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PhD Studentship: Exploring the bright and dark side of narcissism at work

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  • Full or part time
    Dr E Dietl
    Dr E Selenko
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

You have the opportunity to …
• complete a PhD at an internationally renowned research university
• take part in a project on a contemporary topic with high practical relevance
• work in a dynamic and collaborative team that is dedicated to top-tier research while fostering a positive working atmosphere
• partake in extensive career development, including mentoring, regular feedback, support for summer schools and international conferences
• develop a broad skill set by also gaining teaching experience

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.
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Full Project Detail

Is it a good idea to be a bit of a narcissist at work? Interestingly, narcissism combines seemingly contradicting characteristics such as being extraverted and disagreeable, being charming and aggressive, being humorous and hostile. Accordingly, past research on narcissism has shown that it can be a mixed blessing in the workplace. For example, narcissists often seem dominant and arrogant, but they can be highly motivated and effective at work. This research project will draw on recent novel conceptualizations of narcissism that disentangle it’s bright and dark side. Broadly, it aims to answer, when do positive aspects of narcissism (high self-esteem, being charming) prevail and when do the negative aspects (devaluation of others, aggressiveness) dominate? And which work context may facilitate/ temper it?

This PhD project aims to shed light on these questions by using methods such as experience sampling surveys, indirect measures, and multi-source studies. Of course, the project also allows for the development of your own interests and approach.

We are looking for someone with an excellent MSc in (Work) Psychology, or related fields. You should have a very good understanding of quantitative methods, study design, and statistical analyses, including software packages. You are curious about exploring the dynamics of personality and identity at the workplace and strive for an academic career. This project is expected to result in jointly authored contributions to international conferences and leading academic journals. We particularly encourage applications from women and BAME candidates. Please also include for your application a 1500-2000 words proposal on the topic.

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Entry requirements:

UK Masters degree (with average programme mark no less than 65%) or International equivalent. English Language requirement of IELTS band 7.0 or above with not less than 7.0 in each component.

Contact details

Dr Erik Dietl
Email: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone: +44 (0)1509 228352

Application details

Reference number: SBE-EDES19
Start date of studentship: 01 January 2020
Closing date of advert: 30 October 2019
All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Business School

Please quote reference number: SBE-EDES19

Funding Notes

The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non-EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance.

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