Doctoral Position in Public Management
University of Antwerp Faculty of Business and Economics

Department: Department of Management
Regime Full-time

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The University of Antwerp is a dynamic, forward-thinking, European university. We offer an innovative academic education to more than 20000 students, conduct pioneering scientific research and play an important service-providing role in society. We are one of the largest, most international and most innovative employers in the region. With more than 6000 employees from 100 different countries, we are helping to build tomorrow's world every day. Through top scientific research, we push back boundaries and set a course for the future – a future that you can help to shape. 

In the context of a joint research project between the University of Antwerp and the University of Hasselt (School of Social Sciences), the Department of Management in the Faculty of Business and Economics is looking for a full-time (100%) doctoral scholarship holder in the field of public management.


  • You will work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis in the field of public management and on the following topic:

“The rise of social media, fake news and government distrust have led to an increasingly hostile environment for many public sector organizations, leaving them struggling with their reputation. In order to explain negative reputations, scholars assume that more bureaucratic organizations are more likely to face negative reputations. However, evidence for this claim is non-existent. Furthermore, there are theoretical indications that negative reputations may paradoxically lead to more bureaucracy. Through a multi-method design, the aim of this project is threefold: first, examining the causal effect of bureaucraticness on the reputation of public sector organizations; second, examining the causal effect of negative reputations on bureaucraticness; and third, analyzing the causal mechanisms underlying these effects.”

  • You will publish scientific articles related to the research project.
  • You will carry out a limited number of teaching and research support tasks for the Department of Management.


  • You hold a Master degree in a relevant field (holders of diploma’s in applied economics, public management, (organizational- or industrial) psychology, organizational sociology, organizational science or management science are particularly encouraged to apply).
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results (at least distinction).
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You have an excellent knowledge of Dutch (both written and spoken) and a good knowledge of English.

What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of one year. Following a positive evaluation, the scholarship can be renewed for another three years (total term of appointment of max. 4 years).
  • The planned start date is 1 October 2023 or as soon as possible after that date.
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for Contract Research Staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will receive ecocheques, Internet-connectivity allowance, and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here.

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 25 May 2023 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: a motivation letter, your academic CV, a brief research proposal in which you indicate how you would approach the research (approx. 2 pages, do not be afraid to give your own interpretation to the proposal, pay particular attention to the problem, research questions, theory and methodology, written in English), Copies of the diplomas and list of credits for your Bachelor and Masters; a recent paper by you (e.g. Master's thesis) as an example for your analytical and academic writing talent.
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure. Please make a note of the following dates: interviews are planned on June 7th 2023.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact dr. Jan Wynen ( or prof.dr. Jan Boon (

The University of Antwerp received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award for its HR policy. We are a sustainable, family-friendly organisation which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply.

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