PhD- student in Bayesian Statistics for Auditing

40 hours (1.0fte)
September 1 2022

Nyenrode Business Universiteit, is seeking a full-time PhD-student with research interests relevant to the field of auditing and assurance. The PhD-student will join the Center for Accounting, Auditing & Control, which consist of a team of faculty members active in Auditing and Assurance research. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. R. Wetzels, Prof. Dr. Jacques de Swart, and Mr. Koen Derks, the student will perform research on Bayesian statistics, auditing, and software. The main goal of the PhD is to develop novel Bayesian methods that will help auditors to increase efficiency and effectiveness of an audit, and to make those methods readily available through software.

The objective is that the research project results in several high-quality, original academic research paper, suitable for publication in international peer-reviewed academic journals. Furthermore, the developed methods should also be implemented in the software JASP for Audit such that it can be used by practitioners.

This fulltime PhD position involves research, teaching, and contributing to the academic community. The teaching responsibilities will include teaching data scientific courses, grading, and thesis supervision. The PhD-student is expected meet the registration requirements of the Nyenrode PhD-school and attend several PhD-courses that provide them with key skills and knowledge required for your academic progress.

We are looking for MSc candidates with a background in Bayesian statistics and programming.

Nyenrode Business Universiteit

Nyenrode Business Universiteit, is situated in Greater Amsterdam, Breukelen along the River Vecht. Breukelen lies at 22 km south-east of Amsterdam. It is the only private university in the Netherlands, founded in 1946 by captains of Industry from leading global corporations including Shell, Unilever, Philips and Akzo. The founding fathers meant to enrich the Dutch educational scene with an institution, which could send out talented and internationally oriented people, to rebuild the national post-war economy.

Today, Nyenrode has a strong reputation in the field of management programs. The university’s philosophy is built on the pillars: leadership, entrepreneurship & stewardship. Nyenrode offers undergraduate and graduate level programs in the fields of general management as well as accountancy & controlling. Furthermore, Nyenrode offers in-company and open executive education programs and programs on organizational development. Nyenrode maintains close ties with the national and international business communities. Being highly selective, with a focus on candidates’ motivation and social skills, Nyenrode has created a unique environment in which students and faculty are dedicated to bridging the gap between academic rigor and daily business practice.

Successful candidates ideally have:

  • MSc in Accountancy, Accounting, Data Science, Statistics, or Econometrics.
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills, preferably knowledge of Bayesian statistics.
  • Motivation to contribute to teaching in graduate courses.
  • Enthusiasm, team skills and good verbal and written communication skills in English.

Application & Terms of Employment:

  • Initial appointment will be for 4 years.
  • Gross salary will be between € 2.766, - and € 3.708,- per month (scale 8)

Nyenrode Business Universiteit is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is committed to maintaining an intellectually and culturally diverse faculty. Internationals, Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Nyenrode offers a competitive salary with attractive secondary benefits.

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Interested candidates are invited to forward their application (a cover letter, curriculum vitae, grade lists) to on or before September 1, 2022.

Contact e-mail is Ruud Wetzels (e-mail Screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Nyenrode Business Universiteit ambition is to create an inclusive working environment where everybody feels involved, valued and recognized. In addition to your talent, experience and motivation, the specific aspects of your identity ernriches our organization in various ways. Talent as basis, diversity as power.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.