PhD Positions in Business and Management

VU University of Amsterdam School of Business and Economics

Are you a highly motivated student interested in doing research in one of the Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI) research fields? Then you can now apply for one of the PhD positions in Business and Management.

FTE: 1 

Job description

You will conduct independent, high-quality business research, supervised by a team of professors, and incorporate the research findings in a doctoral dissertation. Also, 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 program at ABRI to boost your research skills and prepare you for an academic career.

PhD candidates can rely on the intensive supervision and the extensive training offered by ABRI’s leading researchers in the field. They will follow the four-year ABRI PhD Program at the School of Business and Economics. The School provides 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 labor market are excellent, both inside and outside the academic world.


  • Applicants should have a university master’s degree with excellent grades in business, economics, or related disciplines like psychology, sociology, industrial engineering, applied mathematics, etc. A research degree (e.g., MRes, MPhil) is not a requirement; however, graduating from a program with a solid research training will be considered a plus
  • We expect candidates to show a proactive research orientation and to be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Candidates are expected to apply with a research statement outlining their research interest, the plans for their research project, and how these fit within the ABRI track they desire to apply for
  • Candidates are expected to submit a motivation letter substantiating their motivation for pursuing a PhD at ABRI.

What are we offering

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,434 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €3,111 (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 duration of 4 years.
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
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.


We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

School of Business and Economics

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) provides high-quality education and excellent research in business administration and economics with a focus on contributing to the social, economic and ecological challenges of our time. Whether it is the use of robots in society or big data, labour market participation or flexibility in the labour market, traffic jams or the housing market, flash crashes in the stock market or choice behaviour in gambling, leadership or change management: we believe in goal-oriented scientific research and understand that progress in academics, the business community and society is achieved through cooperation, openness and social responsibility.

At SBE, all of our highly-motivated colleagues work together closely in a stimulating, dynamic and international environment to achieve our collective goal of encouraging society to make informed choices. Approximately 4,200 Bachelor’s and Master’s students and 1,700 executive students are enrolled at the School, and employs roughly 500 people.

Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI)Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI) was established in 2009 and builds on a long history of research and teaching at the School of Business and Economics of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

ABRI consists of six research tracks:

  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Digital Innovation & Transformation
  • Operations Analytics
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management & Organizational Behavior
  • Strategy & Entrepreneurship

ABRI involves renowned Dutch and international research fellows who publish in and are part of editorial boards of journals, including Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Journal of Management, and Journal of Management Studies. ABRI offers a full-time PhD program in Business and Management, focusing on excellent research and academic career development.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload the following documents before 15 January 2022:

  • Curriculum Vitae (resume)
  • Motivation letter explaining your motivation for a PhD at ABRI, which ABRI track, and with which topic
  • Research statement (max. 4 pages) explaining your potential research topic in more detail, including a brief review of the literature, the contributions you would like to make to this literature, the research methods
  • Academic diplomas (in the original language and with a certified translation in English or Dutch)
  • Academic transcripts (lists of grades, in the original language and with certified translation in English or Dutch)
  • Academic paper (e.g., Master thesis or article)
  • The contact details of two academics from a relevant field which we may contact as a reference
  • IELTS/TOEFL test results (for non-Dutch citizens who are not native speakers of English and for whom the language of instruction was not English)
  • If available: GMAT/GRE test results (for applicants with a master diploma from a university outside the Netherlands)

The job interviews are planned at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam at the end of January 2022. Start of the program: September 1, 2022. For more information see also: 

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Ina Putter
Position: Head Research Office
Telephone: 00 31 20 59 86157

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