Post-docs Maastricht, Working on Europe: Prosperity, Welfare and Inequality (2 x 0.8-1.0fte)



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Maastricht, Working on Europe aims to encourage multi-disciplinary Europe-focused research with societal impact. Apply and join the research of Europe!


The two successful candidates are talented early-career researchers with a proven interest in European affairs. They will be a member of the core research team Maastricht, Working on Europe (MWoE) of Maastricht University for a two-year appointment and will hold office at Studio Europa Maastricht (SEM). They will work closely with the SEM team and senior researchers in the different faculties of Maastricht University. The post-docs are expected to devote 60% of the position to academic research and 40% to outreach activities, emphasizing the societal impact of their running research. This includes the following output:

  • The post-docs carry out internationally competitive research and produces high-quality publications in the area of Prosperity, Welfare and Inequality (MWoE research theme 3), with a clear link to European issues. Research and publications are of a multi- or interdisciplinary nature, fitting the research agenda of ‘Maastricht, Working on Europe’, which reflects the UM wide priority ‘Europe in a globalising world’;
  • The post-docs write and submit at least one relevant individual grant proposal (such as within NWO, ERC, or within any other leading national or international funding scheme for academic research);
  • The post-docs engage in outreach activities, including the dissemination of their research in forms that make it accessible beyond academia or even for the general public (e.g. in the form of open access source collections or databases, popularised publications, policy briefs for societal stakeholders in European affairs, presentations at public events, creation of a service/product developed in collaboration with external partners, etc.);
  • The post-docs act as an active and visible ambassador of the MWoE research agenda within the UM-community and beyond;
  • The post-docs contribute to the general promotion and communication regarding MWoE activities and events calendar, coordinated from SEM.

Research theme 3: Prosperity, Welfare and Inequality

Considerable differences in living standards, life expectancy and health within the EU persist, despite continued efforts to promote convergence and create a level playing field. Increasing integration, facilitated by harmonised legal and economic rules, has led to increased capital and labour flows, but also to more competition and a public sense of “winners” and ”losers”. Recent crises have exposed the asymmetries across countries in shock sensitivity and resilience, the fragility of global value chains, and the consequences of a lack of cross-country risk sharing mechanisms. This leads to a research agenda that includes:

  1. the trade-offs the EU faces between resilience and efficiency, taking into account the optimal degree of centralization, the role of regulation and supervision, and the desired amount of risk-sharing;
  2. the dynamics of labour markets, which will need to cope with a combination of ageing populations, the opportunities of lifelong learning, and an increasing impact of technological innovation;
  3. the design of optimal strategies to reduce health and social inequalities both within and across countries, and;
  4. the challenge of sustainable development and a green transition in all its dimensions.


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 MWoE 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.


Maastricht University offers a challenging job (0.8-1.0fte) in an attractive international work environment for two years. The intended start date is 1 February 2021. This date is negotiable in consultation with the management of Studio Europa. The salary depends on qualifications and experience of the candidate and ranges from € 3.746 (scale 11) to € 5.826 (scale 12) gross per month (based on the salary scales VSNU per 1 June 2020). 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 provision also apply. For more information check the website http://www.maastricht > support > UM employees.


Maastricht University

Based in Europe, focused on the world. Maastricht University is a stimulating environment. Where research and teaching are complementary. Where innovation is our focus. Where talent can flourish. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 18,000 students and 4,300 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts six 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.


Studio Europa Maastricht

SEM aims to position Maastricht as a meeting place for citizen dialogue and debate and establish a Centre of Excellence for research on Europe and European integration. In short: a workplace for a better Europe. For everyone. Our mission is to stimulate active, critical debate with citizen engagement at its core.

Our organisation consists of three branches:

  • The research of Europe: we are a leading Centre of Excellence for multi-disciplinary Europe-focused research with societal impact;
  • The stories of Europe: we stimulate active, critical debate with citizen engagement at its core and capture and share the stories of Europe;
  • The heritage of Europe: the Maastricht Treaty is the proud holder of the European Heritage Label since 2018 and we bring its history to life.

We are supported by the partners of the Maastricht, Working on Europe programme: the Province of Limburg, the City of Maastricht and Maastricht University.

Please visit for more information on Studio Europa Maastricht.


This vacancy is part of MWoE's second round of research call 1 for five post-docs for the four interdisciplinary research themes of its research agenda.

One of the two post-doc positions for research theme 3: Prosperity, Welfare and Inequality, is co-funded by the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE).

Inquiries on the content of the application and inquiries on the procedure and working conditions can, under strict confidentiality, be directed at Dr Gonny Willems,

The application procedure opens Wednesday, 1 July and will close Sunday, 13 September, midnight CET.

The application should include:

  • motivation letter; 
  • complete and up-to-date curriculum vitae; 
  • evidence of research output (job market paper, selected publications or working papers);
  • names and contact details of two referees;
  • two page proposal of the intended research and a clear description on how it relates to the selected theme (please clearly mention the vacancy number and selected theme).

You can send your application to the following email address:

Don't forget to mention the job number: AT2020.200.

Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that diversity (including, but not limited to nationality, age and gender) of the staff and student population will increase the quality of UM education & research. Fostering diversity and inclusivity creates an academic community where individual talents thrive, and values and differences are cherished. We encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position.

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