Postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department Society Studies, Maastricht University

Postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department Society Studies, Maastricht University

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17 Aug 14 Sep Maastricht

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You are invited to apply for a 1-year postdoctoral position – combining research and education with infrastructure development in ‘digital studies’

Job description

Research project
This position will support various education and research ambitions within FASoS relating to the support for research using digital resources, methods, and formats. These have been growing in recent years, due to the new BA Digital Society (first cohort of students joined in 2019), the MA Digital Cultures, and several large research projects, including Terra Mosana (funded by Interreg, 2018-22) and PURE3D (PDI SSH, 2021-24). Maastricht University is also a signatory of the Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed. Several new appointments have been made to support the further growth of the BA Digital Society and to work on these research projects. These colleagues need technical support that goes beyond what is typically provided to academic staff in FASoS. For all of these reasons, we are currently exploring the establishment of a provisionally named Digital Studies Lab, to be based in FASoS, but as part of a university-wide network of facilities supporting digital research, broadly defined. 

Job description
Depending on your background, the position will be based at FASoS, in one of the academic departments but also working closely with the ICT cluster. The research profile is most likely to match either the Arts, Media & Culture programme or the Science and Technology Studies programme.


  • 50% - further development of Digital Studies Lab, to support innovative educational and research activities
  • 25% - preparation of publications and research applications; participation in monthly training programme offered to PhDs and postdocs in the national Digital Society programme
  • 25% - teaching and thesis supervision, likely in the MA Digital Cultures, BA Digital Society, and perhaps also methods courses in other programmes.

This position combines project management with academic research and teaching, not uncommon in emerging fields such as Digital Humanities.


Maastricht University (UM)



  • Have a completed PhD in digital humanities, computational social science or related discipline, with related publications already published or in preparation
  • Can function well in interdisciplinary academic environment and work well with potential technical and societal partners
  • Have experience of preparing funding proposals and knowledge of Dutch and EU funding possibilities
  • Are interested in innovative methods for the humanities and the social sciences (including innovative forms of knowledge production and representation)
  • Have experience in project management with digital research infrastructures

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. You will have the unique opportunity to carry out research within one or more of the four themes within the research programme. You will be part of an international network of top universities and renowned scholars within the field.

We offer a 1-year full-time appointment as Post-Doctoral Researcher.

Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels, depending on education and relevant work experience, in salary scale 11 (about € 3.746,- gross per month, based on a fulltime appointment) according to the collective labour agreement (CAO) of Dutch Universities (UFO-Profile Researcher level 3).
Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.

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.

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 > About UM > Working at UM.

Starting date: 1 January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter


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.


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) has about 250 staff members, and about 1,730 students. More than 77% of the students are non-Dutch (65 different nationalities). All programmes are offered in English and some are also offered in Dutch. FASoS offers four 3-year bachelor’s programmes: Arts and Culture, European Studies, Digital Society and Global 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.


  • Postdoc
  • Behaviour and society
  • AT2021.333


Maastricht University (UM)

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