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PhD position on Vulnerability and Trust in Digital Work Settings

We are seeking a highly motivated and curious researcher who will work on the interplay between trust and vulnerability in technology-immersed work settings.

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Key takeaways

  • Hours
    38 - 40 hr.
  • Salary indication
    Salary gross/monthly
    based on full-time
    € 2,770 - € 3,539
  • Deadline
    10 Dec 2023

We are seeking a highly motivated and curious researcher who will work on the interplay between trust and vulnerability in technology-immersed work settings, such as hybrid work and virtual learning environments, advanced analytics ecosystems, or employee-leader-algorithms triads. You will benefit from an interdisciplinary team of people management, organization- and communication studies experts conducting innovative research on technology and work relationships, such as people analytics, algorithmic management, innovation ecosystems, and "robots as new team members". As such, you will join the IEBIS section of the High-tech Business & Entrepreneurship Department (HBE) at the Faculty of Behavioural Management and Social Sciences.

If so, we invite you to join our team and embark on an intellectually stimulating PhD adventure!

The challenge

This Ph.D. research strives to deepen our understanding of vulnerability and trust as crucial aspects of interpersonal relationships at work. Scholars across domains have unanimously recognized that vulnerability lies at the heart of trust, grounded in positive expectations of another party. Nevertheless, despite its pivotal role, the precise nuances of vulnerability within the context of trust remain under-explored. This shortage of knowledge becomes even more worrisome as growing levels of technological sophistication in the workplace highlight human vulnerability and "reshuffle" the foundation on which trust was believed to be built.

Your profile

We are looking for a candidate who has/is:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in organizational psychology, sociology, business administration, social work, educational sciences, or other social sciences;
  • Affinity and/or experience in understanding the interplay of "soft" and "hard" fabrics of organizations, including emergent and unforeseen dynamics;
  • A good team spirit and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented environment;
  • Able to conduct independent research and willing to develop writing and publication skills;
  • A strong passion and outstanding skills in critical thinking, empathy, and qualitative methods of scientific inquiry;
  • Good communication skills and an excellent command of English.

Our offer

We encourage high responsibility and independence while collaborating with colleagues, researchers, other university staff, and partners. We follow the terms of employment by the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO). Our offer contains a full-time 4-year PhD position with a first-year qualifier; excellent mentorship in a stimulating research environment with excellent facilities; and a personal development program. It also includes:

  • Gross monthly salary of € 2.770 in the first year, increasing each year up to € 3.539 in the fourth year;
  • Excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, and a pension scheme;
  • 29 holidays per year in case of full-time employment;
  • A training program as part of the Twente Graduate School where you and your supervisors will settle a plan for a suitable education and supervision;
  • A green campus with free access to sports facilities and an international scientific community;
  • A family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid);
  • Full status as an employee at the UT, including pension, health care benefits, and good secondary conditions are part of our collective labor agreement CAO-NU for Dutch universities.

Information and application

Are you interested in joining our interdisciplinary team with dr. Simon Schafheitle, dr. Suzanne Janssen and prof. dr. Klaasjan Visscher? Please submit your application before Dec 10th, 2023, and include:

Additional information can be acquired via email from s.d.schafheitle@utwente.nl.

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About the department

The HBE department is dedicated to encouraging a supportive and inclusive working culture. Our aim is that all job applicants are given equal opportunities. When we select candidates for employment, it will be based on their competence and ability. To support workforce diversity, we are open to offering flexible working conditions on an individual basis to support work-life balance, which may include a contract of employment, working hours and location, or childcare arrangements.

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About the organisation

The Faculty of Behavioral, Management and Social sciences (BMS) aims to play a key role in understanding, jointly developing and evaluating innovations in society. Technological developments are the engine of innovation. As a technical university that puts people first, we tailor them to human needs and behavior and use social engineering to integrate them into society. We also ensure adequate governance at public and private level, and robust, inclusive and fair organizational structures. We do this by developing, sharing and applying high-quality knowledge in Psychology, Business Administration, Public Administration, Communication Sciences, Philosophy, Educational Sciences and Health Sciences. Our research and education in these disciplines revolves around tackling and solving societal challenges. The research programs of BMS are closely linked to the research of the UT institutes Mesa+ Institute for Nanotechnology, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.

As an employer, the Faculty of BMS offers work that matters. We equip you to create new possibilities for yourself and for our society. With us, you will become part of a leading technical university with increasing, positive social impact. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial atmosphere, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example through our flexible, adaptable benefits.

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Schafheitle, S.D. (Simon)

Schafheitle, S.D. (Simon)
Assistant Professor

Schafheitle, S.D. (Simon)
Assistant Professor

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How to apply

Step 1

Apply.
When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

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Step 2

Selection.
The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

Step 3

1st interview.
The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

Step 4

2nd interview.
In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

Step 5

The offer.
If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

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