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PhD Responsible Innovation and smart energy grids in Europe and beyond

This PhD project is part of a broader EU-Horizon 2020 project called "Multi Utilities Smart Energy" (MUSE) grids. The overall aim of the MUSE grids project is to reduce the energy carbon footprint by building smart and green energy grids for local communities. The project consortium consists of partners from academia and industry, and the actual implementation and testing of a variety of technologies for smart grids is a central characteristic of the project.

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de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur


Within this EU project, your focus will be on four inter-connected topics:

  • You will contribute to ongoing research on Responsible Innovation, focusing on issues that occur in the practical implementation of innovations in the private sector.
  • You will analyze the role of local energy communities in the transition towards new (smart) energy systems; including questions of engagement and co-creation.
  • You will critically evaluate the socio-technical aspects that emerge with the development and implementation of MUSE grids/technologies; including the development of indicators for measuring these aspects.
  • You will explore and identify finance and business models/approaches relevant to Responsible Innovations.

  • Partners of the MUSE Grids project will demonstrate and research the functioning of the technologies in two demo-sites, one situated in Belgium, the other in Italy. In order to facilitate comparison and learning, the MUSE Grids project also foresees the implementation of selected technologies in a non-European context, namely India. Your work will thus go beyond a purely European focus and will explore local energy communities and emerging socio-technical aspects of MUSE grids in Europe and in India. With your work you will contribute to a growing body of work on responsible innovation in the private sector context.


    Your PhD project is embedded in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences (IE&IS) of Eindhoven University of Technology. Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is one of the world's leading research universities (ranked by the Times Higher Education Supplement). It is in particular well‐known for its joint research with industry (ranked number one worldwide by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies).

    Within TU/e's Department IE&IS you will be affiliated with the Research Group of Technology, Innovation & Society (TIS). The TIS group of the School of Innovation Sciences is an ambitious, international group. Our research focuses on understanding the development and use of technology in a business and societal context. Our staff teaches in the BSc programme 'Sustainable Innovation', and the MSc programme 'Innovation Sciences', as well as in university-wide programmes for engineering students.

    The department of IE&IS has a strong national and international reputation for both basic research in the academic community and applied research with industry. You will have the opportunity to profit from the benefits that such an environment has to offer and to contribute to the ongoing research.

    Your tasks

    You will engage with the research project mainly by following a qualitative research approach.

    In doing so you will:
  • mobilize theoretical insights and employ qualitative research methods for data gathering (including field visits, observations, interviewing) and analysis;
  • report your research findings at (international) conferences and workshops and in scientific journals;
  • take ownership of assigned project deliverables
  • fully participate in relevant project activities, such as attending partner meetings;
  • support the principal investigator in the management tasks, e.g. reporting.

    You will also be engaged in contributing to and supporting teaching activities at Bachelor and Master level (approx 5% of your time).

  • Functie-eisen

    What you bring

    Centrally, you want to put your brains and heart to work for understanding and contributing to impactful, responsible innovations for our world. You love to learn, analyze and contribute.

    In addition, you

  • hold a Master's degree in innovation management, in innovation studies, business management, science and technology studies, or any other relevant field;
  • have advanced methodological skills and proven experience with qualitative and/or mixed methods designs;
  • have excellent communication skills and an excellent command of written and spoken English;
  • are reliable and you can work and deliver both independently and in a team;
  • are willing to travel for extended periods of time for conducting your empirical field research and are able to engage with practical contexts in local communities.

  • Arbeidsvoorwaarden

    What we offer
  • You will be appointed as a temporary university employee for a four-year period.
  • The terms of employment are governed by the Collective Labour Agreement of Universities in The Netherlands, with a monthly salary starting at € 2266,- (gross) in the first year, and increasing to € 2897,- in the fourth year.
  • TU/e offers an additional 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Besides this, an extensive fringe benefits package is included.
  • For information regarding the university, please visit the website of TU/e. Here you can find information about the sports facilities on campus. Information about Eindhoven can be found here. The international office can assist with administration and housing.
  • Additionele informatie

    How to apply

    Your application must contain the following documents (all in English):
  • cover letter (1page max), which includes a motivation of your interest in the vacancy and an explanation of why you would fit well for the project;
  • a detailed curriculum vitae;
  • one page (max) in which you share initial ideas about one (or more) of the four focal topics of the PhD project;
  • a course list of your Masters and Bachelor programs (including grades);
  • results of a recent English language test;
  • your master thesis and/or a scientific article written solely by you;
  • name and contact information of two references.

  • Apply now

    If you think this job is for you, we invite you to apply by March 10, 2019.
  • Please use the 'apply now' button for this vacancy on the TU/e web-site.
  • Please note: You can only upload a maximum of 5 documents of 2 Mb each.
  • As you will need to upload more than 5 documents for this application, you need to combine them: for example, by combining motivation letter and initial project ideas; detailed CV and references.
  • Please use the online application system, as we do not accept applications sent directly by e-mail.

    Interviews with selected candidates will take place in the second half of March 2019. The position will be filled earlier if a suitable candidate has been found.

  • For more information

    If you have questions about this position please email Johanna Höffken j.i.hoffken@tue.nl , the principal investigator of this project.

    Information about terms of employment can be obtained from Kim van Puijenbroek, HR Advisor (pz.ieis@tue.nl).