PhD Jobs on Vulnerability and Trust in Digital Work Settings

The HBE department of the University of Twente is seeking a highly motivated and curious researcher who will work on the interplay between trust and vulnerability in (technology-immersed) digital work settings.

This Ph.D. research strives to deepen the understanding of vulnerability and trust as crucial aspects of interpersonal relationships at work. Scholars across domains have unanimously recognized that vulnerability lies at the heart of trust, grounded in the positive expectations of another party. Nevertheless, despite its pivotal role, the precise nuances of vulnerability within the context of trust remain under-explored. This shortage of knowledge becomes even more worrisome as growing levels of technological sophistication in the workplace highlight human vulnerability and “reshuffle” the foundation on which trust was believed to be built.


  • Gross monthly salary of € 2.770 in the first year, increasing each year up to € 3.539 in the fourth year;
  • Excellent benefits include a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, and a pension scheme.
  • A training program as part of the Twente Graduate School;
  • 29 holidays per year in case of full-time employment;
  • A green campus with free access to sports facilities and an international scientific community;
  • A family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid);
  • Full status as an employee at the UT, including pension, health care benefits, and good secondary conditions, is part of the collective labor agreement CAO-NU for Dutch universities.

Job Requirements

The PhD Jobs on Vulnerability and Trust in Digital Work Settings require candidates who have/is:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in organizational psychology, sociology, business administration, social work, educational sciences, or other social sciences;
  • Affinity and/or experience in understanding the interplay of “soft” and “hard” fabrics of organizations, including emergent and unforeseen dynamics;
  • A good team spirit and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented environment
  • Able to conduct independent research and willing to develop writing and publication skills;
  • A strong passion and outstanding skills in critical thinking, empathy, and qualitative methods of scientific inquiry;
  • Good communication skills and an excellent command of English.
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Application Process

  • A cover letter (maximum 2 pages A4) emphasizing the specific interest, qualifications, and motivations to apply for this position;
  • A Curriculum Vitae, including a list of all courses attended and grades obtained, and, if applicable, an overview of publications and references;
  • An IELTS test, an Internet TOEFL test (TOEFL-iBT), or a Cambridge CAE (CPE)

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Deadline: December 10, 2024.

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