Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Doctorate
Are you  a social scientist with an interest in entrepreneurship? Then Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam would like to get to know you.


Job description

As part of our growth ambitions, we seek to appoint a new assistant professor who is passionate about entrepreneurship and is committed to research and teaching excellence in this exciting field.

The new hire will play a key role in strengthening our entrepreneurship section and expanding its research and teaching programs. Doing so requires familiarity with start-up and/or corporate entrepreneurship, based on research or professional experience.

The position is embedded in a supportive international work environment that is characterized by a strong commitment towards research productivity, teaching innovation and teamwork

Your duties
  • initiate and perform high-quality research in the field of entrepreneurship, culminating in top tier publications and grant acquisitions
  • teach and design courses, both at the bachelor level (e.g., the SBE Minor Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship courses offered at other faculties of VU) and master level (e.g., the joint VU-UvA Master in Entrepreneurship, as well as supervise bachelor and master theses
  • contribute to the management of the Department / School committees
  • be committed to obtaining a university teaching qualification


Candidates must have a PhD in Management or a related field in the social sciences (completed or with a fixed date for the defence) and should be fluent in English. Prior publication experience in top management or entrepreneurship journals is a strong asset. Candidates without a completed PhD but who already have a proven research record are also encouraged to apply. So are current assistant professors with a few years of experience. They might complete the tenure track early.

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,746 (scale 11) and a maximum of €5,127 (scale 11), based on a full-time employment, depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 1 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 6 years with the possibility of tenure. The position involves research (40%) and teaching (60%). Candidates should be willing to acquire a teaching qualification as demanded by Dutch universities (if they do not already have one).

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)
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
  • good growth opportunities

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.

The Department of Management & Organization
At the department of Management & Organization we see research and teaching in a mutually supportive relationship and foster an academic spirit that holds up the unity of education and scientific research. We strive for excellence in research by making a strong contribution to international scholarly debates. At the same time, we stimulate innovative and progressive teaching methods and close interaction with our students. Members of our department have received prestigious teaching awards, while we also have a strong track record in research by publishing regularly in leading journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management Studies, and Organization Science

We encourage heterogeneity in research methodologies and endorse both quantitative and qualitative approaches. In their research, members of our group focus on topics such as mergers and alliances, corporate social responsibility, strategic entrepreneurship, organizational transformation, leadership, career development, changing employer-employee relationships, and other topics. The Department has a collaborative ethos with staff actively working together on research projects and papers. We also organize regular seminars and workshops both about how to improve our research and our teaching.

Our group  is highly diverse in terms of cultural backgrounds and we enjoy working in an international environment. The department offers a broad range of courses in both Bachelor and Master programs, including Master specializations in Entrepreneurship, Management Consulting, Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership & Organizational Transformation and Strategy & Organization. For more information about the department and our people, see our website.

The Assistant Professor will enhance and contribute to the Department’s teaching and research activities and be member of the entrepreneurship section. The research program of this section focuses on core topics in the field of entrepreneurship such as the creation and growth of new firms and industries, the psychological and cognitive underpinnings of entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship and strategic renewal, and the dynamics of regional clusters and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Important outlets for the group are Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 1 September 2021.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

Name: Wouter Stam
Position: Professor of Entrepreneurship
Telephone: +31 20 5986348

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