PhD Position in HRM (Recruitment and Selection) and Well-being
KU Leuven

PhD Position in HRM (Recruitment and Selection) and Well-being

Belgium 07 Jul 2021


KU Leuven

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(ref. BAP-2021-347)

The Department of Work and Organisation Studies (WOS) is an interdisciplinary group of about 50 scholars with backgrounds in economics, sociology, psychology, management and history, bringing different theoretical as well as methodological perspectives to the study of work. More specifically, the research at WOS aims to extend knowledge on employees’ and job seekers’ psychosocial well-being and on organizational practices, policies, and processes that affect the nature and conditions of work and the organisation of labour within the society. If you want to find out more about our research and who we are as research group, we invite you to visit our website: The Faculty of Economics and Business has four campuses. This position is related to our campuses in Antwerp and Brussels. Both are vibrant cities in the heart of Europe. KU Leuven is an innovative research and educational institution with international recognition.

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You will execute a scientific research project and write a PhD in the domain of HRM (recruitment and selection) and well-being. The purpose of this PhD is to contribute to the knowledge on how application processes affect candidates and organisations. The project will specifically focus on (a) what are the critical elements of an application process in creating the ‘candidate experience’; (b) how this candidate experience affects the mental well-being and future perceived employability of the candidate; (c) how this candidate experience affects outcomes relevant for the organization like intention to reapply, positive word of mouth/mouse; (d) and why family businesses could offer a better candidate experience and hence reach an advantageous position in the war for talent. This research will rely predominantly on quantitative methods (e.g., survey designs with vignette studies; diary studies, ..) and additionally on qualitative methods (e.g. in-depth interviews). 

Duration of the project will be 4 years, counting from the first day of employment.

• You hold a master's degree in a Humanities and Social Sciences domain (e.g., Management, Psychology, Applied Economics, Business Engineering, Sociology, or other);

• You have received at least two 'honours' (i.e., cum laude, distinction) mentions over the course of your higher education, from which one ‘honour’ in your master;

• You have demonstrable experience with, or a strong interest in designing and executing survey and/or experimental studies;

• You are a good writer, and you are not afraid of public speaking (e.g. delivering a conference presentation, teaching a class);

• Your written and spoken English and Dutch are excellent (the data collection will be in Dutch);

• You are an intellectually curious, analytical 'idea person', with a knack for academic research and a proactive, self-directed approach to work;

• You are open to invest in your personal development

We offer employment as a full-time doctoral researcher in a stimulating environment where you predominantly work together with your supervisors, prof. dr. Diane Arijs and prof. dr. Rein De Cooman. We want to engage you in a process in which you can grow as a scientist to set up and publish rigorous and integer scientific research which is relevant for practice (for organisations, employees and job seekers in this project). We also aim to inspire you for and to support you in your personal development (e.g. in the domain of self-efficacy, proactivity, mental resilience). Other closely involved researchers in this research project on candidate experience are: prof. dr. Yves Van Vaerenbergh and prof. dr. Karin Proost. 

We also offer you the opportunity to gain teaching experience, mainly on campus Brussels. The teaching support consists of supervising a fixed number of bachelor and/or master theses, support for exams and (preparation) of courses. 

Start date: October 1st 2021 (can be discussed) after permission of the doctoral committee (see, for a period of 4 years (pending positive evaluation after 12 months). Your main office will be in Brussels (concrete modalities about workplace and telework can be discussed).

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For more information please contact prof. dr. Rein De Cooman, tel.: +32 3 201 18 08, mail: and/or prof. dr. Diane Arijs, mail:, mobile 0032 495 867. 

You can apply for this job no later than July 7th 2021  via the online application tool. Please attach a motivation letter, CV, one reference that we may contact (e.g. master’s thesis supervisor) and a summary of your master’s thesis. Important note: your motivation letter should contain the reason(s) why you are interested in this particular position and project, as well as facts or examples that demonstrate that you satisfy the listed expectations. The face-to-face (or online if required) application interviews, in which we integrate a research assignment, are scheduled on July 19th and 22nd 2021. Afterwards an assessment can follow and the application decision is made on beginning of September 2021 at the latest.   

KU Leuven carries out an equal opportunity and diversity policy.

You can apply for this job no later than July 07, 2021 via the online application tool

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