Postdoc in Cross-border interorganizational cooperation in crime control

Postdoc in Cross-border interorganizational cooperation in crime control

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2 Nov 22 Nov Maastricht

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Job description

The Department of Organisation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship (OSE) and The Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross border cooperation and Mobility (ITEM) of Maastricht University invite applications for a postdoctoral position (0.5 – 1fte).

Are you interested in investigating how police forces, public prosecution services, and municipalities in the Belgian/Dutch/German cross-border region collaborate in solving cross-border crime? Would you like to participate in an interdisciplinary NWO funded SSH-M research project on the complexity of cross-border interorganizational cooperation in crime control? Would you like to work with academics from law, socio-political sciences, and organization studies, and professionals from the distinctive public organizations? Are you enthusiastic about research that adopts a mixed/multi method, participatory and grounded theory approach? Then quickly read on.

Research and practice concur that cross-border crime is a persistent and complex problem with serious repercussions for individual and societal security. An important question is how to optimize cross-border collaboration between such different public organizations as the police, the public prosecution services, and municipalities as each have their own (national) legal mandates, political interests, and working practices. Research into interorganizational collaboration between these public sector organizations across the border is still in its infancy and in relation to crime control non-existing. This makes research into this problematic both academically and socially highly relevant and urgent.


Maastricht University (UM)


  • A PhD degree in social sciences, socio-legal studies, or organization studies.
  • Proven affinity with collaborative interdisciplinary research.
  • Proven experience with qualitative research while quantitative research experience is an advantage.
  • A relevant publication record demonstrating your ability to publish high-level as well as impactful research.
  • Having experience with communicating research results to relevant stakeholders is an advantage.
  • Ability to work independently, supervise research assistants and manage various research activities.
  • Good command of the English and Dutch language while knowledge of German and French is an advantage.

Conditions of employment

What we offer

As Postdoctoral researcher at School of Business and Economics, you will be employed by the most international university in the Netherlands, located in the beautiful city of Maastricht. In addition, we offer you:
  • Good employment conditions. The position is graded in scale 11 according to UFO profile researcher, with corresponding salary based on experience ranging from €4332,00 and €5929,00 gross per month (based on a full-time employment of 38 hours per week). In addition to the monthly salary, an 8.0% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus apply.
  • An employment contract for a period of 24 months with a scope of 0.5 - 1.0 FTE.
  • At Maastricht University, the well-being of our employees is of utmost importance, we offer flexible working hours and the possibility to work partly from home if the nature of your position allows it. You will receive a monthly commuting and internet allowance for this. If you work full-time, you will be entitled to 29 vacation days and 4 additional public holidays per year, namely carnival Monday, carnival Tuesday, Good Friday, and Liberation Day. If you choose to accumulate compensation hours, an additional 12 days will be added. Furthermore, you can personalize your employment conditions through a collective labor agreement (CAO) choice model.
  • As Maastricht University, we offer various other excellent secondary employment conditions. These include a good pension scheme with the ABP and the opportunity for UM employees to participate in company fitness and make use of the extensive sports facilities that we also offer to our students.
  • Last but certainly not least, we provide the space and facilities for your personal and professional development. We facilitate this by offering a wide range of training programs and supporting various well-established initiatives such as 'acknowledge and appreciate'.
    The terms of employment at Maastricht University are largely set out in the collective labor agreement of Dutch Universities. In addition, local provisions specific to UM apply. For more information, click here.


Maastricht University

Why work at Maastricht University?
At Maastricht University (UM), everything revolves around the future. The future of our students, as we work to equip them with a solid, broad-based foundation for the rest of their lives. And the future of society, as we seek solutions through our research to issues from all around the world. Our six faculties combined provide a comprehensive package of study programmes and research.

In our teaching, we use the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method. Students work in small groups, looking for solutions to problems themselves. By discussing issues and working together to draw conclusions, formulate answers and present them to their peers, students develop essential skills for their future careers.

With over 22,300 students and more than 5,000 employees from all over the world, UM is home to a vibrant and inspiring international community.

Are you drawn to an international setting focused on education, science and scholarship? Are you keen to contribute however your skills and qualities allow? Our door is open to you! As a young European university, we value your talent and look forward to creating the future together.

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School of Business and Economics en de vakgroep OSE

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) is one of Maastricht University’s six faculties. Our mission is to contribute to a better world by addressing societal problems, by co-creating knowledge and developing team players and leaders for the future. By joining SBE, you will be part of the 1% of business schools worldwide to be Triple Crown accredited (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA). You will join an inspiring and international environment, where learning and development is priority. The Department of Organisation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship (OSE) is a vibrant international group of academics dedicated to high quality research and education with a strong drive for societal relevance and valorisation. Our researchers are active in such areas as organisational behavior, organisational theory, innovation and strategic management. For more information see:

Faculty of Law and ITEM
The Faculty of Law at Maastricht University is a top-quality provider of challenging and rewarding Dutch and European legal education. The clear focus in research on European and international aspects of the law, Law and tech, and the empirical setting in which the law operates, provides an exceptionally stimulating environment for both students and staff. The Faculty greatly values its open, diverse and inclusive community that makes it a pleasant and rewarding place to work and study ITEM carries out scientific, interdisciplinary research in the context of cross-border issues, paying particular attention to practical solutions. Through applied and fundamental research ITEM tackles cross-border problems that impact our cross-border life-world. Our research revolves around translating scientific knowledge into practical solutions. For More Information see:


  • Postdoc
  • Economics
  • 19—38 hours per week
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 380


Maastricht University (UM)

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