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    2 PhD positions on the topic “Gender ratios and power dynami...

    The graduate school SOM of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen (RUG) and the Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam have available:

    2 PhD positions on the topic “Gender ratios and power dynamics in work teams” (2.0 FTE)

    General Description
    Two fully paid PhD (1.0 fte) positions for four years are available; one at the University of Groningen (RUG) and one at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). These position are funded by the NWO grant “Gender ratios and power dynamics in mixed-gender teams: Implications for gender inequality in organizations” awarded to prof. Bernard Nijstad (RUG) and prof. Mark van Vugt (VU).

    One PhD will be located in Groningen, and is supervised by prof. Bernard Nijstad (RUG) and prof. Astrid Homan (University of Amsterdam; UvA). The PhD will be part of the SOM graduate school of the Faculty of Economics and Business.

    Th other PhD will be located in Amsterdam and supervised by prof. Mark van Vugt and dr. Wendy Andrews (VU), and will be a member of the Amsterdam Leadership Lab (

    Both PhDs will be part of a larger project team, which, in addition to mentioned supervisors from the RUG, VU, and UvA, also includes prof. Charlotte Hemelrijk (RUG, biology).

    The Research Project
    The proposed research project examines how factors such as gender ratio (proportion of men and women), leadership schemas, and level of competitiveness within teams affect the power dynamics in mixed-gender work teams and whether these dynamics affect the relative opportunities of men and women to make promotion in an organization. In three subprojects we study (1) the basic dynamics of the process of claiming and granting influence and power in a controlled laboratory setting; (2) these power dynamics in organizational settings using observational, survey and archival data; and (3) the dynamics of claiming-granting processes in agent-based models. Together, these projects will lead to a better understanding of how influence hierarchies emerge in teams with different gender compositions, and what consequences this may eventually have for gender equality in organizations.

    The PhD project at the RUG will focus on question (1), and will mainly rely on experimental methodology, including detailed (video) coding of group interactions.

    The PhD project at the VU will focus on question (2) and will use observational, survey, and archival data to understand power dynamics in work teams in organizations.

    Question (3) will be examined by a postdoctoral researcher that will be hired in a separate procedure at a later point in time.


    We are looking for applicants with:

    • a (research) master degree in the field of social/organizational psychology, organizational behaviour, human resource management, or organizational sciences
    • experience with and a passion for empirical research, and preferably experience with experimental methodology and (video) data coding (position 1, RUG), or with survey research and observational methods (position 2, VU)
    • excellent data handling and analysis skills
    • excellent command of spoken and written English and, in case of position 2 a good command of Dutch
    • affinity and demonstrable experience with working with people in business settings (for position 2, VU).


    Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the approximately 36,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

    About the Faculty of Economics and Business
    The Faculty of Economics and Business has 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.

    About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

    Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
    The Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences focuses on the broad domain of behaviour and health. Our teaching and research programmes are devoted to current developments in society, from healthy aging to e-health, from juvenile crime to dealing with depression, from training for top athletes to social media as a teaching tool. We are unique in that we combine three academic disciplines: psychology, movement sciences and education.

    Working at Behavioural and Movement Sciences means working in an ambitious organization that is characterized by an informal atmosphere and short lines of communication. Our faculty offers tremendous scope for personal development. We employ more than 600 staff members, and we are home to around 3,400 students.

    Conditions of employment

    We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

    • a salary of € 2,541 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,247 gross per month in the fourth and final year,
    • a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
    • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
    • an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
    • minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment.

    The full-time appointment is temporary for a period of in principle four years, under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year.

    Starting date: preferably January 1, 2023


    If you are interested, we invite you to apply no later than October 14, 2022, 24.00 hrs (Central European Time). Please click on the "Apply" button below. The application package consists of the following separate documents:

    1. your CV
    2. a motivation letter (max 1 A4); please also indicate your preference for position 1 (RUG) or 2 (VU)
    3. a scan of your diploma including transcripts
    4. proof of English proficiency
    5. other relevant documents.

    Documents 1-4 are compulsory. Please note that incomplete application packages will not be taken into account.

    An assessment may be part of the application procedure, consisting of psychological tests and an interview.

    The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:

    Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers:

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    For information you can contact:

    • SOM, for general information on the application procedure, somvacancies
    • Prof. Bernard Nijstad (PhD1), for information on the project, b.a.nijstad
    • Prof. Mark van Vugt (PhD2), for information on the project, m.van.vugt

    Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

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