CfA: Post-doc position, Maastricht Centre for Research on Europe

The Maastricht Centre for Research on Europe has two vacancies for the position of post-doctoral researcher, one at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and one at the Faculty of Law. You are invited to apply to the post of post-doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department Political Sciences, Maastricht University. Reference number: 2014.230.

Job Description

The post-doctoral researcher will:

  • help setting up the newly founded Maastricht Centre for Research on Europe, in particular through initiating research activities of the Centre (e.g. organise conferences and workshops), writing research proposals and attracting research funding more generally, and enhancing the visibility of the Centre. These tasks will be conducted jointly with the senior staff of the Centre;
  • conduct their own research within one or more of the four themes that will be explored within the research programme of the Maastricht Centre for Research on Europe (see below);
    help to co-ordinate existing research activities at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Law;
  • contribute to the teaching activities of both Faculties where relevant and in close consultation with the directors of the Maastricht Centre for Research on Europe.

Requirements

We are looking for candidates who:

  • have a PhD degree in political science or history with proven expertise in the field of European integration;
  • can provide evidence of, or potential for, international excellence in published research;
  • have experience with writing grant applications and project proposals;
  • have experience with organising workshops, lecture series, and/or similar events;
  • have an excellent written and spoken command of English, as demonstrated by publications in English-language journals and presentations at international conferences;
  • are team-players and are willing to contribute proactively to the development of the Centre;
  • have good organisational skills;
  • preferably have experience with multi- or interdisciplinary research.

Maastricht University

Maastricht University (UM) is the youngest and most international university in the Netherlands and renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale, student-oriented approach. Research at the UM is multidisciplinary and deals mainly with contemporary issues. Currently the UM has almost 16.000 students and about 4.000 employees. Reflecting the university’s strong international profile, a considerable number of both students and staff are from abroad.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) has a staff of about 250, and over 1,800 students. All programmes are offered in English. Students come from all over the world. FASoS offers two 3-year Bachelor programmes: Arts and Culture, and European Studies, eight different 1-year Master programmes and two 2-year research Master programmes. Its Graduate School takes in around 10 PhD students each year. Research is organised around four programmes: Politics and Culture in Europe; Maastricht University Science, Technology and Society Studies; Arts, Media and Culture; and Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is housed in several recently renovated 18th-century buildings in the historic city centre of Maastricht.

Maastricht Centre for Research on Europe

The newly created inter-faculty Maastricht Centre for Research on Europe is a joint initiative emanating from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) (Professors Blom, Conzelmann, Christiansen, Neuhold, Patel and Vanhoonacker) and the Faculty of Law (FL) (Professors Claes, De Witte, Heringa and Vos) and of Maastricht University.
It comprises more than 60 researchers in the fields of European law, governance, and history covering a large number of sub-fields within those disciplines. The Centre brings together the vast expertise on European integration that exists within the two Faculties, with a view to facilitating new and innovative research in specific topical areas. It links three existing institutes within the Faculties: the Maastricht Centre for European Governance (FASoS), the Maastricht Centre for European Law (FL), and the Montesquieu Institute Maastricht (FL/FASoS).

Research programme: Reshaping Europe in a globalising world

The Centre’s research programme is entitled Reshaping Europe in a Globalising World. It aims at giving a substantial input to the Maastricht University’s research theme Europe and a Globalising World.
More specifically, four broad themes will be explored:

  1. Differentiation and Flexible Integration
  2. Constitutionalising Europe
  3. European Governance and Market Integration
  4. Europe and the World.

More information available here.

Our offer

We offer a dynamic and challenging job in an internationally-oriented organisation where young people receive an advanced education and scholars conduct exciting research. The post-doc will have the unique opportunity to carry out research within one or more of the four themes within the research programme and contribute to the development and outreach of the Maastricht Centre for Research on Europe. She / he will be part of an international network of top universities and renowned scholars within the field.
We offer a 0.90 fte appointment as researcher for three years. The first year will be a probation period, after a positive assessment the position will be extended for the remaining 2 years.

Depending on experience and qualification, the gross salary is in the range of € 2.799, scale level 10.3, and € 3.601, scale level 11.3, per 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%.

You have to be willing to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If you do not already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings) you will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs. If you do not already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings) you might be eligible for an allowance for alternative housing. Other secondary conditions include e.g. a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave.

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

Starting date: Preferably 15 March 2015

For further information, please contact Prof. Thomas Conzelmann. Further information on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is available on its website. 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.

Application

Interested candidates are invited to supply us with:

  1. a letter of motivation;
  2. a description of the research that they intend to carry out at the Maastricht Centre for Research on Europe;
  3. their CV, incl. a list of publications;
  4. a copy of two publications or conference papers;
  5. the names and addresses of two referees.

The deadline for submitting your application is 26 January 2015.

Please send your application electronically to the Secretariat of the Faculty Office.

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