The PhD position is embedded in the Technology, Innovation & Society (TIS) group. The TIS group is part of the School of Innovation Sciences, one of the two schools of the Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences (IE&IS). Research at TIS concerns how humans and societies bring about technological change, and how technological innovations change society. Researchers in the TIS group study these processes in a systemic, transdisciplinary, and transnational perspective. The research focus of TIS covers both short-term processes (innovations) and long-term, fundamental processes (transitions), and addresses multiple aspects of the innovation journey – invention, innovation, diffusion, appropriation, governance, policy intervention along with local and global impacts on society. Many of the TIS research projects are strongly embedded in practical environments and involve co-creation and an action research approach.
The project to which the PhD will contribute, addresses the role TU/e itself may assume as an actor in sustainability transformations. A successful applicant will perform this action research project, connected to the activities of the university newly appointed sustainability ambassador, Dr Anna Wieczorek, and report research findings at international conferences, in scientific journals and at the University. Because of a very practical dimension of this project, the research findings will be tested in practical environments and disseminated via non-academic channels. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to profit from the benefits that such an environment has to offer and to contribute to the ongoing research.
The tasks of the PhD candidate include support to the development of: i) a participatory visioning process for the university strategy on sustainability; ii) a participatory sustainability assessment of the ongoing research, education, operations and governance; iii) insights into the specific roles technical universities can assume in sustainability transformations; iii) research into how universities can mobilize their staff and student community around sustainability transformations. The PhD candidate will fully participate in relevant project activities and support the principal investigator in the management tasks. A small teaching load is part of the job description.
Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more about this position?
Please contact dr. Wieczorek, a.j.wieczorek[at]tue.nl.
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HR Advisor (pz.ieis[at]tue.nl). Further information about the Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at www.tue.nl.
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If you are interested, we invite you to apply ASAP but no later than 15 November 2021 by pressing the ‘apply now’ button for this vacancy. Your application must contain the following documents (all in English):
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The interviews will be held in the week of 22 November 2021. The intended starting date for this position is January, 2022 but will be filled in earlier if a suitable candidate is found.