Deadline: 10 January, 2019

  1. The PhD position is a collaboration of the Innovation and Society group and the Operations, Planning, Accounting and Control group at the of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology. It is part of a larger research effort to better understand how sustainability issues in the Netherlands and the Global South have become interrelated through the development of transcontinental supply chains. We invite applications for a 4-year fully funded PhD position starting at the latest in April 2019.Research content 

    Neither sustainability issues in the Netherlands, nor sustainability issues in the Global South, should be studied in geographical isolation. Through the development of transcontinental supply chains, (un)sustainable developments in the Netherlands and the Global South have become entangled. The fruit, flowers, and plants trade is a case in point. After the 1970s, the Netherlands has gradually emerged as a dominant hub in the international trade of these commodities with links to North and East Africa in particular. At present, business as well as governments strive to make this trade more transparent and sustainable. However, information on historically grown sustainability relations and issues is sorely missing.

    The Ph.D. project aims at analyzing these entangled long-term dynamics of the international horticulture supply chain, through the lens of sustainability and well-being developments. To this purpose it combines global history of infrastructure and supply chains; sustainability studies; business logistics and business modelling—which have been key to the development of transnational horticultural networks; and research on the roles of, and implications for, multiple stakeholders in different locations along the supply chain.


The candidate holds a Master’s degree or equivalent degree in one of the following fields: History (of Technology / Sciences / Economy / Business), Sciences and Technology Studies, Innovation Studies, or related fields. The candidate has excellent writing, qualitative and quantitative analytic skills, fluency in English (which is the working language of the involved research groups), and a strong interest in conducting research in an interdisciplinary and international team. Knowledge of Dutch is seen as an added value. The candidate should be able to take up the position latest by May 1st 2019.

Scholarship benefits

They offer a four-year PhD position in a vibrating research environment which is shaped by an interdisciplinary and international team of researchers and their tight integration in (inter)national research networks. The position comes with a gross salary of € 2.266 per month in the first year, increasing to €2.897 per month in the fourth year. Additionally, Eindhoven University of Technology provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance (amounts to 8% of the annual salary), an end-of-year bonus (amounts to 8,3%), and a number of additional benefits. The candidate will be given the possibility to gain teaching experience as well as to receive graduate training.


The application should contain the following documents:

–          a letter of motivation which explains your interest in the position and your qualifications for it;

–          a curriculum vitae (including, if applicable, a publication list and a teaching overview)

–          a research statement (roughly 500 words, plus (short!) bibliography) in which you elaborate on your ideas for a research focus in line with the project

–          names and contact information of three persons willing to provide references.

Application deadline is 10 January, 2019

For more information and to apply, click here. 

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