Full time Assistant/Associate professor, starting date 1 September 2022

Full time Assistant/Associate professor, starting date 1 September 2022

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17 Jul 15 Aug Maastricht

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Sustainability scientist with social science profile

Job description

The Maastricht Sustainability Institute (MSI) seeks to appoint a sustainability scientist with a strong social science profile to expand its existing team of scholars. Within the interdisciplinary field of sustainability science, MSI contributes to the understanding of societal transitions towards sustainability, combining a strong methodological focus with domain specific knowledge in areas such as energy provision, climate change and health, urban sustainability and circular economy.


Maastricht University (UM)


We are looking for a person who is working on a research agenda that adopts a constructive critical perspective, has an inclusive stance on methodological rigour, and engages actively with current debates in sustainability science and society. As teaching will be part of your portfolio of activities, we seek a person who shares our enthusiasm in using problem-based learning (PBL) to shape the next generation of leaders in sustainability, in business as well as in other sectors of society.

More specifically, we are looking for a person with the following qualities:

·         deep knowledge of social science theorising related to sustainability transitions;

·         a track record of high quality publications in the field of sustainability science, or constituting fields such as innovation studies, political economy, business studies, governance and public administration, and environmental sociology;

·         experience with PBL is an advantage;

·         a Universal Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO) or equivalent;

·         proven experience with funding acquisition;

·         ability to work with a variety of methodological perspectives;

·         a focus on impact delivery through transdisciplinary approaches;

·         a compelling research agenda that is complementary with MSI and SBE

.         hold a PhD in sustainability science or a relevant other discipline

Conditions of employment

Depending on the level of expertise and experience we can offer a contract as either an assistant or an associate professor. For the assistant professor level remuneration will be according to standard salary levels for assistant professors (scale 11 or 12), with a starting salary in the range of € 3.974 - € 6.181 gross per month (based on a full-time appointment), depending on qualifications and experience. Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.

For the associate professor level remuneration will be according to standard salary levels for associate professors (scale 13 or 14), with a starting salary in the range of € 5.506 - € 7.362 gross per month (based on a full-time appointment), depending on qualifications and experience. Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.

For both levels, you have to be willing to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. Depending on your personal situation, you will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs.

We offer an attractive package of fringe benefits such as a pension plan, reduction on collective health insurance, substantial leave arrangements, optional model for designing a personalised benefits package and application for attractive fiscal arrangements for employees from abroad.

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

Maastricht University (UM) is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterised 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 5,000 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts six 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.

Located in the heart of Europe, UM is the most international university in the Netherlands with half of our students and one third of academic staff coming from abroad. In total, UM represents 100 different nationalities. UM is a stimulating environment where research and teaching are complementary, where innovation is our focus and where talent can flourish. Research is characterised by a multidisciplinary, thematic, and collaborative approach, and with education, forms the core of UM.

Eager to learn more? Watch this video to get a sense of our university culture, the city of Maastricht, and your potential working environment, or take our virtual campus tour.


School of Business and Economics

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) is one of the youngest Faculties of Business and Economics in the Netherlands. It has a distinctive international profile and is Triple Crown accredited. It provides high-quality education and conducts excellent research with an international perspective. SBE strongly believes in creating close collaborations with its academic partners and societal stakeholders, its students and alumni, and with businesses and organisations in the Limburg Euregion, the Netherlands, Europe and the rest of the world.


Maastricht Sustainability Institute

The Maastricht Sustainability Institute (MSI), based at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) of Maastricht University (UM), wants to contribute to a better world by addressing sustainable development problems and challenges through scientific research and high-quality education. A combined approach of sustainability assessment, innovation for sustainability, and governance for sustainable development is at the heart of the institute. MSI research explicitly embraces complexity and normativity, rather than simplifying it, and it takes interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to generate societal impact. Knowledge brokering, boundary work, and action-research are concepts that suit MSI well. MSI shows that this approach results in research that is not only scientifically sound, but also highly relevant to practice. The Master's programme Sustainability Science, Policy and Society attracts a large international student population. The institute is also working on a new Master's programme Sustainable Business (with University of York), and the UM-wide Minor Sustainability. The multidisciplinary staff (ca. 20 fte/40 persons) has an interdisciplinary working style and strong interest in transdisciplinary approaches for addressing sustainability problems. For more information about MSI, please visit our website: www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/msi


  • Assistant professor; Associate professor
  • Behaviour and society; Economics
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • AT2022.315


Maastricht University (UM)

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