The University of Passau owes its strong visibility and good repute to
excellent research, innovative teaching and its tight-knit international
academic networks. Some 12,000 students from 100 countries and more than
1,300 staff study and work on our university campus, which is located a
stoneâs throw from the historical Old Town of Passau and combines
state-of-the- art technical infrastructure with award-winning architecture.
Internationally successful high- tech companies and a vibrant start-up
scene, coupled with a rich culture and Lower Bavarian traditions, give
Passau and the surrounding area a special appeal that makes it a great
place to live and work.
The Chair of Business Information Systems (Professor Thomas Widjaja) and
the DFG Research Training Group 2720 Digital Platform Ecosystems (DPE) are
Doctoral Researcher (Ph.D. candidate) â
data-driven business models for digital platforms
This is a full-time position based on a fixed-term contract for a period of
three years, with the option of renewal. Remuneration is in accordance with
pay grade E13 of the German public- sector collective agreement, TV-L.
We are engaged in theory-led and methodologically sound research that has
strong practical relevance, with the aim of producing internationally
visible research results. Our findings are published in leading academic
and application-oriented journals and conference proceedings. The chairâs
three main research areas are IT architecture management, digital services
and data-driven business models.
In the area of data-driven business models, we examine how such business
models are designed from the perspective of users and providers. From a
user perspective, for instance, we look at how consumers react to digital
platforms monetising and trading users‘ personal data (such as when data is
shared with advertisers). From the providersâ perspective, it is
important to strike a balance between generating additional revenue from
the (increased) use of this data and managing the potentially deterrent
effect such monetisation strategies can have on users. The aim of this
research areas is to develop profitable yet privacy-friendly data- driven
business models in the context of digital platforms.
Duties and responsibilities
* You will carry out our own challenging and practically relevant
research projects on the design of data-driven business models of
digital platforms within the framework of the DFG-funded
interdisciplinary Research Training Group 2720 Digital Platform
Ecosystems (in research Area A, „Data exchange in platform
ecosystems“). For details on the project visit
* You will present your findings at national and international
* Applicants should have a masterâs degree with very good grades in a
degree programme related to our research areas (e.g. information
systems, engineering management, business administration, cultural
and business studies, computer science, or psychology with a
business/economics as a secondary/minor subject).
* Willingness to conduct interdisciplinary research as a member of the
DFG-funded Research Training Group „Digital Platform Ecosystems“ (
* Excellent analytical skills and an interest in current economic and
technological developments in the field of data-driven business
models of digital platforms.
* An interest in empirical research (e.g. surveys, experiments).
* Good written and spoken English proficiency. German language skills
would be helpful for everyday life in Germany but are not a
* We are looking for a team player who is open-minded, intellectually
adaptable, able to work conscientiously and independently and is
committed to the pursuit of knowledge.
What we offer
* Varied activities in a motivated and research-oriented team.
* The opportunity to engage in doctoral study with personal and
* Membership in the interdisciplinary Research Training Group 2720
Digital Platform Ecosystems (see https://dpe.uni-passau.de/en
* Very good research infrastructure, flexible working hours and one of
the most beautiful university campuses in Germany.
* A tailored and structured doctoral programme at the graduate school
DPE; a fully funded research visit abroad, external course programme
(summer schools, workshops); co- supervision by international
scholars and much more.
* Numerous contacts to regional and national practice partners.
The University of Passau wishes to increase the proportion of its female
staff and expressly encourages women to apply for the position. Job-sharing
arrangements may be possible, depending on the number of suitable
candidates. This position is suitable for candidates with disabilities.
Those who are registered disabled are given preference over non-disabled
applicants who do not otherwise have statutory preferential status if their
overall personal aptitudes, skills and qualifications are equal.
Please contact Professor Thomas Widjaja (
about the position. To find out more about the chair, visit
To apply, please send your full application (including letter of motivation
and school, training and work certificates; the letter of motivation should
state the desired research area âData exchange in platform ecosystemsâ
and the name of the desired supervisor) as a single pdf file to
Details on the application process can be found at
as we will be accepting applications until the position is filled. We will
start reviewing received applications on 15 October 2022.
E-mailed applications are kept on file for up to six months after the
conclusion of the appointment procedure, whereupon they are deleted from