Post-doc on Collaboration for Social Innovation (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Economics and Business


University of Groningen

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Belonging to the best research universities of Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) at the University of Groningen offers an inspiring international academic community for students, staff, alumni, and external organizations. We are renowned for our quality, our ambition, and our identity as attested by several international accreditations and by our position in excellence ranking lists.

The Department of Innovation Management & Strategy ( brings together a multidisciplinary research group, with focus areas in:

• strategy, sustainability, and corporate governance
• innovation management and collaboration
• entrepreneurship and business dynamics
• information and communication technology enabled change.

The international staff members have published in top international journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, and Journal of Management, as well as leading disciplinary journals such as MIS Quarterly, Organization Studies, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of International Business Studies. Our faculty is actively involved in many scholarly associations (AOM, AIS, EGOS, EURAM, SMS) and also serves in editor and editorial board roles at leading international journals. The department offers a collaborative and friendly atmosphere and focus on excellent research of both scientific and practical relevance.

Job description

The postdoc position is part of a transatlantic research project on scaling social innovation. The aim of this project is to better understand how collaboration can enable spatial diffusion and context translation of innovative solutions to sustainability challenges. It aims to generate new theoretical insights into collaboration for scaling social innovation and offering practical recommendations for “best-fit” solutions for sustainability transitions. To do so, it will employ both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Research consortium partners from universities in Canada and Germany and from Oxfam will participate in this joint research initiative. The position is a research position and as such does not include teaching obligations.

As a postdoc fellow, you will contribute to this project by conducting field research in cooperation with our partner institutions and in collaboration with experienced researchers in the Innovation Management and Strategy Department. You will contribute to publishing the research results in leading academic journals and a practice-oriented report. You are also encouraged to further develop your own research agenda, which is ideally complementary to the project and can be done in collaboration with other colleagues. Finally, you may be involved in supporting the coordination between the partner institutions, for instance in helping to organize research meetings.


We encourage you to apply if you meet (or are about to meet) the following qualifications

• you have a PhD in Management, ideally with a Strategy and/or Organizational Theory focus or in a closely related discipline (please note that you are also invited to apply if you will defend before April 2020)
• you have demonstrated competence in inductive, qualitative work and have expertise in social innovation research
• you have a promising academic record as evidenced by your CV and publications or working papers
• you have affinity with and experience in team research
• you possess good communication skills (English) enabling you to relay research results both to academic and practitioner audiences
• and ideally have experience pertinent to supporting project coordination, such as small-scale conference organization.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 36 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a starting salary depending on qualifications and work experience between € 2,709 and € 3,895 (salary scale 10) for a fulltime position
• in addition, the university offers an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus
• a temporary fulltime appointment for a period of three years.

Starting date: before May 2020

Job Application

If you are interested in our position we invite you to send a motivation letter and curriculum vitae until 2 February 2020 23.59 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. The University welcomes applications from suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic background. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Florian Noseleit

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 219638

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

The Department of Innovation Management & Strategy

Digital application form