PhD position in ‘Public Economics of Housing’ (1.0 FTE)

University of Groningen
May 01, 2024
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PhD position in ‘Public Economics of Housing' (1.0 FTE) (V24.0124) Job description

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Belonging to the best research universities of Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The Department of Economic Geography is in the Faculty of Spatial Sciences and offers an inspiring study and working environment for students and employees. International accreditation enables the Faculty to assess performance against the highest international standards. It also creates an exciting environment of continuous improvement. The aim of our PhD programme is to deliver highly qualified researchers. For this purpose, we offer PhD positions to excellent candidates who recently graduated. The PhD programme covers four years and leads to a PhD degree. These four years are primarily spent on writing research papers for the PhD thesis and on participation in international conferences, workshops, and seminars. PhD candidates contribute up to 20% of their time to teaching, including Research (Stata) Lab tutorials and Theses Supervision. All PhD candidates are supervised by at least two supervisors who are a fellow of the research institute.

https: // www. programme/admissions

The graduate school URSI has a PhD position available in the area of Real Estate & Housing.

QUEST – Quasi-natural experimental evidence on urban housing policies - examines how urban housing policies can reduce inequality. Many large cities experience how inequality and housing affordability is jeopardizing households' wellbeing as housing prices soar, and market rents skyrocket. Waiting lists for social housing also lengthen, while social housing is a stepping stone for many and important policy instrument to alleviate inequality. This project develops models for quasi-natural experimental housing policy analysis integrating segmented markets. It examines housing choices across segments, modelling households on waiting lists before and after the introduction of a new allocation mechanism, new construction, and policies linked to levelling up with housing.


The ideal candidate is ambitious, highly motivated and wishes to make a career in research. He or she has a thorough training in research skills, speaks and writes English fluently and has obtained excellent results in the Master phase.

We give preference to candidates who have a Research Master degree or equivalent in (Public) Economics, Econometrics, or Statistics with an interest in Housing. Applicants with degrees in other areas will only be taken into account if sufficiently related to our research programme. Equivalent means that, in addition to holding a regular Master of Science degree, applicants can prove that they have sufficient research-related experience and knowledge. Examples of such equivalence include: an MPhil degree from a well- reputed university or having completed a research-oriented Honours programme with a minimum of 30 EC.

Organisation Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a salary of € 2,770 which increases yearly to a maximum of € 3,539 gross per month
  • 8% holiday allowance and an 8,3% end of year bonus
  • a temporary full-time appointment for a period of four years, under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year.
  • Starting date: 1 September 2024. An assessment may be part of the procedure, consisting of psychological tests and an interview.


    The application package consists of the following separate documents:

    1. your cv 2. a letter in which you discuss your motivation (max. 2 A4) 3. a scan of your diploma including transcripts 4. proof of English proficiency

    The documents 1-4 are compulsory and please note that incomplete application packages or applications sent by email will not be taken into account. If necessary – because of the limited upload options, please combine different documents into one pdf.

    You may apply for this position until 1 May, 11:59am CEST (Dutch local time) / before 2 May using the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

    The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage: https: // www. strategy/diversity-and-inclusion/ Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): https: // www. and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: https: //

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    For information you can contact:

  • Prof Arno van der Vlist, a.j.van.der.vlist
  • Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

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