Requisition ID 21585 – Posted 05/11/2023 – Job openings for academic staff – Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Department: Human Resource Studies
Location: Tilburg Full-time equivalent: 1.0 FTE (40 hours per week)Monthly full-time gross salary: €2.541 (first year) – €3.247 (fourth year)Duration of employment contract: 12 and 36 months
We are looking for a PhD candidate who is passionate about the subject of evidence-based management in organizations, and who possesses a keen interest in utilizing a wide range of research methodologies, including both qualitative and quantitative methods.
The employment is primarily dedicated towards carrying out the proposed research described below, with the aim to write a dissertation, likely consisting of academic articles following principles of open science (i.e., open data, materials and computer code) that are publishable in peer-reviewed journals. The position also involves contributions to teaching giving the candidate the opportunity to build a teaching portfolio during the PhD project. The position and the environment in which the candidate will be embedded provide an optimal starting point for a career in academia in general and Human Resource Management in particular. The candidate will follow a customized track of graduate courses as part of the Interuniversity Graduate School of Psychometrics and Sociometrics (IOPS) program which will further develop the candidate’s research skills, background knowledge, and network.
With the growing volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity surrounding businesses today, and the increasing availability of data, leveraging data is key to creating competitive advantage for organizations. Evidence-based Management (EBMgt), which is a decision-making strategy that involves using the best available evidence for management decisions, is being considered a timely approach for practitioner to use data to improve organizational outcomes. Despite claims that EBMgt can promote positive behaviors like employee voice and knowledge sharing, and will contribute to a positive learning environment, there is little empirical evidence about the impact of managers’ EBMgt on employees’ behaviors and employee, team, and organizational outcomes. Thus, this project focuses on examining employees’ evaluations of their managers’ EBMgt (e.g., fairness), employees’ reaction to their managers’ EBMgt (e.g., voice, proactive behaviour), and the impact of these employee evaluations and reactions on individual and team outcomes. The PhD project entails both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
The PhD project is supervised by Dr. Brigitte Kroon and Dr. Tina Sahakian who have a research interest in EBMgt, and Dr. Christine Yin Man Fong who has a research interest in employees’ perceptions and reactions in job design. The project is funded through a Starter Grant at Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Science. You will collect primary data (via fieldwork and questionnaires), and apply qualitative and quantitative methods to answer the following research questions:
- What existing studies have investigated employee evaluations and reactions to managerial decision making and what insights can they provide for this research?
- How do employees observe or perceive managers’ evidence-based management, under what conditions do managers practice evidence-based management, and what is the level of overlap between what managers practice and employees perceive?
- How do employees evaluate their managers’ evidence-based management practice, how do they react to it, and what are the implications of this for social relationships at work and performance?
- What is the implication of managers’ evidence-based management on the team environment and -performance?
- You will start your PhD with drafting a research proposal based on these questions. You will be a member of the departement of Human Resource Studies, where you will also engage in teaching activities, e.g. supervising (Bacheor) theses, and conducting workgroups in courses like Strategic Human Resource Management or Academic Writing.
We have the following requirements:
- A Master’s degree in human resource studies, organization studies, organizational psychology, business administration, international business or another related field with relevance for the project
- Academic excellence, as demonstrated by grade transcripts and CV
- Excellent qualitative and/or quantitative research skills and data analytical abilities
- Enthusiastic, independent, proactive, with a positive learning attitude, strong motivation and ambition for research excellence
- Good communication and presentation skills and team spirit
- Interest in engaging in education (up to 20% of total time)
- Excellent command of English and academic writing skills
Our offer This is a position for 1.0 FTE (40 hours per week) of the full-time working week.
The start salary amounts to €2.541 and a maximum in the fourth year of €3.247 gross per month for full time employment contract, based on UFO profile PhD student and salary scale number PhD’s of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Tilburg University uses a neutral salary system for scaling that is based on relevant education and work experience.
You are entitled to a vacation allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of your gross annual income. If you work 40 hours per week, you will receive 41 paid days of leave per year.
Tilburg University offers excellent employment conditions. We think flexibility, professional and personal development, and good employee benefits are important. We make clear agreements about career paths and offer all kinds of facilities and schemes to maintain an optimal balance between work and private life. You can also follow numerous training courses, for example, in the areas of leadership skills, personal effectiveness, and career development.
Tilburg University values an open and inclusive culture. We embrace diversity and encourage the mutual integration of groups of employees and students. We focus on creating equal opportunities for all our employees and students, so that everyone feels at home in our university community.
Tilburg University has a lively campus in beautiful green surroundings that is easily accessible by public transport. We are committed to a sustainable society and challenge you to make an active contribution.
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Information and application
For more information regarding this position and the project you can contact dr. Christine Yin Man Fong email@example.com or dr. Tina Sahakian firstname.lastname@example.org. The telephone number of the secretary is +31134662371.
We invite you to apply for this position by 12 June 2023; this can only be done online. Your application should include your CV, a cover letter and research paper to which you were the first author (e.g., thesis). Please address the cover letter to dr. Brigitte Kroon, dr. Christine Yin Man Fong, and dr. Tina Sahakian and detail your motivation for this specific position and topic in the cover letter.
First interviews will be held on 19 or 20 June 2023, after which some applicants will be invited for a second interview on 26 June 2023. During the second interview, invited applicants will be asked to do a brief presentation, the details of which will be communicated to the invited applicants beforehand. We aim to make a decision before 1 August 2023.
The selected candidate will ideally start working for Tilburg University on 1 September 2023.
About Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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