PhD, “Auditors at the Crossroads: Navigating the Opportunities and Challenges”

The graduate school of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen has available a PhD position on the topic “Auditors at the Crossroads: Navigating the Opportunities and Challenges.”

The increasing public awareness of companies’ sustainability issues has led to a shift in recent years, prompting environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks to be a growing concern for auditors. As a result, auditors broaden the scope of their analyses beyond financial information to include ESG-related matters. ESG information is an opportunity for auditors, as it enables them to make more informed judgements and risk assessments. However, it may also represent a challenge, given the significant costs that auditors face when incorporating information available on ESG risks, which are mostly subjective, fragmented, complex to verify, and require specific expertise.

The candidate will work within the Department of Accounting and Auditing at the University of Groningen.

Duration: 4 Years 

Starting Date: As soon as possible.


In accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities, the University of Groningen offers

  • the gross monthly starting salary is €2,770, which increases annually to a maximum of €3.539.
  • a gross holiday allowance of 8% and a gross 8.3% year-end bonus based on the gross salary

Job Requirements

For the position Auditors at the Crossroads, they seek candidates with:

  • a strong background (MSc, research master) in auditing, accounting, business economics, and/or finance
  • an interest in sustainability and ESG matters (their impact on financial reporting and their relevance to the audit process)
  • a high motivation and the wish to make a career in research
  • an excellent command of English in terms of writing and presentation skills.
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However, a good knowledge of

  • Using statistical software (e.g., Stata, SAS, Python, or R),
  • Programming, and
  • Conducting interviews and surveys serves as a recommendation but is not a requirement.

Application Process

The application package consists of the following separate documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • a motivation letter (1A4 max) and a short study proposal for the PhD project (2 A4 max)
  • a scanned of diploma, including transcripts
  • proof of English proficiency
  • other relevant documents

To apply for the PhD “Auditors at the Crossroads: Navigating the Opportunities and Challenges,” click here.

Deadline: April 1, 2024.

For more information on the PhD “Auditors at the Crossroads: Navigating the Opportunities and Challenges,” visit the official site.

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