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4 Feb 15 Mar Amsterdam

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PhD candidates can rely on the intensive supervision and the extensive training offered by the school’s leading researchers in the field. They will follow the 3 or 4 year PhD programme of the Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI). The school offers opportunities to attend conferences, to meet other international researchers and to participate in high-quality discussion groups in support of writing papers for publication. Many of our PhD candidates spend some time abroad during their trajectory. The prospects for the school’s doctoral graduates on the labour market are excellent, both inside and outside the academic world.
The PhD candidate is required to conduct independent research, supervised by a (team of) professor(s), and to incorporate the findings of his or her research in a doctoral dissertation. In addition, the PhD candidate will be involved in teaching activities at the School of Business and Economics. The 4-year PhD candidate will follow a training programme at ABRI for 30 ECTS.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


Applicants should have a MPhil / Research master (e.g. our Business in Society Programme) or a university master programme with good grades in Economics, Business Administration, Operations Research, Sociology, or a related discipline. We expect candidates to show a proactive research orientation and to be proficient in written and spoken English. GMAT/GRE test results are required from the applicants with a master degree from a university outside the Netherlands. The candidates are expected to apply with their own research proposals written in accordance with the standard ABRI guidelines. The topic of the research proposal must fit with one or more research tracks of ABRI.

Conditions of employment

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts € 2.325,- gross per month during the first year and increases to € 2.972,- gross per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment.
The appointment will initially be for one year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a total duration of three years (for research master candidates) or four years (for regular master candidates)
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • considerable employer’s contribution to the ABP pension scheme
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package



The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 23,000 students. We employ more than 4,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.


The School of Business and Economics (SBE) provides high-quality education and excellent research in business administration and economics with a focus on contributing to the social, economic and ecological challenges of our time. Whether it is the use of robots in society or big data, labour market participation or flexibility in the labour market, traffic jams or the housing market, flash crashes in the stock market or choice behaviour in gambling, leadership or change management: we believe in goal-oriented scientific research and understand that progress in academics, the business community and society is achieved through cooperation, openness and social responsibility.
At SBE, all of our highly-motivated colleagues work together closely in a stimulating, dynamic and international environment to achieve our collective goal of encouraging society to make informed choices. Approximately 4,200 Bachelor’s and Master’s students and 1,700 executive students are enrolled at the School, and employs roughly 500 people.

Amsterdam Business Research Institute
Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI) was established in 2009 and builds on a long history of research and teaching at the School of Business and Economics of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. ABRI consists of six research tracks (Accounting and Financial Management; Information & Innovation Management; Logistics & Operations Research; Marketing; Organizational Behavior (incl. HRM); Strategy & Organization) and involves renowned Dutch and international research fellows who publish in and are part of editorial board of journals including Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies. ABRI offers a full time PhD programme in Business and Management where the focus is not only on excellent research but also on academic career development.


  • PhD positions
  • Economics
  • max. 40 hours per week, temporary
  • €2325—€2972 per month
  • University Graduate
  • 428


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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