Post-doc position at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Political Science
Specifications - (explanation)
|Location||Maastricht 6200 MD Limburg|
|Function types||Postdoc positions|
|Scientific fields||Behaviour and Society|
|Hours||38.0 hours per week|
|Salary||maximum € 2977|
|About employer||Maastricht University (UM)|
The Post-doctoral position is designed for a scholar who has recently received his or her PhDs in order to:
- Conduct in-depth research on the role of parliamentary administrations in the Netherlands and Denmark (including research stays at the capitals of these Member States);
- Gather qualitative and quantitative data on parliamentary involvement in EU affairs across all 27 Member States (in cooperation with student assistants providing language support);
- Contribute to the joint publications of the project team and the project as a whole;
- Organise and attend meetings, workshops and conferences of the project team at Maastricht University and of the joint project of the 4 partners;
- Prepare grant applications for new research projects;
- Contribute to the Faculty's teaching programme in European Studies.
We are looking for a Post-doc candidate who:
- has a PhD in Political Science, from a University in the Netherlands or abroad.
- can provide evidence of or potential for international excellence in published research.
- has excellent written and verbal communication skills in English (proficiency of Dutch and/or Danish language is an advantage).
- is a team-player and is willing to contribute proactively to the conduct of the project.
- is willing to travel and to conduct research or present research results abroad.
Conditions of employment
The research fellow will have the unique opportunity to carry out in-depth research on the role of national parliaments in the EU and will be part of an international network of top-Universities and renowned scholars within the field.
We offer the research fellow a full time (1.0 fte) appointment as Post-doc for 3 years. After a positive assessment of the first year, the position will be extended for the remaining 2 years.
Depending on experience and qualification, the gross monthly salary is about € 2.977,00 per month, scale level 10 (based on a full-time appointment). The gross yearly salary is about € 41.500,00 (based on a full-time appointment).
If you do not already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings) you will be eligible for an allowance for alternative housing or, if eligible for the 30% tax rule, for a tax reduction.
You will be reimbursed for the costs of one return trip (economy/2nd class) between your main place of residence and Maastricht.
You will be provided with shared office space and a PC.
Contract type: Temporary, 3 years
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 14,500 students and 3,800 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 Arts and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) has 200 employees and 1600 students. All programmes are (also) offered in English. Its students come from all over the world. FASoS offers two 3-year bachelors programmes: Arts and Culture, and European Studies, six different 1-year masters courses and two 2-year research masters programmes. It has a Graduate School with an intake of about 10 PhD students each year. Research is organized across three programmes: Politics and Culture in Europe; Science, Technology and Society Studies; and Cultural Memory and Diversity. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is located in several recently renovated, 18th century buildings in the historic city-centre of Maastricht.
Applications are invited for a three year Post-doctoral Researcherwithin a project on The Role of National Parliaments in the European Union at MaastrichtUniversity, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS).
This project - National Parliaments after the Lisbon Treaty: Domestic Watchdogs or Autonomous Players? (EU-ParlWatch) - is funded by the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research.
The role of national parliaments in European integration is a topical issue in current political and academic debates. The Treaty of Lisbon significantly expands the influence of national parliaments in EU policy-making. To this end, the new treaty has introduced “Provisions on Democratic Principles” stipulating that “national parliaments contribute actively to the good functioning of the Union”.
Very little research has been done on the question of how these institutional reforms and new legal stipulations actually impact on the role of national parliaments in EU affairs in practice. This joint project addresses this gap and for the first time gathers comprehensive data on parliamentary involvement in EU affairs across all 27 Member States. It will carry out in-depth research on four specific issues: 1) parliamentary scrutiny of EU legislative processes, 2) parliamentary involvement in non-legislative EU policy processes, 3) parliamentary activity beyond the domestic arena (inter-parliamentary co-operation and contacts to EU institutions) and 4) the parliamentary infrastructure in EU affairs (role of parliamentary administrations, recruitment and socialisation). The team at Maastricht University will focus on the last aspect by way of in-depth case studies in two Member States but will also collect qualitative data across all 27 Member States.
This project is a response to a joint call within the Open Research Area in Europe for the Social Sciences by the Research Councils of Germany, France the UK and the Netherlands (ANR-DFG-ESRC-NWO). The project constitutes a joint endeavour of the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Paris), University of Cologne, Cambridge University and Maastricht University.