PhD Candidate, Maastricht University, Netherlands

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
A number of PhD and Postdoc positions are available at the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance / UNU-MERIT.

Job description
Children of migrants circulate between their parents’ origin country and the host country more than is acknowledged. They may go ‘home’ on school vacations, or return for longer periods of time with or without their parents, or be forced to return due to their parents’ legal status in the host country. This impacts children’s wellbeing as well as their educational outcomes in many ways. This PhD project examines the effects of circulation on children’s lives focusing on a) children’s own perceptions; b) parents’ perceptions, and; c) schools’ assessments and distinguishing by the different reasons for circulation. The project is multi-sited as it will follow children between The Netherlands and an African country. This project falls under the Transnational Families research theme of MACIMIDE and will be hosted by the Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development research programme of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

We seek candidates with strong academic abilities and the ambition to become excellent researchers. You have completed a research master (MA, MSc, MPhil) in
anthropology, geography, development studies or other related social science with a preference for a 2-year Masters degree. Outstanding students with a 1-year regular master can be accepted in exceptional cases when their profile exactly matches the requirements for this research project.
We are looking for a prospective PhD candidate with:

• Strong background in qualitative research methods Background;
• Experience in conducting research in the Global South, preferably in Africa;
• A proven interest in development and/or migration studies;
• Strong analytical capacity;
• Good organisational skills;
• Affinity with work in an interdisciplinary and highly international environment;
• Excellent writing skills in English;
• Knowledge of (or a willingness to learn) Dutch;
• Willingness and proven ability to work in a team;
• Willingness to relocate to (the vicinity of) Maastricht.

The PhD-candidate will be enrolled in one of the Netherlands Graduate Research Schools as well as in the FASoS graduate school, and be supervised by Prof. Valentina Mazzucato and Prof. Hildegard Schneider (Maastricht University).
The PhD student will be based at Maastricht University.

What we have to offer
Maastricht University provides an attractive, internationally-oriented academic environment where young people receive an advanced education and scholars conduct first-rate research.

We offer a 4 year full-time PhD contract. Your workload will be the normal workload for the position of PhD Candidate (Promovendus). Currently this implies 80% research activities and 20% teaching activities.
(The first year will be a probation period, after a positive assessment the position will be extended with another 3 years.) You will be employed by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Compensation will be according to standard salary levels for PhD students starting with a salary of € 2083,- with a yearly growth to € 2664,- gross a month (based on a full-time appointment).

Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. A candidate who does not already live in Maastricht (or its immediate area) is eligible for a relocation allowance. Other secondary conditions include e.g. a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave.

Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may be eligible for a special expense allowance scheme: the 30% facility. The Tax and Customs Administration decides whether employees meet the necessary conditions.

You will be provided with shared office space and a PC.

Maastricht University’s Terms of Employment are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local university provisions apply as well. For more information please see the website: / Index and forms / HR from A-Z.

Appointment date: 1 January 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Please consult our website:, where you can find more information on the Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development research programme.
Any informal inquiries about this job opening may be addressed to: Prof. Valentina Mazzucato or Prof. Hildegard Schneider /

Candidates are invited to submit their application that should consist of:
1. A letter of motivation stating the candidate’s qualifications and reasons for interest in the position;
2. A CV;
3. A transcript of grades from MA education plus a list of marks of your Bachelor studies;
4. A statement of teaching and teaching evaluations (if available);
5. The contact information of two referees (including e-mail, phone number, mailing address, and relationship to the applicant), and
6. A summary of a research proposal indicating how you would approach this research project (what you would like to research and how you would do it) of maximum 2 A4 pages.

The deadline for submitting your application is 30 September, 2013

Please send your application electronically to the Secretariat of the Faculty Office at:


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