PhD Position in Labor Economics
Utrecht University School of Economics

PhD Position in Labor Economics (1.0 FTE)

Job description

Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) has two fully funded PhD positions. The PhD candidates will be involved in research projects in labor economics funded by Instituut Gak. The candidates are expected to conduct high-quality research, resulting in doctoral dissertations. Their research will contribute to Utrecht University’s research theme ‘Institutions for Open Societies’, through the Future of Work hub. Candidates will also be expected to teach in the Bachelor’s and/or Master’s programmes of the School. Teaching is in English.


The ideal candidate has a driven and collaborative spirit and is expected to have:

  • a (Research) Master’s degree in a discipline relevant to the PhD project (preferably economics, econometrics, or another quantitative discipline);
  • excellent study results and analytical skills;
  • a strong interest in and motivation for scientific research;
  • excellent command of spoken and written English;
  • candidates are selected on the basis of their curriculum vitaes, academic qualifications, motivation, and interview(s) with potential supervisors.


We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for a period of four years, with a preferred starting date of October 1st, 2021. The candidate's performance is evaluated after 18 months and after a sufficiently satisfactory assessment, the contract is extended for the remainder of the project. During this time, 90% of the position is reserved for research and 10% is dedicated to teaching activities. The gross salary ranges between €2,395 in the first year and €3,061 in the fourth year (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

About the organization

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance is a faculty at the heart of society, with a strong focus on social issues. Our subjects of Law, Economics and Governance give us a strong mix of academic disciplines that complement and enhance each other. This is a unique combination and a mark of our faculty's strength.

The candidate will become a member of the Economics Section at the Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.). U.S.E. is part of the Law, Economics, and Governance Faculty of Utrecht University. U.S.E. aims to contribute to an economy where people flourish, by taking a broad view on welfare and its causes. We aspire to be an internationally renowned school of economics, with scientifically rigorous and societally relevant research and education. We enrich economics with other disciplines to better solve problems and identify opportunities, from a business and government point of view. Well-being, cooperation, innovation and curiosity are our core values. U.S.E. maintains an excellent international network of academic relationships and is continuously working on extending this network. It teaches its curricula fully in English.

Additional information

Further information can be obtained – under strict confidentiality – from Prof Maarten Goos, via or Prof Anna Salomons, via


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation via the ‘apply’ button below.

Please include:

  • a complete and up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  • a list of courses taken and grades (insofar as already available) for (Research) Master's programme;
  • a motivation letter.

Please do not contact U.S.E. with services or other commercial interest.

Note: Due to the current situation regarding the Corona virus (COVID-19) the process of selection and interviews is subject to change.

The application deadline is

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