PhD Position in Organization Sciences

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    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
    Cultural studies
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    08/04/2018 22:00 - UTC
    Netherlands › Amsterdam

The current PhD position is part of the ERC Consolidator Grant Project “Force of Gossip”. Gossip, informal evaluative talk about absent third parties, is omnipresent in organizational groups. However, for scientists and practitioners alike, it is still an "unknown force" in organizations, because research findings about its effects on group functioning and performance are inconsistent. Whereas some studies point to the disruptive aspects of gossip, others claim it enhances group cooperation. This PhD project aims to examine the motives individuals have for engaging in gossip in the context of organizational groups and the factors that determine their reactions to such gossip. Specifically, the project aims to distinguish proself and prosocial motives to gossip and to examine the effects of social information processing on gossip recipients' attributions of, and reactions to, gossip.

The PhD candidate conducts independent research within a team of researchers working on the Force of Gossip project. The candidate is supervised by a (team of) professor(s), and incorporates the findings of his or her research in a doctoral dissertation. In addition, the PhD candidate is enrolled in the Graduate School for Social Sciences to develop research skills. Furthermore, the candidate will be involved in teaching activities in the department of Organization Sciences.


The initial appointment will be for a period of 1 year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years.

You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at our website like:
•Remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
•Solid pension scheme (ABP);
•A minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
•Participation in Individual Choices model.

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and amounts € 2222,00 gross per month in the first year up to
€ 2840,00 in the fourth year (salary scale 85) based on a full-time employment.

Selection process

Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by a curriculum vitae and one or two references (name(s) and e-mail address(es).

Please send your application before 8 April 2018 via e-mail.

Please mention the vacancy number in the e-mail header.

Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.

Additional comments

For additional information please contact Prof. Dr. Bianca Beersma.

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

•MSc. degree in one of the social sciences (psychology, sociology, organization sciences, communication sciences) with good grades, and with a strong preference for social / organizational psychology;
•Experience with designing and executing experimental (laboratory) studies, for example in the context of a master thesis;
•Strong interest in understanding group processes in organizations and particularly in motivational factors explaining these processes;
•Excellent communication and writing skills in English and Dutch;
•A positive attitude towards working in a team of colleagues.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1081 HV
De Boelelaan 1105

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