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

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

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7 Jun 21 Sep Groningen

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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).


University of Groningen


• 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

Fixed-term contract: 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.


  • PhD
  • Economics
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • max. €3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • V23.0404


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