PhD-candidate in the Stress in Crisis Teams project School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 14 May 2020

PhD-candidate in the Stress in Crisis Teams project School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University
PhD-candidate in the Stress in Crisis Teams project School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University
Published Deadline Location
17 Apr 14 May Maastricht

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) of Maastricht University offers a 4-year PhD-candidate position for students with a (Research) Master degree or equivalent.
Job description

The Department Educational Research and Development of the School of Business and Economics (Maastricht University, the Netherlands) has an opening for a PhD-student with a strong interest, and preferably experience, in team research and more specifically the role of stress in crisis teams.
The Stress in Crisis Teams project focusses on the role of the team leader and how stress influences his leader behavior and in turn team learning in coordinating crisis teams.. The PhD student will experiment with the use of physiological markers of stress via wearable sensors. This allows questioning the effect of dynamics of stress on leader behaviors in coordinating crisis teams.

In this project, we will (continue to) collaborate with regional organisations such as Netwerk Acute Zorg Limburg and more specifically Opleiden, Trainen, Oefenen Limburg who is responsible for the training of crisis teams. Also, we will work together with research groups at the University of Antwerp and the University of Helsinki to further develop and critically test the use of physiological markers of stress via wearable sensors. The first scientific challenge within this project is to understand how stress of team leaders influence team learning in the very dynamic and high stake environment of coordinating crisis teams. The second challenge is to test the value of physiological markers of stress via wearable sensors and to handle the complex databases resulting from these measurements.

  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2325—€2972 per month
  • Maastricht View on Google Maps

Maastricht University (UM)

  • A (Research) Master’s degree in psychology, organization sciences, education sciences, data sciences or related degrees. Students in the last year of their degree can also apply;
  • Ambition to work with psychophysiological measures;
  • Academic interest in team research and leadership;  
  • Substantial knowledge of research methodology and statistical methods;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills (English);
  • You are enthusiast, cooperative, creative, and conscientious.

Conditions of employment

We offer

  • A Fixed-term appointment: 4 years;
  • A full-time position;
  • Remuneration according to standard levels for PhD students: A yearly growth from €2.325,00 to €2.972,00 gross per month (based on a full-time appointment);
  • Supplemental holiday allowance of 8% of your yearly gross income;
  • Supplemental end-of-year allowance of 8.3% of your yearly gross income;

Attractive fringe benefits, such as a pension scheme and a corporate fitness plan.  Upon a positive assessment, your contract will be extended for a three-year period.

You have to be willing to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If you do not already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings), you will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs. If you do not already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings), you might be eligible for an allowance for alternative housing.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website: > Support > UM employees.

Maastricht University

Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 18,000 students and 4,400 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts six faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. For more information, see

The Department of Educational Research and Development, part of the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, is renowned for offering a highly reputed MSc program “ Learning and Development in Organizations “and has close educational and research collaborations with organizations. The themes of the master program and business collaborations reflect the core research theme of the Department: How to support professional learning and development on the individual and team level?

Additional information

For more information, please contact Prof. dr. M. Segers,

Application procedure

To apply for a PhD-candidate position, you must submit the following to

„  Curriculum Vitae (CV)

„  Motivation letter, expressing your interest in and existing skillset for research on visual analytics

„  Diplomas/degrees including a grade transcript of previous education at the Master level

„  Two letters of reference (to be send in by the referees)

„  TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge Proficiency Exam (For applicants with a Master-degree from a non-EU/EEA university)

„  GMAT/GRE test score (If available)

Check for more details and possibilities for exemptions.

In case one does not fulfil the starting requirement yet, sometimes a part-time pre-PhD position can be offered which allows time to catch up.

Please indicate whether you give permission to share your documents with other SBE researchers who are looking for a candidate for a PhD position at SBE.

Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that diversity (including, but not limited to nationality, age and gender) of the staff and student population will increase the quality of UM education & research. Fostering diversity and inclusivity creates an academic community where individual talents thrive, and values and differences are cherished. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position.

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