PhD candidate in Entrepreneurship & Innovation

26 dagen geleden


Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2191 - € 2801 per maand

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation section of the Amsterdam Business School (ABS) is looking for a PhD candidate for a research project about the impact of university-based incubation activities on the creation, growth, and performance ...


The Entrepreneurship & Innovation section of the Amsterdam Business School (ABS) is looking for a PhD candidate for a research project about the impact of university-based incubation activities on the creation, growth, and performance of new startups and spinoffs as well as their founders.

The objective of this project is to study how different types of incubation activities contribute to the successful creation and growth of business spin-offs initiated by university professors, researchers, or students. Incubation activities include physical incubation spaces and any type of supporting incubation and acceleration programs.

University incubation and acceleration activities are an important driver of innovation and new business creation. The University of Amsterdam, especially through its incubator ACE Venture Lab, has played an important role in the birth and growth of a number of university spin-offs including Scyfer, Plantics,, Lumicks, and Metrica-Sports.

The aim of this project is to use evidence-based approaches in developing theoretical and practical insights about which incubation activities offered by universities lead to the successful creation, growth, and performance of new startups and spinoffs. In particular, we are interested in the effects of individual, team, and incubator-level characteristics.

This project is a collaboration with Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA). IXA is the expert interface between Amsterdam-based academic institutions and parties interested in their research findings and knowledge, such as companies, educational institutions, investors, health care providers, entrepreneurs, government bodies and societal organisations.

You will develop, plan, and execute scientific studies and primarily work in collaboration with, and under supervision of, dr. Joris Ebbers and dr. Yuval Engel.


  • A Master’s degree in the area of business, econometrics, economics, data science, or a related social science discipline;
  • excellent grades and a strong interest in quantitative research methods and/or statistics;
  • the drive to publish in top-level academic journals in management and business science;
  • well-developed analytical skills, strong organization and communication skills, an entrepreneurial mind set, and perseverance;
  • the ability to work independently and to be proactive in developing the research project;
  • mastery of both written and spoken English.


You will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months with a possibility to extend it for another 2,5 years, pending positive evaluation. As part of your contract, you will spend 20% of your time on teaching. You will be classified as PhD candidate (promovendus) in the Dutch University job-ranking system (UFO), providing a gross monthly starting salary of €2.191 in the first year (which increases to €2.801 in the final year) with an additional end-of-year bonus (8.3%) and holiday allowance (8%), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Preferred starting date is 1 September 2017.

Additional information

Further information may be obtained from:

For more information about the research policy at the Amsterdam Business School:

Applications should be made via:

Please include job reference number 17-144. Applicants should send a letter of application accompanied by a curriculum vitae. In addition, applicants should include a copy of their Master's thesis. Applicants that are currently studying for a Master's degree should include a short description of their Master's thesis project (max. 2 pages) and a copy of their Bachelor's thesis.

The closing date is 15 May 2017.


With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad.

The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.

Amsterdam Business School

The Amsterdam Business School (ABS) is one of the two schools of the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Economics and Business. The ABS has almost 3,000 students and the equivalent of 120 full-time academic staff. The school’s core subjects are Corporate Governance, Entrepreneurship, and Big Data / Business Analytics. Six sections (Accounting, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Finance, Leadership & Management, International Strategy & Marketing, and Operations Management) conduct top-level research published in prestigious international journals. They also provide various degree programmes including a BSc programme and six MSc programmes, a wide range of post-doctoral programmes featuring three MBAs, four accountancy programmes and Lean Six Sigma programmes, as well as an extensive portfolio of open courses and in-company projects.


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