PhD Working Women (Gender), Social Networking, and Career Advancement


Faculty of Economics and Business


University of Groningen

Job description

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Belonging to the best research universities of Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

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.

FEBRI, the graduate school and research institute of the Faculty of Economics and Business has one PhD position in the field of Working Women (Gender), Social Networking, and Career Advancement available.

Project description
Supporting working women is crucial, considering their significant presence in the labor force and the unique challenges they face in career progression. This project focuses on working women's career advancement by exploring effective networking strategies tailored for women, addressing a gap in previous research that primarily considered psychological biases and corporate policies. Adopting a social perspective, this project seeks to identify unique networking patterns for women, considering the multifaceted nature of their networking and their moral concerns compared to men. By examining this question, the project aims to support individual growth of women and contributes to the sustainable competitiveness of organizations, while also advancing the diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The PhD position is embedded in the research programme Human Resource Management & Organizational Behaviour of FEB’s Research Institute. The project will be supervised by Prof. Floor Rink (promotor), Prof. Janka Stoker (promotor), and Dr Yingjie Yuan (daily supervisor).


• the PhD candidate should possess a background (MSc or research master) in relevant fields such as Business Administration, HRM, OB, Organizational Sociology, Psychology, or a related area
• the ideal candidate is characterized by ambition, high motivation, and a strong desire to pursue a successful research career. They should have received comprehensive training in research methodologies, exhibit fluent proficiency in spoken and written English, and have a proven track record of exceptional performance during their Master's studies
• preferably, the candidate should have experience and/or a strong interest in gender topics and social networks
• in addition to the above qualifications, the PhD candidate should possess exceptional learning skills and excellent communication abilities.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

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

- a gross monthly starting salary of € 2,541 which increases yearly to a maximum of € 3,247. Based on the gross salary you will receive an additional 8% holiday allowance each year in May, and an additional 8.3 % end of year bonus in December
- a temporary full-time appointment for a period of four years, under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year. PhD candidates contribute 20% of their time to teaching.

Starting date: Preferably per September 1, 2023

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

Job Application

The application package consists of the following separate documents:

1. your cv
2. a motivation letter (1A4 max) and a short study proposal for the PhD project (2 A4 max)
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 will not be taken into account.

If you are interested, you can apply until 21 September 11:59pm / 22 September 2023 Dutch local time (European Central Time) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:[…]/

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:

For more general information on the application procedure

Dr Yingjie Yuan (for more information on this specific project)

In your application, please always include the job opening ID V23.0404

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