PhD Position at Department of Business Studies of Leiden University

Deadline: 24 December 2015
Open to: holders of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, in related field
Scholarship: gross monthly salary EUR 2,125-2,717


The Department of Business Studies is part of the Institute of Tax Law and Economics which is part of the Leiden Law School. 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.


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.


This is full-time position for 38 hours per week. The start date is from January 1, 2016. The appointment as a PhD student will be for a period of four years.

The gross monthly salary is set on EUR 2,125,- in the first year, increasing to EUR 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. The 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.

How to apply?

  • 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.

To apply for this vacancy, please send an e-mail to Mrs. Nannette Rader at latest by 24 December 2015. 

For more information please visit the official website.

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