PhD positions in Economics and Business (8.0 FTE)


Faculty of Economics and Business


University of Groningen

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the approximately 35.000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

SOM, the Graduate School and research institute of the Faculty of Economics and Business has eight PhD positions available.

Faculty of Economics and Business
The Faculty of Economics and Business offers an inspiring study and working environment for students and employees. International accreditation enables the Faculty to assess performance against the highest international standards. It also creates an exciting environment of continuous improvement. FEB's programmes, academic staff and research do well on various excellence ranking lists.

Job description

The aim of SOM’s PhD programme is to deliver highly qualified researchers. For this purpose, SOM offers PhD positions to excellent candidates who recently graduated. The PhD programme covers three years and leads to a PhD degree. These three years are primarily spent on writing research papers for the PhD thesis and on participation in international conferences, workshops, and seminars.
The PhD programme is embedded in the research institute SOM with six excellent research programmes.

1. Economics, Econometrics & Finance -
2. Global Economics & Management -
3. Organizational Behavior -
4. Innovation & Organization -
5. Marketing -
6. Operations Management & Operations Research -

All PhD candidates are supervised by at least two supervisors who are a research fellow of SOM. PhD candidates contribute 15% of their time to teaching.


The ideal candidate is ambitious, highly motivated and wishes to make a career in research. He or she has a thorough training in research skills, speaks and writes English fluently and has obtained excellent results in the Master phase.
Candidates should have a Research Master degree or equivalent in Economics or Business. Applicants with other research master degrees will only be taken into account if sufficiently related to our research programmes. If you do not meet these criteria we advise to have a look at our other vacancies for 5 PhD scholarships:
Equivalent means that, in addition to holding a regular master of science degree, applicants can prove that they have sufficient research-related experience and knowledge. Examples of such equivalence include: an Mphil degree from a well-reputed university or having completed a research-oriented Honours programme with a minimum of 30 EC.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 36 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

- a gross monthly salary of € 2,790, which increases yearly to a maximum of € 2,920
- a 8% holiday allowance and a 8,3% end of year bonus
- a temporary full-time appointment for a period of three years, under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year.

Starting date: 1 September 2021.

An assessment may be part of the procedure, consisting of psychological tests and an interview.

Job Application

If you are interested, we invite you to apply no later than 25 February 11:59 pm / before 26 February 2021 (Central European Time). Please click on the "Apply" button below.

The application package consists of the following separate documents:

1. a letter in which you discuss your motivation, the research area you are interested in and present an outline of a research proposal (max. 2 A4)
2. your CV
3. a scan of your diploma including transcripts
4. proof of English proficiency
5. other relevant documents.

The documents 1-4 are compulsory and please note that incomplete application packages or applications sent by email will not be taken into account.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

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In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221045-52

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