PhD position on Teacher Shortage and Quality of Education (1.0 FTE)

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Deadline: 13 Feb 2023

PhD position on Teacher Shortage and Quality of Education (1.0 FTE)
PhD position on Teacher Shortage and Quality of Education (1.0 FTE)
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24 Jan 13 Feb Maastricht

Are you looking for a PhD position where you can contribute to improving the quality of Dutch education by researching the causes and promising solutions for the teacher shortage? Then this PhD position is interesting for you!
Job description

You will work as a PhD candidate within the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), one of the research departments of Maastricht University's School of Business and Economics (SBE). ROA has a leading position nationally and internationally in research in the field of education and the labour market. You will have access and contribute to ROA and SBE’s international network of renowned scholars, and you will also be part of the Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE) that coordinates SBE’s PhD programme.

As a PhD student at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) of Maastricht University's School of Business and Economics (SBE), you will work with colleagues from the Education Lab NL on the research project: Teacher shortages, their effects on the quality of education and possible solutions to counteract them. You will explore the mechanisms underlying teacher shortages, and promising interventions that can be deployed to reduce them. The following questions are central to this research: What do we know about possible causes and consequences of teacher shortages in the Netherlands as well as in other countries? Which solutions are currently being deployed in schools and which of these are promising? Which interventions would be promising, in particular those aimed at HR policies, terms of employment and working conditions of teachers? What impact would these solutions have on the distribution of teacher shortages? Your research will involve both qualitative and quantitative research methods, with at least one study being a field experiment or vignette study.

We offer you a challenging, flexible job in an enthusiastic, ambitious, and driven team. You will be involved in applied experimental research in schools, as well as performing data analysis and writing scientific articles with colleagues. You will be part of the Education Lab NL, which is a dynamic and enthusiastic interdisciplinary team, and you will contribute to the quest for more effective education and more equal opportunities for students. The Education Lab NL is a research network of scientists, education professionals (teachers, school leaders) and policy makers. Education Lab NL aims to build bridges between science and educational practice, through applied research of scientific excellence. Education Lab NL has collaborations with several universities, schools, school boards, municipalities, the Inspectorate of Education, and civil society and international organizations (e.g., OECD, World Bank).

As a PhD, you will also be involved in teaching activities (e.g., teaching of tutor group meetings, MSc thesis supervision) at SBE.

  • 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 good academic track record in economics, social or data sciences (e.g. good grades and/or involvement in other academic activities) and the skills needed to become an excellent researcher in your field? Then a PhD position at ROA may be the opportunity you are looking for.

  • You have an MSc degree in economics, social sciences or data science or you expect to graduate in one of these disciplines soon.
  • You have a strong academic background and the ambition to publish in leading academic journals.
  • You have excellent quantitative and analytical skills and knowledge of statistical software (e.g. Stata, R).
  • You have experience or affinity with empirical analysis on large data sets and/or natural or field experiments.
  • You have strong communication skills, can explain complex problems easily and you write easily and well, preferably in both English and Dutch.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1,5 + 2,5 years.

The intended start date of the appointment is May 1, 2023.

Remuneration will be according to the standard salary scales for PhD candidates starting with a salary of € 2,541 with annual growth to € 3,247 gross per month (based on a full-time appointment). The standard salary is supplemented annually with a vacation allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of annual gross income.

You must be willing to participate in the PhD program of the Graduate School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University. Your workplace is Maastricht, but you will also work extensively with colleagues in Utrecht and Amsterdam. If you do not yet live in Maastricht (or immediate surroundings), you will be eligible for an allowance for moving expenses and a moving allowance.

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 .

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. 
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Additional information

For more information, please contact:

dr. Tijana Breuer, email  or
prof. dr. Frank Cörvers, email  or
prof. dr. Inge de Wolf, email .

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Application procedure

Applications including a curriculum vitae and motivation letter and research proposal can be submitted through Academic Transfer and should be received not later than February 13th 2023.

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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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