PhD Researcher Psychology of Data-Driven Decisions

PhD Researcher Psychology of Data-Driven Decisions

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Do you have a passion for research? Would you like to work on your PhD in an open, international and dynamic environment with a close link to the business world? Would you like to explore a world on the crossroads of psychology and marketing? Let’s talk!

Job description

We are looking for an enthusiastic and driven PhD Researcher who will conduct research at the intersection of psychology, business, and data science. Our ambition is to train an excellent behavioral scientist and future professor in business. Your research will unravel the psychology of managerial decisions, examine how managers (mis)interpret data, and explore the development of debiasing solutions.

  • Complete a PhD journey on the topic of the Psychology of Data-Driven Decisions.
  • Unravel how managers interpret marketing metrics, examine how their interpretations influence downstream marketing judgments and decisions, and explore the development of debiasing solutions. This includes desk research, data collection and analysis.
  • Apply for long-term academic project funding, including for your own PhD research project.
  • Disseminate knowledge by writing papers, reports, and articles, communicating on social media, organizing workshops for practitioners, and presenting research findings to both business and academic audiences.
  • Conduct research in collaboration with faculty and other researchers.
  • Provide support for teaching activities, both in executive education and in MBA/Master courses.


Vlerick Business School


  • Have a master’s degree, or expect to have one in September 2023, ideally in subjects like psychology, business, economics, statistics, engineering, etc., with great distinction (magna cum laude)
  • Have good analytical skills. The ability to use statistical software (such as R or SAS), knowledge of a programming language (such as Java or Python) is a plus.
  • Want to conduct rigorous academic research relevant to business.
  • Are fluent in English and have excellent writing skills.
  • Can work autonomously but you are also a good team player.
  • Have a proactive attitude.
  • Will be based on our campus in Leuven or Brussels.

Conditions of employment



Vlerick Business School

Vlerick Business School is a triple-accredited, top-ranked international business school at the heart of Europe – with a solid scientific foundation that provides the backbone for knowledge with lasting impact. We strive to make coming to Vlerick feel like a transformative experience that ignites the entrepreneurial leadership fire. In doing so, we help form positive change-makers ready to challenge the status quo and make things happen. Vlerick is a school, but we run it as a company, aligned with the high standards we foster in our different programmes.


  • Autonomy and responsibility in a challenging work environment.
  • A dynamic, open, and international company culture.
  • Opportunities for professional and personal growth.
  • A team of enthusiastic, driven colleagues, passionate about learning and research.
  • The chance to build content expertise as well as an interesting network.
  • You’ll have a real impact and inspire people to live, learn and leap!

At Vlerick, openness to the world is part of our DNA. We are continuously working towards being a truly diverse, equitable and inclusive place to work and learn at. So, no matter who you are, where you come from, or what your dreams are, we are looking forward to receiving your application.

You will become part of the Vlerick team but will start your PhD journey on the KU Leuven payroll with Bart De Langhe as your promotor.


  • PhD; Research, development, innovation
  • Behaviour and society
  • University graduate
  • AT YP 20231601


Vlerick Business School

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