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2 PhD positions on the Gig Economy (1.0 FTE)

Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciences is looking for two PhD candidates. Are you interested? Then please read the full profile and apply.

8 maanden geleden


Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand


We are looking for two PhD candidates who will work on two projects. These two projects are part of an NWO-VIDI Grant on the “Gig Economy”, which funds research on online labour markets and their institutional foundations. Enabling the hiring of service workers via internet-based platforms, the gig economy is revolutionizing traditional employment. The socio-economic consequences are massive, ranging from increased work-autonomy to the possible erosion of labour standards. Interestingly, the opportunities and threats of the gig economy are perceived differently across countries, also depending on national regulation of dependent employment.

To understand the gig economy – its institutional foundations, its impacts on national labour markets and necessities for regulation – the PhD candidates will collect and analyze data on gig workers, online platforms and the social partners. Analyses will include different regression techniques, discrete choice experiments and sequence analyses.

The candidates will become part of the NWO-VIDI project team and its international network, as well as the wider Innovation Studies group – led by Koen Frenken, Marko Hekkert and Ellen Moors – of the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. A three- to six-months research stay at a foreign University or Research Institute is envisaged as part of the project. The students will be supervised by Associate Professor Andrea Herrmann.


We seek highly motivated candidates with an MSc degree in any (combination) of the following disciplines: Business and Management Studies, Political Economy, Political Sciences, Industrial Relations, Sociology, Economics, Innovation Studies or a related discipline.

We are looking for candidates who:

  • have knowledge of and interest in institutional theories;
  • have strong analytical skills and a background in quantitative methodologies;
  • are proficient in English;
  • have excellent scientific writing and planning skills.


The successful candidate will be offered a full-time PhD position, initially for one year. Upon successful evaluation of the first year, the contract will be extended for three more years. Employment conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities. In line with the agreements, the gross monthly salary increases each year and accordingly ranges from € 2,222 to € 2,840 (full-time employment).

The salary is supplemented by a holiday allowance of 8% per year and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. We offer a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). Facilities for sports and childcare are available on our campus, which is only fifteen minutes away from the historical city centre of Utrecht. Here you'll find more information about working at Utrecht University.

Additionele informatie

Additional information can be obtained from Andrea Herrmann via A.M.Herrmann@uu.nl.