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PhD-student (3 years) Innovations in Human Health & Life Sciences

ONCORNET2.0, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network (ETN), is looking for a  highly motivated and talented student with proven affinity in combining sciences and social sciences for an ambitious multidisciplinary international project on oncogenic G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) to study ambidextrous value (co)creation in drug discovery & development.

ongeveer een jaar geleden


De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 - 40 uur
€ 2325 - € 2972 per maand


Ambidextrous value (co) creation (ESR15)
Ambidexterity means that companies are both involved in process of discovery (research and development) as well as exploitation. In this project, we will study innovation management in pharmaceutical sciences from this point of view (ambidexterity) with a focus on 1) the understanding of the absorptive capacity of the pharmaceutical industry (the capacity to absorb knowledge and implement the new insights) and 2) IP-arrangements in the collaborative innovation projects in the open innovation landscape in which academia and companies participate side-by-side (or even triple helix: government supported arrangements). We will study the absorptive capacity and IP-arrangements throughout the whole drug discovery & development process and explore differences in innovation management in different industrial settings.
As part of the broader ONCORNET 2.0 consortium, this project aims to describe ambidexterity of SMEs, pharma and academici institutes using ONCORNET and ONCORNET 2.0 as a case study (http://www.oncornet.eu/index.php/projects).
Key publications:
  • Chen, Q., & Liu, Z. (2018). How does openness to innovation drive organizational ambidexterity? The mediating role of organizational learning goal orientation. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 66(2), 156-169.
  • Freitas, I. M. B., Marques, R. A., & e Silva, E. M. D. P. (2013). University–industry collaboration and innovation in emergent and mature industries in new industrialized countries. Research Policy, 42(2): 443-453.
  • Romasanta, A. K., van der Sijde, P., Hellsten, I., Hubbard, R. E., Keseru, G. M., van Muijlwijk-Koezen, J., & de Esch, I. J. (2018). When fragments link: a bibliometric perspective on the development of fragment-based drug discovery. Drug discovery today, 23(9), 1596-1609.

Your duties
  • to investigate the ambidexterity-balance in the consortium between exploration and exploitation and the role of (fore- and background) IP.
  • to study the interaction between consortium participants with regards to exploration and exploitation in view of value creation and the role of the consortium network
  • close collaboration with fellow PhD students
  • collaborations with other fellow PhD students in the consortium on the dissemination of the project
  • execution of at least two external secondments
  • supervision of research traineeships and literature theses of master students
  • regular updating in project meetings and group meetings
  • dissemination of results in peer-reviewed journals and at conferences


  • required diploma: A BSc or MSc degree in (medicinal) chemistry, chemical biology or pharmaceutical sciences and a BSc or MSc degree or attended courses in social sciences
  • required expertise: Experience in bridging science and social sciences. The candidate has proven affinity in combining science and social sciences, for example through science and technology studies approaches, in particular within medical and/or pharmaceutical innovations

Eligibility criteria of Marie Curie Initial Training Networks apply. Only applicants who comply to the following conditions will be considered:
  • conditions: Candidates must be, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the MSc degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate
  • conditions of international mobility: Eligible candidates may be of any nationality but must not, at the time of recruitment, have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 last years immediately prior to the reference date


ONCORNET2.0 offers:
  • generously funded positions (duration 36 months) for 15 Early stage researchers (ESRs) according to the EU Marie Curie ITN funding scheme (for more information see version 2 on https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/resources/document-libraries/information-note-fellows-innovative-training-networks-itn_en)
  • high profile research projects in an Innovative Training Network Program
  • excellent facilities for research and education
  • research training in both academic and industrial settings
  • training in state-of-the-art scientific and transferable skills
  • intensive contacts with international collaborators & secondments in other research laboratories

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2325 (PhD) gross per month during the first year and increases to €2972 (PhD) gross per month during the third year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 1.0 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for another 2 years.

Additional information

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 31 december 2019. The job interviews will take place via a Skype interview and final round on February 11th 2020 in Amsterdam, when possible please take this day into account when applying for the position.

Please send the following information (as one pdf file)
  • Detailed CV (include information on your BSc and MSc studies, languages, achievements, expertise)
  • Motivation letter, addressed to the ONCORNET2.0 selection committee, explaining your motivation why you apply with us. You have to indicate which ONCORNET ESR projects you are interested in (please motivate your selection).
  • Provide contact details of at least 2 references (names, addresses, emails).
  • Reference letter from one of the enlisted references
  • Copies of your key educational certificates
  • Transcript of Records (i.e. documents enlisting your performance as BSc and MSc student over time by listing the course units or modules taken, credits gained and the grades awarded). If you have not completed your MSc degree yet include all grades obtained so far.

If applicable provide a language certificate

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof. Dr. Jacqueline van Muijlwijk, Prof. Dr. Peter van der Sijde
Position: Supervisors of this project
E-mail: j.e.van.muijlwijk-koezen@vu.nl, p.c.vandersijde@vu.nl

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