PhD Positions in Finance
Catholic University of Leuven

(ref. BAP-2023-565)
The Department of Accounting, Finance & Insurance is looking for highly motivated candidates, interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Business Economics at KU Leuven on topics related to 1) EMPIRICAL BANKING or 2) TRADING IN FINANCIAL MARKETS.


1)The empirical banking PhD project will address emerging challenges for the banking sector in times of high interest rates and inflation, and in view of structural transformations as required by the green transition. 
2)The trading in financial markets PhD project will study the impact of frictions in trading when securities can trade on several venues. 


To enter the doctoral program immediately, students must have successfully completed a master's degree in (applied) economics, econometrics, finance or business engineering by September 2023.
Successful candidates should have excellent qualifications at bachelor and master level.
The candidate should have a high level of proficiency in English sufficient to communicate effectively with colleagues.



We offer a full-time position as a Ph.D. scholarship recipient, consisting of an initial period of 12 months, which – upon positive evaluation – will be extended to a maximum of 4 years. 
The individualized doctoral program allows the doctoral student to devote four years to full-time research. The program ultimately leads to a doctoral degree and prepares the student for an academic career at a top university or a career as a researcher in a policy institution. Detailed information about the program, including admission requirements and placement records, can be found at 
The Department of Accounting, Finance & Insurance offers a dynamic, stimulating and pleasant working environment. The student will be part of the Research Group Finance, which enjoys a strong international reputation and is part of a wide network consisting of other universities, companies and institutions.
The student will be able to further develop skills through Ph.D. courses, seminars and international conferences.
The contract can start as of October 1, 2023.


Your application package should indicate in the headline of the research statement whether you apply for the EMPIRICAL BANKING and/or TRADING IN FINANCIAL MARKETS vacancy. The application should include the following documents:
• Curriculum vitae
• Research statement
• Transcript of all university grades
• (recommended) GRE or GMAT test score and/or evidence of English proficiency such as TOEFL or IELTS test scores
For more information on the empirical banking position, please contact Prof. dr. Alessandro Scopelliti, email:, and for the trading in financial markets position Prof. dr. Hans Degryse; email: 
You can apply for this job no later than September 03, 2023 via the
KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at
  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven/Brussel
  • Apply before: September 3, 2023
  • Tags: Bedrijfswetenschappen
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