Academic Relationship Builder / Postdoctoral Researcher: Responsible Innovation

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 09 Apr 2023

0.8 - 1.0 FTE

Gross monthly salary
€ 3,974 - € 5,439

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Organizational unit
Nijmegen School of Management

Application deadline
09 April 2023

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Innovation and entrepreneurship are vital sources of growth. To help entrepreneurs, innovative firms, and policymakers grow responsibly, the Hot Spot Responsible Innovation & Entrepreneurship provides knowledge in the area of innovation. Would you like to help us improve our external visibility and strengthen our relationships with external partners? Then you have a part to play as an academic relationship builder / postdoc.
As an academic research professional, you will help improve the external profile of the hotspot 'Responsible Innovation and Entrepreneurship'. You will build and maintain external relationships that may help forward research on responsible innovation and entrepreneurship. This requires a clear understanding of what drives academic researchers, as well as a certain sensitivity to the needs of professionals in the field who stimulate or develop innovations. Your ambition is to act as a linking pin between academic research and practice. An important responsibility will be to support a newly established PhD project on the Responsible Innovation Scan, setting up the network contacts required for developing and validating this Scan, as well as support the data collection and analysis in this project. As part of the Responsible Innovation Scan team, you will develop the infrastructure needed to continue data collection for the scan after this project has been concluded, thus providing a long-lasting asset for the hotspot.
Furthermore, you will be expected to engage the hotspot researchers in projects on responsible innovation and explore possibilities for additional research projects and publications based on data from the Responsible Innovation Scan. You will therefore identify relevant calls for research on responsible innovation and entrepreneurship, and match them to hotspot researchers in cooperation with grant advisors from the interdisciplinary Institute for Management Research (IMR). In addition, you will coordinate an annual event that links academic research to practice. Finally, you will establish a hotspot research council consisting of representatives from non-academic research partners. You will have a small teaching load of up to 10 percent of your working time.

  • You are an enthusiastic scientist and a strong team player.
  • You have the necessary people skills to build and maintain a network of academic and non-academic relationships. Candidates with an established network with profit and non-profit organisations and government bodies in the field of innovation (in the Netherlands and/or at the European level) will be given preference.
  • You have good organising capabilities.
  • You have a PhD degree in a field related to innovation management.
  • You have an intimate knowledge of responsible innovation, both from a theoretical and from a practical point of view. Candidates who have experience with responsible innovation management tools will be given preference.
  • You are willing and have a proven ability to cooperate across disciplinary boundaries.
  • You have excellent English language skills.
  • Candidates with knowledge of the Dutch language and the institutional and business environment in the Netherlands will be given preference.

We are

The Nijmegen School of Management  (NSM) is an academic centre of research and higher education, focusing on institutional and managerial issues within complex organisations. There are seven disciplines within NSM: Business Administration; Public Administration; Political Science; Economics and Business Economics; Social and Political Sciences of the Environment; Human Geography; and Spatial Planning. NSM strives for a multidisciplinary approach. Its educational programme is characterised by small-scale teaching and provides a stimulating learning environment with an emphasis on the development of academic skills. NSM employs 300 FTEs, 75% of whom are academics. Currently, NSM has approximately 5,000 students. NSM's research activities fall under the responsibility of the interdisciplinary Institute for Management Research (IMR). Under the motto 'Creating Knowledge for Society', IMR focuses on academic research into the development, design and effectiveness of the public and private structures that regulate, govern or manage human interactions.
The Department of Business Administration is responsible for the BSc programmes in Business Administration (including a full track offered in English, and a track in International Business Administration) as well as eight specialisations within the MSc programme in Business Administration (all in English). The Department's interdisciplinary research programme is called Responsible Organisation and addresses the multiple values underlying responsibility, the conditions required to realise those values, and the interventions geared to the transition of organisations towards responsible organisations. The Department of Business Administration co-creates knowledge with multiple stakeholders in the wider community to ensure the impact of its academic work.
The Hotspot Responsible Innovation & Entrepreneurship  is an interdisciplinary research group that makes its knowledge of responsible innovation available to entrepreneurs, innovative firms and policy makers. The researchers share a business ecosystem perspective, while having varied disciplinary backgrounds. This provides these researchers with a better and more holistic understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship in the 21st century. Members of this hotspot focus on the responsibility aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship such as adoption of green innovations, market creation for sustainable innovations, open innovation, and green product development. They have published in high-impact journals such as Journal of Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Academy of Management Journal, Research Policy, Journal of Economic Geography, and Regional Studies.
As an academic relationship builder / postdoctoral researcher, you will be embedded in the hotspot 'Responsible Innovation and Entrepreneurship'. You will work closely together with the coordinators of this research hotspot (Dr Driessen and Prof. Hillebrand) and will be part of the Responsible Innovation Scan project team, consisting of a doctoral candidate and a doctoral supervision team. Formally, you will be a member of the Marketing Chair group, which is part of the Department of Business Administration.

Radboud University
We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!
We offer
  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,974 and a maximum of €5,439 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11 ).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for three years.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services . Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41  days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

Additional employment conditions
Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions . You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.
Would you like more information?
For questions about the position, please contact Paul Driessen, Associate Professor of Marketing at .
Practical information and applying
You can apply until 9 April 2023, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Paul Driessen. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
  • A letter of motivation.
  • Your CV.
The first round of interviews will take place on Monday 1 May. The second round of interviews will take place on Tuesday 9 May. You would preferably begin employment on 1 September 2023.
This vacancy was originally published in February as 'Postdoctoral Researcher: Responsible Innovation and Entrepreneurship'. Applicants who were rejected at the time are kindly requested not to apply again.
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Dr Driessen, P.H. (Paul)
Associate professor of marketing
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