PHD RESEARCHER with regard to competencies in the labour market

25 March 2019

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For the Research Centre Work and Organization Studies, and the Research Centre for Management Informatics at the Faculty of Economics and Business, we are looking for a PhD researcher with an interest in quantitative scientific research concerning the (mis)match between the demand and supply of competencies on the labour market.

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You prepare a doctoral thesis under supervision of Prof. dr. Sarah Vansteenkiste (supervisor), Prof. Wilfried Lemahieu (co-supervisor) en prof. dr. Bart Baesens (co-supervisor). The position takes place within the Deep CARMA (Career Management Analytics) chair, financed by the Flemish Public Employment Service (VDAB). You will conduct research on two domains: 
1) Optimizing the match between required and requested skills and competencies in a changing labour market. How can we optimize the search strategy of jobseekers and employers with vacancy recommender systems?
2) Exploring the better use of external policy-oriented labour market data.
In the context of the doctoral thesis, you work independently yet in close collaboration with your supervisors: you are responsible for designing and setting up the studies, data collection and processing. You report your findings at scientific conferences, in scientific articles, to the various stakeholders and the general public. As part of your PhD, you will have the opportunity to attend seminars and / or study programs to develop your competences. You follow the doctoral training of KU Leuven.


-You have a master degree in in economic and business sciences, in social sciences or in psychology or educational sciences,
-You have obtained excellent study results (at least one distinction);
-You are fluent in both Dutch and English and you have a structured writing style. You can communicate your results easily, both in scientific outlets and to the wider public;
-You have a keen interest in interdisciplinary scientific research and interest in themes related to the labour market and matching of skills. You like research that is closely related to policy-relevant and social themes.
-You have a good knowledge in data-analytics and a keen interest in quantitative research
-You have a good knowledge of Excel, other Office Packages and statistical programs (for example SAS, STATA, SPSS, R, ...).
-You are interested in the functioning of the labour market and labour market policy in a Flemish, federal and European context and you are willing to scrutinize this further.
-You are independent and flexible, have good organizational and time management skills.


We offer you a position as a full-time doctoral researcher for a period of one year, renewable for two or three years conditional upon positive evaluation. As a PhD student you will end up in a stimulating and challenging international work environment with a high degree of flexibility and autonomy.

Starting date: Summer 2019