Eindhoven University of Technology



    October 02, 2022

Assistant professor in Innovation Management

The ITEM group in the department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences has a vacancy for a Tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of New Product Development and/or New Product Marketing. 
Position Assistant Professor
Department(s) Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences
FTE 1,0
Date off 01/11/2022
Reference number V39.5955

Job description

You will be a member of the Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing (ITEM) group. The ITEM group currently entails 23 faculty members. In addition, a group of 20 PhD students is affiliated with this group. ITEM’s research program focuses on understanding and improving new business development (NBD) and new product development (NPD) processes within firms, organizations, and institutions in a high-tech context. With the onset of open innovation and the rise of increasingly complex innovation ecosystems, new business and product development is no longer the exclusive playground of single firms. Instead, collaboration with external parties is required to accelerate innovation processes and successfully launch new products to keep pace with competitors. Moreover, marketing, service, and sales play an important role in the process of developing and adopting new products.  

The ITEM group currently has an opening for a tenure-track assistant professor who wants to contribute to its research program and teach at both the graduate and undergraduate level. As a successful candidate, you will be involved in conducting top-level academic research to be published in high-quality scholarly journals. We are specifically looking for a colleague with proficiency in quantitative methods. Depending on your background, you will be involved in lecturing courses on product innovation and/or product marketing as well as supervising bachelor and master thesis students. In addition, you are expected to acquire external research funding (e.g., industry, NWO, EU) and be active and visible in international academic networks. The TU/e is situated in one of the leading high-tech regions of the world, which provides ample opportunities for excellent researchers in the field of innovation seeking to make a societal as well as academic impact.

Job requirements

  • You have a PhD in innovation management, industrial engineering, new product development, new product marketing or a related domain.
  • You have strong analytical skills and demonstrated competences in quantitative research methods and analyses.
  • You have affinity with high-tech industry.
  • You have the potential and ambition to become a high-level innovation management scholar.
  • You have the ability to conduct high-quality research, demonstrated in a successfully completed PhD thesis and/or an initial set of publications arising from this thesis.
  • You have a passion for teaching, demonstrated in initial experiences or assistance in teaching and willing to obtain the University Teaching Qualification.
  • You have a creative personality, dedicated to multidisciplinary collaboration.
  • You have good communication and leadership skills.       
  • you have proficiency in English language, both in writing and speaking.
  • Finally, you are a team player and prepared to play an active citizenship role within the ITEM-group.

Conditions of employment

  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, with the autonomy to develop your own research line and participate in the curriculum of the department.
  • tenure track with the prospect of becoming an Associate Professor. The initial contract is at least five years. If you have a more senior profile, you will receive a tailor-made career proposal.
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs for academic leadership, the university teaching qualification program, research and valorization competences, and a dedicated mentoring program to help you get to know the university and the Dutch (research) environment.
  • Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities (min €3.974 max. € 5.439).
  • An attractive starting package.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the annual salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, childcare, moving expenses, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as the Dual Career Opportunity program to support accompanying partners, an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children daycare and sports facilities.

Information and application

About us

The ITEM group is part of the School of Industrial Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology. The School of Industrial Engineering is one of the longest-established engineering schools in Europe. It has a strong presence in the international research and education community, especially in the innovation management, technology entrepreneurship & marketing domains, which are also at the core of the undergraduate and graduate programs, attracting top-level students from all over the world.

Eindhoven University of Technology is a top-ranked Dutch university that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a global number 1 position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.

More information 

For more substantive information about the position please contact dr.ir. Bob Walrave or dr. Myriam Cloodt (co-chairs of the ITEM group), B.Walrave[at]tue.nl / M.M.A.H.Cloodt[at]tue.nl.

For information about the terms of employment, please contact Susan Opgenoorth, HR advisor, HRServices.IEIS[at]tue.nl or +31 40 247 4465.

Do you want to know more about working at TU/e? Please visit www.tue.nl/jobs.


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

  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications, teaching evaluations and the contact information of two references.
  • Two recommendation letters.
  • Description of your scientific interests and plans (1-2 pages).
  • Statement of your teaching goals and experience (1-2 pages).

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.