We are looking for a highly motivated, positive, and curious PhD candidate for working on the topic of Responsible Internet (RI).

We are looking for a highly motivated, positive, and curious PhD candidate for working on the topic of Responsible Internet (RI).

Policy makers around the world, and especially in Europe, are increasingly concerned about the trustworthiness and sovereignty of the foundations of their digital economy as these depend on systems operated or manufactured elsewhere. RI curbs this problem as it improves the transparency, accountability and controllability of the Internet at the network-level.

As one of seven PhDs, you will work within the HBE cluster on the NWO funded CATRIN project. In this project, we bring social scientists together with computer scientists, designing a Responsible Internet such that it provides ample room for innovation and successful commercial enterprises.

We are seeking a PhD candidate who can work full-time in a 4-year period and will be part of a team of interdisciplinary researchers looking to make RI a reality.

Your work will provide critically important insights to the design of RI. Based on a thorough study of past and current incentive structures in the deployment/uptake of new Internet technology, you will identify properties of the Responsible Internet that give operators an incentive to participate. You will also analyze how new and innovative business models can profit from, and reinforce, the gradual deployment of the RI.

Can you help us build an economically and socially feasible Responsible Internet? If you like working with companies and at the same time enjoy data analysis then you are the candidate for this position!


  • MSc degree in Business, Information Technology or related field;
  • Excellent teammate in an enthusiastic and hardworking group of scientists;
  • Proven curiosity about data analysis and business-case development. You do not shy away from conducting interviews;
  • Excellent communications skills;
  • Proficient in written and oral English;
  • Able to do independent research and willing to develop writing and publication skills;


We encourage high responsibility and independence, while collaborating with colleagues, researchers, other university staff and partners. We follow the terms of employment by the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO). These include: fulltime 4-year PhD position; excellent mentorship in a stimulating research environment with excellent facilities; and a personal development program within the Twente Graduate School. It also includes:

  • Gross monthly salary of € 2.443 in the first year, increasing each year up to € 3.122 in the fourth year;
  • Holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, and end of year bonus (8.3%);
  • 29 holidays per year in case of full-time employment;
  • Employee status at the UT, including pension and health care benefits. UT is an equal opportunities employer.


Submit your application before March 11, 2022, and include:

  • Cover letter of at most 1.5 page A4, explaining specific interests, the motivation for the application, and why your fit to this project;
  • Full Curriculum Vitae, contact information for at least two academic references, and if applicable, a list of publications.

Note that Master students who graduate in the coming months are also welcome to apply, and we can make reasonable accommodation.

Additional information can be obtained via email from Dr. A. Abhishta (s.abhishta@utwente.nl) or Prof. Dr. Ir. L.J.M. Nieuwenhuis (l.j.m.nieuwenhuis@utwente.nl).


The HBE department is a growing research group that holds a leading position at the interfaces of business, technology and the social sciences. We conduct cross-disciplinary business research, supporting organizations in innovative management and decision-making. Please have a look at our video to learn more about our department.

The High Business Entrepreneurship corporate video (utwente.nl) (https://vimeo.com/652923746/84b1ac93ab)

The HBE cluster is dedicated to encouraging a supportive and inclusive working culture. Our aim is that all job applicants are given equal opportunities. When we select candidates for employment, it will be on the basis of their competence and ability. To support the workforce diversity, we are open to offer flexible working conditions on an individual basis to support work-life balance, that may include contract of employment, working hours and location, or child care arrangements.


The Faculty of Behavioral, Management and Social sciences (BMS) aims to play a key role in understanding, jointly developing and evaluating innovations in society. Technological developments are the engine of innovation. As a technical university that puts people first, we tailor them to human needs and behavior and use social engineering to integrate them into society. We also ensure adequate governance at public and private level, and robust, inclusive and fair organizational structures. We do this by developing, sharing and applying high-quality knowledge in Psychology, Business Administration, Public Administration, Communication Sciences, Philosophy, Educational Sciences and Health Sciences. Our research and education in these disciplines revolves around tackling and solving societal challenges. The research programs of BMS are closely linked to the research of the UT institutes Mesa+ Institute for Nanotechnology, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.

As an employer, the Faculty of BMS offers work that matters. We equip you to create new possibilities for yourself and for our society. With us, you will become part of a leading technical university with increasing, positive social impact. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial atmosphere, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example through our flexible, adaptable benefits.


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