Assistant/Associate professor of Boards and Executive Leadership Development (Tenure Track)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Assistant/Associate professor of Boards and Executive Leadership Development (Tenure Track)
  • University Graduate
Are you  a business scholar with an interest in boards and executive leadership development? Then Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam would like to get to know you. Apply for the position of:

Assistant/Associate professor of Boards and Executive Leadership Development (Tenure Track)

FTE: 1

Job description

As part of our growth ambitions, we seek a new colleague on the level of Assistant / Associate Professor who is passionate about doing research on boards and executive leadership development with a qualitative research background, and can publish at the highest level. An interest in the impact of new technological developments (e.g., digitization) or societal developments (e.g., sustainability) on the work of boards is a plus. The new hire will play a key role in strengthening our HRM/OB section and expanding its research and teaching programs. Furthermore, candidates for the position should be enthusiastic about creating a motivating learning environment especially for students in the Master specialization Leadership and Change Management, participants of the Post-Graduate, MBA and Executive MBA programmes. Additionally, the selected candidate will help to develop the VU Centre for Boards and Executive Leadership Development. 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 fields supervisory boards, executive commotees and leadership, culminating in top tier publications and grant acquisitions
  • Teach and design courses at the bachelor level (e.g., the SBE International Business Administration), master level (e.g., MSc Business Administration, specialization Leadership and Change Management, and/or MBA and Executive MBA), and postgraduate level (e.g., full-time/part-time PhD programmes); supervise bachelor and master theses
  • Contribute to the management of the Department / School committees


Succesful candidates hold a PhD degree in Business Administration/Management, or a related field in the social sciences (completed or with a fixed date for the defense) and should be fluent in English. Assistant Professor candidates have significant teaching experience with good evaluations; are committed to obtaining a university teaching qualification and demonstrate a strong research potential. Prior publication experience in top journals in the field of management and organization studies is a strong asset. Candidates for the Associate professor position hold a strong track record of publishing in high quality academic journals and should possess an excellent record of teaching performance, and involvement in (developing) BA/MA and executive education, as well as supervision of PhD students. Evidence of successful research valorization is an asset.

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,637 and a maximum €4,978 (scale 11) for the Assistant Professor or a minimum gross monthly salary of €5,039 and a maximum of €6,133 (scale 13) for the Associate Professor, 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 initial employment contract will affect a period of 6 years, with the possibility of extension.
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) 
  • contribution to commuting expenses 
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

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. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,500 students. We employ more than 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.

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
The Department of Management and Organization comprises a large, diverse group of micro and macro scholars who seek to combine research excellence with passion in teaching. The department has a strong research tradition, manifested in top tier publication records (Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies etc.) well as in success in attracting external funding for research. The Department has a collaborative ethos with members actively working together on research and teaching projects. Our Department is highly diverse in terms of cultural backgrounds and we enjoy working in an international environment. We offer an active PhD program, Master programs in Entrepreneurship, Management Consulting, Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership Change Management and Strategy & Organization and a broad range of courses in several Bachelor programs. For more information about the department and the management consulting research group, see our website:


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 10 December 2019.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

Name: Prof. dr. Svetlana Khapova
Position: Professor of Careers and Organisation Studies

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