PhD position at Maastricht University’s Department of Macro, International and Labour Economics

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 23 Nov 2022

PhD position at Maastricht University’s Department of Macro, International and Labour Economics
PhD position at Maastricht University’s Department of Macro, International and Labour Economics
Published Deadline Location
11 Nov 23 Nov Maastricht

The Department of Macro, International and Labour Economics (MILE) at the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) and the Maastricht University Institute for Education Innovation (EDLAB) are looking for an enthusiastic colleague (PhD-student) on a research project aimed at the improvement of the connection of future students into Maastricht University.
Job description

We are looking for a candidate who has – proven – interest in a (research) project aimed at the improvement of the connection of future students into Maastricht University. The focus of the project is on:

  • “Spark the Curiosity” aimed at fostering the interests of students for a science study @UM and to preserve talented students in our region.
  • “4G- Good Orientation – Good Choice – Good Landing – Good Start” aimed at supporting all groups of students in their transition from high school to university and a successful experience @UM. Special attention is given to students that are more at risk of a more difficult transition (or decide not to move to university) either because of their background (e.g., first generation students) or their personality (e.g., low self-esteem).

These activities will be developed in close collaboration with Dutch high schools (within a well-established network) and will be accompanied by research, i.e., in line with evidence-based policy making in education. The research starts with the identification of possible risk groups and factors for a successful transition to UM and is followed by evaluations studies of the abovementioned activities.

We offer a dynamic and challenging job in an internationally oriented organisation. Your home base will be EDLAB. With the current team of enthusiastic educational specialists and project leaders, EDLAB will grow into a fully-fledged Teaching and Learning Centre. You will also be part of the project team focusing on connection of future students, home-based at our Marketing & Communication Department. In addition, you will be part of an international network of top universities and renowned scholars within the field. You will also be embedded in the Graduate School activities of the Maastricht School of Business and Economics where you will also meet other PhD-students working in the field of education research.

  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2541—€3247 per month
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Maastricht University (UM)


Are you self-motivated, curious and interested in research? Do you have a record of high academic achievement (e.g., good grades and/or involvement in other academic activities) and the skills required to become an excellent researcher? If so, then this PhD position might be the challenge you are looking for.

  • Given the Dutch context for the projects and research, speaking and understanding Dutch is a pre (or the willingness to follow some language courses)

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 Year.

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  > About UM > Working at UM .

You have to be willing to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. Depending on your personal situation, you will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs or for alternative housing. Other secondary conditions include a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave.

Maastricht University

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. For more information, visit .

Additional information

For more information on the research project, please contact prof. dr. Trudie Schils ( ), or dr. Ellen Bastiaens ( ).

For more information on the department MILE see:

For more information on EDLAB see:

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Application procedure

Please submit your application to  ultimately November 23, 2022 The application should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Motivation letter
  • Diplomas/degrees including a grade transcript of previous education at Master level (120 ECTS)
  • Formal evidence on analytical skills (GRE/GMAT) and/or language proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS), if available 
  • Proof of academic writing skills by one of the following: BSc thesis, MSc thesis, or research paper

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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.


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