PhD positions Sustainable Cooperation in Organizations (2.0 FTE)


Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences and Faculty of Philosophy


University of Groningen

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Job description

We are seeking candidates for the following sibling PhD projects Sustainable Cooperation in Organizations: Success and Failure in the SCOOP Program.

1. Sustainable Organization. This position (1.0 FTE) is located at the Faculty of Philosophy.

2. Cooperation Decay in Organizations. This position (1.0 FTE) is located at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Both projects are part of a collaboration between sociologists working on institutions and cooperation and philosophers working on social ontology and organizational ethics. The PhD candidates in both projects are expected to coordinate their efforts.

See the link below for a description of these sibling projects:

The project is part of the transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research programme SCOOP: Roadmaps to Resilient Societies (see: ). SCOOP is a research and training centre dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of sustainable cooperation as a key feature of resilient societies. SCOOP brings together researchers of the University of Groningen, Utrecht University, VU Amsterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Radboud University Nijmegen. The PhD student will participate in the SCOOP PhD training program, see:


You should have:

• (almost) finished a (research) Master's degree in the domain of (project 1) Philosophy or (project 2) Sociology, or a related discipline
• for project 1, we are looking for candidates with
o a solid training in social and political philosophy
o affinity with the social sciences in general and organization science in particular
o an interest in integrating findings from social sciences into a philosophical framework
• for project 2, we are looking for candidates with
o a solid training in theoretical sociology or related field
o some background in or affinity with organization science and social and political philosophy is a pre
o a solid training in qualitative and quantitative research methods
• eagerness to learn to work in an interdisciplinary research team and to conduct interdisciplinary research in the SCOOP programme
• an excellent academic record
• eagerness to publish international articles and write a dissertation
• good social and communication skills
• excellent command of English and academic writing skills
• motivation and ability to teach in undergraduate sociology courses.
• motivation and ability to teach in undergraduate socila psychology courses.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

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

• a gross salary of € 2,395 gross per month in the first year to a maximum of € 3,061 gross per month in the final year (salary scale PhD), based on a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% year-end bonus
• a position for four years (full time). Each successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of the Faculty
• PhD students in Sociology are expected to contribute to the department's undergraduate teaching program from the 2nd year of the PhD employment.

The conditions of employment are available at the University of Groningen website under Human Resources:

The preferred start date is 1 November or 1 December 2021

Job Application

You can submit your application until 1 August 11:59pm / before 2 August 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

It is appreciated if you also submit a writing sample.


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

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Frank Hindriks (regarding project 1)

Prof. Rafael Wittek (regarding project 2)

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221362-63

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