Assistant Professor in Transnational migration and social inequalities or climate change

Assistant Professor in Transnational migration and social inequalities or climate change

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Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Society Studies, 1.0fte

Job description

FASoS is looking for an Assistant Professor with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research related to transnational migration, social inequalities and climate change. You will focus on migrant communities in Europe and beyond, from a transnational perspective and take global influences, as well as national policies as instigators of social inequalities into account.

 This UD position can have one of two foci. The first focuses on social inequalities as they are created and reinforced in points of contact between migrants from the Global South and the institutions representing European migration regimes, including but not limited to institutions such as the immigration police, asylum centres, schools and in Europe’s external borders. A second focus is on the processes that climate change sets in motion in migrants' countries of origin in the Global South and how these affect migration in Europe and beyond. These can include, but are not limited to conflicts over resources, loss of livelihoods and radicalization amongst populations in the Global South and North.

You will contribute to the teaching in a variety of BA and MA programs at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, such as the BSc Global Studies, the BA Arts and Culture, the BA and MA European Studies, and the MA Globalisation and Development Studies. Teaching tasks include tutoring, coordinating, and lecturing courses as well as supervising internships and BA and MA theses.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has a matrix organizational structure ( You will become part of the Department of Society Studies as well as the Research Program Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development (GTD). You are expected to develop international research projects and to attract external funding that is related to the faculty’s core research themes.

At the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, teaching and research duties follow the regular division of 60% teaching and management and 40% research. The research time can be extended through external fundraising.


Maastricht University (UM)


Who are you? 

You have a PhD degree in a relevant social science discipline (e.g. anthropology, development studies, geography, migration studies, or political economy) with a focus on migration, social inequalities, climate change, institutions, transnationalism and/or migration regimes. You have experience in qualitative and ethnographic research and familiarity with mixed-methods. Knowledge of visual methods, such as visual ethnography is a plus.

You are excited to work in an international team to collaborate and attract research grants. Your record of international peer-reviewed academic publications or publications of similar stature is excellent. You have engaged with outreach activities that contributed to relevant public debates. You have a relevant academic and societal network.

You are an experienced and enthusiastic teacher and have demonstrated ability in teaching coordination roles, in course development, and in thesis supervision. You are able to stimulate student learning and to maximize student participation. You have affinity with team-teaching and the teaching philosophy behind our system of Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Experience with teaching in international classrooms is preferable.

You subscribe to the values of academic citizenship. You are a team player and are open to collaborations that may be out of your disciplinary comfort zone.

Fluency in English is a prerequisite (Cambridge English Proficiency, level C2, orally and written). Non-Dutch speaking applicants should be willing to learn Dutch (intermediate level).

Conditions of employment

What we have to offer

We offer you a fulltime position as Assistant Professor (level 2) in tenure track. Following the new Dutch Collective Labor Agreement (CLA), you will automatically be tenured after 18 months on the condition of a positive evaluation. Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels, depending on relevant work experience. This implies a minimum of € 3,974,-  and a maximum of € 5,439,- gross per month for a full-time appointment of 38 hours per week (salary scale 11 according to Dutch Universities Conditions of Employment). Each year, the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.

The university’s relocation policy stipulates that you need to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If not already living in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings), you will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs. Other secondary conditions include, for instance, a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave as well as a shared office space.

Maastricht University’s Terms of Employment are laid down in the Collective Labor Agreement of Dutch Universities. In addition, local university provisions apply. For more information, please, see the website: Working at UM - About UM - Maastricht University.

Starting date: August 15, 2023, which is the beginning of the academic year 2023–2024.


Profile of Maastricht University

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. For more information, visit

UM is a European university with an international orientation, operating at the heart of society and firmly rooted in the region. Ever since it was founded in 1976, the university has worked across borders, with a particular focus on the Euregion. Here, we connect education and research internationally, analyze societal issues in their full breadth and reinforce the labor market through the triple-helix collaboration. We have an open and inclusive academic culture, an international community and a strong focus on innovative and interdisciplinary education and research. Our community is composed of students, lecturers, researchers, support staff, and alumni.

As the pre-eminent European university in the Netherlands, our core values
are diversity and inclusion, sustainability, mutual respect, integrity, democratic principles, and transparency. We take our social responsibility seriously by forging links between the university and society, from the local to the global level. Moreover, as a solid and resilient international community, we hold ourselves accountable for the future of our world. This entails paying special attention to the urgent challenges of the 21st century, such as securing a sustainable future for our society.

UM 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 regardless of your background or identity.

More on the mission and strategy of UM:


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

In the teaching and research at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS), we highlight major developments in societies and cultures as they have unfolded during the modern and contemporary eras. We seek to gain understanding of the interrelationships of Europeanization, globalization, scientific and technological development, political change, and cultural innovation. We are interested in how global processes connect and affect actors locally in the Global North and South and how today’s societies cope with these challenges through, amongst others, transnational practices that aim to overcome national borders, practices of remembrance, governance techniques, strategies for managing knowledge, technologies, and risks and ways of dealing with diversity and inequality. Yet, understanding our present world is impossible without insight into its past. This is why historical research serves as a key element of our scholarly and educational identity.

FASoS has a very international student body and 42% of our staff comes from abroad. All programs are offered in English. FASoS offers four 3-year BA programs: Arts and Culture, European Studies, Digital Society, and Global Studies. It also offers eight different 1-year MA programs and two 2-year Research Master programs. Research is organized around four programs: Arts, Media, and Culture; and Globalization, Transnationalism, and Development; Politics and Culture in Europe; and Science, Technology and Society Studies. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is housed in the historic city center of Maastricht.

More information on FASoS is available on our website:


  • Assistant professor; Research, development, innovation; Education
  • Language and culture; Behaviour and society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • AT2022.550


Maastricht University (UM)

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