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The successful candidate is a talented early-career researcher with proven interest in European affairs. They will be member of the core research team of Studio Europa Maastricht (SEM) at Maastricht University (UM) for a two-year appointment. They will work closely with the broader SEM team and researchers in different faculties of the UM. The post-doc is expected to devote 60% of the position to academic research and 40% to outreach activities, emphasizing societal impact of the post-doc’s research. This includes the following output:
Research theme 1: Democracy, (Geo)Politics, Security and Rule of Law
Currently, the European Union faces serious legitimacy challenges. Consecutive changes to improve the Union’s democratic credentials have not fully convinced European citizens that the EU is truly democratic. The existing division of competences between the European Union, national authorities, regional authorities and cities, as well as between various European institutions, bodies and agencies is contested. Questions remain: which level of government is best suited to take which decision? How should EU institutions interact with national counterparts? Which reforms are needed to safeguard democracy and ensure that citizens get more involved in the European project? In addition, there are questions on the position of the EU within Europe and with its external relations - and of Europe and its place in the world.
Read more about this theme in SEM’s research agenda: https://studioeuropamaastricht.nl/research/
Applicants are expected to:
Fixed-term contract: 2-year.
Maastricht University offers a challenging job (0.8-1.0fte) in an attractive international work environment for two years. The intended start date is between September and December 2022. The exact date is negotiable in consultation with the management of SEM. The salary depends on qualifications and experience of the candidate and ranges from € 3.821 to € 5.230 (scale 11) gross per month (based on the salary scales VSNU per 1 January 2022). In addition, there is an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year allowance. A favourable tax regime may apply for foreign applicants. In addition, Maastricht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including (partly 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 www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > About UM > Working at UM.
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.
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.
Studio Europa Maastricht is a centre of expertise for Europe-related debate and research.
Founded in 2018 and supported by the partners of the Maastricht, Working on Europe programme: Maastricht University, the Province of Limburg and the City of Maastricht. Together we aim to position Maastricht, the capital of Limburg as a meeting place for citizen dialogue and debate and establish a centre of excellence for research on Europe and European integration.
Our team examines, explores, and engages. We are #WorkingonEurope.
Our organisation consists of three pillars:
Please visit www.studioeuropamaastricht.nl for more information on Studio Europa Maastricht.
Maastricht University (UM)
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