PhD-position in Econometrics, Mathematical Economics or Operations Research

PhD-position in Econometrics, Mathematical Economics or Operations Research

Published Deadline Location
30 Jan 15 Mar Maastricht
The Department of Quantitative Economics at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics is looking to fill a PhD position.

Job description

The intended working field for the PhD positions should be in one of the following fields: Econometrics, Mathematical Economics or Operations Research. The position is fully funded for four years, according to the labor agreement of Dutch universities and contains a moderate teaching load of at most 25%. The intended starting date is 1 September 2024.


Maastricht University (UM)


The research for the PhD student should align with one of the staff members of the department. In their motivation letter, candidates should indicate the (general) area in which they intend to do their research. More specific research proposals, including suggested alignment with specific staff members, are welcome, but not required.

Candidates need to hold a master's degree (or be close to completion) in econometrics and operations research, mathematics, computer science, or similar. Strong mathematical skills are required. Good proficiency in English (both oral and written) is required.

Candidates are expected to start preferably September 1. We offer 4-year positions. We have a large and culturally diverse PhD community in our department, and welcome enthusiastic, talented new PhD students. PhD positions are paid for, with minimal teaching obligations.

Conditions of employment

As PhD-candidate 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 P according to UFO profile Promovendus, with corresponding salary based on experience ranging from €2770,00 and €3539,00 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 18 months with a scope of 1,0 FTE. Upon a positive evaluation, an extension of 2,5 years will follow.
  • 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.


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.


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.

About the department
The department of Quantitative Economics of Maastricht School of Business and Economics conducts research in the area of Actuarial Sciences, Econometrics, Mathematical Economics and Game Theory, and Operations Research. Members of the department teach in the BSc and MSc programme in Econometrics & Operations Research as well as several quantitative courses in other BSc and MSc programmes of SBE. Both in teaching and research the department achieves excellent standards. The department publishes papers in highly ranked international scientific journals, such as Journal of Econometrics, Games and Economic Behaviour, and Operations Research.

For more information on the department as well as their members, see

Additional information


Are you interested in this exciting position but still have questions? Feel free to contact Tjark Vredeveld via for more information.

Or are you already convinced and ready to become our new PhD-candidate? Apply now, no later than march 15th, for this position.

Applicants are requested to submit the following:
  • Motivation letter, including a description of a (general) subject that you want to work on for your PhD.
  • CV
  • grade list
  • at least two reference letters by relevant scholars
  • Application form (available in further steps through questionnaire)

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.


  • PhD
  • Economics
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • 626


Maastricht University (UM)

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Make sure to apply no later than 15 Mar 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).