Leiden University Department of Business Studies PhD Position in HRM/OB, Netherlands

Publish Date: Nov 12, 2015

Deadline: Dec 25, 2015

Leiden University Department of Business Studies PhD Position in HRM/OB

The Department of Business Studies of Leiden University has a vacancy for:

PhD Position in HRM/OB (Business Administration) (1.0 fte)
Vacancy number: 15-326

Project description

Research and theory in company distress and decline increasingly stresses the importance of the context in which organizational problems and stakeholder conflicts arise and are addressed. This PhD project seeks to enhance our understanding of the personal, behavioral and contextual influences on the success and failure of strategic renewal, reorganization, turnaround management and business rescue. As a member of Business Studies, the PhD position is supervised by Prof. Jan Adriaanse, Head of Department.

Key responsibilities

  • To write and defend a PhD thesis;
  • To present work at international conferences (co-authored);
  • To submit research results for publication in international peer-reviewed journals (co-authored);
  • To take part in PhD training offered by Leiden University where appropriate;
  • To undertake/participate in limited teaching in year 2 and 3 of the appointment.

Selection criteria

The department seeks to employ a highly motivated and proactive candidate who can work independently as well as part of a team.

  • You have a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, in one of the following fields: organizational studies, (organizational) psychology, methodology, statistics, sociology, human resources, management studies, strategic management, marketing, entrepreneurship, small business, business administration;

  • You have good knowledge of research databases (e.g. EBSCO, ScienceDirect, Emerald), quantitative methods (e.g. surveys, experiments, econometrics), quantitative techniques (e.g. factor analysis, ANOVA, regression), and software (e.g. AMOS, SPSS, Qualtrics); 

  • You have a passion for organisational research and good academic writing skills in English;

  • You are able to make links between the profession, research and education.


  • Your thesis shows well-developed research skills (both analytical and descriptive). The ability to work with statistical packages and databases is a great advantage and the thesis should have received a good grade. A publication, conference contribution, or other research output / contribution / collaboration is an advantage.

Our organisation

The Department of Business Studies is part of the Institute of Tax Law and Economics which is part of the Leiden Law School. The School has a full-time teaching staff of approximately 300 (ca. 87 professors) and enjoys an undisputed international reputation in a great number of fields. It has faculty and student exchange agreements with more than 50 universities around the world. Through the League of European Research Universities (LERU), a consortium of some of the most renowned research universities in Europe (e.g. Cambridge, Edinburgh, Heidelberg, London, Oxford, Zurich), the school also plays an active role in European research policy debates.

The department is located in a beautifully renovated national monument in the historic heart of Leiden. It was founded to offer high quality business education to all students at Leiden University majoring in a specific discipline and seeking to supplement their studies with a minor in business studies. Each year more than 200 students combine their studies with business-related courses such as Strategic Management, Marketing Management, Human Resource Management, Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Corporate Finance and Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

The Faculty working in the Department of Business Studies has diverse backgrounds, including corporate law, business economics, marketing, psychology and accounting. The departmental research agenda focuses on turnaround management with specific research interest in areas such as corporate renewal, reorganization, organizational downsizing, change, organizational adaptation and evolution, managerial decision making, causes of decline, distress, and failure.

Terms and conditions

We offer a full-time position for 1,0 fte (38 hours per week). The start date is as fromJanuary 1, 2016. The appointment as a PhD student will be for a period of four years (initially for a period of one year with an extension of three years after positive evaluation of progress and skills development) leading to the successful completion of a PhD thesis. The appointment will be under the terms of the cao (Collective Labour Agreement) of Dutch Universities.

The gross monthly salary is set on € 2.125,- in the first year, increasing to € 2.717,- gross per month in the final year.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end- of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

The department has sufficient financial resources to fund software, data, and travel.


Enquiries can be made to Dr. Jean-Pierre van der Rest, Deputy Head of Department (j.i.van.der.rest@law.leidenuniv.nl / +31(0)6 835 90 237).

Information about The Department of Business can be found at http://law.leiden.edu/organisation/taxlawandeconomics/ and about Leiden University at www.leiden.edu


To apply for this vacancy, please send an e-mail to Mrs. Nannette Rader; bedrijfswetenschappen@law.leidenuniv.nl and ensure that you enclose the following additional documents in pdf format quoting the vacancy number 15-326.  

  • A cover letter (max 2 pages) stating how your skills and experience relate to the selection criteria and project description above;
  • A short first research proposal including short bibliography (max. 3 pages) in relation to the turnaround management research program;

  • Your curriculum vitae (CV), including publications if applicable;

  • Your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis or other major writing sample;

  • Copies of your academic transcripts (e.g. B.A./B.Sc., M.A./M.Sc.);

  • If your native language is not English, examples or proofs of your English language proficiency;

  • The names and contact details (with emails) of three academic referees who know you(r work) well; one should be your Master’s thesis supervisor.

Only applications received before 24 December 2015 can be considered. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview (in person or over Skype).

Acquisition following this advertisement is not appreciated.

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