PhD on New business models to enable circularity in the hospital value chain

Eindhoven University of Technology
May 26, 2024
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PhD on New business models to enable circularity in the hospital value chain



Irène Curie Fellowship



Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences



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Job description

Do you have an interest in innovation, strategy, entrepreneurship, design, circular economy, sustainability and/or business models? Do you like the idea of working with management and innovation theories and combining them with quantitative and qualitative research methods to create sustainable and resilient healthcare system? Then we are looking for you!

This position is part of the NWO-funded research project E vidence-based Strategies to create Circular Hospitals: Applying the 10-Rs framework to healthcare' (ESCH-R) in which a consortium of researchers coordinated by Erasmus MC takes up the mission to accelerate the application of circular interventions in hospitals and reduce the ecological footprint of healthcare in the Netherlands. Together with industry partners, such as SABIC, Philips, Medtronic, two Dutch University Medical Centers, namely Erasmus Medical Center (EMC) and University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU), and other consortium partners, the interdisciplinary research team will develop strategies that are circular, safe and scalable.

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is participating in a work package together with Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) where the aim is to identify Business Models and accompanying Ecosystem designs along with relevant Purchasing and Supply Management (PSM) strategies that create economic and environmental value for stakeholders along the value chain. The PhD project at TU/e will focus on the development of viable business models for supply chain partners to enable circularity in the hospital value chain. The execution of this project demands close collaboration with the PhD researcher at EUR-ESHPM, faculty at EUR-ESHPM, purchasers at EMC and UMCU, suppliers of medical devices and other consortium partners.

The PhD candidate will be based in the Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing (ITEM) group at TU/e. The group is part of the School of Industrial Engineering of the department IE&IS. The ITEM group consists of about 25 FTE faculty members and 20 FTE PhD students who participate in and contribute to the research, education and service program of the ITEM group. This program is one of the leading programs in the world and emphasizes means for measuring and improving the process of conceiving, developing, and launching new products and businesses, and also managing these products and businesses post-launch.

More information about the ITEM group can be found at: https: // www. engineering/innovation-technology-entrepreneurship-marketing/

Organization Eindhoven University of Technology is one of the world's leading research universities (ranked by the Times Higher Education Supplement) and is particularly well known for its joint research with industry (ranked number one worldwide by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies). The Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences (IE&IS) of Eindhoven University of Technology is one of the longest-established engineering schools in Europe, with a strong presence in the international research and education community, especially in the fields of Operations Management and Innovation Management, which are at the core of the undergraduate BSc program. The graduate programs (MSc and PhD) in Operations Management & Logistics and Innovation Management attract top-level students from all over the world.

Job description

You, as a successful applicant, will perform the research project outlined above in an international team. The research will be concluded with a PhD thesis. The supervisory team will consist of Prof. dr. ir. Myriam Cloodt , dr. Vikrant Sihag and dr. Duygu Keskin. The tasks include:

  • further developing and implementing the PhD trajectory
  • publishing scientific articles and a dissertation on the research;
  • developing tools (toolkit, e-learning, podcast) to disseminate the knowledge from the project;
  • initiating and participating in knowledge transfer to external parties;
  • following additional training in research methods and theories;
  • providing education within ITEM with a maximum of 10% of the appointment.
  • Job requirements
  • You have a Master's degree in Innovation Management, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Design, Strategic Management, Sustainability, Healthcare Management or a related discipline.
  • You have a strong affinity with interdisciplinary research and working with academics as well as key stakeholders in the field, preferably in the healthcare sector.
  • You have affinity and experience with business model design, innovation ecosystems, value chain design or procurement.
  • You have strong analytical skills and demonstrated research competences for performing qualitative, quantitative and design science research.
  • You have the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team, and navigating and managing complex, multi-stakeholder settings involving technology experts, industrial partners, and other societal stakeholders.
  • You like to take initiative and you are able to work on a challenging topic that has both basic and applied research aspects.
  • You have excellent social, communication and organization skills to work effectively in a university and industry setting.
  • Your verbal and written communication skills are excellent, your proficiency in English is excellent (C1 level) and knowledge of Dutch language is an advantage.
  • Anticipated starting date is September 1, 2024 at the latest.

    Conditions of employment

    A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:

  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale P (min. €2,770 max. €3,539).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self- aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.
  • Information and application

    About us

    Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands- on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.

    Curious to hear more about what it's like as a PhD candidate at TU/e? Please view the video.


    Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact dr. Vikrant Sihag ([email protected]), dr. Duygu Keskin ([email protected]) or prof. dr. Myriam Cloodt ([email protected]).

    Visit our website for more information about the application process or the conditions of employment. You can also contact [email protected].

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    Application We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page. The application should include a:

  • Cover letter (2 page max), which describes your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Detailed curriculum vitae, including your publications.
  • Extract of the grades acquired in the courses for your BSc and MSc studies.
  • Brief description of your MSc thesis (topic, method, contribution).
  • Results of a recent English language test, or other evidence of your English language capabilities (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.).
  • Name and contact information of two references.
  • If you are interested, you can send us your application through the online job portal of the TU/e. We do not accept applications sent by e-mail. You can only upload a maximum of 5 documents of 2 Mb each. If you have more than 5 documents, you will need to combine them.

    We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it. Review of applications will begin immediately upon receipt, and continue until the position is filled, with the last date for applications being 26th May 2024 23:59 hrs.

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