PhD candidate in Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Economics and Business – Amsterdam Business School

Publication date
8 June 2018
Level of education
Salary indication
€2,222 to €2,840 gross per month
Closing date
16 July 2018
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Amsterdam Business School (ABS) is one of the two schools of the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Economics and Business. The ABS has almost 3,000 students and the equivalent of 120 full-time academic staff. The school’s core subjects are Corporate Governance, Entrepreneurship, and Big Data / Business Analytics. Six sections (Accounting, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Finance, Leadership & Management, International Strategy & Marketing, and Operations Management) conduct top-level research published in prestigious international journals. They also provide various degree programmes including a BSc programme and six MSc programmes, a wide range of post-doctoral programmes featuring three MBAs, four accountancy programmes and Lean Six Sigma programmes, as well as an extensive portfolio of open courses and in-company projects.

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation section of our school is looking for a PhD candidate for a research project about the impact of university-based incubation activities on the creation, growth, and performance of new startups and spinoffs as well their founders.

Project description

The main aim of this project is to study early investment in biotech entrepreneurial ventures, focusing on the signals of quality the entrepreneur and the venture can send and especially on the effects of how the entrepreneur or venture are categorized, in terms of industry, technology, goal of the product etc. - or categorize themselves.

The research will combine insights from management science, especially entrepreneurship and innovation, with those from categorisation theory, both in management science and in sociology, and apply a broad range of quantitative techniques, from network analysis to machine learning (esp. to analyse texts and images).

This PhD project is part of the recently approved ORGANIVIR project, which is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network within the EU Horizon 2020 program.

The overall project is a collaboration between researchers from the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Poland and Denmark. The lead of the overall project is with the Academic Medical Centre of the University of Amsterdam, most of these researchers are connected to (bio)medical departments who study innovative techniques and applications related to artificial organs; this subproject is the only one in management science.

The supervisors of this project will be Prof. Nachoem Wijnberg and Dr Balazs Szatmari.


According to EU rules for the Marie Curie programmes, the candidate needs to be a citizen of a EU country, but not of the Netherlands. Also, the candidate should not have been living in the Netherlands for more than a short period prior to the start of this project.

Besides the candidate should have:

  • a Master’s degree in the area of management science, econometrics, economics, sociology, computer science, or a related discipline - we can also consider candidates with a master in medicine if they can show that they have a serious interest and background, having followed relevant courses and/or minors, in management science too;
  • excellent grades and a strong interest in quantitative research methods and/or statistics and/or artificial intelligence and text anaysis, esp. machine learning;
  • the drive to publish in top-level academic journals in management science;
  • well-developed analytical skills, strong organization and communication skills, an entrepreneurial mind set, and perseverance;
  • the ability to work independently and to be proactive in developing the research project, sometimes in collaboration with colleagues from other countries and faculties;
  • mastery of both written and spoken English.

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You will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months with a possibility to extend it for another 2,5 years, pending positive evaluation. As part of your contract, you will spend 20% of your time on teaching. You will be classified as PhD candidate (promovendus) in the Dutch University job-ranking system (UFO), providing a gross monthly starting salary of €2.222 in the first year (which increases to €2.840 in the final year) with an additional end-of-year bonus (8.3%) and holiday allowance (8%), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Preferred starting date is 1 October 2018.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

You may submit your letter of application accompanied by a curriculum vitae to the link below. In addition, you should include a copy of your Master's thesis. If you are currently studying for a Master's degree ou should include a short description of your Master thesis project (max. 2 pages) and a copy of your Bachelor's thesis before 17 July 2018 via the link below. Please include job reference number 18-337. #LI-DNP

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