Teaching-oriented Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 05 May 2024

Teaching-oriented Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation
Teaching-oriented Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation
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today 5 May Tilburg

The Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship of Tilburg University invites dynamic and passionate individuals to apply for a position as a teaching-oriented Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation.
Job description

The Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship of Tilburg University invites dynamic and passionate individuals to apply for a position as a teaching-oriented Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation. We have two position openings. As one of our new Assistant Professors of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation, you will play a pivotal role in nurturing the enterprising spirit of our students. You will:

  • Co-teach innovative, experiential Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation courses, focusing on design thinking, product development, business modeling, and business planning. 
  • Collaborate with industry professionals such as scale-up entrepreneurs, professional investors, corporate entrepreneurs, and new business developers to bring real-world insights into your classroom and ensure our students benefit from the latest trends and practices. 
  • Contribute to the department’s cohesion and enterprising spirit. We expect you to challenge the status quo and proactively contribute to our endeavors.

You will teach (mostly) courses in the BSc Entrepreneurship & Business Innovation program and supervise graduation projects. The E&BI program is unparalleled in its ambition to provide a relevant and evidence-based academic degree program that equips and empowers future business innovators and entrepreneurs. Its curriculum is designed to introduce students to the scholarly evidence base that provides a solid basis to develop professional competence. The program complements more traditional courses with experiential, challenge-based, and team-learning-based courses. These offer a hands-on learning journey, enabling students to immerse themselves in real-world challenges and opportunities to start and scale businesses and learn through and from immersing.

Your teaching tasks will ensure you develop beyond traditional teaching roles; you will coach, mentor, and bridge between academia and practice, guiding students as they prepare to become pioneers who tackle substantive societal challenges. Successful candidates demonstrate a passionate drive to become a teaching-oriented scholar in Entrepreneurship and/or Business Innovation. 

We can hire applicants to join the Department in the summer of 2024. We are looking for candidates with a Ph.D. from a reputable university, evidence of strong teaching, and some demonstrated research potential. The ability to teach in Dutch is a big plus, as is possession of a (Senior) University Teaching Qualification.

  • max. 40 hours per week
  • Tilburg View on Google Maps

Tilburg University


Are you:  

  • A candidate with a doctoral degree from an AACSB-accredited school or from a school with outstanding scholarly credentials,
  • Someone with disciplinary roots in industrial design engineering, sociology, business administration, or psychology,
  • Experienced in teaching courses on (combinations of) various subfields of entrepreneurship and/or innovation, such as new venture growth and survival, new product development, or business model innovation, 
  • An entrepreneurial thinker with experience in, or a strong understanding of, business modeling, design thinking, product- and production engineering, and new product development,
  • Familiar with experiential and challenge-based pedagogies,

Then consider joining us.

As part of the university’s gender equality roadmap, female candidates are especially encouraged to apply for the position.

Conditions of employment

We offer contracts with 20-40% research time based on past research output. Tenure decisions are made after 18 months based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment. The starting gross salary for assistant professors is based on scale 11 of the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities . Depending on experience and background candidates may be eligible for a starter grant funded by the Dutch government. 
You are entitled to a holiday allowance amounting to 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of your gross yearly income. Faculty moving to the Netherlands may be eligible for a tax abatement for a period of five years (30% facility). Visit Working at Tilburg University | Tilburg University  for more information on our employment conditions.

Tilburg University

Tilburg University is a publicly funded research university specializing in economics, business sciences, law, social and behavioral sciences, theology, and humanities. It has been consistently ranked as the best Dutch general university (#1) in the National Student Survey over the past years. Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM, founded in 1927) is the oldest and largest school of Tilburg University. It is one of Europe’s leading schools in management and economics, regularly ranking among Europe’s top three by research productivity (e.g., #51 in UT Dallas Ranking 2016-2021). TiSEM is ranked #9 worldwide in Business Administration (Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022), #47 worldwide in Business and Economics (Times Higher Education Ranking 2021), and #63 worldwide in Business & Management (QS World University Subject Rankings 2022). TiSEM is AACSB accredited.

Tilburg is a dynamic university town located in the south of the Netherlands, within one of Europe’s foremost high-tech regions. The region also offers excellent social and cultural facilities and varied housing options. Tilburg’s central position in the Benelux offers excellent regional and international access. The campus provides a green, academically centered environment with modern facilities and convenient local transportation.

Tilburg School of Economics and Management
Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM) is the university largest faculty.  TiSEM offers well reputed academic research and education. Its research belongs to the European top. The education programs, of which the majority are offered completely in English, are on the international map with the AACSB accreditation awarded in 2002. Employees and students form an ambitious international community.

Tilburg School of Economics and Management


The Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Renowned for our commitment to academic excellence, the department stands at the forefront of shaping future entrepreneurs, innovators, and management professionals. We pride ourselves on providing transformational education experiences with courses and programs rooted in the latest research and closely aligned with industry needs. We teach introductory and advanced courses across the Tilburg School of Economics and Management degree programs. 

The introduction of the E&BI program triggered the school to invest in its Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation faculty. The department recently hired two full professors and several assistant and associate professors in this area. This position further complements this strategic focus. 

Our teaching portfolio leverages our knowledge of entrepreneurship, strategy, business innovation, and international management to educate undergraduate and (pre-experience) master students. Given the key role of experiential learning in the E&BI program, we are keen to recruit junior faculty eager to develop into experiential educators.

Our department members come from leading universities in Europe, North America, and Asia. We are a diverse and collegial group of both research-oriented and education-oriented colleagues. Department members publish widely in highly regarded management journals such as ASQ, AMJ, SMJ, OrgSci, JIBS, and MgtSci, as well as in core entrepreneurship journals such as the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. 

Additional information

Any questions relating to the contents of these positions can be directed to the chair of the recruiting committee, Dr. Wynand Bodewes [email protected] . Senior applicants who wish to inquire confidentially about a position may contact the Head of Department Prof. Joris Knoben [email protected] .

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Please apply online via the apply button on the vacancy website of Tilburg University. Interviews will start in April, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. Applicants should submit (1) a motivation letter, (2) a curriculum vitae with a reference list, (3) a teaching statement, and (4) teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching ability (5) a research statement (6) a main work-in-progress research pape

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