Looking for Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)

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Are you an ambitious and outstanding innovation scholar studying digital innovation?
Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Area of expertise: Organization and Management of Digital Innovation Processes | Location: Amsterdam

Job description
We are searching for a passionate colleague to develop our research program related to the organization and management of digital innovation processes. We have a position open at the level of Assistant Professor (tenure track). We see this as an opportunity to further enhance our ambition to be one of the top research and teaching groups in the field, where a collaborative spirit and intellectual curiosity are highly valued. We are looking for internationally oriented, ambitious yet collegial scholars who share our passion for the field of digital innovation and will contribute to our research and teaching. We welcome applications from social scientists with a PhD in business administration, organization studies, or a related social science discipline.

We seek to further increase our global visibility through top-level research on new forms of collaborating and organizing in the development of digital innovations, as part of the KIN Center for Digital Innovation. In terms of teaching, we offer a newly developed and challenging MSc Program in Digital Business and Innovation, with 140 new students in 2018. The program delivers in-depth knowledge of Digital Innovation, based on fundamental theoretical perspectives and with a strong focus on implications for (and collaboration with) practice. Furthermore, we offer courses on information systems, digital innovation, new ways of working, and (qualitative) research methods in the BSc programs in (International) Business Administration as well as the doctoral program of the School of Business and Economics. All our teaching for the BSc IBA program, the MSc program, and doctoral program are in English.

Your roles and responsibilities

  1. teaching at the BSc, MSc and Executive level in the programs of the KIN Center for Digital Innovation, including hands-on courses on design-thinking and innovation and courses on the management of (digital) innovation
  2. conducting and supervising research (including PhD projects) in the area of organization and management of digital innovation processes
  3. publishing in international top-tier journals.
  4. coordination of courses, and (eventually) participation in project groups or committees within the Department or Faculty.
  5. contributing to the further development of the KIN Center for Digital Innovation in its collaboration with the business community and executive education.


  • earned PhD in business administration, organization studies, or related social science discipline
  • an ambitious future research agenda on the organization and management of digital innovation processes
  • demonstrate a capacity to publish at the very top level
  • applicants at higher ranks should possess an excellent record of teaching performance, and involvement in undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral education.
  • other forms of evidence of academic leadership
  • evidence of successful collaboration with industry partners and active research valorization is an asset.

What are we offering?
A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On the full-time basis the remuneration amounts for an Assistant professor to a minimum gross monthly salary of € 3545,- and a maximum € 4852,- in accordance with salary scale 11, depending on your education and experience. The job profile (Universitair docent 2) is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1,0 FTE.

The initial employment contract will be for a period of 6 years, with the possibility of Tenure. The position involves research (40%) and teaching (60%).

At the end of the second year, a performance evaluation will take place. The Tenure Track Committee will review your file including the evaluation and advice on the continuation of your tenure track. In the fifth year, the Tenure Track Committee will review your file in order to decide upon the tenured assignment, based on the assessment criteria of the Tenure Track system SBE.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • considerable employer’s contribution to the ABP pension scheme
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • an optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
  • remuneration of removal expenses

Foreign employees working in The Netherlands are liable to taxation in The Netherlands.  For them the so-called 30% rule is applicable, which means that 30% of the salary is free of taxes, resulting in a slightly higher net salary, on the tax office site you find more information and the conditions.

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 23,000 students. We employ more than 4,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

School of Business and Economics
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) provides high-quality education and excellent research in business administration and economics with a focus on contributing to the social, economic and ecological challenges of our time. Whether it is the use of robots in society or big data, labor market participation or flexibility in the labor market, traffic jams or the housing market, flash crashes in the stock market or choice behavior in gambling, leadership or change management: we believe in goal-oriented scientific research and understand that progress in academics, the business community and society is achieved through cooperation, openness and social responsibility.

At SBE, all of our highly-motivated colleagues work together closely in a stimulating, dynamic and international environment to achieve our collective goal of encouraging society to make informed choices. Approximately 4,200 Bachelor’s and Master’s students and 1,700 executive students are enrolled at the School and employs roughly 500 people.

About KIN Center for Digital Innovation
The KIN Center for Digital Innovation (www.sbe.vu.nl/kin) is a multi-disciplinary research institute on digital innovation and is part of the School of Business and Economics of the VU University of Amsterdam. We are an international group of 35 researchers studying the ways in which the use and development of digital innovations affect the way we work and organize. The group is very well connected to both the academic and private and public organizations. Our research is characterized by a practice-based approach and by its close collaboration with many business partners and researchers from other institutes. On top of delivering top quality teaching and research, the KIN Center for Digital Innovation is creating a platform for collaboration with private and public organizations, offering various forms of executive education, research collaboration and knowledge sharing sessions for business partners.

Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.

Are you interested in this position? Send us an e-mail with your curriculum vitae including your publications, a personal vision statement (+/- 1 page) about research and teaching, reference letters, and cover letter by January 24, 2019.

We start inviting candidates from the application deadline onwards and the search will continue until the position has been filled with high-quality candidates. Mention vacancy
Assistant Professor (Tenure Track).

Name:             Mrs. M. Maletic
Position:          Managing Director
E-mail:            vacature.sbe@vu.nl

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

Name:             Hans Berends
Position:          Professor of Innovation and Organization
E-mail:             j.j.berends@vu.nl

Relocation support
If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam and working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:

Name:             Wytske Siegersma
Position:          Relocation Advisor
E-mail:             relocations@vu.nl
Telephone:      +31 (20) 59 85037

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