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Posted 19 May 2024
Work experience
1 to 3 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
Degree level
Required language
English (Fluent)
24 May 2024 22:00

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The Marketing department at the Amsterdam Business School (University of Amsterdam) invites applications for a PhD position in Marketing with a quantitative orientation. We are looking for candidates with the ambition to work and succeed at the highest international academic level.

What are you going to do?

The PhD position is a full-time position for a period of four years, salary is in accordance with fixed salaries prescribed by the Dutch labor agreements for universities. The first year will consist of PhD-level coursework, after that the candidate will start working on his or her own research agenda under the supervision of the supervisors. Jonne Guyt and Bernadette van Ewijk will be leading the supervisory team.

The PhD student will work in close collaboration with the supervisory team and other faculty on tasks that include:

  • Identifying novel research questions based on real-world phenomena or extant theory;
  • understanding the theoretical foundations and prior literature relevant to understanding the phenomena;
  • identifying the fundamental variables and relationships that are most important to studying the phenomena, and formalizing them in a measurement model or set of experimental hypotheses;
  • gathering observational data to test hypotheses or measure phenomena;
  • identifying the critical assumptions needed to draw inferences from empirical results;
  • writing code to analyse secondary data;
  • presenting research findings at international conferences;
  • writing up findings for publication in international journals;
  • attending classes and seminars (including those offered at other universities) to further develop thinking and research skills;
  • participating in and contributing to departmental research functions (PhD Day, research seminars, research meetings);
  • teaching-related activities (to a limited degree), including undergraduate tutorials and the supervision of MSc and/or BSc thesis projects.

The actual project will be defined by the student and the supervisory group and thus requires creativity, self-direction, and passion for top-notch scientific research. The research will be in the domain of Responsible Retailing and in the broader field of quantitative marketing. The project will be in line with the UvA's strategic priorities, which aim to promote the societal impact and visibility of our research.

Expected output: The PhD student will generate research that can be published in top-tier peer-reviewed journals in marketing, such as the Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, and Journal of Marketing. The research group has a strong record of publishing in these and other top journals in related fields. The final results of the PhD project are published in a PhD dissertation, and most marketing PhD dissertations at ABS aim to be published in top-tier academic journals.

Starting date of the position: preferably September 1, 2024 or January 1, 2025.

What do we require?

The PhD candidate will aim to generate research that can be published in top-tier peer-reviewed journals.

Your experience and profile

Formal requirements:

  • Masters’ degree (preferably a Research Master´s or MPhil degree) in Marketing or a related field;
  • GMAT or GRE score of no more than five years old (for students with a Master’s degree obtained from a non-Dutch university). An indication of the minimum score required is 85%;
  • proof of English proficiency through a TOEFL test (score of at least 100 on the internet based test and 600 on the paper based test) or IELTS test (minimum score of 7.5), where the scores were obtained no more than two years before the application.

Task-related requirements:

  • Excellent speaking and writing ability in fluent English, ideally with experience writing for a scientific audience;
  • willingness and motivation to independently formulate research projects and carry them through to completion;
  • excellent organizational skills;
  • experience conducting empirical research;
  • Statistical skills and command of standard software packages for analyzing data (e.g., R, Julia, Python, Stata), and a strong willingness to develop these skills further.

Additional requirements:

  • Strong motivation to pursue an international career as a leading scholar;
  • strong commitment to methodological rigor and scientific integrity;
  • energy and passion for quantitative methods that allow for inferences on marketing phenomena (i.e., shown by choice of thesis topic or course specialization);
  • intellectual curiosity, eagerness to learn, and openness to criticism;
  • proof of “good citizenship” beyond academic achievements (i.e., volunteering experience).

Our offer

We offer an employment contract for 38 hours a week with an initial period of 18 months, and after an intermediate evaluation after 18 months there is the possibility to extend it for 30 months (in total the contract will be for four years), preferably starting from September 1st, 2024. The 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 between € 2,770,- in the first year to € 3,539,- in the last year for full-time employment (38 hours per week), excluding holiday allowance (8%) and year-end bonus (8.3%). The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

The compensation package is competitive at the European level and includes several secondary benefits. Favorable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants. To know more about working at the University of Amsterdam, please check

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;
  • solid pension scheme (ABP);
  • contribution to commuting expenses, an internet and homework allowance;
  • excellent work (from home) facilities.

What else do we offer you?

  • 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;
  • in addition, the UvA offers excellent study and development opportunities and encourages employees to continue their professional development;
  • you may participate in the open UvA lectures.

About us

The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, offering the broadest range of degree programmes. An intellectual hub with 42,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates, all connected by a shared culture of intellectual curiosity.

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About the Marketing section at the Amsterdam Business School

The Marketing section of the Amsterdam Business School ( focuses on research in a wide range of topical areas and marketing methods (consumer behavior, marketing strategy, and quantitative marketing). The department members have published their research in top-tier academic Marketing journals, such as the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, International Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, etc.

Department members are also involved in teaching in undergraduate, master's, research master's, and Ph. D.-level programs, as well as executive education, and uphold strong relationships with business, NGOs, and governmental organizations. As a section, we strongly commit to the University of Amsterdam’s research vision to create closer links between academic research and society's broader needs and contribute to a more sustainable society, environment, and planet (


Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

  • Bernadette van Ewijk:
  • Jonne Guyt:

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by May 24th, 2024. You may apply online by using the link below.

Candidates interested in a PhD position in the ABS Marketing group are invited to send their applications to the link below mentioning the vacancy number in the subject line. The application should include in one Pdf:

  • A letter of motivation;
  • a description of the candidate’s primary research interests and ambitions;
  • a CV;
  • a grade list for the most recently completed degree;
  • a sample of completed research work (i.e., thesis proposal);
  • and recent test scores (GMAT/GRE, TOEFL/IELTS) if applicable.

Closing date: May 24th, 2024 at 23:59:59 CET.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a job interview and may be asked to a) send two reference letters (preferable by thesis advisor) and b) present their (thesis) research work.

We will invite potential candidates for interviews within 4 weeks after the closing date.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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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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