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PhD Programs in Responsible Crowd-Based Innovations 2017, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Publish Date: Mar 02, 2017

Deadline: Mar 10, 2017

Technology, Policy and Management

The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) develops robust models and designs, to solve the complex challenges of today’s networked society. TPM combines insights from the engineering sciences with insights from the humanities and the social sciences.

One of the positions is in the Department of Multi-Actor Systems (MAS), which studies governance in and of large-scale technical systems. 
The second position is in the Department of Values, Technology and Innovation (VTI), which studies value aspects and value conflicts associated with socio-technological systems and their innovations.

Department/faculty: Technology, Policy and Management
Level: Master degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 4 years
Salary: €2,191 to €2,801 per month gross

Job description

The "crowd" increasingly seems to be key for innovation in all kind of sectors, e.g. crowdfunding, open platforms, citizen initiatives for energy production, or the sharing economy. Such crowd-based initiatives provide many opportunities for innovations in socio-technical systems, but also significant challenges because they often occur in the context of traditional, well-established, institutional and governance structures and practices. In this research project we will study how to deal with the conflicts that can arise where crowd-based innovations meet existing structures. The goal is to design governance arrangements so that the power of mobilising people and organisations can be combined with legitimacy and responsible innovation.
We are looking for two PhD researchers, one applying a normative perspective, and one applying an empirical perspective. The candidates will closely collaborate to combine both perspectives.


PhD candidate 1 will be based in the philosophy section of VTI. This candidate preferably has an interdisciplinary profile, with a strong basis in philosophy or applied ethics, e.g. philosophy of science and technology studies.

PhD candidate 2 will be based in the governance group at MAS. This candidate preferably has an interdisciplinary background as well as a strong basis in the social sciences, e.g. Industrial Ecology, Innovation Sciences, Science Technology Studies, Management of Technology.

Both candidates should have an affinity for engineering and technology, and good social and communication skills. Given that the majority of data will be in Dutch, proficiency in Dutch is preferred.

Conditions of employment

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Bram Klievink, phone: +31 (0)15-2781131, email: To apply, please send a detailed CV and a one-page proposal describing how you would undertake this research project. Explain also how you plan to collaborate with the other PhD candidate and the project partners. To be able to provide this, you will need additional information on the project. Please contact the vacancy holder ( for a summary description of the project.   
Application interviews will be held on March 23 and 24. Applications should be sent by March 10, 2017 to
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number ATTBM17.001.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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