Ph.D. Position on ‘Drivers of Sustainability’ (The Netherlands) Deadline: Jan.9, 2019

Eindhoven University of Technology

Application Deadline

Jan.09, 2019

Program Commencement

April 2019

Duration of the Program

4 Years

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Program Details

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a leading international university of technology specializing in Engineering Science & Technology, located in the center of one of the most powerful technology hubs in the world: Brainport Eindhoven. The University offers academic education that is driven by fundamental and applied research. The University collaborates with advanced industries and form a thriving ecosystem with one common aim – to improve quality of life through sustainable innovations.

The project “Drivers of `Sustainability’ (DOS), in Dutch-African horticulture supply chains, 1960-2020” is a collaboration of the Technology, Innovation and Society Group and the Operations, Planning, Accounting and Control Group at the of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences. The former researches interactions between technological, economic, social, and environmental change, with particular attention for environmental innovation and sustainability transitions. The latter group meanwhile conducts research in the area of operations planning and control in manufacturing, services, logistics and supply chains. The project undertaken here is part of a larger research effort to better understand how sustainability issues in the Netherlands and the Global South have become interrelated through the development of transcontinental supply chains. 

The Ph.D project aims at analyzing the entangled long-term dynamics of the international horticulture supply chain, through the lens of sustainability and well-being developments. To this purpose it combines global history of infrastructure and supply chains; sustainability studies; business logistics and business modelling—which have been key to the development of transnational horticultural networks; and research on the roles of, and implications for, multiple stakeholders in different locations along the supply chain.

The four-year Ph.D position is shaped by an interdisciplinary and international team of researchers and their tight integration in (inter)national research networks. The position comes with a gross salary of € 2.266 per month in the first year, increasing to €2.897 per month in the fourth year. Additionally, Eindhoven University of Technology provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance (amounts to 8% of the annual salary), an end-of-year bonus (amounts to 8,3%), and a number of additional benefits. The candidate will be given the possibility to gain teaching experience as well as to receive graduate training.

Eligibility/ Requirements

The candidate must

  • hold a Master’s degree or equivalent degree in: History (of Technology / Sciences / Economy / Business), Sciences and Technology Studies, Innovation Studies, or related fields. 
  • have excellent writing, qualitative and quantitative analytic skills.
  • be fluent in English (which is the working language of the involved research groups).
  • have a strong interest in conducting research in an interdisciplinary and international team.

Knowledge of Dutch is seen as an added value. The candidate should be able to take up the position latest by May 1st 2019.

Application Process

The application (mention V39.3615  as the reference number) needs to be submitted online with the following documents:

  • a letter of motivation which explains your interest in the position and your qualifications for it.
  • curriculum vitae (including, if applicable, a publication list and a teaching overview).
  • a research statement (roughly 500 words, plus a short bibliography) in which you elaborate on your ideas for a research focus in line with the project.
  • names and contact information of three referees.

To apply online and for all further details, visit the website. DO NOT send the applications by e-mail.

For further information on the research context of the Ph.D position, please contact: Frank Veraart ( or Virginie Lurkin (

For more information about the terms of employment, contact Mrs. Kim van Puijenbroek, HR advisor (

More information on the research network Global resources and sustainability of European modernization (GREASE), here.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in Eindhoven (travel expenses will be covered) or via a video call end of January 2019, and decision about the appointment will be made shortly after the interviews. 

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