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      December 11,2021
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    PhD Candidate / Junior Lecturer in Methodology (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

    PhD Candidate / Junior Lecturer in Methodology

    • Employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE
    • Gross monthly salary: € 2,836 - € 4,474
    • Nijmegen School of Management
    • Required background: Research University Degree
    • Application deadline: 16 January 2022

    The central topic of this research project is the combined use of intervention and empirical research methods to better understand and intervene in complex decision making processes in organisations in response to a transition. The goal of the PhD project is to contrast these two types of methods, combine and advance them, and apply them to major organisational challenges of transitions, helping organizations to deal with such transitions.

    At present, empirical research methods and intervention methods are two largely separate approaches. Qualitative and quantitative empirical methods are used for in-depth analysis of complex decision making within organisations. However, such methods typically tend 'to give little back' to the participating organisations in terms of analyses and recommendations that can be used in real time to improve decision making. Intervention methods are meant to help organisations make sense of, and deal with, complex (messy, wicked) problems. However, there is a tendency of 'rushing into interventions', and the time available for preparing these interventions by collecting and analysing empirical data and for evaluating the effectiveness of past decisions is typically rather short.

    The PhD project will map and assess the use of empirical research methods and intervention methods from an action research paradigm, with a central role for reflection on the role of the researcher in both the research and change process. The substantive focus is on complex decision making within organisations in the key domains that are covered by the Methodology chair: energy, mobility, diversity and health care. The overarching focus is on how this combination of methods can be applied to public and private organisations in responding to transitions. This focus fits within the Business Administration research programme on Responsible Organisation, which inter alia looks at various transitions towards sustainability (e.g. socially equal, climate neutral, circular organising). Currently, the largest organisational and societal transition is the shift to climate/carbon neutrality, which has major implications across various domains such as energy, transport and mobility, social inequality and circular economy. The PhD project will focus on a few selected domains. As a PhD Candidate/Junior Lecturer you will have both research (50%) and teaching (50%) duties for a 6-year period.


    • You hold a Master's degree in business administration, social sciences methodology or a similar discipline.
    • You have academic excellence, as demonstrated by your grade transcripts and CV.
    • You have excellent writing skills, as evidenced by a writing sample, such as a chapter from your Master's thesis or a forthcoming or published article or presented conference paper.
    • You have affinity with intervention methods, action research and empirical social sciences methodology.
    • You have affinity for teaching and working with students, and you are able to teach in English or Dutch.
    • You are enthusiastic and highly motivated.
    • You have strong skills in project management, flexibility, proactive responsibility and excellent academic writing skills so that you will be able to finish your PhD thesis in time.

    We are

    The Nijmegen School of Management is an academic centre of research and higher learning. It has seven focus areas: Business Administration, Public Administration, Political Science, Economics, Social and Political Sciences of the Environment, Human Geography, and Spatial Planning. NSM strives for a multidisciplinary approach whenever possible. Altogether, NSM employs 350 FTEs, 75% of whom are academics.

    NSM offers both Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in the seven focus areas mentioned above. The educational programme is characterised by small-scale teaching and provides a stimulating learning environment with an emphasis on the development of academic skills. NSM currently has approximately 5,000 students. NSM's research activities fall under the responsibility of the interdisciplinary Institute for Management Research (IMR). Under the motto 'Responsible Governance for Sustainable Societies', our researchers carry out state-of-the-art research into the complex problems of governance and management, in order to explain the causes of these problems, and to use that knowledge to create potential solutions. They combine knowledge and expertise from multiple disciplines, collaborating with relevant societal actors.

    The position is within the Research and Intervention Methodology chair group. The ambition of this chair group is to become an international centre of expertise on multidisciplinary research focused on the involvement of stakeholders in strategic decision making in order to create consensus and a platform for change with regard to complex societal issues. Members of the chair group use qualitative and quantitative empirical research to study decision making and the effect of interventions in decision making. Specific attention is paid to dynamic decision making and group decision making in various domains such as the domains of gender and diversity, energy transition, health care and mobility. The chair group coordinates the IMR VISA skills laboratory and the IMR decision laboratory. Teaching and research is centred around these IMR laboratories.

    Radboud University
    We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

    We offer

    • Employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
    • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €2,836 and a maximum of €4,474 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 10).
    • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
    • It concerns a temporary employment for 6 years.
    • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
    • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
    Additional employment conditions
    Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

    Would you like more information?

    For questions about the position, please contact Prof. Vincent Marchau at +31 24 361 30 14 or Alternatively, you can contact Prof. Etiënne Rouwette at +31 24 361 14 68 or

    Practical information and applications

    You can apply until 16 January 2022, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Prof. Vincent Marchau. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
    • A letter of motivation.
    • Your CV.
    The first round of interviews will take place on Friday 28 January. The second round of interviews will take place on Friday 4 February. You would preferably begin employment on 1 March 2022.

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