The successful candidate is a talented early-career researcher with proven
interest in European affairs. They will be part of the core research team of
Studio Europa Maastricht (SEM) at Maastricht University (UM) for a two-
year appointment. They will work closely with the broader SEM team and
researchers in different faculties of the UM. The post-doc is expected to
devote 60% of the position to academic research and 40% to outreach
activities, emphasizing societal impact of the post-doc's research. This
includes the following output:
The post-doc carries out internationally competitive research and produces
high-quality publications in the area of Prosperity, Welfare and
Inequality (SEM research theme 3), with a clear link to European
issues. Research and publications are of a multi- or interdisciplinary
nature, which reflects the UM wide research priority ‘Europe in a
The post-doc writes and submits at least one individual grant proposal
(e.g. in the Dutch NWO, European ERC, or in another leading national or
international funding scheme for academia);
The post-doc engages in outreach activities, including the dissemination
of personal research in forms that make it accessible beyond academia or
even for the general public;
The post-doc is an active and visible ambassador of SEM's research agenda
in- and outside the UM;
The post-doc contributes to the general promotion and communication
regarding SEM activities and events calendar.
Research theme 3: Prosperity, Welfare and Inequality
The EU seeks to increase the prosperity and welfare of its member states and
citizens while maintaining cohesion and solidarity. Increasing integration
through the creation of the internal market was one of the main instruments to
promote both economic growth and convergence, leading to less inequality
within and between countries. Although trade across countries and capital
flows have significantly increased, convergence in living standards and health
have remained limited. This has given many European citizens a sense of
‘winners' and ‘losers' and increasing public dissatisfaction with European
The limited success can be blamed partly to the 2008 financial crisis, the
subsequent Euro crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we also acknowledge
the fact that the creation of prosperity and welfare and the reduction of
inequality depends on the complex interaction between European and national
policymakers and the private sector.
An adequately functioning internal market requires a well-developed
institutional and legal framework for matters such as competition policy,
property law – including intellectual property law, contract and company law,
consumer law and rules for mergers and acquisitions. However, cultural and
social heterogeneity across countries has been inappropriately neglected.
Policy design should include differences in behaviour and preferences of
companies and households and should be combined with serious policy evaluation
to learn from experience.
Apart from the most recent crises that have hit Europe, other challenges are
present, such as climate change, economic circularity and the energy
transition (Green Deal), ageing populations, migration flows and
technological changes. These all raise questions about the challenge of
striving for prosperity and welfare for EU citizens while reducing inequality.
Research is needed to reflect on the goals and strategies, and to provide
future policy recommendations.
Read more about this theme in SEM's research agenda:
https: // studioeuropamaastricht.nl/research/
Applicants are expected to:
hold a recent (< 5 years) doctorate, or are very close to acquiring a
PhD, in Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Law, Economics, Data
Science or any other relevant field concerning SEM research theme 3:
Prosperity, Welfare and Inequality;
have interest in and (proven) experience with a multidisciplinary
approach to societal, institutional and political themes and topics
related to European affairs;
have an excellent track record in research, preferably with a focus on
European affairs. A strong profile in publication of peer-reviewed journal
articles or book chapters edited is considered a plus;
have knowledge of and experience in different research fields/methods;
have excellent communication and coordination skills;
have affinity with realizing societal impact through research and/or
familiarity with citizen science;
have the potential to generate research funds from national and
international funding agencies;
be able and willing to be part of an interdisciplinary team;
have an excellent command of spoken and written English.
Conditions of employment
Fixed-term contract: 2-year.
Maastricht University offers a challenging job (0.8-1.0fte) in an attractive
international work environment for two years. The intended start date is
between September and December 2022. The exact date is negotiable in
consultation with the management of SEM. The salary depends on qualifications
and experience of the candidate and ranges from € 3.821 to € 5.230 (scale
11) gross per month (based on the salary scales VSNU per 1 January 2022).
In addition, there is an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year
allowance. A favourable tax regime may apply for foreign applicants. In
addition, Maastricht University offers excellent secondary conditions,
including (partly paid) parental leave.
The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective
Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM
provisions also apply. For more information look at the website
www. maastrichtuniversity.nl > About UM > Working at UM.
Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based
learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented
approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic
approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht
University has around 22,000 students and about 5,000 employees. Reflecting
the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students
and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of
Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and
Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social
Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.
Maastricht University is committed to promoting and nurturing a diverse and
inclusive community. We believe that diversity in our staff and student
population contributes to the quality of research and education at UM, and
strive to enable this through inclusive policies and innovative projects led
by teams of staff and students. We encourage you to apply for this position.
Studio Europa Maastricht
Studio Europa Maastricht is a centre of expertise for Europe-related debate
Founded in 2018 and supported by the partners of the Maastricht, Working on
Europe programme: Maastricht University, the Province of Limburg and the City
of Maastricht. Together we aim to position Maastricht, the capital of Limburg
as a meeting place for citizen dialogue and debate and establish a centre of
excellence for research on Europe and European integration.
Our team examines, explores, and engages. We are #WorkingonEurope.
Our organisation consists of three pillars:
We are a leading centre for multi-disciplinary Europe-focused research with
We bring the legacy of the Maastricht Treaty, since 2018 proud holder of the
European Heritage Label, to life.
We stimulate active, critical debate with engagement at its core and capture
and share the stories of Europe.
Please visit www. studioeuropamaastricht.nl for more information on Studio
Inquiries on the content of the application and inquiries on the procedure and
working conditions can, under strict confidentiality, be directed at Dr Gonny