The PhD position in circular business models & value chains is part of project
LICHEN BLADES funded by the Dutch funding agency NWO. In the LICHEN BLADES
project, we will work on a circular blade design that will realize the
functionality for first use-cycle (wind) and successive use-cycles, enabling
blades with reduced carbon footprint, and designed for re-use opportunities.
This specific PhD project will focus on circular business models and value
chains for the LICHEN BLADES project. The aim is to develop circular business
models and value chains that capture financial as well as environmental value
and to develop tools and methods that contribute to the success of circular
windturbine blades. While the PhD candidate is expected to work independently
on their research agenda, the project will also take place in close
collaboration with project stakeholders from academia, such as colleagues from
project lead TU Delft, and stakeholders from businesses in the windturbine
Skills and requirements for potential PhD candidates:
Driven, enthusiastic and independent thinker and do-er
MSc degree (or equivalent) in business and management, or
interdisciplinary studies (e.g., design, sustainability) with a clear
business component, or related subject
Knowledge about sustainability and / or circular economy
Affinity with the topic of wind-energy
Interest in conducting ‘stakeholder-involved', transdisciplinary research,
collaborating in a larger research project.
Related to this, an affinity with engaging project stakeholders in the
research agenda to develop and test tools and methods for circular
business model and value chain design
Ability to balance collaborating in an interdisciplinary project team with
taking responsibility for their own research goals
The candidate should have a very good command of English language, in
direct communication as well as writing skills
The candidate is expected to publish work of high scientific quality in
peer-reviewed journals and participate in international conferences, as
well as contributing to an exciting and vibrant atmosphere in the
The candidate is expected to contribute to education in the field of
sustainability for a small part of their time (e.g. Master thesis
supervision for the Master's in Sustainability Science, Policy & Society)
Conditions of employment
Fixed-term contract: 4 years.
Fixed-term contract: 4 years. Expected starting date: October 2022.
The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the
Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO), supplement with
local UM provisions. For more information on terms of employment, please
visit our website www. maastrichtuniversity.nl > About UM > Working at UM
The salary will be set in the PhD-candidate salary scale of the Collective
Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (€ 2.443 gross per month in the
first year up to € 3.122 gross per month in the fourth year). On top of
this, there is an 8% holiday allowance and a 8.3% year-end allowance;
We offer an attractive package of fringe benefits such as reduction on
collective health insurance, substantial leave arrangements, optional
model for designing a personalised benefits package and application for
attractive fiscal arrangements for employees from abroad.
Maastricht University / SBE
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) is one of the youngest Faculties
of Business and Economics in the Netherlands. It has a distinctive
international profile and is Triple Crown accredited. It provides high-quality
education and conducts excellent research with an international perspective.
SBE strongly believes in creating close collaborations with its academic
partners and societal stakeholders, its students and alumni, and with
businesses and organisations in the Limburg Euregion, the Netherlands, Europe
and the rest of the world.
Maastricht University (UM), located in the heart of Europe, is the most
international university in the Netherlands with half of our students and one
third of academic staff coming from abroad. In total, UM represents 100
different nationalities. UM is a stimulating environment where research and
teaching are complementary, where innovation is our focus and where talent can
flourish. Research is characterised by a multidisciplinary, thematic, and
collaborative approach, and with education, forms the core of UM.
Maastricht Sustainability Institute
Maastricht Sustainability Institute (MSI) is part of the School of Business
and Economics at Maastricht University, and with its focus on sustainable
development in research and education centrally at the interface of science,
policy and society. The institute offers the Master programme Sustainability
Science, Policy and Society (which attracts a large international,
multidisciplinary student population) and is working on a new Master
programme in Sustainable Business. The institute provides also sustainability
education at bachelor level. The multidisciplinary staff (ca. 40 persons)
has an interdisciplinary working style and transdisciplinary interest for
addressing sustainability problems.
For more information you can contact MSI: firstname.lastname@example.org.