PROMOVENDUS Burnout’s Lessons in Resilience and Sustainable Development from a Multidisciplinary Perspective.

PROMOVENDUS Burnout’s Lessons in Resilience and Sustainable Development from a Multidisciplinary Perspective.

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17 May 6 Jun Heerlen

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We are seeking a PhD candidate for the project Burnout's Lessons in Resilience and Sustainable Development from a Multidisciplinary Perspective. We seek a candidate with a strong interdisciplinary background, who will work closely with a multidisciplinary team of supervisors and the members of the OU Burnout research consortium. The candidate will conduct studies and achieve publications in collaboration with these researchers working across disciplines and faculties.
In this research we look at burnout as an opportunity for developing a more people-centered, sustainable mindset from a multidisciplinary perspective. The research aims to develop a new, more positive, view of burnout that can help to change conventional, often stereotypical, ideas about burnout and thus contribute to an integrated approach to burnout in modern future society. 
This project investigates the forms, dynamics and factors in this change of mindset, first, at the macro level of cultural and artistic ideas, second, at the meso level of work organization and HRM and, third, at the micro level of the individual and psychology. In doing so, it simultaneously looks at how burnout generates new visions of prevailing conceptions in the different disciplinary fields involved (Cultural Studies, Human Resource Management, Psychology). This project starts from a multidisciplinary conceptual and methodological framework and a multimedia corpus of research material related to the role of art, art therapy, HR and organizational policies, patients' experiences and stories). 

A dissertation will be written based on these studies.


The Open Universiteit (OU)


  • You have a completed academic master's degree suitable as a foundation for this PhD track, e.g. in Arts and Cultural Sciences, Health Humanities, and/or a related program, or a combination.
  • You have an affinity for inter/multidisciplinary research and expertise/knowledge/experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods, particularly from Psychology or Human Resource Management.
  • You have some knowledge of and/or interest in research on burnout 
  • You are able to receive and process feedback from different perspectives.
  • Excellent collaboration skills;
  • You have a proven affinity with academic research;
  • You can work in a team as well as independently;
  • You have very good communication skills (writing, presenting and speaking) in both English and Dutch;
  • You are analytical and able to provide creative input;
  • You are result-oriented with a proactive attitude.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: temporary position for 4 years.

The PhD candidate will be appointed for a period of 12 months. The appointment will be extended to four years when progress and performance are good. The salary is € 2.395,- gross per month in the first year for a full time appointment.

The Open Universiteit provides good secondary benefits such as training, mobility, part-time employment and paid parental leave.


The Open Universiteit

Studying anywhere in the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders)
The Open Universiteit (OU) is the university in the Netherlands where students study part-time and follow online and activating education in bachelor and master degree programmes in seven fields of study. Characteristics of the education are openness, flexibility and quality. Enhancing the study success of students is an important point of focus. More than 15.000 students are studying at the OU and it has nearly 700 employees. The OU has a network of regional study centres in the Netherlands and in Belgium (Flanders) ( The head office is situated in Heerlen.

State of the art technologies and educational insights are applied in bachelor and master programmes and courses as well as in projects and programmes with partners. Both nationally and internationally the OU plays a key role in the innovation of higher education. Education and research are closely interrelated which guarantees that the current state of science is applied in education. The OU invests in research in the various academic disciplines, as well as in research in the field of learning, teaching and technology.

Top rankings
For several consecutive years, the OU has achieved top positions in the lists of the fourteen Dutch universities in the National Students’ Survey, the Dutch university guide ‘Keuzegids Universiteiten’ (in which the ratings by students and experts of the bachelor studies of the fourteen universities are compared), and the Dutch university guide ‘Keuzegids Masters’. In addition all study programmes rank highly in the study-specific rankings of the universities. All ratings are available on the website (


The faculty of Humanities

The faculty of Humanities deals with university education and research in the fields of cultural science. In this field the faculty offers academic bachelor and master programs. It aims to integrate innovation of content and education in the educational programs. The field of Humanities at the Open University includes the disciplines of History, Art History, Philosophy and Literature. Research in Humanities is embedded in the research programs ‘The Value and the Valorization of Culture.’

 Multidisciplinary research program 'Innovating for Resilience
In addition to professional research in eight areas of science, the Open University has a multidisciplinary program called Innovating for Resilience. This research programme contains various themes that can be grouped along three programme lines:

- Safety and Resilience in Urban Environments. Safety is a hot topic. Especially in places where many people live, work, live and stay. Places like our cities. Safety is regularly cornered there. Think of attacks, shootings, robberies and other forms of crime and violence, accidents, fires, collapsing buildings and the like.- ---Learning and Innovation in Resilient Systems. This line integrates the fields of management science, natural sciences and computer science around the theme of resilient systems. The main goal of the research is to increase our understanding of the innovative and learning capabilities of resilient systems, with a focus on information and computing systems, organizational and management systems, and finally environmental systems.
- Innovation in Education. Education that is sustainable for the future. A resilient society demands education that responds to the rapidly changing technologies and new skills expected on the job market. Moreover, education must not only pursue knowledge goals, but also social cohesion and world citizenship. Innovative


  • Education; Research, development, innovation; PhD
  • Language and culture
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • AC/FAC/CW/21053


The Open Universiteit (OU)

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