Gepubliceerd op 23-01-2024

Associate Professor Globalisation and Transnationalism – Maastricht University

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is seeking an Associate Professor with demonstrated excellence in research and teaching in the broad field of Globalisation and Transnationalism.

Job Description

We are looking for you if you have an excellent track record in interdisciplinary research, bringing together fields such as sociology, human geography, political economy, and anthropology. You contribute expertise in the analysis of transnational flows of capital, ideas, natural resources and/or goods. We are particularly interested in people who study such flows in global contexts (e.g. North-South, South-South, including BRICS countries) in the areas of climate change, natural resource extraction, wealth distribution, and/or technology development and use. Your extensive skills in social science research, particularly using qualitative or mixed-methods approaches, make you an ideal fit.

As a member of the Department of Society Studies (DSS) and the research program Globalisation, Transnationalism, and Development (GTD), you will join a vibrant community of critical social scientists. The Department of Society Studies, boasting around 40 members, combines knowledge and expertise in the interdisciplinary realms of Science, Technology and Society studies (STS) and Globalisation, Transnationalism, and Development research.

Within the GTD research program, we delve into three key areas: transnational migration; the exchange of transnational knowledge for development; and the intersection of natural resource extraction and global governance. If you are passionate about contributing to cutting-edge research and teaching in these areas (and in particular the third area), we invite you to apply.

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  • Contributing to research in the interdisciplinary research programme GTD;
  • Developing international research projects and attracting external funding;
  • Stimulating a dynamic research environment within the GTD and creating research opportunities for junior members of the group;
  • Teaching, developing and coordinating courses, supervising internships, projects and theses in our BA and MA programmes, such as the MA Globalisation and Development studies, the BSc Global Studies, and the BA European Studies;
  • Fulfilling important administrative and leadership roles at our faculty.

Job Requirements

  • Outstanding quality in research, a clear research profile, recognition in the field, a relevant international network and a strong track record in interdisciplinary research;
  • Publications of original work in highly regarded journals within the broad field of Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development, and monographs and edited volumes published with prestigious (university) presses;
  • A strong acquisition track-record of funding from national, European and other research funding agencies;
  • Evidence of successful supervision of PhD students;
  • Experience in and enthusiasm about teaching, with demonstrated abilities in thesis supervision, teaching coordination roles, course development and teaching international classrooms related to specific content areas as well as to academic/professional skills and/or methods;
  • Able to stimulate student learning and to maximize student participation in our system of small-scale Problem Based Learning (PBL);
  • Strong managerial and leadership experience and qualities, a genuine coach and leader, as well as a team player;
  • Fluent in English, and if you don’t speak Dutch yet, you should be willing to learn it.

What we offer

As associate professor at 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:

  • Good employment conditions. The position is graded in scale 13 according to UFO profile Universitair hoofddocent, with corresponding salary based on experience ranging from €6002,00 and €7305,00 gross per month (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 0,8 – 1,0 FTE. Upon proven suitability, the employment contract will be converted to an indefinite contract;
  • 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. For more information, click here.

Maastricht University

Why work at Maastricht University?

At Maastricht University (UM), everything revolves around the future. The future of our students, as we work to equip them with a solid, broad-based foundation for the rest of their lives. And the future of society, as we seek solutions through our research to issues from all around the world. Our six faculties combined provide a comprehensive package of study programmes and research.

In our teaching, we use the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method. Students work in small groups, looking for solutions to problems themselves. By discussing issues and working together to draw conclusions, formulate answers and present them to their peers, students develop essential skills for their future careers.

With over 22,300 students and more than 5,000 employees from all over the world, UM is home to a vibrant and inspiring international community.

Are you drawn to an international setting focused on education, science and scholarship? Are you keen to contribute however your skills and qualities allow? Our door is open to you! As a young European university, we value your talent and look forward to creating the future together.

Click here for more information about UM.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences FASoS is a close-knit community of approximately 250 staff members and 2100 students. During breaks and before meetings, you can often find us at our favourite local coffee spot Bandito Espresso.

Communication lines within our faculty are short and colleagues are always ready to assist each other. FASoS consists of a highly international student population and a significant part of our staff comes from abroad. Our faculty offers four bachelor programs, eight masters programs and two research master programs that are all characterized by their interdisciplinary approach.

Our research institute studies societies and cultures as they have developed in the modern and contemporary periods. We adopt a radically interdisciplinary approach, analysing the interconnections between Europeanization, globalization, scientific and technological advancement, political change, and cultural innovation.

In addition to teaching and research, our colleagues enjoy expressing themselves creatively. They create podcasts, write poetry as well as fiction.

Working at FASoS means working in a challenging yet informal environment. We believe in crafting your own career path and are always ready to help you in making the most of your job. For more information about FASoS, you can visit our website FASoS


Are you interested in this exciting position but still have questions? Feel free to contact Prof.dr. Anique Hommels at a.hommels@maastrichtuniversity.nl for more information.


Or are you already convinced and ready to become our new Associate Professor in Globalisation and Transnationalism? Apply now, no later than 29 January 2024 for this position. The first interviews preferably take place in the week of 4 March 2024. The second interviews will preferably be held two weeks later.

You are kindly invited to submit your application, which should consist of:

  1. A letter of motivation;
  2. Your PhD degree certificate;
  3. A full CV (including a complete list of publications with clear differentiation between peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications and an overview of teaching experience, funding acquisition, management experience, and outreach activities);
  4. A statement on your teaching philosophy and your teaching evaluations (1-2 pages);
  5. A statement on research interests and plans (1-2 pages);
  6. A writing sample: a published article or book chapter;
  7. The contact information of two referees (including e-mail, phone number, and relationship to the applicant).

The vacancy is open for internal and external candidates. In case of equal qualifications, internal candidates will be prioritized.

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.

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