Post Doc in Poor's Poor Decisions and Cognitive Depletion

Radboud University Nijmegen School of Management


Postdoc on Poor's Poor Decisions and Cognitive Depletion

  • 32 hours per week
  • Maximum gross monthly salary: € 5,127
  • Nijmegen School of Management
  • Required background: PhD
  • Duration of the contract: 2 years
  • Application deadline: 1 October 2020

We are looking for

The Economics and Business Economics department at the Nijmegen School of Management (Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands) is seeking applications for the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow on 'Poor's poor decisions and cognitive depletion'. The project aims at understanding why the poor stay poor and are trapped in poverty. There are two different views. The first view suggests that the poor stay poor because they have some negative traits, such as low competence and/or weak motivation. The second, more recent view suggests that the poor are trapped in poverty because their cognitive capacity is impaired by their difficult situation which prevents them from making good decisions. These two views have drastically different policy implications. For example, according to the first view, we need to provide more training to and impose discipline on the poor, while according to the second view these policies are unlikely to be successful, and the poor should instead be provided with more financial and/or mental support. Our project aims to provide more insights into the reasons why the poor stay poor and to evaluate the policy implications of our findings. 

We will investigate this project through laboratory and field experiments. The Economics and Business Economics department at the Nijmegen School of Management has a vibrant experimental group working directly on behavioural economics and finance. You can also share and discuss your ideas through the multidisciplinary research unit on individual and group decision making - the Integrated Decision Making hot spot - at the Nijmegen School of Management.

In this position you will closely collaborate with Jana Vyrastekova and Jianying Qiu. Together with them, you will design experiments and run them in the field (e.g. recruitment of experimental subjects and training of assistants for the field experiments). You will also perform statistical analysis, publish the results in academic papers and internationally recognised journals. Depending on the situation, you may also write research grant proposals with the support of your research collaborators.

We ask

  • You hold a PhD in economics or economic psychology, preferably with a focus on behavioural and experimental economics. Experience with field work is a considerable advantage.
  • You should have a good command of English and Mandarin, because you will work in the Netherlands and the main field study will be conducted in suburban China.
  • You have experience with academic writing, demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • You are able to work creatively, flexibly and independently.

We are

The Nijmegen School of Management (NSM) is an academic centre of research and higher education, focusing on institutional and managerial issues within complex organisations. There are seven disciplines within NSM: Business Administration, Public Administration, Political Science, Economics and Business Economics, Social and Political Sciences of the Environment, Human Geography, and Spatial Planning. NSM strives for a multidisciplinary approach. Its educational programme is characterised by small-scale teaching and provides a stimulating learning environment with an emphasis on the development of academic skills. NSM employs 280 FTEs, 75% of whom are academics. Currently, NSM has approximately 4,800 students.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • Employment: 32 hours per week (0.8 FTE position).
  • A maximum gross monthly salary of € 5,127 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 11).
  • The exact salary depends on the candidate's qualifications and amount of relevant professional experience.
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: two-years 
  • The intended start date is 1 February 2021, provided all necessary visa and work permits have been obtained by then.
  • Under special circumstances, applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, by which 30% of their salary is tax free.
  • Radboud University offers a dynamic position in an attractive work environment and has excellent terms and conditions of employment, including an attractive retirement scheme and (partly paid) maternity leave.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment  and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Would you like more information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Jana Vyrastekova, Assistant Professor of Economics

Jianying Qiu, Associate Professor of Behavioral Economics and Finance

Apply directly

Please address your application to Jana Vyrastekova and submit it, using the application button, no later than 1 October 2020, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.   

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation explaining your motivation, your interest in the project and the topic of cognitive depletion and poverty, and your competences.
  • CV including qualifications, a list of academic publications, and an academic reference supporting your application.
The first round of interviews will take place on 12 October 2020.

We drafted this vacancy to find and hire our new colleague ourselves. Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from responding.

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