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The successful candidate is a talented early-career researcher with proven interest in European affairs. They will be part of the core research team of Studio Europa Maastricht (SEM) of Maastricht University (UM) for a two-year appointment. They will work closely with the broader SEM team and researchers in the different faculties of the UM. The post-doc is expected to devote 60% of the position to academic research and 40% to outreach activities, emphasizing societal impact of the post-doc’s research. This includes the following output:
Research theme 2: Identity, Heritage and the Citizens’ Perspective
Having initiated the integration process through the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) in 1951, the governments of ‘the Six’ inevitably faced the ensuing battles of ideas over the notion of European unification and the future of European integration. The issue of integration penetrated domestic politics and caused deep rifts within cabinets and parliaments, cutting across conventional political camps and stirring up heated national debates between federalists, confederates, Eurosceptics and others.
European negotiations encompassed state and non-state actors from the outset. The lack of national control over this process prompted the formation of unorthodox coalitions across national borders and transnational bureaucracies, lobbies and networks. Influencing the integration process thus presupposed a certain transnationalisation of European policies right from its earliest days. There is an empirical reason why existing historiography has not paid sufficient attention to all this: the governments’ convincing claims to be in control of the integration process. Research on the history of European integration aims to reinterpret and reanalyse this history from an interdisciplinary, transnational perspective. This includes due attention to non-state actors. The research will include various sources (e.g., archives, arts, heritage).
Read more about this theme in SEM’s research agenda: https://studioeuropamaastricht.nl/research/
Applicants are expected to:
Fixed-term contract: 2-year.
Maastricht University offers a challenging job (0.8-1.0fte) in an attractive international work environment for two years. The intended start date is between September and December 2022. The exact date is negotiable in consultation with the management of SEM. The salary depends on qualifications and experience of the candidate and ranges from € 3.821 to € 5.230 (scale 11) gross per month (based on the salary scales VSNU per 1 January 2022). In addition, there is an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year allowance. A favourable tax regime may apply for foreign applicants. In addition, Maastricht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including (partly 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 www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > About UM > Working at UM.
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 22,000 students and about 5,000 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.
Maastricht University is committed to promoting and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that diversity in our staff and student population contributes to the quality of research and education at UM, and strive to enable this through inclusive policies and innovative projects led by teams of staff and students. We encourage you to apply for this position.
Studio Europa Maastricht is a centre of expertise for Europe-related debate and research.
Founded in 2018 and supported by the partners of the Maastricht, Working on Europe programme: Maastricht University, the Province of Limburg and the City of Maastricht. Together we aim to position Maastricht, the capital of Limburg as a meeting place for citizen dialogue and debate and establish a centre of excellence for research on Europe and European integration.
Our team examines, explores, and engages. We are #WorkingonEurope.
Our organisation consists of three pillars:
Please visit www.studioeuropamaastricht.nl for more information on Studio Europa Maastricht.
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