Post-doc Identity, Heritage and the Citizens’ Perspective (0.8-1.0fte) at Studio Europa Maastricht, Maastricht University

Post-doc Identity, Heritage and the Citizens’ Perspective (0.8-1.0fte) at Studio Europa Maastricht, Maastricht University

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Studio Europa Maastricht aims to encourage multi-disciplinary Europe-focused research with societal impact. Apply and join the research of Europe!

Job description

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: 

  • The post-doc carries out internationally competitive research and produces high-quality publications in the field of Identity, Heritage and/or the Citizens’ Perspective (SEM research theme 2), with a clear link to European issues. Research and publications are of a multi- or interdisciplinary nature, which reflects the UM wide research priority ‘Europe in a globalising world’;   
  • The post-doc writes and submits at least one individual grant proposal (such as within NWO, ERC, or within any other leading national or international funding scheme for academic research);  
  • The post-doc engages in outreach activities, including the dissemination of personal research in forms that make it accessible beyond academia or even for the general public; 
  • The post-doc is an active and visible ambassador of SEM’s research agenda in- and outside the UM; 
  • The post-doc contributes to the general promotion and communication regarding SEM activities and events calendar.  

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: 


Maastricht University (UM)


Applicants are expected to: 

  • hold a recent (< 5 years) doctorate, or are very close to acquiring a PhD, in Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Law, Economics, Data Science or any other relevant field concerning SEM research theme 2: Identity, Heritage and the Citizens’ Perspective; 
  • have interest in and (proven) experience with a multidisciplinary approach to societal, institutional and political themes and topics related to European affairs; 
  • have an excellent track record in research, preferably with a focus on European affairs. A strong profile in publication of peer-reviewed journal articles or book chapters edited is considered a plus; 
  • have knowledge of and experience in different research fields/methods;  
  • have excellent communication and coordination skills;  
  • have affinity with realizing societal impact through research and/or familiarity with citizen science; 
  • have the potential to generate research funds from national and international funding agencies;  
  • be able and willing to be part of an interdisciplinary team; 
  • have an excellent command of spoken and written English.  

Conditions of employment

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 > About UM > Working at UM.


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 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

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: 

  • Academic research 
    We are a leading centre for multi-disciplinary Europe-focused research with societal impact. 
  • European heritage 
    We bring the legacy of the Maastricht Treaty, since 2018 proud holder of the European Heritage Label, to life. 
  • Public debate 
    We stimulate active, critical debate with engagement at its core and capture and share the stories of Europe. 

Please visit for more information on Studio Europa Maastricht.  


  • Postdoc; Research, development, innovation
  • 30.4—38 hours per week
  • €3821—€5230 per month
  • Doctorate
  • AT2022.180


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