PhD Candidate in the field of education and labour at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA)

PhD Candidate in the field of education and labour at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA)

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2 Mar 20 Mar Maastricht

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Are you an economist who recently graduated or is about to graduate from a Research Master degree or equivalent? Are you passionate about academic research in the field of education and labour? Then we have the right vacancy for you!

Job description

You will work 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 also be part of the Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE) that coordinates SBE’s PhD programme.

ROA hosts SBE’s chair of 'Dynamics of skills allocation'. This chair focuses on scientific research into changes in the demand for skills, human capital investments and occupations choice. This PhD project focuses on how expectations shape human capital investment decisions (education, lifelong learning). Expectations could relate to preferences, academic abilities and perceived returns. By analysing microdata and setting-up field experiments, more insight should be gained into how expectations relate to choices.

You will have access and contribute to ROA and SBE’s international network of renowned scholars. You will be supervised by Prof.dr. Didier Fouarge, holder of the Chair of ‘Dynamics of skills allocation’ at SBE.


Maastricht University (UM)


Are you self-motivated, curious and interested in research? Do you have a record of high academic achievement (e.g., good grades and/or involvement in other academic activities) and the skills required to become an excellent researcher in your field? Then this PhD-candidate position at ROA might be the challenge you are looking for.

You have a strong academic background and willingness to publish in high-ranking academic journals. A preference is given to students who have shown excellence in at least one (preferably more) of the following subjects: labour economics, education economics, public economics, (applied) micro-economics. You have good quantitative and analytical skills, as well as oral communication and writing skills. You have affinity with setting up field experiments in the field of education and labour. Knowledge of statistical software (e.g., Stata, R) is necessary. A Research Master (or equivalent) is preferred.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels for PhD students starting with a salary of € 2.325,00 with a yearly growth to € 2.972,00 gross a month (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% of the yearly gross income.

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.

Other secondary employment conditions might apply such as a pension scheme, a corporate fitness plan, a bicycle scheme, 232 hours of yearly leave hours, and partially paid parental leave.


Research Center for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) Maastricht University

For more information, please contact:

Prof. dr. Didier Fouarge

Telefoon: +31 (0)43-3883657


For further information about ROA, please visit


  • PhD
  • Economics
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2325—€2972 per month
  • AT2020.77


Maastricht University (UM)

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