Assistant professor / lecturer
The section Economics of Technology and Innovation (ETI) is looking for an ambitious economist who would like to develop or continue an academic career path on value chain economics.
The COVID-19 pandemic has upset the (smoothly) functioning of global value chains, leading to shortages of essential intermediate and final goods and a surge in inflation. However, the vulnerabilities of global value chains have been present already for a long time, resulting from decades of prioritizing efficiency as a value (via just-in-time production and inventory management), increased market concentration in certain components and materials, and low costs (via offshoring) over values such as sustainability and resilience. The trade-off between values such as efficiency and resilience should now lean more towards resilience (and sustainability) and hence a redesign of global value chain networks is urgently needed.
Increased geopolitical tensions and technological factors are important determinants of the vulnerabilities of global value chains that occurred already before the pandemic. In order to reduce these vulnerabilities, global corporations but also smaller firms will have to invest in resilience of their global value chains. That can be done by shifting production away from sensitive areas as well as by spreading the risk over more geographical areas. Also technology can contribute to increased resilience of global value chains. On the one hand, a better use of data driven technologies for real-time information and observation on ships loads will lead to more fine-tuned and in-time interventions thereby improving supply forecasting. On the other hand, the development of digitalization and artificial intelligence can be expected to lead to changing consumption and production patterns, for example from individual to more collective consumption and production in a sharing economy, which can result in different global value chain configurations.
The section Economics of Technology and Innovation (ETI) offers a position for an economist at the level of assistant professor (Tenure Track) or associate professor. We are looking for an economist with expertise in quantitative analyses of global value chains (including e.g. world input-output modelling, scenario studies and/or Big Data analysis) who is interested in working on re-designing the system of global value chains in order to make it more resilient to (climate) disasters and (geopolitical) risks.
The successful candidate is expected to perform academic research and contribute to a research team in economics and management and will also be involved in the teaching activities of the ETI section.
We are looking for ambitious academic economists that are expected to:
- Perform and publish research in high quality academic journals
- Contribute to a research team in the field of economics and management with an application to global value chain economics and/or management
- Acquire externally funded research projects
- Teach Master and Bachelor courses on economics and management
- Supervise BSc-, MSc- and PhD students
- Perform management tasks in the section ETI
The candidate should have:
- A PhD degree in economics or a related field with a focus on global value chains;
- Track record in academic research demonstrated by publications in international academic journals (required for associate professorship applicants, favourable for Tenure Track position applicants);
- Demonstrated experience with academic teaching in economics and/or management;
- You have a track record demonstrating experience in working with micro- and macro data and/or models in the context of global value chains;
- Demonstrated involvement in acquiring externally funded research projects (required for associate professorship applicants; favourable for Tenure Track position applicants);
- Willingness to work in teams and in a multidisciplinary environment, with engineers and scholars in social sciences and humanities;
- A UTQ degree (University Teaching Qualification) or willingness to obtain this degree;
- Highly proficient in spoken and written English;
- Command of the Dutch language is desirable, or a willingness to develop this, with (financial) support from the university.