PhD position – Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

PhD position – Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Erasmus School of Economics
Paid PhD Positions

The Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) is currently inviting applications for PhD projects to commence in September 2017. These PhD vacancies are fully funded and salaried positions of 3 or 4 years (depending on education background of selected candidate). All the ESE PhD projects are affiliated either with the ERIM PhD Programme (Erasmus Research Institute of Management) or with the TI PhD Programme (Tinbergen Institute) and applicants are expected to meet all the admission requirements of the affiliated graduate schools (ERIM or TI).


The following ESE PhD vacancies are currently open for application

Econometrics and Management Science:

  • The evolution of asset market linkages in crisis periods (supervisors: Chen Zhou, Patrick Groenen)
  • Open PhD project at the Econometric Institute (supervisors: Richard Paap, Patrick Groenen, Dennis Fok)
  • Data science for the public sector (supervisors: Patrick Groenen, Michel van der Velden)
  • Monitoring business cycles (supervisors: Philip Hans Franses, Dick van Dijk)
  • Nowcasting methods (supervisors: Philip Hans Franses, Dick van Dijk)

Applied Economics:

  • Competitiveness and productivity of the Indian manufacturing industries (supervisors: Enrico Pennings, Ajay Bhaskarabhatla)
  • Skill-relatedness in cities and firms (supervisors: Frank van Oort, Enrico Pennings)
  • Applying behavioural economic theories to economic problems (supervisors: Kirsten rohde, Han Bleichrodt, Aurélien Baillon)
  • Interactions between nature and nurture in the development of education and health (supervisors: Eddy van Doorslaer, Hans van Kippersluis)
  • Self-employment, unemployment and health (supervisors: Roy Thurik, Jolanda Hessels)

Finance and Accounting:

  • Agency conflicts and corporate policies in the short and long run (supervisors: Patrick Verwijmeren, Sebastian Gryglewicz)
  • Financial management in an internationally connected world (supervisors: Patrick Verwijmeren, Sjoerd van Bekkum, Mike Mao)
  • Empirical finance (supervisor: Patrick Verwijmeren)
  • Research in financial reporting and valuation (supervisors: Maarten Pronk, Edith Leung)
  • Corporate acquisition behaviour (supervisor: Han Smit)


  • PhD project in the Marketing department at the Erasmus School of Economics (supervisors: Bas Donkers, Martijn de Jong, Benedict Dellaert, Stefan Stremersch)
  • Dark-side online consumer behaviour (supervisors: Martijn de Jong, Rik Pieter)


These PhD projects are fully funded and salaried positions, meaning that appointed PhD candidates are employees (promovendi) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). Starting monthly salary is Euro 2125 in year 1, Euro 2476 in year 2, Euro 2593 in year 3, and Euro 2717 in the final year (all mentioned figures are gross and fixed amounts). Successful candidates are appointed on a full-time basis for a total of 4 years (or 3 years in case the candidate possesses a relevant research master’s degree). The candidate’s performance is evaluated after 12 months and if positive, the contract is extended for the remainder of the project. Preferred starting date of PhD appointment is 1st September 2017.

Working at the Erasmus University Rotterdam means working in a professional environment, where development is encouraged through an active career and mobility policy. The Erasmus University Rotterdam highly appreciates flexibility and offers a 38-hour workweek, flexible working hours, maternal/paternal leave, holiday allowance, end year bonus etc. Moreover, the University has a company childcare scheme, possibilities to participate in a terms of employment option model, company savings program and life insurance schemes and favourable collective insurance schemes. Employees can also make use of facilities such as sports facilities and library.


Potential PhD candidates at ESE hold a (Research) Master’s degree in a discipline relevant to the PhD project, have obtained excellent study results, and are highly motivated to do scientific research. Erasmus University Rotterdam requires its scientific staff to have an excellent command of English (minimum CERF level C1). Furthermore candidates are required to be admissible to either ERIM (ERIM admission requirements) or the Tinbergen Institute (Tinbergen admission requirements) (depending on the specific project).


The application deadline is 29 January 2017. Follow the application instructions described in the specific PhD Project description.


Additional inquiries about the application procedure can be referred to For academic questions about the projects please contact the project supervisors listed with the individual project description.


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