Co-creating circular value

Updated: 5 months ago
Deadline: 01 Jun 2023

10 May 2023
Job Information

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Research Field

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First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

1 Jun 2023 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

The Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is hiring a doctoral candidate on the topic of "Co-creating Circular Value".

Co-creation emerges as a powerful tool in inspiring innovation and driving the adoption and scale-up of the Circular Economy. By involving stakeholders in the creative process, co-creation can unlock new directions for innovation that address societal challenges on a larger scale. However, despite our intuitive understanding of design’s contribution to large-scale societal challenges, finding ways to measure and make this value visible has been a challenge. Your research seeks to substantiate the benefits of co-creation in transition towards a circular economy, and to shed light on its role as a catalyst for positive change. You will address questions such as:

  • When and how during the development of circular propositions should co-creation be applied?
  • Which stakeholders should be involved in co-creating circular propositions and what qualities should they bring to the process to enhance co-creation's impact?
  • How can the long-term governance of co-creation processes contribute to successful outcomes?

During your PhD, you will work closely with industry partners, policymakers, end-users, and other stakeholders to conduct a critical analysis of existing research and industry practices concerning co-creation, assess their impacts, develop and validate co-creation models and frameworks, and propose innovative solutions to support the transition towards more sustainable product-service systems and circular economy practices.

About the Climate action program

This fully funded, 4-year PhD position is part of the Climate Action Program of the TU Delft. The Climate Action Program is a ten-year program focused on advancing research and education as well as the sustainability of the TU Delft campus and external partnerships for climate action. The program is an interdisciplinary effort of the eight TU Delft faculties engaging in research activities concerning climate science, adaptation, mitigation and governance.

Specific Requirements
  • Driven, enthusiastic and independent thinker;
  • MSc degree (or equivalent) in design, social sciences, or a related subject;
  • Experience with co-creation or co-design methods and stakeholder engagement;
  • Demonstrated interest in sustainability, environmental issues, and circular economy, and motivation to contribute to positive societal and environmental impacts through research;
  • Ability to present complex concepts in a clear and concise manner. Data visualization skills would be an asset for this position;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with diverse stakeholders and in transdisciplinary research contexts;
  • The candidate should have a very good command of English language, in direct communication as well as writing skills. Mastery of Dutch is an advantage.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements .

Additional Information

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2541 per month in the first year to € 3247 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service . This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

Selection process

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before June 1 via the application button.

Applicants should send their CV, a cover letter outlining motivations and qualifications, and an example of their writing. For information about the application procedure, please contact Sonja van Dam at

  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

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Delft University of Technology
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2628 CD
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