Research Assistant at Maastricht University's Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Research Assistant at Maastricht University's Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Published Deadline Location
13 Nov today Maastricht
Are you driven by curiosity and eager to understand how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) navigate the complex world of international business while harnessing the power of innovation?

Job description

We invite you to embark on an exciting journey as a Research Assistant in our team.

We are seeking a motivated and detail-oriented Research Assistant to join our research team, specializing in the study of internationalization and innovation in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). As a Research Assistant, you will play a crucial role in our research projects, contributing to the investigation and analysis of various aspects related to the global expansion and innovative strategies of SMEs. If you have a passion for research, a keen interest in international business, and a desire to understand how innovation drives SME success on the global stage, we encourage you to apply for this opportunity.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Research Support: Assist in the planning, execution, and analysis of research projects related to internationalization and innovation in SMEs. This includes data collection, surveys, interviews, and case studies.
  • Data Management: Manage and organize research data, ensuring accuracy, confidentiality, and secure storage. Contribute to data analysis using statistical software.
  • Literature Review: Conduct comprehensive literature reviews to stay current with the latest research in the field of internationalization and innovation in SMEs.
  • Report Writing: Contribute to the preparation of research reports, academic papers, and presentations. This includes data visualization, interpretation, and creating research insights.
  • Collaboration: Collaborate with research team members, including faculty members and senior researchers, to achieve project objectives and milestones.
  • Communication: Present research findings to the team, actively participate in research meetings, and engage with external stakeholders.
  • Administrative Tasks: Assist with administrative tasks related to the research project, such as project documentation, ethics approvals, and coordination of research activities.


Maastricht University (UM)


  • A bachelor's or master's degree in a relevant field, such as business, economics, or social sciences.
  • Strong analytical and research skills, including experience with statistical analysis software.
  • An interest in small and medium-sized enterprises and their unique characteristics and challenges.
  • Excellent organizational and time management abilities.
  • Proficiency in literature review and academic writing.
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to work independently.
  • Familiarity with data collection and analysis methods is a plus.

Conditions of employment

What we offer

As a research assistant at the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation you will be employed by the most international university of the Netherlands, located in the beautiful city of Maastricht. In addition, we offer you:
  • Good employment conditions. The position is in graded in scale 7 according to the UFO profile “Onderzoeks- en Onderwijsmedewerker”, function level with corresponding salary based on experience ranging from € 2.693,- to € 3.636,- 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 are applicable.
  • An employment contract for a period of 12 months with a scope of 0.5 FTE. If proven suitable, the employment contract will be converted into an indefinite contract.
  • 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

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.

Click here for more information about UM.


The School of Business and Economics

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 Maastricht University Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) is a dynamic and forward-thinking institution dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation within the academic and broader business community. Located at the heart of Maastricht University, this centre serves as a hub for students, researchers, and entrepreneurs, driving the growth of innovative ideas, startups, and businesses.

Key features and components of the Maastricht University Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation include:
  1. Interdisciplinary Approach: MU CEI promotes an interdisciplinary approach, encouraging collaboration among various faculties, researchers, and students. This approach allows for a diverse range of perspectives and expertise to be applied to entrepreneurial and innovative projects.
  2. Education and Training: The centre offers a wide range of programs, courses, and workshops designed to nurture entrepreneurial skills and a mindset of innovation. These programs are accessible to both students and external participants, providing valuable knowledge and practical experience in entrepreneurship and innovation.
  3. Research and Development: MU CEI is at the forefront of research in entrepreneurship and innovation, conducting groundbreaking studies that contribute to the academic understanding of these fields. Its research activities focus on various aspects of entrepreneurship, including startups, social entrepreneurship, and corporate innovation.
  4. Incubation and Acceleration: The centre provides support and resources for startups and early-stage ventures, including access to co-working spaces, mentoring, and funding opportunities. This incubation and acceleration support help transform innovative ideas into successful businesses.
  5. Networking and Community Building: MU CEI fosters a vibrant entrepreneurial and innovative community by hosting events, conferences, and networking sessions. These gatherings connect students, researchers, investors, and local entrepreneurs, facilitating collaboration and idea exchange.
  6. Collaboration with Industry: The centre collaborates closely with the local business community and industry partners, creating opportunities for knowledge transfer and mutually beneficial partnerships.
  7. Social and Sustainable Entrepreneurship: MU CEI is committed to promoting social and sustainable entrepreneurship, emphasizing the importance of ethical and environmentally responsible business practices.
  8. International Perspective: Maastricht University's international character ensures that MU CEI is well-connected globally, enabling students and researchers to engage with international perspectives on entrepreneurship and innovation.

In summary, the Maastricht University Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a prominent institution dedicated to nurturing and promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in both academic and practical settings. It combines research, education, and hands-on support to empower students, researchers, and the broader community to create and develop innovative solutions and businesses, contributing to economic growth and societal progress.

Additional information


Are you interested in this exciting position but still have questions? Feel free to contact Roy Broersma at for more information.

Are you convinced and ready to become our new Research Assistant? Apply now and no later than 30 November 2023 for this position.
The first interviews preferably take place between 6 & 8 of December. The second interview round will preferably be held between 11 and 15 December.

The vacancy is open for internal and external candidates. In case of equal qualifications, internal candidates will be prioritized.

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.


  • Support staff (clerical, administrative, facility)
  • max. 19 hours per week
  • €2693—€3636 per month
  • University graduate
  • 413


Maastricht University (UM)

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Make sure to apply no later than 30 Nov 2023 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).