Phd Researcher Unemployment and Inactivity Department of Work and Organization Studies
KU Leuven Work and Organization Studies Research Unit, Leuven

Phd Researcher Unemployment And Inactivity



For the Research Group Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology (Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences), the Department of Work and Organization Studies (Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences) and the Faculty Research Center for Labor Market Monitoring (Policy Research Center, Faculty of Economics and Business Studies) (st) interested in scientific research on unemployment and inactivity with a view to making a doctorate.



You prepare a doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Prof. dr. Nele De Cuyper (Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences), Prof. dr. Anneleen Forrier (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, WOS) and Prof. dr. Dr. Sarah Vansteenkiste (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Policy Support Center). The dissertation is about unemployment and inactivity. The aim of the thesis is to gain insight into the various profiles within the labor market reserve. What determines their distance and barriers to the labor market and how can their transfer to the labor market be remedied?

Within a doctoral program, you are expected to set up and conduct independent research in collaboration with your promoters: you are responsible for devising and setting up the studies, data collection and processing. You report your findings during scientific conferences, in scientific articles, to the various stakeholders and the general public. Within your PhD you will have the opportunity to attend seminars and / or training courses to further develop your competences. You follow the doctoral training of the KU Leuven.


You have a master's degree in psychology or pedagogical sciences, a master's degree in economic and business sciences, a master's degree in social sciences or another social science discipline;

You achieved excellent study results (average distinction);

You have a great interest in interdisciplinary scientific research and interest in issues related to unemployment and inactivity. You like research that is closely related to policy-relevant and social themes;

You are interested in both quantitative and qualitative research;

You have a good knowledge of English and a structured writing style. You can communicate your results smoothly, both in scientific outlets and to the wider public;

You are independent and flexible, have good organizational skills and time management.


We offer you a position as a full-time doctoral fellow for a period of two years, renewable for two years if the evaluation is positive.

As a doctoral student you will end up in a stimulating and challenging international working environment with a high degree of flexibility and autonomy.

Start date: October 2019


More information is available from Prof. dr. Nele De Cuyper, (, Prof. dr. Anneleen Forrier ( or Prof. dr. Dr. Sarah Vansteenkiste (

Information about the research groups can be found here:, and

Please enclose a motivation letter and CV (including detailed study results) and at least one reference that we may contact with your application. Candidates who are selected after their initial screening of their CV are invited to an interview in the second phase. It will also be requested to work out a short presentation related to the subject of the doctorate. This interview takes place (preferably) on 1 July.

You can apply for this vacancy up to and including 16/06/2019 via our online application application

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