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School/CompanyVlerick Business School
Job TitlePhD Researcher M&A and Growth Finance
Job categoryResearch
Career level[not specified]
Desired education levelDoctorate or PhD
Job typeFull-Time
Job description

Do you have a passion for (applied) research? Are you ready to explore the wonderful world of M&A and buyouts? Can you see yourself thrive within an open, dynamic and professional environment? Let’s talk!


Vlerick Business School is a triple-accredited, international business school at the heart of Europe – ranked number one in the Benelux for executive education and 16 in Europe. We strive to make a difference, offering high quality, interactive and impactful learning journeys and in doing so, helping form positive change-makers with a vision that is rooted in a dream.

Vlerick is a school, but it is run as a company, aligned with the high standards we foster in our different programmes. The Centre for Mergers, Acquisitions & Buyouts has extensive expertise on everything that has to do with mergers and acquisitions, ranging from deal origination to completion, and from financing to integration. In collaboration with our partners, we acquire and disseminate this knowledge and experience through research, training, and events. We are looking for a driven Junior Researcher to join this team!

The job

  • Perform fundamental & applied research in the context of M&A and buyouts.
  • Plan research projects: ask the right questions, use the right methodology etc.
  • Conduct desk research: find and synthesis relevant publications.
  • Develop questionnaires and other setups for data collection.
  • Disseminate knowledge by writing papers, reports, articles and organizing events, workshops, and conferences for practitioners.
  • Provide support for our teaching and other activities of the department or Vlerick business School at large.


  • Have a master’s degree with distinction and a research mind-set.
  • Have an excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of Dutch is a plus.
  • Are excited to conduct research with relevance to both the academic and the business world.
  • Can work autonomously but are also a team player.
  • Have a proactive attitude and great analytical skills. Knowledge of SPSS and other data-analysis tools is a plus.
  • Are a great (academic) writer.
  • Are willing to organize events to disseminate knowledge.
  • Will be located on our campus in Ghent, Leuven or Brussels.



  • Autonomy and responsibility in a challenging work environment.
  • A dynamic, open, and international company culture.
  • Opportunities for professional and personal growth, incl. a training budget & a LinkedIn Learning account.
  • A team of enthusiastic, driven colleagues, passionate about learning.
  • Flexibility: 30+ holiday days, working from home, a flexible benefits system, etc.
  • Meal vouchers, a hospitalization insurance, a group insurance and a mobility budget are also part of your package.
  • Last but not least, you’ll have a real impact and inspire people to live, learn and leap!

At Vlerick, openness to the world is part of our DNA. We are continuously working towards being a truly diverse, equitable and inclusive place to work and learn at. So, no matter who you are, where you come from, or what your dreams are, we are looking forward to receiving your application.

Take the leap and join us

If you think you meet these criteria, please apply with your resume and motivation letter on our website. We look forward to hearing from you! Happy to give you more information on the job content: or For more information on our selection process, please reach out to

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Expiry date2022/11/30