PhD position at the department of Quantitative Economics, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University

PhD position at the department of Quantitative Economics, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University

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Are you a graduated economist, from a 2-year master program with emphasis on quantitative techniques? And do you want to learn how mathematical and statistical methods can be used to solve problems in economics and business? Then we have a job for you!

Job description

The Department of Quantitative Economics (QE) of the School of Business and Economics (SBE) has a vacancy for a 4-year PhD position. As a PhD you are expected to write a PhD thesis in one of the fields of expertise of the department. Topics include econometrics, operations research, actuarial sciences, and economic theory, with a strong focus on quantitative and analytical methods. Both fundamental research as well as applied topics are possible, depending on your interests.

You will contribute to research by publishing in international top journals in one or more of the fields of interest to the QE department. You also have a light task in teaching (maximally 20% of the position), in which you are expected to contribute to education by tutoring courses in, depending on your area of expertise, mathematics, statistics, or operations research. You will also be part of the Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE) that coordinates SBE’s PhD programme.


Maastricht University (UM)


Profile of the candidate:

  • has (or is close to completion of) a 2-year MSc degree in Econometrics, Operations Research, Mathematical Economics, or a related field;
  • has an interest in doing research;
  • is an enthusiastic and cooperative colleague, who is willing to collaborate with the colleagues in the QE department;
  • has excellent command of English (oral and writing), in particular since all teaching is in English

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

We offer a full-time employment contract as a PhD candidate. The first employment contract will be for a period of 1,5 year and will be extended for another 2,5 years after positive evaluation. Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels for PhD students starting with a salary of € 2.395,00 with a yearly growth to € 3.061,00 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% of the yearly gross income.

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. Secondary employment conditions might apply such as a pension scheme, a corporate fitness plan, a bicycle scheme, at least 232 hours of yearly leave hours, 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

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 20,000 students and 4,700 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 Quantitative Economics

The QE department has a strong research record in econometrics, operations research, economic theory and actuarial science. It is largely responsible for the bachelor and master programs in Econometrics and Operations Research, including Mathematical Economics, Data Science, and Actuarial Science, with yearly enrollment of around 90 bachelor and 35 master students. For more information about the department, see


  • PhD
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2395—€3061 per month
  • University graduate
  • AT2021.107


Maastricht University (UM)

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