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Assistant Professor in Legal Theory

The Department of Foundations and Methods of Law of the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University intends to appoint a fulltime Assistant Professor in Legal Theory (‘Universitair Docent’) with a starting date in 2018.

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Minderbroedersberg, Maastricht, Limburg
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 3475 - € 5405 per maand


The Department of Foundations and Methods of Law of the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University intends to appoint a fulltime Assistant Professor in Legal Theory (‘Universitair Docent’) with a starting date in 2018. The appointee will be required to teach at bachelor and master level, to contribute to the development of courses, to conduct high quality research, preferably in cooperation with the other members of the Legal Theory section, to write research- and funding proposals and to fulfill administrative duties.


  • Expertise in legal theory, philosophy of law, methods of legal science, and/or (legal) logic;
  • PhD degree in legal theory or a closely related discipline (or having obtained a PhD degree at the time of appointment);
  • Excellent research and teaching skills;
  • Excellent organisational skills;
  • Excellent English language skills (written and spoken);
  • Capacity to teach in Dutch or willingness to acquire this capacity within one year.


Candidates are employed temporarily as assistant professor (level 2) and agree to specific performance goals. Five years after appointment, or earlier as soon as the performance goals are met, the candidate is promoted to assistant professor (level 1) in a permanent employment. On the candidate’s request, the decision on a permanent employment can be deferred in case of special personal circumstances, such as pregnancy leave, parental leave, or chronic illness.

The salary depends on academic qualifications and experience. The salary will be set in salary scale 11 (minimum gross month salary € 3.475,00 and maximum € 4.757,00) and after being promoted to assistant professor level 1 the salary will be set in salary scale 12 (minimum gross month salary € 4.21,00 and maximum € 5.405,00) of the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities. For people recruited from abroad a reduced income tax rate may apply.

More information on terms of employment of the university can be found on: www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > Support > Employees.

Additional information

Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that diversity (including, but not limited to nationality, age and gender) of the staff and student population will increase the quality of UM education & research. Fostering diversity and inclusivity creates an academic community where individual talents thrive, and values and differences are cherished. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position.

More information on this vacancy can be obtained from Prof. J.C Hage (jaap.hage@maastrichtuniversity.nl).


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 16,300 students and 4,300 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 Humanities and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law of Maastricht University offers the possibility of teaching and interacting with high-level graduate students and a pleasant, international working environment. Its research is carried out within the Faculty’s research programme (https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/about-um/faculties/law/research/research-programme).