KU Leuven

PhD position - microaggression, work and career experiences of women

2024-08-31 (Europe/Brussels)
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The Research Group Occupational and Organizational Psychology and Professional Learning (O2L; Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences) studies the relationship between the individual and employment, with much attention for sustainable employment and quality of work. Research topics in O2L are diverse: Employability, job insecurity, leadership, conflict and mediation, team learning... In addition, O2L invests in providing innovative education to students at both bachelor and master level.
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This project is a collaboration between KU Leuven and the University of Melbourne, funded by the Global PhD Partnerships. The funding covers two PhD positions. One PhD student will spent three years at KU Leuven and one year at the University of Melbourne. The other PhD student will spent three years at the University of Melbourne and one year at KU Leuven. The supervision team at KU Leuven is Nele De Cuyper (Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences) and Marijke Verbruggen (Faculty of Economics and Business), and at Melbourne University Alexander Newman and Jason Brown.

At the heart of the project is the observation that women, particularly women in part-time employment or from a migrant background, are more vulnerable to micro-aggressions at work. This may affect their work and career-related experiences: They are more likely to get stuck in their job and this then may ultimately lead to them exiting the labor market. This project aims to study microaggressions in connection toe work- and career-related experiences of women using a mixed method design. The PhD at KU Leuven will have a focus upon part-time employment and the PhD at Melbourne upon migrant backgrounds.


  • You have a master degree in psychology or educational sciences, business sciences, social sciences or related disciplines, with excellent study results;
  • You have a keen interest in labor market topics. You enjoy doing research related to policy-relevant and societal themes;
  • You are fluent in English;
  • You enjoy the writing process and you are eager to share your results in scientific outlets and to a broader audience;
  • You are independent and proactive, with excellent time management skills.


  • A full-time position for four years;
  • A view on achieving a joint PhD (KU Leuven - University of Melbourne);
  • A challenging and truly international environment;
  • A high degree of autonomy and flexibility
  • Many opportunities for learning and development


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Nele De Cuyper, tel.: +32 16 32 60 14, mail: nele.decuyper@kuleuven.be or Prof. dr. Marijke Verbruggen, tel.: +32 16 32 68 69, mail: marijke.verbruggen@kuleuven.be.

We expect your CV along with a cover letter and a least one reference. In a next step and after successful CV-screening, you will be invited for an interview. We may also ask you to to prepare a short presentation. The deadline for applications is 31 August 2024.
Please note that applications will close once a suitable candidate is identified. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible. 

KU Leuven strives for an inclusive, respectful and socially safe environment. We embrace diversity among individuals and groups as an asset. Open dialogue and differences in perspective are essential for an ambitious research and educational environment. In our commitment to equal opportunity, we recognize the consequences of historical inequalities. We do not accept any form of discrimination based on, but not limited to, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, ethnic or national background, skin colour, religious and philosophical diversity, neurodivergence, employment disability, health, or socioeconomic status. For questions about accessibility or support offered, we are happy to assist you at this email address.

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PhD position - microaggression, work and career experiences of women
Oude Markt 13 Leuven, Belgium
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2024-08-31 23:59 (Europe/Brussels)
2024-08-31 23:59 (CET)
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