University of Groningen
March 01, 2024
Offerd Salary:€2,770
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Working Time:Full time
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Job description

Financial institutions play a crucial role in the context of shifting global power dynamics and international challenges (climate emergency, artificial intelligence, armed conflicts, migration). In this project, you will work on the topic of human rights due diligence responsibilities of financial institutions. The goal of the project is to identify and normatively ground the responsibilities of financial institutions to acquire evidence and knowledge about their stakeholders.

We are looking for excellent research master students who are interested in normative questions concerning global finance and human rights. The ideal candidate has an excellent academic track record and extensive experience with normative and/or conceptual research methods.

The PhD position is part of an M20 project of the Rudolph Agricola School for Sustainable Development, joining the economics and philosophy faculties of the University of Groningen. You will work under the supervision of staff from the Faculty of Economics and Business (dr. J.A.M. de Grefte, prof. dr. B.P. de Bruin) as well as from the Faculty of Philosophy (prof. dr. F.A. Hindriks).

About the University of Groningen Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the approximately 32.000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

About the Faculty of Economics and Business The Faculty of Economics and Business has an inspiring study and working environment for students and employees. International accreditation enables the Faculty to assess performance against the highest international standards. It also creates an exciting environment of continuous improvement. FEB's programmes, academic staff and research do well on various excellence ranking lists.


We are looking for candidates with

  • a research master's degree in Philosophy (or be near completion) with a demonstrable interest in (international) Finance;
  • a strong academic track record;
  • a background in conceptual/normative research methods;
  • strong analytical skills;
  • English writing and presentation skills.
  • Organisation Conditions of employment

    The full-time appointment is temporary for a period of in principle four years, under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year. The gross monthly starting salary is €2,770.-, which increases yearly to a maximum of €3.539,-. Based on the gross salary you will receive an additional 8% holiday allowance each year in May, and an additional 8.3 % end of year bonus in December.

    Preferred starting date: as soon as possible.


    You may apply for this position until 29 February 11:59pm / before 1 March 2024 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). The application package consists of the following separate documents:

    1. your CV 2. a motivation letter (500w) in which you outline your fit with the project 3. a short research idea (500w) this can include abstracts for papers or chapters to be written as part of the PhD project 4. a scan of your diploma including transcripts 5. proof of English proficiency 6. other relevant documents.

    Documents 1-5 are compulsory. Please note that incomplete application packages will not be taken into account. An assessment may be part of the application procedure, consisting of psychological tests and an interview.

    The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage: https: // www. strategy/diversity-and-inclusion/

    Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): https: // www. and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: https: //

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    For information you can contact:

  • For information on the project please contact dr. J.A.M. de Grefte,
  • For general information on the application procedure, febphdvacancies
  • Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

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