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    • Date Posted
      September 07,2022
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    PhD Candidate for Responsible Innovation: Developing New Pro...

    0.8 - 1.0 FTE
    Gross monthly salary
    € 2,541 - € 3,247
    Required background
    Research University Degree
    Organizational unit
    Nijmegen School of Management
    Application deadline
    30 September 2022
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    Are you an aspiring researcher with a keen interest in innovation and technology management? Would you like to assist organisations by developing best practices for better addressing privacy issues in innovation with your research? Then you have a part to play as a PhD candidate. Through this research project, you will help institutions and their stakeholders to better respect privacy in new products and services.

    The Department of Business Administration at the Nijmegen School of Management and iHub are looking for a PhD candidate on responsible innovation, in particular on privacy by design patterns. As a PhD candidate, you will be formally based in the Marketing group and at iHub, which is Radboud University's interdisciplinary research hub on digitalisation and society. You will work on a PhD project under the supervision of Dr Vera Blazevic, Dr Robert Kok, and Dr Jaap-Henk Hoepman.

    The research you will conduct for your PhD thesis concerns 'Responsible innovation through privacy design patterns'. Firms are increasingly using big data opportunities to develop digital innovations, which creates privacy issues due to the use of personal data. Engaging in responsible innovation, these firms struggle with paradoxical privacy tensions during their innovation activities such as the changing nature of privacy preferences, regulatory changes to privacy laws and integrating a multiplicity of actor perspectives. Also, privacy goals may conflict with other priorities such as incorporating value-added features and environmental sustainability in the design of new products. ICT research has developed privacy by design patterns and tested some of them in software development of digital systems. However, their insights are largely unconnected to innovation management research that investigates the use and impact of big data opportunities. This project aims to combine these research streams to understand how embedding privacy design patterns in innovation development can help innovation researchers and R&D managers to better define privacy issues, and design and deploy better privacy solutions in digital, responsible innovations, thereby improving the privacy protection of all the stakeholders involved.

    Using three projects, we first want to establish the state of the art of the privacy by design pattern catalogue through a systematic literature review. Second, using a qualitative, empirical approach, we aim to explore how innovation managers deal with the challenges of embedding privacy practices in their innovation activities. Third, we will use an intervention methodology approach to determine the effectiveness of different approaches, i.e. pattern tooling, structures and capabilities, of embedding privacy by design practices in responsible innovation. The project will contribute academically through linking ICT insights with responsible, digital innovation literature. We assist organisations with developing best practices for better addressing privacy issues in innovation, thereby driving societal impact, helping institutions and their stakeholders to better respect privacy in new products and services.

    A more detailed project description is available upon request from Dr Vera Blazevic ( On the basis of this project description you will be expected to develop a more elaborate research proposal in this area in the first year of your appointment. This proposal will have to be approved by the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Nijmegen School of Management.

    Your teaching duties will be about 120 hours per year (e.g. supporting existing courses, Bachelor's and Master's thesis supervision). We will ensure that you have sufficient time for your own training.


    • You have a Master's degree in business administration, with a keen interest in innovation and technology management.
    • Preferably, you have a background and/or affinity with industrial engineering and/or computer science.
    • You have a keen interest in privacy and/or some background or experience in privacy protection.
    • You have a genuine interest and experience in academic research, especially in the area of innovation management and privacy.
    • You have strong social science methodological skills, both quantitative and qualitative.
    • You have strong conceptual thinking skills.
    • You have excellent writing skills (in English) as evidenced by writing samples (e.g. a chapter from your Master's thesis or a conference paper).
    • Preferably, you are fluent in Dutch.
    • You are able to work in a research team and are willing to take initiative.

    We are

    The Nijmegen School of Management enables students, institutions and companies, societal actors and governments to play their part in a transformation towards sustainable societies. In doing so, the faculty is committed to Radboud University's mission in contributing to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. In the context of our 'Responsible governance for sustainable societies' mission, we address scientific and societal challenges from a good governance perspective. Our work focuses on the topics Beyond Economy, Climate, Inclusivity, Safety, and Democracy. By building, questioning and extending the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG's), we acknowledge their interrelatedness and focus on a number of grand challenges within society. On topics such as inequality, gender, decent work and poverty, we contribute to innovation and sustainable growth. Furthermore, we address environmental and climate challenges, seeking to contribute towards resolving them. At Nijmegen School of Management, academic research and teaching are carried out in challenging educational programmes. These programmes are offered in the areas of Business Administration, Economics and Business Economics, Geography, Planning and Environment, Political Science and Public Administration. Academic research takes place within the Institute for Management Research (IMR). Research is carried out within the above mentioned domains and in interdisciplinary research groups: the Hot Spots. The Nijmegen School of Management currently has 350 FTE staff and 5,000 students.

    You will officially be based within the Chair Group of Marketing, which is part of the Department of Business Administration. The research of the Chair Group of Marketing aligns with the Responsible Organisation research programme of the Department of Business Administration. More specifically, the research of the members of the chair group focuses on the responsible aspects of marketing management and innovation, including topics such as radical innovation management, customer co-creation, stakeholder marketing, open innovation, and responsible new product development. Furthermore, you will work closely with iHub. iHub's mission is to better understand the effects of digitalisation on our society and to help steer digital transformations in ways where public values are central. iHub brings disciplines from across the humanities, computer science and social sciences together to address challenges raised by digitalisation, focuses on the core values which are destabilised and need protection in digitalisation processes, and adopts a critical and constructive approach. Different disciplinary perspectives and diverse quantitative and qualitative methods are necessary for understanding how we adapt to digital transformations and for crafting solutions to the challenges they pose. iHub therefore fosters interdisciplinary, collaborative research that involves academics from a wide range of disciplines, including computer science, philosophy, law, linguistics, educational sciences, behavioural and communication sciences, science and technology studies, and organisational studies, and history.
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    We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

    We offer

    • Employment for 0.8 (5 year contract) - 1.0 FTE (4 year contract).
    • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,541 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,247 from the fourth year onwards (salary scale P).
    • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
    • You will be employed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).
    • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
    • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

    Additional employment conditions

    Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

    Would you like more information?

    For questions about the position, please contact Vera Blazevic, Associate Professor of Marketing at Alternatively, you can contact Robert Kok, Associate Professor of Innovation at or Jaap-Henk Hoepman, Associate Professor of Privacy Enhancing Protocols and Privacy by Design at

    Practical information and applying

    You can apply until 30 September 2022, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Vera Blazevic. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
    • A letter of motivation.
    • Your CV.
    The first interviews will take place on Friday 28 October. You would preferably begin employment on 15 December 2021.

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    Application deadline 30 September 2022

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