. You can only upload the maximum of 5 documents. If you have more than 5 documents you will need to combine them. We do NOT accept applications send by e-mail.


We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page. The application should include a:

  • Cover letter (1-page max), which includes a motivation of your interest in the vacancy and an explanation of why you would fit well for either one of the alternative projects,
  • Detailed curriculum vitae,
  • List of courses you have taken in Masters and Bachelor programs (including grades),
  • Results of a recent English language test, or other evidence of your English language capabilities,
  • Name and contact information of two references.

We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it. Screening will continue until the position has been filled.