2 PhD Candidates on EU lobbying | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences | Dept. of Political Science – Maastricht University (UM) – Maastricht

Maastricht University (UM)

You will:

  • Develop a doctoral dissertation in Political Science in the field of interest group politics under the supervision of the Principle Investigator and a co-promotor;
  • Write academic publications, and co-author with other members of the team in the field of interest group politics. Individual papers may form part of the dissertation;
  • Play a significant role in the data collection process. This will involve designing and conducting desk research, designing and coordinating survey and vignette research, establishing, updating, and merging datasets, organize focus groups, and other relevant research activities;
  • Learn and apply (quantitative) methodological techniques relevant to the project, both for data gathering/processing and analysis. You will participate in appropriate methodological training to acquire the necessary skills for conducting statistical analysis;
  • Work closely with other members of the project and participate in team meetings;
  • Actively engage as a member of the faculty and the broader academic community. You will present your work to academic audiences and interact with a wider audience of citizens, journalists and stakeholders through outreach activities;
  • Take part in training by the Graduate School of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences;
  • You will engage in a limited amount of teaching activities, such as tutoring courses or supervising BA theses.
  • Specifications

  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • Maastricht
  • Maastricht University (UM)



  • You hold an MA/MSc degree in Political Science, European Studies, Communication or a related discipline (or are expected to obtain such a degree before 1 September 2024).
  • You have received excellent grades and you have an obvious interest in academic research.
  • You possess a good foundation in quantitative methodology and/or a positivist mindset and willingness to learn quantitative methods.
  • You possess a keen interest in the fields of lobbying, interest group politics, civil society organizations, and/or social movement organizations.
  • You can manage your time and your research activities well.
  • You are capable of autonomously conducting original research as well as working in a team.
  • You are flexible, open-minded, growth-oriented, and eager to learn.
  • You are a highly motivated individual who possesses a proven track record of success through perseverance and tenacity.
  • You are fluent in English (Cambridge English Proficiency, level C2, orally and written).
  • You are willing to relocate to (the vicinity of) Maastricht and/or to be present at the FASoS campus three days per week.
  • Conditions of employment

    What we offer

    As PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences , you will be employed by the most international university in the Netherlands, located in the beautiful city of Maastricht. In addition, we offer you:

  • a dynamic and challenging position in an internationally-focused organization dedicated to providing advanced education to young people and fostering groundbreaking research. You will be an integral part of a global network of top universities and renowned experts in your field.
  • Good employment conditions. The position is graded to UFO profile PhD, with corresponding salary based on experience ranging from €2,770 in the first year and €3,539 gross per month in the fourth year (based on a full-time employment of 38 hours per week). In addition to the monthly salary, an 8.0% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus apply.
  • An employment contract for a period of 12 months with a scope of 1.0 FTE. Upon a positive evaluation, an extension of 3 years will follow.
  • At Maastricht University, the well-being of our employees is of utmost importance, we offer flexible working hours and the possibility to work partly from home if the nature of your position allows it. You will receive a monthly commuting and internet allowance for this. If you work full-time, you will be entitled to 29 vacation days and 4 additional public holidays per year, namely carnival Monday, carnival Tuesday, Good Friday, and Liberation Day. If you choose to accumulate compensation hours, an additional 12 days will be added. Furthermore, you can personalize your employment conditions through a collective labor agreement (CAO) choice model.
  • As Maastricht University, we offer various other excellent secondary employment conditions. These include a good pension scheme with the ABP and the opportunity for UM employees to participate in company fitness and make use of the extensive sports facilities that we also offer to our students.
  • Last but certainly not least, we provide the space and facilities for your personal and professional development. We facilitate this by offering a wide range of training programs and supporting various well-established initiatives such as ‘acknowledge and appreciate’.
  • The terms of employment at Maastricht University are largely set out in the collective labor agreement of Dutch Universities. In addition, local provisions specific to UM apply.

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