PHD Rijksuniversiteit Groningen 26-04-2024

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PhD "The Digital Frontier: Exploring the Intersection of Technology and Sustainability" (V24.0246)

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Job description

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Belonging to the best research universities of Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

Faculty of Economics and Business
The Faculty of Economics and Business offers an inspiring study and working environment for students and employees. International accreditation enables the Faculty to assess performance against the highest international standards. It also creates an exciting environment of continuous improvement. FEB's programmes, academic staff and research do well on various excellence ranking lists.

FEBRI, the graduate school and research institute of the Faculty of Economics and Business has available:
PhD position in the field of "The Digital Frontier: Exploring the Intersection of Technology and Sustainability


Project description
The utilization of digital technologies such as big data or artificial intelligence in organizations increasingly prompts questions about their ramifications. Embracing the concept of digital sustainability, our research aims to delve into how digital technologies intersect with environmental, societal, and governance (ESG) objectives. We are particularly interested in the enabling role digital technologies can take to achieve ESG objectives, while also considering potential trade-offs in the face of competing interests of different stakeholders. By utilizing secondary data and computationally intensive methods, we aim to contribute to a stakeholder perspective on the broader ramifications of using digital technologies in organizations.

The PhD position is embedded in the research programme (jointly supervised) by Innovation & Organization (I&O) and Accounting of FEB's Research Institute. The project will be supervised by , Nicolai Fabian, and Sebastian Firk (promoter).


The ideal candidate is ambitious, highly motivated and wishes to make a career in research. He or she has a thorough training in research skills, speaks and writes English fluently and has obtained excellent results in the master phase.
The PhD candidate should have a background (MSc, research master) in business or management, psychology, social sciences, economics/econometrics or any other (quantitative) social science discipline. We are also open to backgrounds in engineering or computer science. For the project, we are looking for someone with an interest in quantitative research. Ideally, the candidate already has knowledge of quantitative and/or programming skills. More importantly we are looking for candidates with the willingness to develop these skills as part of their PhD trajectory.


Conditions of employment

The full-time appointment is temporary for a period of four years, under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year. The gross monthly salary is € 2,770 euro, which increases yearly to a maximum of € 3,539. Based on the gross salary you will receive an additional 8% holiday allowance each year in May, and an additional 8.3 % end of year bonus in December. PhD candidates contribute 20% of their time to teaching in years 2-4.

Starting date: Preferably per September 1, 2024.

An assessment may be part of the procedure, consisting of psychological tests, a coding exercise, and an interview.


You may apply for this position until 19 May 11:59pm / before 20 May 2024 Dutch local time (CEST) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). The application package consists of the following separate documents:

1. your CV
2. a motivation letter (1A4 max) combined with a short proposal how you would address the above project in the context of your PhD project (2 A4 max)
3. a scan of your diploma including transcripts
4. proof of English proficiency
5. a completed/draft thesis or a similar example of research output.

The documents 1-4 are compulsory and please note that incomplete application packages will not be taken into account.

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply.
Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers:

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For information you can contact:

  • For more general information, please send an email to, febphdvacancies
  • , For more information on this specific project, j.c.hennig

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FunctietitelAssistant Professor
Indicatie salaris (min – max]onbekend – onbekend
Aantal uren (min – max)1 – 40
Contactgegevensonbekend , onbekend onbekend
Type contractVast
LocatieGroningen, Groningen,Nederland
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