PhD position hosted by EDGE Strategy within the G-VERSITY Network: Train the sponsor - Implementation of a new mentoring training

3 years

Full time

About EDGE Strategy

EDGE Strategy is a dynamic, global and mission-driven organization, committed to closing the gender gap in the workplace. EDGE Strategy is the commercial arm of the EDGE Certified Foundation and its aim is to prepare organizations for the EDGE Certification, the global leading standard for workplace gender equality.

EDGE stands for Economic Dividends for Gender Equality and is distinguished by its rigor and focus on business impact. EDGE Certification has been designed to help companies not only create an optimal workplace for women and men, but also benefit from it. Its methodology uses a business, workforce analytics approach that incorporates benchmarking, metrics and accountability into the process.

EDGE Certification’s diverse customer base consists of 200 large organizations in 37 countries across five continents, representing 24 different industries and encompassing more than one million employees. Organizations that are certified include SAP, IKEA, L’Oréal, UNICEF, the World Bank, the European Central Bank, Firmenich, Zurich Financial Services and Pictet, among many others.

About the G-VERSITY Network

The European Training Network (ETN) G-VERSITY – Achieving Gender Diversity is an interdisciplinary and intersectoral doctoral training network for early stage researchers. The academic partners are European research groups from psychology, education, management, business administration, media and communication studies at the University of Bern (Switzerland), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), University of Helsinki (Finland), Radboud University (the Netherlands), University of Trieste (Italy), University of Surrey (UK), University of Stockholm (Sweden), the Institute of Psychology of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Czech Republic), and The Open University (UK). The non-academic partners are an organization running the leading certification for workplace gender equality, a city administration, a public broadcasting service, a media training centre, and three non-profit organisations.

G-VERSITY offers 15 PhD positions for candidates who demonstrate a high motivation to do research on gender diversity and a strong desire to work in a trans-disciplinary research environment. Successful candidates will be hired for 36 months, the positions are available from December 2020 on.

G-VERSITY will (1) determine how significant background factors affect educational and professional pathways of women, men, and sexual and gender minorities, and (2) produce scientifically based interventions for use in the workplace—including workshops, guidelines, and training materials, to be applied by employers to attain gender diversity. The training consists of collaborative supervision of individual research projects by academic and non-academic partners including mandatory intersectoral secondments to other academic and non-academic partners. The aim is for the PhD students to gather experience in different research sectors and to develop their transferable skills by working on joint research projects. The research training will enable the PhDs to complete publication-based dissertations.

Project 15: Train the sponsor — Implementation of a new mentoring training (Switzerland)

Aniela Unguresan, MBA, EDGE Strategy AG, Zurich/Switzerland (place of work)
Dr. Harriet Tennebaum, University of Surrey/UK

Effective mentoring training foster equal career opportunities for women and men and sexual and gender minorities in the workplace. The success of mentoring can be increased by instrumental support (sponsoring). The aim of this PhD project is to develop and validate a scientifically based evaluation framework to monitor the effectiveness of mentoring and sponsorship as well as for a scientifically based training for mentors and sponsors.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with

  • a strong interest and relevant past experience in research on gender diversity.
  • a very good university master’s degree in psychology or in a related discipline.
  • relevant empirical research experiences (e.g., survey techniques, experimental methods, scientific writing skills, etc.).
  • very good methodological skills (e.g., design of experiments, statistical data analysis).
  • full proficiency in English.
  • good communication skills.
  • ability to work independently and to collaborate in teams.
  • organizational talent and project management skills.
  • passion for applied sciences.


The submission deadline is November 15, 2020. Please find all relevant information about the application process on the G-VERSITY website here as well as on the website of the European Commission here.

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