Post Doc in AI at Work
VU University of Amsterdam School of Business and Economics

Are you interested in conducting research on developing, implementing and using AI in organisations effectively and responsibly? Are you a team player who likes to work across disciplines? Please apply for this postdoc position at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’s KIN research group.


FTE:  1.0

Job description

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the field of information technology and organization theory, with a strong interest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) based solutions that are currently being developed and rolled out in organizations and are rapidly changing work. Being crucially different from prior ‘rule based’ expert systems, AI systems bring about novel risks and challenges for organizations and knowledge work that you will help to unravel.

The candidate will be based at the KIN Center for Digital Innovation, School of Business and Economics at the Vrije Universiteit. The candidate has to be experienced in qualitative research on technology development and use in organisations, and is open to multi- or interdisciplinary collaborations. Considering the ambitions of the KIN Center for Digital Innovation to create a positive impact on society, experience with valorisation activities, team science, collaboration with societal and business partners and good communication skills is an asset for this position.


We are looking for people who:

  • have a PhD in a relevant field (e.g., business administration, (organizational) sociology or related social science discipline)
  • have a track record of successful collaboration with industry partners and active research valorization activities.
  • expertise in qualitative research methods e.g. ethnography, interviews, and observations
  • are interested in and open to collaborate with researchers from other disciplines on societal challenges
  • have a good scientific publication record in relevant journals
  • Contribute to collaborative atmosphere of the department and have an open and transparent communication style

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,836 (scale 10)
and a maximum €5,211 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: Onderzoeker 3 or 4 is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 1.0 FTE.

The initial appointment will be for 2 years and can be extended with teaching. The starting date is 01.01.2022.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.


We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

School of Business and Economics

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) provides high-quality education and excellent research in business administration and economics with a focus on contributing to the social, economic and ecological challenges of our time. Whether it is the use of robots in society or big data, labour market participation or flexibility in the labour market, traffic jams or the housing market, flash crashes in the stock market or choice behaviour in gambling, leadership or change management: we believe in goal-oriented scientific research and understand that progress in academics, the business community and society is achieved through cooperation, openness and social responsibility.

At SBE, all of our highly-motivated colleagues work together closely in a stimulating, dynamic and international environment to achieve our collective goal of encouraging society to make informed choices. Approximately 4,200 Bachelor’s and Master’s students and 1,700 executive students are enrolled at the School, and employs roughly 500 people.

About KIN Center for Digital Innovation

The KIN Center for Digital Innovation ( is a multi-disciplinary research institute on digital innovation and is part of the School of Business and Economics of the VU University of Amsterdam. We are an international group of 40 researchers studying the ways in which the use and development of digital innovations affect the way we work and organize. The group is very well connected to both the academic and private and public organizations. On top of delivering top quality teaching and research, the KIN Center for Digital Innovation is creating a platform for collaboration with private and public organizations, offering various forms of executive education, research collaboration and knowledge sharing sessions for business partners.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae, your publications, a personal vision statement (+/- 1 page) about research and teaching, and a cover letter. We start inviting candidates from now on and the search continues until the vacancy is filled with a high-quality candidate.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions

If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Marlous Agterberg
Position: Research and Valorisation Manager


Name: Marleen Huysman
Position: Full professor of Knowledge and Organization

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