PhD Candidate / Junior Lecturer: Economic Theory and Policy

PhD Candidate / Junior Lecturer: Economic Theory and Policy

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12 Apr 9 May Nijmegen

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Job description

Are you an aspiring researcher, looking to start your academic career off well-prepared? As a PhD Candidate/Junior Lecturer, you will not only conduct research on social sustainability in the socio-economic environment, but you will also teach your knowledge to students in our economics programmes. This way, you will be able to obtain both your PhD and university teaching qualification in one position.
As a PhD/Junior Lecturer, you will have both research (50%) and teaching (50%) duties for six years. You will conduct research on a PhD project supervised by Dr Jana Vyrastekova and Dr Sascha Füllbrunn. This PhD project focuses on Social Sustainability in the socio-economic environment. It aims to advance our understanding of behavioural mechanisms of intergenerational loyalty and willingness to bear the costs of pro-sustainable actions for the benefit of future generations. Your research will contribute to the understanding of social sustainability, for example by the future-self continuity concept as a mechanism for decisions for oneself and others with socio-economic consequences for today and for the future. This project applies a cross-disciplinary and multi-methodological approach, including economic experiments (in the lab, online, or in the field) and existing data analysis (such as data from the Healthy Brain Study and other sources). From a disciplinary perspective, it is rooted in behavioural and experimental economics, but draws on broader insights from social and cognitive sciences as well. A more detailed project description is available upon request from Dr Jana Vyrastekova. Based on this project description, you will develop a more elaborate research proposal in the first year, which will have to be approved by the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Nijmegen School of Management.

Your teaching responsibilities include giving tutorials/lectures in the Bachelor's programmes offered by the Department of Economics and Business Economics, focusing on economics and economic policy and/or methodological courses (mathematics, statistics). Whilst holding this position, you will have the opportunity to develop your teaching skills and obtain a university teaching qualification.


Radboud University


  • You have a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Economics or equivalent.
  • You have good research skills, evidenced by good grades for research methods and statistics courses.
  • You have an understanding of experimental economic methods.
  • You have an affinity for work in an interdisciplinary context.
  • You have excellent writing skills, as evidenced by a writing sample, such as a chapter from your Master’s thesis or a (forthcoming or published) article or presented conference paper.
  • You are able to develop a research proposal in the area of behavioural foundations of social sustainability.
  • Preferably, you have teaching experience and are able to teach in English; Dutch teaching skills are an advantage.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: It concerns a temporary employment for 6 years.

  • Employment for 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €2,846 and a maximum of €4,490 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 10).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 6 years.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment  and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
Additional employment conditions
Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.


The Nijmegen School of Management enables students, institutions and companies, societal actors and governments to play their part in the transformation towards a sustainable society. In doing so, the faculty is committed to Radboud University's mission of contributing to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. 
In the context of our mission, which is called 'Responsible governance for sustainable societies', we address scientific and societal challenges from a good governance perspective. Our work focuses on the topics Beyond Economy, Climate, Inclusivity, Safety, and Democracy. By building, questioning and extending the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), we acknowledge their interrelatedness and focus on a number of grand challenges within society. We contribute to innovation and sustainable growth in areas where topics such as inequality, gender, decent work and poverty are being addressed. We also address environmental and climate challenges, for which we seek solutions.

At the Nijmegen School of Management, academic research and teaching are carried out in challenging educational programmes. These programmes are offered in Business Administration, Economics and Business Economics, Geography, Planning and Environment, Political Science and Public Administration. Academic research takes place within the Institute for Management Research (IMR). Research is carried out within the above mentioned domains and in interdisciplinary research groups: the Hot Spots. Around 5,000 students study at the Nijmegen School of Management, and the faculty has around 350 FTE staff.

The vacancy is within the chair Economic Theory and Economic Policy. The Department of Economics and Business Economics has three additional chairs: Business Economics, International Economics, and Financial Economics. The department is responsible for the development and quality of the Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Economics and Business Economics and the courses in Economics in the other educational programmes of the Nijmegen School of Management. What sets the Nijmegen curriculum in Economics apart is that it is characterised by a multidisciplinary approach whereby inspiration is sought from other areas in addition to the economics discipline.


  • PhD; Research, development, innovation; Education
  • Economics
  • €2846—€4490 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1187988



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