We are inviting applications for a 4-year PhD position at the Department of Economics of TiSEM, Tilburg University. The PhD candidate will be involved in a research project on “Discriminative preferences and fairness ideals in diverse societies” funded by an ERC grant of the European Commission. The research will be conducted under the supervision of Prof. Dr. S. Suetens.
The project systematically studies ethnic discrimination in European societies. The project consists of three main objectives. A first objective is to investigate whether and how preferences of European natives in social interactions depend on others’ ethnicity. Are natives as altruistic, reciprocal, envious to immigrants as compared to other natives? A second objective is to study whether natives have different fairness ideals—what constitutes a fair distribution of resources from the perspective of an impartial spectator—when it comes to natives than when it comes to non-natives. A third objective is to analyze whether preferences and fairness ideals depend on exposure to diversity: do preferences and fairness ideals of natives change as contact with non-natives increases, and, if so, how?
Candidates need to have a background or strong interest in the topic, as well as in methods of experimental economics or micro-econometrics. They need to have successfully finished or are about to finish a research master in Economics or Econometrics, equivalent to the research master offered at CentER, Tilburg University.
Applications should include the following documents
- Motivation letter
- Copy of Bachelor and Master degree
- Copy of Bachelor and Master grade list
- 2 letters of recommendation
- GRE/GMAT or equivalent
- English proficiency test TOEFL/ IELTS or equivalent (exemptions possible)
- Written work
The position starts in principle in September 2018 but other starting dates may be considered. Tilburg University offers outstanding employee benefits, as well as an inspiring work environment and exciting campus life. The candidate will be part of the Behavioral and Experimental Economists group (link) and CentER (link). We offer a full-time appointment for 4 years. The gross monthly salary will be in accordance with the salary scales for PhD candidates at Dutch universities, i.e. ranging from €2,222 in the first year to €2,840 in the final year. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable. Researchers from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. All university employees are covered by the so-called civil servants pension fund (ABP). The university offers very good fringe benefits such as an options model for terms and conditions of employment, excellent reimbursement of moving expenses, excellent technical infrastructure and sports facilities.
Department of Economics
Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM) is the university largest faculty. TiSEM offers well reputed academic research and education. Its research belongs to the European top. The education programs, of which the majority are offered completely in English, are on the international map with the AACSB accreditation awarded in 2002. Employees and students form an ambitious international community.