Vacancies: Marie Curie PhD Fellowship (5x) in Strategic Management – focused on Fintech Networks

European Commission funded – Fixed term for 4 years

This project (FINDER) has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813095

Fostering Innovation Networks in a Digital Era

FINDER will accommodate five high caliber and fulltime PhD positions, facilitating first class PhD- and in-company training at the crossroads of Fintech academia and business. The FINDER Marie Curie Fellowship allows for an outstanding compensation package which includes a competitive salary and travel allowance. For this purpose we are looking for intellectually curious candidates who aspire to gain a doctorate in the discipline of Management. Successful candidates will benefit from an innovative and collaborative doctoral program that combines training at a leading Dutch Research University (Times Higher Education ranking top 125 / Shanghai ranking 115) with a comprehensive placement at the information technology champion Atos. Atos is a global leader in digital transformation, with annual revenues of circa € 12 billion and circa 100,000 employees in 73 countries. Radboud University and Atos join forces in the FINDER program. The keywords defining the program are digital transformation, collaboration, strategic reorientation and value creation to society at large.

The FINDER program sets out to Foster Innovation Networks in a Digital Era (FINDER). Appointed Marie Curie FINDER PhD Fellows will investigate the innovative collaborative arrangement amongst organizations – grassroots, incumbents and the wider society – as they inclusively explore digital technology for new product or market development. Unique features of this European Industrial Doctorate are: a) an in-depth investigation of innovation dynamics at emergent ecosystems and complex organizations, b) industry-led complementary training in the domains of Professional Innovation Management, c) a bespoke program of FINDER network events that bring together doctoral researchers, academics, practicing managers and policymakers interested in innovation and d) a total of 18 months placement at one of Atos’ major European business hubs.

The salary for a Marie Curie PhD Fellow is competitive at the PhD level and allows for additional travel and a family allowance where applicable.

The FINDER research scope spans industries and job functions, requiring candidates to synthesize complex information and to approach problems nimbly in a manner that can be transferred to both academics and practitioners. It demands a sophisticated understanding of the context in which business is done, the effect of technology in driving these collaborative processes and of the stakeholders involved. FINDER’s integrated curriculum prepares students to drive change at the vanguard of business and technology by challenging them to consider multiple perspectives and to create innovative solutions to problems but also that are not only profitable to business but also relevant and responsible towards society at large.

The supporting research team comprises of faculty that are dedicated teachers and leading researchers who play an active role in engaging with business practice. The link between theory and practice is reflected in the spirit of the FINDER program as well as in the spectrum of publications that appeared in journals such as Research Policy, MIT Sloan Management Review, Long Range Planning, Journal of Management studies, and Journal of Product Innovation Management. Outcomes of our research have featured on international conferences and have been adopted by national and international policy makers. We foresee the FINDER program to provide you with the academic stepping stone to achieve the same and to have true impact on European business and innovation policy. Besides training and the opportunity to conduct research on the forefront of FinTech developments, we warrant the opportunity to present your work at international symposia and conferences. We expect you to be part of the community that drives these venues as part of FINDER. Our team aspires to collectively shape business theory, policy, and practice based on an ongoing dialogue with the business community an local and European policy makers. As part of a comprehensive research facility and welcoming community, FINDER students get unparalleled access to this expertise at Radboud University and at Atos as main business partner to the FINDER program.

In Sum: Marie Curie PhD Fellowship focused on Fintech Networks

FINDER will accommodate five high caliber and fulltime PhD positions, facilitating first class PhD- and in-company training at the crossroads of Fintech academia and business. The FINDER Marie Curie Fellowship allows for an outstanding compensation package which includes a competitive salary and travel allowance. For this purpose we are looking for intellectually curious candidates who aspire to gain a doctorate in the discipline of Management.

• As a FINDER Marie Curie PhD Fellow you will be appointed 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;

• You will be classified as a PhD Candidate in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO);

• Generous benefits from the Marie Curie apply for the first three years (amongst which are relocation and extended conference funding facilities, and a advanced travel allowance), after which the fourth year continues under standard Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO) conditions.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

You as a Marie Curie FINDER PhD Fellow will be responsible for:

• Delivering prescribed project objectives on time and within budget.

• Collaborating with other researchers At Radboud University IMR and Atos Europe.

• Communicate and provide information to academic and industrial supervisors including regular attendance at formal supervisory meetings.

• Conduct their doctoral research and placement at Atos in order to support a dedicated impact case.

• Attend and prepare reports for regular meetings with other members of the FINDER team, to report progress, agree future work and exchange data/experience.

• Any other reasonable duties commensurate with the level of this position, as directed by the Host Supervisors.

What we expect of you to be successful in this role:

• Hold a (Research) Masters level degree (University / academic level).

• Evidence of developed independent research skills.

• Experience with empirical research.

• Demonstrable ability to work independently, to prioritise tasks, manage time and meet deadlines.

• Fluency in English.

• Proactive and self-organizing.

• Willingness to relocate.

• Strong interpersonal skills.

• High motivation to perform rigorous academic research and collaborate with industry.

• Excellent communication skills, including a high standard of written and spoken English.

• Willingness to work flexibly, where necessary, to fulfil the needs of the research project, including international travel and completing the industrial placement.

• You will satisfy the Marie Skłodowska-Curie EID program eligibility requirements (Note: eligible candidates cannot be currently or in the prior three years be located in the country of the hosting Academic institution – in this case The Netherlands – as part of the European job mobility requirements).


• Affinity with the FinTech theme

• Affinity with new technology and forms of collaboration as technology and new business model drivers

• Knowledge of (social) network modeling

• Knowledge of R (statistics program) or other advanced statistical modeling programs; Or advanced qualitative research methods

What we have on offer:

• An innovative and collaborative high caliber doctoral program

• Training and research on the intersection of academia and business

• An outstanding compensation package (salary for PhD level)

• Generous travel allowances for conference and research purposes

Please note that this MARIE SKLODOWSKA-CURIE scheme is funded by the European Commission who have set specific eligibility criteria for this vacancy. The primary objective of the EID program is international mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) and this is a requirement for the Marie Curie PhD Fellow when taking up the appointment. At the time of recruitment by the Radboud University (NL), the candidate must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in The Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to her/his recruitment under the project. The Fellow should be within four years of the start of their research career at the time of taking up the position.

Successful candidates will also be required to complete an application for and be accepted on the PhD program at Radboud University – Institute for Management Research. Applications from women, who are currently under-represented in this area, will be particularly welcome; however, the final recruitment decision will be based solely on merit.

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Informal enquiries to Dr. Rick Aalbers, email

Closing Date: 15 December 2018