PhD position – Behavioral & Experimental Economics

PhD position – Behavioral & Experimental Economics

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9 Jan 5 Feb Maastricht

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The Department of Microeconomics and Public Economics (MPE) at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) of Maastricht University offers a 4-year full-time PhD position in Behavioral and Experimental Economics.

Job description

The successful applicant will work with Dr. Dr. Hannes Rusch (MPE at SBE) in the project titled “MANUNKIND – Determinants and Dynamics of Collaborative Exploitation” funded by the European Research Council (ERC) via a Starting Grant to Dr. Dr. Rusch.

Maastricht University is the most international university in the Netherlands and the working language is English both in research and education. The Department of Microeconomics and Public Economics is well known for its research in the areas of Game Theory, Experimental & Behavioral Economics, Political Economy, and Public Economics. It is characterized by a vibrant and cooperative research atmosphere and maintains a 33 person fully computerized behavioral lab (BEELab).


Maastricht University (UM)


  • Completed Master’s degree (MSc or MPhil) in Economics, Behavioral Economics, Experimental Psychology, or a related field (at the latest by April 2023)
  • Experiences with economic games, behavioral experiments, and data analysis are advantages
  • Graduation from a two-year (Research) Master’s program (120 ECTS) is preferred
  • Good competence in written and spoken English
  • Strong research orientation and interdisciplinary orientation

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

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.

The PhD position is offered for a four-year period (1+3 years) and should commence in April 2023 . The salary will be according to standard salary levels for PhD students starting with a salary of €2.541.- with a yearly growth to €3.247.- gross per month (based on a full-time appointment, 12 monthly payments). Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.

The candidate has to be willing to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. Candidates not already living in the vicinity of Maastricht will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs and might be eligible for an allowance for alternative housing. Other secondary conditions include a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave.


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. 
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  • PhD
  • Economics
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • AT2023.09


Maastricht University (UM)

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