The department of Accounting at the Amsterdam Business School (University of Amsterdam) invites applications for PhD positions in accounting, with a preferred focus on empirical research in financial accounting, managerial accounting, and/or auditing. We are looking for candidates with the ambition to work and succeed at the highest international academic level.

The PhD position is a full-time position for a period of four years, and is a paid position with fixed salaries prescribed by the Dutch labor agreements for universities. The first year will consist of PhD-level coursework, before the candidate will start working on his or her own research agenda under the supervision of the senior professors within the department. The fourth year of the PhD position typically involves a half- to full-year visit at another internationally renowned school. PhD candidates are expected to do a limited amount of teaching-related activities, including undergraduate tutorials and the supervision of MSc and/or BSc thesis projects.

Starting date of the position: September 1, 2019.


The applicant is expected to have a Master (MSc) degree in economics or business economics, and preferably a specialization in accounting or finance. For students with a Master degree obtained from a non-Dutch university, we require a GMAT or GRE score of no more than five years old. An indication of the minimum score required is 85%. We also request proof of English proficiency through a TOEFL test (score of at least 100 on the internet based test and 600 on the paper based test) or IELTS test (minimum score of 7.5), where the scores were obtained no more than two years before the application.


Interested candidates can send their applications to with the title “ABS PhD position 2019” in the subject header. The application should include a letter of motivation and description of the candidate’s primary research interests and ambitions, a CV, a grade list for the most recently completed degree, and recent test scores (GMAT/GRE, TOEFL/IELTS) if applicable. Closing date: May 15, 2019 at 23:59:59 CET.


The University of Amsterdam is one of Europe’s major comprehensive universities and is consistently ranked among the best research universities on the continent. The Amsterdam Business School (ABS) is part of the University’s Faculty of Economics and Business and is located in the city center of Amsterdam. Details about the Amsterdam Business School are available at

The Accounting section of the Amsterdam Business School ( focuses on research in a wide range of topical areas and methods in accounting. The members of the department have published their research in the top academic accounting journals, such as the Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Accounting Organisations and Society, Contemporary Accounting Research, and Review of Accounting Studies. Members of the department are also involved in teaching in undergraduate and master level programs, as well as in executive education.

The Amsterdam Business School provides an inspiring and truly international research environment. This manifests itself in the ties its members have with major schools around the globe, and its international seminar program. Accounting, finance, and data science are key pillars of the school. Business school researchers have access to excellent facilities, including all major financial databases, an experimental economics lab, and a behavioral lab. The school has strong connections with the accounting profession, including the Big Four audit firms, and the local business community. The accounting section focuses on high quality research while it fosters diversity in terms of research topics and methods.