Ph.D. position: Knowledge diffusion in the patent system via Big Data analysis (V39.3641)

Ph.D. position: Knowledge diffusion in the patent system via Big Data analysis

The Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences (IE&IS) of the Eindhoven University of Technology is opening a 4-year, fully funded Ph.D. position. The position is designed to foster research on the project "Understanding, analysing and guiding knowledge diffusion through the patent system."
Faculteit Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences


The project:

A claimed benefit of the patent system is to encourage knowledge dissemination through the disclosure of the technical details of the invention in the patent application. However, the empirical evidence on the actual benefits of disclosure is inconclusive. By means of a novel empirical approach using big data, the project aims to improve our understanding of the role of disclosure in the patent system.

Job description:

You, as a successful applicant, will conduct world-class research within the project through empirical analyses that combine state-of-the-art econometrics, big data, and network analysis techniques. You will present the results of the research in a Ph.D. dissertation, to be completed within four years. A small teaching load is part of the job.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is one of the world’s leading research universities. Already for years, TU/e has been in the top 20 percent worldwide of the general Times Higher Education and QS rankings. TU/e is rated 12th in the ARWU/Shanghai ranking for Engineering Technology and Computer Science, and is in the top 100 of the QS World Rankings for best universities worldwide. It is particularly well-known for its joint research with industry. Through excellent research TU/e aims at providing solutions to global societal challenges and contributing to the prosperity and welfare in the region and beyond. TU/e is located at the heart of Brainport Eindhoven, a world-class high-tech innovation hub, renowned for its high level of investments in R&D and for filing the largest number of patent applications per year in Europe.

Research group:

You will be part of the Technology, Innovation, and Society group (TIS). The TIS group is a young, ambitious, and international group with an excellent track record. Our research focuses on understanding the development and use of technology in a business and societal context. Our main research topics are in the knowledge economy, the economics of innovation and intellectual property, system innovation, and sustainability transitions. The project also entails close collaboration with the Information Systems group (IS). The main research focus of this group is the Business Process Engineering that contains the expertise on business process intelligence (including machine learning and decision making) and business process management. The IS group is a leading group in research output and industry collaborations. You will have great opportunity to collaborate with the members of the IS group and join its dynamic research network.

During your Ph.D. appointment, you will work under the direct supervision of dr. Emilio Raiteri (TIS), and co-supervision of dr. Murat Firat (IS), and prof. Rudi Bekkers (TIS). 


Your profile:

  • You hold (or are close to obtaining) a Master’s degree in Economics, Innovation Sciences, Information Sciences, Statistics, or related fields.
  • You have expertise in empirical research methods, econometrics and/or data science, and ideally some experience with computer programming and optimization algorithms.
  • You have a strong interest in the economics of innovation and intellectual property rights.
  • You have an excellent command of spoken and written English.
  • You are ambitious and strongly motivated to conduct high-quality academic research.


We offer:

  • Excellent working conditions in a multidisciplinary and open environment.
  • Intensive supervision and commitment.
  • Advanced training and learning opportunities in innovation sciences and fields relevant to the project.
  • Full financial support, including professional travels and IT equipment.
  • Possibility to gain teaching experience.

Contract Features:

  • Ph.D. appointment for 4 years.
  • Gross salary in the range of €31.624,- €40.430, per annum (on a full-time basis), which includes 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end of year allowance
  • Workplace: TIS group, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Starting date: as soon as possible.

Informatie en sollicitatie

Submission Procedure:

Candidates should submit their applications through the TU/e application platform (see below). The application must include the following documents (all in English):

  • Cover letter (1-page max) which includes motivation for your interest in the position, and an explanation of why your profile would be a good fit for the proposed project.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • List of courses, with grades, in Master and Bachelor programs
  • Results of a recent English language test, or other evidence of your English language capabilities.
  • Name and contact information of two references (to be included in the CV).
  • A pdf copy of your Master thesis (if available). 
  • Deadline: January 25, 2019For further information about the research project, please contact dr. Emilio Raiteri (

Information about terms of employment can be obtained from Ms. Kim van Puijenbroek, the HR advisor (

Further information about the Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at

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