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PhD in Accounting

Posted 19 Nov 2023
Work experience
1 to 3 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
€2,770 - €3,539 per month
Degree level
Required languages
English (Fluent)
Dutch (Fluent)
Start date
1 April 2024

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Join the Accounting section of the Amsterdam Business School at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) for a fully-funded PhD position to conduct impactful accounting research, together with internationally renowned experts. We are seeking ambitious and enthusiastic PhD candidates to join us on September 1st, 2024.


Accounting research deals with a variety of questions in the areas of financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, and increasingly, sustainability/ESG accounting. Broadly, accounting research addresses how (accounting) information is created, disseminated and used, and how this information affects the world around us (e.g., capital market participants, employees, other internal and external stakeholders).

This PhD position is a full-time position for a period of four years. The first year will consist of PhD-level coursework, after which the candidate will start working on his or her own research agenda under the supervision and with the support of the senior professors within the department. The research projects will be shaped by the candidate’s ideas, interests and capabilities. We especially welcome candidates with a strong interest in the intersection of accounting and sustainability/ESG, and candidates who are interested in primarily conducting quantitative empirical research (archival or experimental). The fourth year of the PhD position typically involves a half- to full-year visit at another internationally renowned school.

During your PhD trajectory, you will become an active member of the accounting section and will benefit from and contribute to our broader research agenda. You will be offered other support (e.g., research funding for data collection and conference travel).

PhD candidates are expected to do a limited amount of teaching-related activities, including undergraduate tutorials and the supervision of MSc and/or BSc thesis projects.

Your tasks

  • Develop innovative research ideas;
  • conduct research (including the design of the studies, and the collection and analysis of empirical data);
  • write up findings for publication in prestigious accounting journals;
  • present research findings at leading international conferences;
  • attend courses and seminars to develop research skills;
  • participate in and contribute to research activities within the section (e.g., research seminars);
  • contribute to teaching activities (e.g., conduct tutorials) and supervise thesis students (20 percent of the task).

Expected outcome

  • Research skills and an in-depth understanding of accounting research;
  • at least 3 manuscripts ready for submission to top academic journals (adequate collegial support and supervision will be provided);
  • placement at a research university in a tenure track position.


  • Master’s or Research Master’s degree in business administration/management, economics, or a related discipline (expected to finish by September 2024);
  • If the Master’s degree is obtained from a non-European university, we require a GMAT or GRE score no older than five years;
  • strong demonstrated interest in pursuing an academic career;
  • strong interest in accounting research and the intersection with sustainability/ESG;
  • strong quantitative skills or background in empirical research. Knowledge of programming (e.g., stata/Python/R/textual analysis/machine learning) is a plus.
  • excellent communication, presentation and writing skills. An excellent command of English is a must We may require a TOEFL or IETLS;
  • curious, collaborative nature with a desire to learn.

Our offer

The compensation package is competitive at the European level and includes several secondary benefits. Favorable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

The employment contract will be for 38 hours a week four years with an initial period of 18 months, with an intermediate evaluation after 18 months and a possibility to extend it for 30 months (in total four years). End-result should be a PhD thesis. An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance of courses and (international) conferences.

The gross monthly salary will range from €2.770 in the first year to €3.539 (based on 38 hours per week) in the last year. The Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities is applicable.

Additionally, the University of Amsterdam offers excellent benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • A maximum of 29 days of annual leave based on full-time employment;
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • solid pension scheme (ABP);
  • contribution to commuting expenses, an internet and homework allowance.

What else do we offer

  • A function in which your own initiative and input are strongly valued;
  • collaboration opportunities in an active and diverse research group;
  • a challenging workplace with varied tasks and plenty of room for personal initiative and development in an inspiring organization.

The University of Amsterdam is one of the largest comprehensive universities in Europe. With some 40,000 students, 6,000 staff, 3,000 PhD candidates, and an annual budget of more than 850 million euros, it is also one of Amsterdam’s biggest employers.
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