WHU’s Institute of Management Accounting and Control invites applications for the position of 

Doctoral Student / Research Assistant (m/f/d) in the area of Qualitative Management Accounting Research

located at the WHU Campus Vallendar, starting at any time.

Academic Environment

WHU has more than 50 faculty members in the fields of management, finance and accounting, economics, entrepreneurship and innovation, marketing and sales, and supply chain management. Research at WHU aims to adhere to three principles: quality, internationality, and relevance to business practice.
The Institute of Management Accounting and Control of WHU is a leading think tank in the area of management accounting and control. Under the joint directorship of Prof. Dr. Marko Reimer, Prof. Dr. Utz Schäffer and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Weber, the institute bundles the numerous teaching and research activities of the associated professors and doctoral students. In the annual ranking of PhD programs in the area of management accounting, the IMC currently ranks No. 1 in Europe.

Potential Research Questions

  • How do real-time data, transparency, business analytics and portable devices impact the management control function of organizations?
  • What is the role of emotions and intuition on management control in the age of digitalization?

Of course, we are open to your own ideas.

Job Description

  • completing a doctoral thesis and conducting qualitative empirical research
  • collaborating with our faculty, international researchers, and other doctoral students
  • presenting your research at international conferences
  • working with leading companies on controlling-related benchmarking processes, being part of our editorial team, or supporting our teaching activities and the WHU Controller Panel

Job Qualifications

  • interest in qualitative-interdisciplinary research questions
  • strong motivation and enthusiasm
  • very good master-level university degree
  • excellent English language and analytical skills, and ability for innovative thinking

Our faculty, students, and staff are passionate about WHU and work together to continuously develop WHU as one of the leading business schools in Europe. Do you want to be a part of this vision? Come join our team!


Carsten Lucaß

Office Manager
Controlling & HR


Please send your application, including CV, supporting documents, and a letter of motivation via email to:

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
Attn.: Dr. Carsten Lucaß
Burgplatz 2
56179 Vallendar, Germany

Email: carsten.lucass@whu.edu