PHD in Organizational Behavior / HR Management on the topic of Organizational change and learning

PHD in Organizational Behavior / HR Management on the topic of Organizational change and learning

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18 Apr 20 May Maastricht

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Are you self-motivated, curious, and interested in scientific research? Do you want to become an impactful researcher? Join our PhD program!

Job Description
The Department of Organization, Strategy, & Entrepreneurship (OSE) at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) of Maastricht University offers a 4-year PhD position for a student with a (Research) Master of Science degree or equivalent, starting in September 2024.

You will work on a project aimed at studying the interconnectedness of Organizational change and organizational learning climate i.e., how organizational changes and change mindset develop among team members and affect their ability to adapt. The primary goal of this PhD project is to advance knowledge on team coping and adaptation to emerging organizational changes. This PhD project will focus primarily on the scholarly fields of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Psychology.

You will have the opportunity to carry out research within the OSE department and within the PhD programme of the Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE). As such, you will contribute to the development and outreach of our research. Working at SBE enables you to be part of an (inter)national network of top universities and renowned scholars.
You are expected to enter the doctoral program of GSBE and to deliver a doctoral dissertation within three to four years, depending on having finished a 2-year research master or a 1-year master in a relevant field.

You hold a 1-year master’s degree or a 2-year research master and are able to show good to excellent (‘honours’-level) results in prior studies.

Next to this, you:
  • Have a strong affinity for quantitative research and have developed good quantitative skills over the course of your studies (or are willing to develop them over the course of your PhD).
  • Have a background in the field of (organizational, social, or experimental) psychology, (human resource) management, business administration, organizational studies or other related fields.
  • Are fluent in both spoken and written English and share our ambition to conduct high-quality research with scientific and practical/societal impact.

What we offer
As PHD in Organizational Behavior / HR Management on the topic of Organizational change and learning at School of Business and Economics, you will be employed by the most international university in the Netherlands, located in the beautiful city of Maastricht. In addition, we offer you:
  • Good employment conditions. The position is graded in scale P according to UFO profile PhD, with corresponding salary based on experience ranging from €2770,00 and €3539,00 gross per month (based on a full-time employment of 38 hours per week). In addition to the monthly salary, an 8.0% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus apply.
  • An employment contract for a period of 18 months with a scope of 1,0 FTE. Upon a positive evaluation, an extension of 2,5 years will follow.
  • At Maastricht University, the well-being of our employees is of utmost importance, we offer flexible working hours and the possibility to work partly from home if the nature of your position allows it. You will receive a monthly commuting and internet allowance for this. If you work full-time, you will be entitled to 29 vacation days and 4 additional public holidays per year, namely carnival Monday, carnival Tuesday, Good Friday, and Liberation Day. If you choose to accumulate compensation hours, an additional 12 days will be added. Furthermore, you can personalize your employment conditions through a collective labor agreement (CAO) choice model.
  • As Maastricht University, we offer various other excellent secondary employment conditions. These include a good pension scheme with the ABP and the opportunity for UM employees to participate in company fitness and make use of the extensive sports facilities that we also offer to our students.
  • Last but certainly not least, we provide the space and facilities for your personal and professional development. We facilitate this by offering a wide range of training programs and supporting various well-established initiatives such as 'acknowledge and appreciate'.

The terms of employment at Maastricht University are largely set out in the collective labor agreement of Dutch Universities. In addition, local provisions specific to UM apply. For more information, click here.

Maastricht University
Why work at Maastricht University?
At Maastricht University (UM), everything revolves around the future. The future of our students, as we work to equip them with a solid, broad-based foundation for the rest of their lives. And the future of society, as we seek solutions through our research to issues from all around the world. Our six faculties combined provide a comprehensive package of study programmes and research.

In our teaching, we use the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method. Students work in small groups, looking for solutions to problems themselves. By discussing issues and working together to draw conclusions, formulate answers and present them to their peers, students develop essential skills for their future careers.

With over 22,300 students and more than 5,000 employees from all over the world, UM is home to a vibrant and inspiring international community.

Are you drawn to an international setting focused on education, science and scholarship? Are you keen to contribute however your skills and qualities allow? Our door is open to you! As a young European university, we value your talent and look forward to creating the future together.

Click here for more information about UM.

The School of Business and Economics
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) is one of Maastricht University’s six faculties. Our mission is to contribute to a better world by addressing societal problems, by co-creating knowledge and developing team players and leaders for the future.

By joining SBE, you will be part of the 1% of business schools worldwide to be Triple Crown accredited (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA). You will join an inspiring and international environment, where learning and development is priority.

The OSE department
Within SBE, the OSE department is a leading, international, and dynamic scientific unit with a pleasant and constructive working atmosphere. The quality of the department as well as the School is, among other things, reflected by the Triple Crown accreditation by EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA and the high-quality publications of our scholars (such as in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, Human Relations, Journal of Management Studies, or Human Resource Management Journal).

Are you interested in this exciting position but still have questions? Feel free to contact Dr. I. Nikolova, Assistant Professor in OB and HRM at for more information.

Or are you already convinced and ready to become our new PHD in Organizational Behavior / HR Management on the topic of Organizational change and learning? Apply now, no later than May 20th 2024 for this position.

Please upload the following documents (preferably as PDF):
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Motivation letter
  • Diplomas/degrees including a grade transcript per course of your education at the MSc. level (and if applicable also at the BSc. level)
  • Your BSc or MSc thesis (if available, even if still partially developed)
  • Two letters of reference

In addition, if available, please include:
  • TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge Proficiency Exam
  • GMAT/GRE test score

The vacancy is open for internal and external candidates. In case of equal qualifications, internal candidates will be prioritized.

Maastricht University is committed to promoting and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that diversity in our staff and student population contributes to the quality of research and education at UM, and strive to enable this through inclusive policies and innovative projects led by teams of staff and students. We encourage you to apply for this position.


Maastricht University (UM)


  • PhD
  • Economics
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • 896


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