Postdoc position - Department of Work and Organisation Studies (WOS)

KU Leuven
September 13 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

For the Research Centre for Work and Organisation Studies (WOS Bxl), Campus Brussels we are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher. The research department Work and Organization Studies at campus Brussels is an interdisciplinary group of scholars with backgrounds in business economics, work and organization psychology, social and economic psychology, and decision science, bringing different theoretical as well as methodological perspectives to the study of work and organizational behaviour topics (e.g., leadership, work design, strategic human resource management, employee health and well-being, behavioural change, motivation, self and identity, justice and ethics, decision-making).

The KU Leuven is a research-oriented institution and is consistently ranked among the top research universities in Europe. The Faculty of Economics and Business of this university has three campuses located in Leuven, Brussels, and Antwerp.

The main office of the hired candidate will be in Brussels, where most teaching and research assistance will be needed.

Education: Providing educational support in the department Work and Organization Studies, like:

- teaching the courses Personnel & Organisation (for students handelswetenschappen and business administration),

- supervision of master theses.

Research: The postdoctoral researcher is expected to collaborate with the department faculty within an existing research line about the person-environment fit (PE-fit). This paradigm assumes that the match between personal characteristics and characteristics of the environment has positive implications for both the employee and the organization (Schneider, Kristof, Goldstein, & Smith, 1997). Although the PE-fit has grown substantively, theoretical progress has been much slower. One of the pitfalls of PE-fit is that it neglects the contents of PE fit relationships. Based on other theories, the content of PE-fit relationship may however yield different implications. We aim to further develop the person-environment fit literature by applying different theories such as Construal Level Theory (Trope & Liberman, 2000) and Self-Determination Theory (Deci & Ryan, 2000) to understand the content and the process underlying the PE-fit paradigm.

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