Doctoral Researcher

While setting up the experiment, this research could also be extended to include other hot and relevant investment topics such as investing in blockchain…...

At the Department of Financial Management, Campus Antwerp (FEB, KU Leuven), we are looking for a motivated, independent and enthusiastic researcher(s) in the field of corporate finance for 4 year research project(s) on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), climate change, and sustainable investing.

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Despite the fact that ESG investing, climate change (CC), and sustainable finance have gained increasing research attention in recent decades, some relevant questions remain unanswered. The proposed research projects have two main research agendas. In the first agenda, the goal is to address the broad research question of how CC risk management is governed at the firm-level. The project will explore the role of firm specific governance mechanisms, such as ownership structure and executive compensation, in managing a firm’s CC risk. Specifically, the relationship between CC performance and firm ownership structure, and the relationship between CC management and compensation will be studied.
In the second research agenda, the project’s goal is to examine what determines investments in sustainability at the individual level. This research will apply experimental finance research methods to study research questions, such as: whether or what non-cognitive abilities of individuals (e.g., emotional stability, conscientiousness) drive their investments in sustainable stocks, funds, or bonds? While setting up the experiment, this research could also be extended to include other hot and relevant investment topics such as investing in blockchain-related assets. In this context, the research question would be whether or what non-cognitive abilities of individuals drive their investments in crypto currencies, non-fungible tokens or other blockchain related instruments. Adding the latter question would let us examine the trade-off between different markets (financial markets vs. blockchain) in order to contribute to the understanding of how capital is allocated in these markets.
Job description:
  • You will follow the doctoral programme in Business Economics at the faculty of Economics and Business from KU Leuven.
  • You will prepare a doctoral dissertation (PhD.) at the Finance research group of KU Leuven, under the supervision of Dr. Naciye Sekerci.
  • You will be able to participate in national and international conferences where you can present your research.
You are expected to attend, participate in seminars and will occasionally be involved in teaching activities, including the supervision of master theses.
  • You have a master’s degree in Business Administration, (Applied) Economic Sciences, Business Engineering or an equivalent degree with good academic results and master thesis. Students in the final year may also apply.
  • You have a great interest in scientific research and good statistical skills.
  • You excel in critically examining scientific literature.
  • You are eager to learn and highly motivated to expand your knowledge of financial management and methodology.
  • You have good written skills, especially in English.
  • You are not afraid to present and discuss research findings in public (e.g. scientific conference, seminars).
We offer an employment as full-time PhD researcher for 1year (starting October 1st 2021), renewable after positive evaluation. You will be enrolled in the PhD Program of KU Leuven and you will work as a doctoral student in a stimulating work environment with a high degree of flexibility and autonomy.
For more information on the PhD Program in Business Economics, please consult
You can apply for this job until May 31st 2021 using the online application tool. Please attach a motivation letter, CV (including study results) and a brief summary (1 page maximum) of your master thesis. Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Frederiek Schoubben, tel.: +32 3 201 18 31, mail: or Prof. dr. Nico Dewaelheyns, tel.: +32 3 201 18 63, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than May 31, 2021 via the online application tool

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