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Assistant Professor of Empirical Legal Research (1,0 fte or 0,8 fte)

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    Maastricht University (UM)
    Juridical sciences
    Established Researcher (R3)
    Leading Researcher (R4)
    08/04/2018 22:00 - UTC
    Netherlands › Maastricht

We expect the successful candidate to teach methods of Empirical Legal Research in the Graduate School of Law, to PhD candidates, to our honours research master students and in the UM Law College. He or she will advise researchers on research proposals and research design, with a special focus on empirical legal research. He or she will be involved in the further development of this field at the Faculty. In addition, the successful candidate will become a member of one of the six departments of the faculty, and will be expected to develop his or her own line of research, using empirical legal research methods.


Initially, candidates are employed on a temporary contract as assistant professor (level 2) and agree to specific development goals. Five years into the appointment, candidates will be evaluated and if the development goals have been met, promoted to assistant professor (level 1) on a permanent contract. The evaluation can be brought forward if criteria are met earlier. On the candidate’s request the evaluation can be deferred in case of special personal circumstances, such as pregnancy leave, parental leave or chronic illness.

The salary depends on academic qualifications and experience. The salary will be set between minimum gross month salary € 3.475,00 of salary scale 11 and maximum gross month salary of € 5.405,00 of salary scale 12, based on a full-time employment, of the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities. For people recruited from abroad a reduced income tax rate may apply.

More information on terms of employment of the university can be found on: www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > Support > Employees.

Selection process

Written applications, including a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, a representative publication or part of the PhD-thesis, grade lists and the names of two people who can give a reference, must be sent no later than 9 April 2018 to Pzfdrvacatures@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

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Additional comments

Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that diversity (including, but not limited to nationality, age and gender) of the staff and student population will increase the quality of UM education & research. Fostering diversity and inclusivity creates an academic community where individual talents thrive, and values and differences are cherished. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position.

More information on this vacancy can be obtained from the Vice Dean for Research, Professor Monica Claes, Monica.Claes@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

Candidates must:

  • hold a PhD in law;
  • have a strong background and proven interest in methods of empirical research in law;
  • give evidence of sustained research achievements, reflected in peer-reviewed publications;
  • preferably have experience with conducting research in an interdisciplinary environment;
  • have experience in teaching and/or have a strong commitment to teaching empirical methods;
  • have a strong command of English and strong command of Dutch or willingness to learn Dutch;
  • have excellent interpersonal and effective communication skills;
  • have excellent organizational skills.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Maastricht University (UM)
6211 LK
Minderbroedersberg 4

EURAXESS offer ID: 286489
Posting organisation offer ID: 45967