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Postdoctoral researcher “Local governance”, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, 0.80 fte for 2 years

This is an exciting opportunity to join a small research team carrying out empirical research in local government. Analysing (policy) documents and conducting …

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Grote Gracht, Maastricht, Limburg
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur


This is an exciting opportunity to join a small research team carrying out empirical research in local government. Analysing (policy) documents and conducting in-depth interviews in Dutch municipalities will be important methods of data collection for the first part of the research project. The results will be discussed in expert meetings with local actors, organised by the postdoc in close collaboration with the principal investigator (PI) of the project, prof.dr. Klaartje Peters. In addition to that, three smaller sub projects on accountability practices elsewhere (other countries, other government tiers, other sectors) will be the main responsibility of the postdoc, and he/she will work rather independently on the selection and analysis of these practices. The postdoc will take the lead in writing several academic publications, both in English and Dutch, in collaboration with the PI. The postdoctoral researcher will be based in Maastricht and will spend a substantial part of his/her time doing empirical research elsewhere in the Netherlands and in Europe.


Candidates who have a completed PhD in political science, public administration, governance studies (or another relevant field), preferably with knowledge of (Dutch) local government, are invited to apply. Experience with qualitative data collection methods, especially interviews, is highly valued. The successful candidate has a creative, open and flexible personality, is willing to travel, open to closely collaborate with the project leader, and has excellent communication, planning and organisational skills. Excellent communication and academic writing skills in English are a prerequisite. He or she also needs to be fluent in Dutch.


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 postdoctoral researcher will have the unique opportunity to carry out research within one or more of the four themes within the research programme.

We offer a 0.80 fte appointment as a Postdoctoral Researcher for 2 years. The first year will be a probation period; after a positive assessment the position will be extended for the remaining year. Your position of Postdoctoral Researcher (Onderzoeker 3) will consist of 100% research. There might be a possibility for an extra 0.2 fte for teaching, adding up to a 1.00 fte appointment.

Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels, depending on education and relevant work experience. This implies a gross monthly salary of about € 3.173,00 per month, scale level 10 (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%. After a positive assessment a promotion to scale 11 is possible in the 2nd year.

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 and 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.

Additional information

Applicants are invited for a 2-year postdoctoral position within the project “Strengthening local accountability”. The project is funded by the Thorbecke Fund of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), awarded to the principal investigator, prof.dr. Klaartje Peters.

Starting date: preferably1 November 2018

Further information on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is available on our website: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fasos

Any inquiries about the position or the project may be addressed to Prof.dr. Klaartje Peters, at klaartje.peters@maastrichtuniversity.nl (or +31 6 42307472 before 19 July and after 19 August).

Further information on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences may be accessed on: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fasos.

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. For more information please see the website: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl / support / UM employees.

Interested candidates are invited to submit:

  1. A letter of motivation summarising relevant experience and reasons for interest in the position.

  2. A CV including a complete list of publications.

  3. A grade transcript of previous education at Master/graduate level.

  4. PhD degree certificate.

  5. Your best article or book chapter, preferably single-authored.

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.

The deadline for submitting your application is 1 September 2018.

Please send your application electronically to the Secretariat of the Department Political Science: pzfasosvac-philotss@maastrichtuniversity.nl