5 PhD positions in Business and Management

Research / Academic
PhD candidates can rely on the intensive supervision and the extensive training offered by the school’s leading researchers in the field. They will follow the 3 or 4 year PhD programme of the Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI). The school offers opportunities to attend conferences, meet other international researchers and participate in various training modules that support PhD candidates’ knowledge and skills development. Many of our PhD candidates spend some time abroad during their trajectory. The prospects for the school’s doctoral graduates on the labour market are excellent, both inside and outside the academic world. Your duties You will conduct independent, high-quality business research, supervised by a (team of) professor(s), and incorporate the research findings in a doctoral dissertation.

In addition, you will be involved in teaching activities at the School of Business and Economics. Depending on your prior education, you will follow a customized training programme at ABRI to boost your research skills.


Applicants should have an MPhil / Research master’s (e.g. our Business in Society Programme) or a university master’s degree with good grades in Economics, Business Administration, Operations Research, Sociology, or a related discipline. Preference will be given to applicants who already have relevant education and experience for conducting academic business research. We expect candidates to show a proactive research orientation and to be proficient in written and spoken English. GMAT/GRE test results are required from the applicants with a master degree from a university outside the Netherlands. Candidates are expected to apply with their own research proposal written in accordance with the standard ABRI guidelines, and preferably, in consultation with a professor from the School of Business and Economics. The topic of the research proposal must fit with one or more research tracks of ABRI.

Salary Benefits:

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,325 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €2,972 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment.
The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a total duration of three years (for research master candidates) or four years (for regular master candidates).

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package


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