Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Three Assistant Professors Innovation Studies/Sustainable Business, Utrecht University

Application deadline: 12 August 2019

The Innovation Studies group, part of the Copernicus Institute at Utrecht University, is looking for three new colleagues in the field of innovation, sustainability and business. You will teach in the BSc programme Science and Innovation Management and MSc programmes Innovation Sciences and/or Sustainable Business and Innovation. Your input in courses will depend on your own expertise and fields of interest. Furthermore, you will supervise students working on their Bachelor and Master thesis.

You will contribute to the research programme of the section Innovation Studies where the dynamics of emerging technologies, sustainable business models, institutions, and societal transitions are central topics. The section Innovation Studies is a large research group (30 FTE) doing excellent research and enjoying high (inter)national visibility. The culture of the group is open, collaborative and ambitious. Your own research interests are found within the broad field of Innovation Studies (innovation systems, transitions, user innovation, entrepreneurship, institutional analysis, evolutionary analysis, sustainable business models). An additional task is to contribute to the acquisition and execution of externally funded projects. Depending on your research focus you will be working under the supervision of Professor Marko Hekkert, Koen Frenken or Ellen Moors.


You should:

  • hold a doctoral degree (PhD) that is related to Innovation Studies, Transition Studies, Management, Economics, Sociology, Science and Technology Studies, Geography or a related discipline;
  • have a proven affinity with Innovation Studies;
  • have a proven expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative research;
  • have interest and experience in research that matches our programmed research;
  • have published in international scientific journals;
  • have experience in acquiring and carrying out externally funded projects;
  • be well connected to relevant academic partners as well as to stakeholders in society;
  • have excellent communication skills and be a team player;
  • acquire the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) of Utrecht University, if not obtained a similar qualification yet;
  • be able to demonstrate excellent English language proficiency. We require a qualification English at C1 level (comparable to level 3 of the Lecturer Assessment Grid) or you should be willing to obtain this level by training.

More information:

Thursday 27 June 2019