PhD The Digital Frontier: Exploring the Intersection of Technology and Sustainability (1.0 FTE)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 20 May 2024

Job description

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Belonging to the best research universities of Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

Faculty of Economics and Business
The Faculty of Economics and Business offers 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.

FEBRI, the graduate school and research institute of the Faculty of Economics and Business has one PhD position in the field of “The Digital Frontier: Exploring the Intersection of Technology and Sustainability” available.

Project description
The utilization of digital technologies such as big data or artificial intelligence in organizations increasingly prompts questions about their ramifications. Embracing the concept of digital sustainability, our research aims to delve into how digital technologies intersect with environmental, societal, and governance (ESG) objectives. We are particularly interested in the enabling role digital technologies can take to achieve ESG objectives, while also considering potential trade-offs in the face of competing interests of different stakeholders. By utilizing secondary data and computationally intensive methods, we aim to contribute to a stakeholder perspective on the broader ramifications of using digital technologies in organizations.

The PhD position is embedded in the research programme (jointly supervised) by Innovation & Organization (I&O) and Accounting of FEB’s Research Institute. The project will be supervised by Jan Hennig, Nicolai Fabian, and Sebastian Firk (promoter).


The ideal candidate is ambitious, highly motivated and wishes to make a career in research. You have a thorough training in research skills, speaks and writes English fluently and has obtained excellent results in the Master phase.
The PhD candidate should have a background (MSc, Research Master) in business or management, psychology, social sciences, economics/econometrics or any other (quantitative) social science discipline. We are also open to backgrounds in engineering or computer science. For the project, we are looking for someone with an interest in quantitative research. Ideally, the candidate already has knowledge of quantitative and/or programming skills. More importantly we are looking for candidates with the willingness to develop these skills as part of their PhD trajectory.

Conditions of employment

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

• a gross monthly salary from a minimum of € 2,770 which increases yearly to a maximum of € 3,539
• an additional 8% holiday allowance each year in May, and an additional 8.3 % end of year bonus in December
• a temporary full-time appointment for a period of four years, under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year. PhD candidates contribute 20% of their time to teaching in years 2-4.

Starting date: Preferably per 1 September 2024


For information you can contact:

For more general information, please send an email to,   [email protected]

Jan Hennig (or more information on this specific project),   [email protected]

(please do not use the email addresses above for applications)

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