PhD position in Applied Labour Economics at the Department of Economics, Maastricht University

PhD position in Applied Labour Economics at the Department of Economics, Maastricht University

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13 Dec 15 Jan Maastricht

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Job description

The Department of Economics (AE2) at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) of Maastricht University offers a 4-year PhD position in the field of applied labour economics. Eligible candidates must have successfully completed a – preferably 2-year (120 ECTS) – Master’s degree (MSc or MPhil) in (Quantitative) Economics, Econometrics, Mathematics, or a related area (before September 2019) and have a good “competence” in written and spoken English.

The candidate will work on a research project to investigate the effects of information and institutions on job search and labour market outcomes of unemployed job seekers. The project will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Thomas Dohmen and Dr. Steffen Künn. Further, the candidate is expected to contribute to teaching activities at the department, taking max. 20% of his/her time.

We offer a dynamic and challenging job in an internationally oriented organisation. The candidate will be part of an international network of top universities and renowned scholars within the field. The department of economics has strong collaborations with other institutes and departments at Maastricht University and elsewhere, such as the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) or the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).


Maastricht University (UM)


Are you self-motivated, curious and interested in research? Do you have a record of high academic achievement (e.g. good grades and/or involvement in other academic activities) and the skills required to become an excellent researcher? If so, than a PhD position at the School of Business and Economics might be the challenge you are looking for.

All applicant information will be processed in line with the EU GDPR. It will be archived in a confidential UM (digital) location which is only accessible to authorised members of the selection committee. At most 1 month after the completion of the procedure – but ultimately June 30, 2019 – all information will be deleted, unless the application agrees with extended storage for a fixed term.

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.

Conditions of employment

Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels for PhD students starting with a salary of € 2,266.- with a yearly growth to € 2,897.- gross a month (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%.

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 a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website: > Support > UM employees.


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.


School of Business and Economics / Department of Economics

School of Business and Economics (SBE)
SBE is the youngest economics and business faculty in the Netherlands with a distinctively international profile. It belongs to the 1% of business schools worldwide to be triple-crown accredited (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA). SBE strongly believes in close connections with its academic partners and societal stakeholders, with its students and alumni, and with businesses and organisations in the Limburg Euregion, the Netherlands, Europe and the rest of the world. SBE is committed to increasing the gender diversity of its academic community and wants to stimulate the creation of a more diverse and inclusive community. See also:

The Department of Economics consists of two sections:

Section AE1 hosts approximately 20 full-time faculty members and 20 PhD students. Their research focuses on topics in the areas of Microeconomics, Economic Theory, Public Economics, Political Economy, Experimental Economics, Behavioral Economics and Neuroeconomics.

Section AE2 hosts approximately 30 full-time faculty members and 25 PhD students. Their research focuses on topics in Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, Labour Economics, Education, International Economics, Innovation and Growth, and Economic Policy.


  • PhD positions
  • Economics
  • max. 38 hours per week, temporary
  • €2266—€2897 per month
  • University Graduate
  • AT2018.364


Maastricht University (UM)

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