PhD candidate position at University College Maastricht

PhD candidate position at University College Maastricht

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21 Dec 31 Jan Maastricht

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Job description

UCM is a successful Liberal Arts and Science College in the Netherlands that strongly encourages student centered, interdisciplinary education with an emphasis on academic community and the teaching of excellent analytical research skills. Furthermore, the College strives to promote constant innovation in teaching methods.

The PhD position that UCM is offering is for a candidate who is willing to not only carry out excellent research but to also share their research process with the students. The successful candidate will have a detailed plan indicating how they intend to use/integrate their research project into the UCM curriculum as an inspirational and educational tool to further UCM students’ own research skills and plans. Possible examples might be a range of MaRBLe (undergraduate research) projects, lectures and workshops on the research process as well as the content.

The exact topic of the PhD will need to be decided on with the supervisors but it should have a clearly interdisciplinary approach and appeal to UCM students.

UCM will offer a fully funded, fixed period PhD training programme for one candidate. The programme will last six years starting Sept 2019-2020.

The successful candidate will spend 60% of their time on research and 40% on teaching and academic interviews. As part of their research, successful candidates are expected to offer several MaRBLe projects and supervise capstones.


Maastricht University (UM)


  • Master’s Degree
  • The written consent of two academic supervisors (if the application is successful both must be approved of by the UCM selection committee and the Board of Deans)
  • An interdisciplinary PhD research approach.
  • A detailed PhD proposal including a schedule of intended progress to be assessed every year.
  • A detailed plan for involving the UCM academic community in the research – offering MaRBLe projects and capstone support - and possibly integrating it in the UCM curriculum as a PhD training skills course.
  • If the application is successful then the following must be submitted to the selection committee: a Training and Supervision Plan for PhDs (TSP),  personal research plan, a completed letter requesting admission to the PhD track and a written statement that the candidate ‘is familiar with and will commit to the 2004 Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice, Version 2014 (VSNU)’(UM Regulation governing the attainment of doctoral degrees 2018)



  • One-two years’ work experience teaching undergraduates with consistently positive course evaluations
  • BKO Certificate
  • A first chapter (if possible already published as an article).

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1+ 5 years.

Employment basis: PhD candidate appointment lasts for six years (first year + five years after receiving a positive evaluation).

Additional duties: tutor in tutorials, student admission interviews and sharing research with the UCM student community

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO), supplement with local UM provisions. For more information on terms of employment, please visit our website > Support > UM employee


University College Maastricht

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.


  • PhD
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2325—€2972 per month
  • University graduate
  • AT2018.369


Maastricht University (UM)

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