Postdoctoral researcher “International Relations (quantitative methods)”, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, 1.0 fte, 3 years

Postdoctoral researcher “International Relations (quantitative methods)”, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, 1.0 fte, 3 years

Published Deadline Location
21 Aug today Maastricht

Job description

This is an exciting opportunity to join a new research team carrying out a highly prestigious ERC project. In particular we are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to conduct quantitative research on international organizations using existing datasets. He/she will work independently and in collaboration with the principal investigator (PI) of the project, and three to-be-appointed PhD candidates. The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to expand on the details of their own research based on their expertise, the material they gather and their own ideas, in consultation with the PI. The postdoctoral researcher will also work synergistically and collectively with the rest of the team. For example, the postdoctoral researcher will: play a crucial role in the theoretical and methodological innovations required by the project; lead, and contribute to, academic publications; participate in team meetings; offer active support to the PhDs; engage in presentations; and be involved in the co-organisation of workshops and other events related to the project.

Specifications

Maastricht University (UM)

Requirements

Candidates with a completed PhD in international relations (or another relevant topic/field, such as political science), with methodological experience in quantitative methods, are invited to apply. Experience with survival analysis or datasets related to international organisations is considered a strength. The postdoctoral researcher will be based in Maastricht. The successful candidate must be willing to travel, be open to working together with a team of five scholars on a collaborative project, and have excellent organisational abilities. Excellent communication and writing skills in English are a prerequisite, since the candidates will be engaging on an international level, collaborating with other team members in English and producing English-language publications.

Conditions of employment

We offer a dynamic and challenging job in an internationally-oriented organisation where young people receive an advanced education and scholars conduct exciting research. The postdoctoral researcher will have the unique opportunity to carry out research within one or more of the four themes within the research programme. They will be part of an international network of top universities and renowned scholars within the field. 

We offer a 1.0 fte appointment as Researcher for 3 years. The first year will be a probation period, after a positive assessment the position will be extended for the remaining two years. Your position of Post-doctoral Researcher (Onderzoeker 3) will consist of 100% research. 

Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels, depending on education and relevant work experience. This implies a gross monthly salary of about € 3.173,00 per month, scale level 10 (based on a full-time appointment). Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. After a positive assessment a promotion to scale 11 is possible in the 2nd year. 

You have to be willing to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If you do not already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings) you will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs. If you do not already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings) you might be eligible for an allowance for alternative housing. 

Other secondary conditions include e.g. a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave. 

You will be provided with shared office space and a PC.

 

Employer

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 16,300 students and 4,300 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.

 

http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/

Department

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) has about 250 staff members, and about 1,600 students. More than 76% of the students are non-Dutch (64 different nationalities). All programmes are offered in English and some are also offered in Dutch. FASoS offers two 3-year bachelor’s programmes: Arts and Culture and European Studies. It also offers eight different 1-year Master’s programmes and two 2-year research master’s programmes. Research is organised around four programmes: Politics and Culture in Europe; Science, Technology and Society Studies; Arts, Media and Culture; and Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is housed in the historic city centre of Maastricht.

Additional information

Applicants are invited for a 3-year postdoctoral position within the project “Who gets to live forever? Toward an Institutional Theory on the Decline and Death of International Organisations”. The project is funded by the European Research Council (ERC), awarded to the principal investigator, Dr. Hylke Dijkstra.

Research project
Many international organisations (IOs) are under significant pressure. The World Health Organization was heavily criticized over its handling of the Ebola outbreak. The United States has not contributed to the UNESCO budget since 2011 and plans to quit in 2018. The United Kingdom is negotiating its exit from the  EU and Burundi left the International Criminal Court. The ultimate way for states to show their discontent is to disband IOs: no less than a third of the IOs, created between 1905 and 2005, has formally ceased to exist. While academics have analysed how IOs are designed and develop, we know virtually nothing about decline and death. This project addresses therefore the question why do IOs decline or die?

Starting date: preferably 1 January 2019

Further information on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is available on our website: www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fasos  

Any inquiries about the position or the project may be addressed to Dr. Hylke Dijkstra (h.dijkstra@maastrichtuniversity.nl). 

Maastricht University’s Terms of Employment are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local university provisions apply as well. For more information please see the website www.maastrichtuniversity.nl / Support / UM employees.

Application 

Interested candidates are invited to submit:

  1. A letter of motivation summarising relevant experience and reasons for interest in the position.

  2. A CV including a complete list of publications.

  3. A grade transcript of previous education at Master/graduate level.

  4. PhD degree certificate.

  5. Two articles or book chapters, preferably single-authored. 

Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that diversity (including, but not limited to nationality, age and gender) of the staff and student population will increase the quality of UM education & research. Fostering diversity and inclusivity creates an academic community where individual talents thrive, and values and differences are cherished. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position. 

The deadline for submitting your application is 23 September 2018  

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview on 24 October 2018

Please send your application electronically to the Secretariat of the department Political Science: pzfasosvac-philotss@maastrichtuniversity.nl 

All applicants will be notified within one month following the deadline as to whether or not they have been selected for an interview with the search committee.

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Application procedure

Application procedure

Application  

Interested candidates are invited to submit:

  1. A letter of motivation summarising relevant experience and reasons for interest in the position.

  2. A CV including a complete list of publications.

  3. A grade transcript of previous education at Master/graduate level.

  4. PhD degree certificate.

  5. Two articles or book chapters, preferably single-authored. 

Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that diversity (including, but not limited to nationality, age and gender) of the staff and student population will increase the quality of UM education & research. Fostering diversity and inclusivity creates an academic community where individual talents thrive, and values and differences are cherished. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position. 

The deadline for submitting your application is 23 September 2018  

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview on 24 October 2018

Please send your application electronically to the Secretariat of the department Political Science: pzfasosvac-philotss@maastrichtuniversity.nl 

All applicants will be notified within one month following the deadline as to whether or not they have been selected for an interview with the search committee.

Make sure to apply no later than 23 Sep 2018.