Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 07 Oct 2022

Published Deadline Location
15 Sep 7 Oct Maastricht

Job description

The Maastricht University – Center of Neuroeconomics (MU-CEN) and the Department of Microeconomics and Public Economics (MPE) at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) of Maastricht University offer a 4-year full-time PhD position in Behavioral & Experimental Economics/Neuroeconomics.

The successful applicant will work with Prof. Arno Riedl (MPE at SBE) and Prof. Federico de Martino (Cognitive Neuroscience at Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience) on a project titled “How Background Uncertainty Shapes Social Preferences and Social Norm Compliance: Behavioral and Neural Evidence” funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

Maastricht University is the most international university in the Netherlands and the working language is English both in research and education. Maastricht University’s neuroeconomics/decision neuroscience research facilities include Siemens 3T, 7T and 9.4T fMRI scanners, EEG, TMS, tDCS, and a 33 person fully computerized behavioral lab.

  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • Maastricht View on Google Maps

Maastricht University (UM)

  • Completed Master’s degree (MSc or MPhil) in Economics, Econometrics, or a related field (at the latest by January 2023)
  • Graduation from a two-year (Research) Master’s program (120 ECTS) is preferred
  • Experience with designing experiments, data analysis and programming are an advantage
  • Good competence in written and spoken English
  • Strong research orientation and multi-/interdisciplinary orientation


Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.


The PhD position is offered for a four-year period and should commence at the latest in January 2023. The salary will be according to standard salary levels for PhD students starting with a salary of  €2.541.- with a yearly growth to €3.247.- gross per month (based on a full-time appointment, 12 monthly payments). Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.

The candidate has to be willing to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. Candidates not already living in the vicinity of Maastricht will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs and might be eligible for an allowance for alternative housing. Other secondary conditions include a pension scheme and partially 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 provisions also apply. For more information look at the website: Working at UM - About UM - Maastricht University

Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION                                                                           

For further information about the position, please contact Prof. Arno Riedl <e-mail:>

For further information on MU-CEN, MPE, and Cognitive Neuroscience please visit:

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Application procedure

To apply for the PhD position please submit the following material:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Motivation letter (at most one page)
  • Diplomas/degrees including a grade transcript of any previous education at Master level
  • TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge Proficiency Exam
  • GMAT/GRE test score 
  • Two letters of reference assessing the applicant’s research potential and personality should be sent independently by the referees.

Applications should be submitted electronically and all material as PDF, be sent to '' with reference to 'NWO PhD 2022 AT2022.390'. Applications should be received not later than October7, 2022.


Interviews with promising applicants will be scheduled Online or at Maastricht University.

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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