PhD Candidate: Online Labour Markets (Gig Economy)

PhD Candidate: Online Labour Markets (Gig Economy)

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6 Oct 19 Mar Nijmegen

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Job description

The Department of Business Administration at the Nijmegen School of Management is offering up to two PhD positions, each on a contract for 4-5 years, starting at the candidates' earliest convenience. Each PhD position is part of an ERC-funded research project of international excellence on the 'gig economy', studying online labour markets and their institutional foundations. Enabling the hiring of service workers through internet-based platforms, the gig economy is revolutionising traditional employment. The socio-economic consequences are massive, ranging from increased work autonomy to the possible erosion of labour standards. Interestingly, the opportunities and threats of the gig economy are distributed unevenly across countries, also depending on national regulation of dependent employment. To better understand how the gig economy operates (e.g. with regard to its institutional foundations, its impacts on national labour markets and needs for regulation), each of the two PhD candidates will collect and analyse large-N data of (1) gig requesters and (2) online platforms. Possible analyses include, but are not limited to, advanced regression techniques, discrete choice experiments and sequence analyses.

You will become part of the ERC project team and its international research network, including distinct scholars in the field as well as representatives of platforms and international organizations, such as the OECD and the ILO. A three to six month research stay at a foreign university or research institute of international excellence is envisaged as part of the project. The PhD candidates will be supervised by Prof. Andrea Herrmann in collaboration with colleagues providing expert knowledge to the project, most notably Assistant-Prof. Julia Bartosch and Assistant-Prof. Matthijs Punt.

Teaching obligations are limited. Each doctoral candidate will be given the opportunity to gain teaching experience for about 10% of their working time. All teaching duties are organised in consultation with the PhD candidate and in a way that facilitates his/her thesis progress.


Radboud University


  • You have an MSc degree in one or more of the following disciplines: business and management studies, political economy, political sciences, industrial relations, sociology, economics, innovation studies, or a related discipline.
  • You have knowledge of and an interest in institutional theories, strong analytical skills, and a background in quantitative methods.
  • You have a proven ability to work with statistical software, such as R, Stata, and SPSS.
  • You have high proficiency in English and, ideally also, in Dutch. Fluency in German is an additional advantage.
  • You have excellent scientific writing skills, as evidenced by your Master's thesis.
  • You have strong skills in project management, flexibility and a proactive behaviour, making you a team player and pleasant collaboration partner.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: You will be employed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).

  • Employment for 0.8 (5 year contract) - 1.0 FTE (4 year contract).
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,541 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,247 from the fourth year onwards (salary scale P).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • You will be employed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).
  • 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 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
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, companies, societal actors and governments to play their part in a transformation towards sustainable societies. 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 'Responsible governance for sustainable societies' mission, 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. On topics such as inequality, gender, decent work and poverty, we contribute to innovation and sustainable growth. Furthermore, we address environmental and climate challenges, seeking to contribute towards resolving them. Academic research and teaching at the Nijmegen School of Management 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 at the Institute for Management Research (IMR). Research is carried out within the above-mentioned domains and in interdisciplinary research groups: the Hotspots. The Nijmegen School of Management currently has 400 FTEs of staff and about 5,000 students.

The three vacant PhD positions are affiliated to the Chair of Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship of Prof. Andrea Herrmann and are located within the Group of Organisational Development and Design (OD&D), which is part of the Department of Business Administration. The OD&D group consists of 25 members and several internal and external PhD candidates. In research and teaching, the group combines interests in the institutional foundations and structural conditions of organisations. Current OD&D research involves new forms of work, entrepreneurship, organisations in dynamic contexts, transitional change towards sustainability and circular economy, implications of new technology and Industry 4.0, as well as changes in the development of ecosystems. Members of the group have published in high-impact journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Human Relations, Strategic Organization, Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Research Policy, and Socio-Economic Review.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


  • PhD
  • Economics
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1198095



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