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    Full-time Position
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    Research & Science
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    • Date Posted
      December 24,2021
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    PhD Positions 21st Century Challenges

    PhD Positions 21st Century Challenges

    Faculteit/Dienst: Faculteit Economie & Bedrijfskunde
    Opleidingsniveau: Master
    Functie type: Wetenschappelijk Personeel
    Sluitingsdatum: 1 februari 2022
    Vacaturenummer: 7919
    Research at the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Economics and Business (UvA EB) covers the broad domain of econometrics, economics, business economics and business, and is organized in two large schools: Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE) and Amsterdam Business School (ABS). Next to building on its traditional strengths in the different areas of fundamental and applied research, UvA EB wants to explore research areas that focuses on 21st century (global) challenges.

    Four broad areas with high societal relevance are chosen
    • Sustainability and Environmental Economics
    • Responsible digital transformations
    • Resilient society and stability
    • Nudging for a better world

    UvA EB is looking for talented young researchers who want to further develop these areas within a PhD project. We seek outstanding motivated applicants with a strong interest in one of the four areas. All candidates with a strong research background in Economics, Business, or related fields are encouraged to apply. The PhD candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team with access to state of the art research facilities.

    What are you going to do?

    During the three or four-year PhD trajectory, you will follow PhD level coursework, plan and conduct your PhD research and be included in the teaching of the school’s programmes.

    You can apply for one or multiple project proposals, which you can find here. Not all proposed projects will be financed, we will make a selection based on the most promising candidates. Starting date of the position: preferably 1 September 2022.

    What do we require of you?

    The PhD candidate will aim to generate research that can be published in top-tier peer-reviewed journals.

    Your experience and profile
    • Formal requirements:
      • Masters’ degree (preferably a Research Master´s) in Economics, Business, or a related field (candidates with a degree in other relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply).
    • Task-related requirements:
      • Excellent speaking and writing ability in English, ideally with experience writing for a scientific audience;
      • willingness and motivation to independently formulate research projects and carry them through to completion;
      • statistical skills and command of standard software packages for analysing quantitative data (e.g., SPSS, R, MPlus), and a willingness to develop these skills further;
      • command of empirical software packages (e.g., Qualtrics) and a strong willingness to develop these skills further.
    • Additional requirements:
      • Strong motivation to pursue an international career as a leading scholar;
      • strong commitment to methodological rigor and scientific integrity;
      • energy and passion for researching solutions for 21st century challenges;
      • intellectual curiosity, eagerness to learn, and openness to criticism.

    Our offer

    The compensation package is competitive at the European level and includes several secondary benefits. Favorable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants. To know more about working at the University of Amsterdam, please check this link and

    The employment contract will be for three or four years (depending on prior education) with an initial period of 12 or 18 months, with an intermediate evaluation after 12 or 18 months and a possibility to extend it for 24 or 30 months (in total three or four years, depending on prior education). End-result should be a PhD thesis. An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance of courses and (international) conferences.

    The gross monthly salary will range from €2.434 in the first year to €3.111 (base on 38 hours per week) in the last year. The Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities is applicable.

    What else do we offer
    • A function in which your own initiative and input is strongly valued.
    • an enthusiastic and warm team that is open to new colleagues.
    • an inspiring academic and international work environment at the center of Amsterdam.

    About UvA Economics and Business

    Education and research at UvA Economics and Business (EB) covers a wide range of fields that includes economics, data science, business administration, business analytics, accountancy, control, econometrics, finance and entrepreneurship. This is organised in two Schools: the Amsterdam Business School (ABS) and the Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE). Over 7,000 students are enrolled in our UvA Economics and Business programmes and around 500 employees provide education and support.

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    Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

    • Lisa Koks

    Job application

    Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 1 February 2022. You may apply online by using the link below.

    The application should be in pdf and should include:
    • a curriculum vitae;
    • a letter of motivation including;
      • a description of your primary research interests;
      • ambitions and motivation for a specific theme;
      • also please incorporate in the document name the number(s) of the project(s) you apply for and also list these again at the beginning of this document;
        • e.g. “MotivationletterElisabethJonesproject1project9.pdf”;
      • names and email addresses of referees in your motivation letter.

    Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a job interview and may be asked to present their (thesis) research work.

    The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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