PhD - NWO project "changing inter-organizational collaboration in circular construction projects"

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • PhD - NWO project "changing inter-organizational collaboration in circular construction projects"
  • University Graduate
Are you interested in cultural change and circularity? Do you want to contribute to the transition towards a circular and low-carbon construction economy by changing the collaboration between contractors, clients, architects and suppliers? Please apply to this interesting and relevant Phd position.

FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

The PhD will study collaborative behaviour in circular construction projects through an ethnography approach. PhD student will obtain an in-depth understanding of the daily inter-organisational collaboration and suggest interventions to improve this collaboration. The Phd is actively engaged in the improvement of circular construction projects through action research.

Your duties
  • Conduct data collection through a (multi-sited) ethnography
  • Analyse micro conditions of successful collaboration in circular construction projects
  • Write articles for international peer reviewed scientific journals
  • Write a PhD thesis
  • Support the consortium partners in their transition towards a full circular construction economy
  • Collaborate with other scholars in the research project
  • Participate in the research activities of Organisation Sciences Department
  • Contribute to some teaching tasks of the Organisation Sciences Department


  • Msc in organisation sciences, (organisation) anthropology, organisation psychology, or social sciences
  • Has experience with ethnographic research
  • Is interested in circularity, innovation and energy transition
  • Is a team player, working together with other researchers and practitioners of the consortium
  • Needs to be proficient in spoken Dutch

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organisation. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,325 (scale 85.0) per month during the first year and increases to €2,972 (scale 85.3) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system for PhD's and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a good evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended to 4 years.
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, a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge, discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance)

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.

Faculty of Social Sciences
The Faculty of Social Sciences examines the major social problems of our time from multiple perspectives. From bullying at school to dealing with illegal immigration, from the rise of populist politicians to creating a self-reliant society. Only at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will find all the academic disciplines needed to understand these 'wicked problems': alongside the traditional disciplines such as sociology, anthropology and politics, we also research and teach the new social sciences such as communication science and management & organization science. We do not settle for easy answers in our teaching and research. Our researchers and students are critical thinkers and doers who work together to devise surprising solutions to the problems of today.

Working at the Faculty of Social Sciences means working with colleagues from a range of academic disciplines in an inspiring and personal work and study environment with excellent research facilities. We employ more than 250 staff members, and we are home to around 2,500 students.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 15 May 2020. The first round of job interviews will be executed through Skype and are planned for the end of May. The second round will be face-to-face interviews organised when travel limitations due to Corona will be over, hopefully in June/July.  

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. Alfons van Marrewijk. 
Position: Associatie Professor at the Department Organization Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, Full Professor Construction Cultures (0,2 fte) at the Department of Management in the Built Environment at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Delft University of Technology, and Adjunct Professor of Project Management at BI Oslo
Telephone: +31 20 5986740

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