PhD Candidate Organizational Behavior / Human Resources / (Strategic) Management

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Deadline: 09 Apr 2023

PhD Candidate Organizational Behavior / Human Resources / (Strategic) Management
PhD Candidate Organizational Behavior / Human Resources / (Strategic) Management
Published Deadline Location
3 Mar 9 Apr Maastricht

PhD Candidate in the area of Organizational Behavior / Human Resources / (Strategic) Management at Maastricht University
Job description

The Department of Organization, Strategy, & Entrepreneurship (OSE) at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) of Maastricht University offers a 4-year PhD position for a student with a (Research) Master of Science degree or equivalent, starting in September 2023.  

At SBE, we offer a dynamic and challenging job in an internationally oriented organisation where students receive an advanced education and scholars conduct exciting research. The PhD Candidate will have the opportunity to carry out research within the OSE department, in the context of the topic described below, and within the PhD programme of the Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE). As such, the PhD student will contribute to the development and outreach of our research. Working at SBE enables the candidate to be part of an (inter)national network of top universities and renowned scholars.

Within SBE, the OSE department is a leading, international, and dynamic scientific unit with a pleasant and constructive working atmosphere. The quality of the department as well as the School is, among other things, reflected by the Triple Crown accreditation by EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA and the high-quality publications of our scholars (such as in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, Human Relations, Journal of Management Studies, or Human Resource Management Journal). Candidates are expected to enter the doctoral program of GSBE and to deliver a doctoral dissertation within three to four years, depending on having finished a 2-year research master or a 1-year master in a relevant field.

The selected PhD Candidate will work on a project aimed at studying Quiet Quitting; a contemporary societal phenomenon that affects individuals, teams, and organizations. For example, Quiet Quitting challenges the efficient and sustainable way of working for teams and organizations, while also challenging individual employee’s career and well-being. The primary goal of this PhD project is to advance knowledge on how employees, teams, and organizations cope with this emerging phenomenon. This PhD project will focus primarily on the scholarly fields of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Psychology. Yet, it also seeks to integrate knowledge from the field of Strategic Management to produce a more novel, rounded, and in-depth, investigation into this phenomenon.

  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2541—€3247 per month
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Maastricht University (UM)


Are you self-motivated, curious, and interested in scientific research? Do you have a record of high academic achievement (e.g., good grades, a strong master thesis, and/or involvement in other academic activities) and the ambition, mindset, and skills required to become an impactful researcher? If so, this PhD position at the OSE department might be the challenge you are looking for!

You hold a 1-year master’s degree or a 2-year research master and are able to show good to excellent (‘honours’-level) results in prior studies. You have a strong affinity for quantitative research and have developed good quantitative skills over the course of your studies (or are willing to develop them over the course of your PhD). You are fluent in both spoken and written English and share our ambition to conduct high-quality research with scientific and practical/societal impact. You have a background in the field of (organizational, social, or experimental) psychology, (human resource) management, business administration, organizational studies, strategic management, decision sciences, behavioural economics, or other related fields.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: Temporary, maximum 4 years.

Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels for PhD students starting with a salary of €2.541.- with a yearly growth to €3.247.- gross a month (based on a full-time appointment). Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.

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. Other secondary conditions include a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave.

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  > About UM > Working at UM .

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 22,000 students and about 5,000 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 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, visit .

School of Business and Economics
SBE is the youngest economics and business faculty in the Netherlands with a distinctively international profile. It belongs to the 1% of business schools worldwide to be triple-crown accredited (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA). SBE strongly believes in close connections with its academic partners and societal stakeholders, with its students and alumni, and with businesses and organisations in the Limburg Euregion, the Netherlands, Europe and the rest of the world. SBE is committed to increasing the gender diversity of its academic community and wants to stimulate the creation of a more diverse and inclusive community. For more information see:

School of Business and Economics, Department of Organization, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship

The Department of Organisation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship (OSE) is a vibrant international group of academics dedicated to high quality education, research and societal impact. The Department consists of some 50 faculty members, including assistant, associate and full professors, lecturers, PhD students, and a secretariat.

The Department of OSE is committed to developing and delivering high quality, state-of-the-art education in undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs. OSE is -like SBE- passionate about small group teaching in problem-based setting (PBL). Our researchers are active in such areas as organisational behavior, organisational theory, industrial organisation, entrepreneurship, family business research, international business, innovation and strategic management. For more information see:

Additional information

For more information regarding this vacancy, you can contact Dr. I. Nikolova, Assistant Professor in OB and HRM ([email protected] ), Dr. João Duarte, Assistant Professor in Strategy ([email protected] ), or Prof. Dr. Simon de Jong, Professor in Organization Studies ([email protected] ).

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Application procedure

Candidates can apply until the 9th of April, 2023. Applications can be sent to [email protected] . Interviews are currently planned to be held in April. Intended starting date is September 1, 2023.

To apply for this PhD position, please submit the following documents (preferably as PDF): 

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)*
  • Motivation letter
  • Diplomas/degrees including a grade transcript per course of your education at the MSc. level (and if applicable also at the BSc. level)* 
  • Two letters of reference (to be sent by the referees)

In addition, if available, please include:

  • TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge Proficiency Exam 
  • GMAT/GRE test score

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Maastricht University is committed to promoting and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that diversity in our staff and student population contributes to the quality of research and education at UM, and strive to enable this through inclusive policies and innovative projects led by teams of staff and students. We encourage you to apply for this position.

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