Postdoc Researcher in Economics/Financial Development (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Economics and Business


University of Groningen

The Postdoc researcher will work within the Department of Economics, Econometrics & Finance. He/she will be responsible for conducting research related to the above-mentioned Postdoc project. He/she will also be involved in the managing of the project. Moreover, he/she will be involved with teaching in various bachelor, and master in the department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance.

Job description

The University of Groningen, Faculty of Economics and Business, is seeking to appoint a Postdoc researcher in Economics/ Financial Development within the Department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance from October/November 2021 onwards, for a period of six years.

The Postdoc researcher will be active within the NWO-funded project ‘Empowering women by relieving external economic and ínternal psychology-based barriers: Theory and empirical evidence from a microfinance intervention in Vietnam.' He/she will closely work together with the project leader, Professor Robert Lensink.

We seek a candidate who will study a combination of economic and psychological interventions to improve women’s empowerment in developing countries. The candidate will (i) theoretically investigate complementarities between relaxing psychological and economic constraints; (ii) contribute to designing new interventions to improve different dimensions of empowerment of poor women (WP2), and (iii) contribute to testing, and evaluating the impact of the newly designed interventions on women’s empowerment of female members of a microfinance institution in Vietnam.

Candidates have excellent research skills in particular regarding conducting experimental research in developing countries, including randomised controlled trials. Candidates have the ability to conduct original research and to publish in high-ranked international journals. He/she will also have a teaching duty of 30% of a full time position in the Finance, Economics or Econometrics courses of the department.


To qualify candidates should have:

• PhD in Economics (preferred fields: development economics; development finance; micro econometrics; behavioral economics; gender studies)
• experience in designing lab and/or field experiments in developing countries
• excellent skills in econometrics/ statistics
• excellent writing skills
• knowledge of statistical packages (especially STATA}
• excellent skills on recent (behavioral) theories on the role of hope and aspirations in economic development
• a broad knowledge about theories on improving women empowerment in developing countries
• the potential to generate external funding for future research projects
• excellent teaching skills in economics, econometrics and/or finance
• proficiency in English
• proficiency in Vietnamese is recommendable.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 72 months.

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

• a salary depending on qualifications and work experience starting from a minimum of € 3,746 gross per month to a maximum of € 5,127 gross per month (salary scale 11) for a full-time position
• 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees
• favourable tax treatment may apply to non-Dutch applicants
• an appointment for a period of six years.

We expect that the candidate starts by October/November 2021

Job Application

Do you want to become a member of our team? Please send your application to us, by submitting the following requested documents:

1. a motivation letter
2. a complete curriculum vitae
3. two letters of recommendation to be sent to
4. one self-selected academic paper or book chapter
5. a short statement of research accomplishments and future research goals.

You can submit your application until 28 June 11:59 pm / before 29 June 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women 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. Niels Hermes, Head of the Department

Prof. Robert Lensink, Chair of Finance

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221404

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

Department of Economics, Econometrics & Finance Research institute Economics, Econometrics & Finance

Digital application form