Netherlands: Postdoc Research Position on Migration and the Left-behind at Maastricht University (UM)

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The Executive Board and the Deans of Maastricht University have recently decided to give an extra boost to the interfaculty and interdisciplinary Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE). As part of this initiative, a number of positions will be opening up in the second half of 2013 and first half of 2014 at the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance / UNU-MERIT.

This Postdoc project aims to examine the effects of migration on the left behind. Its overall research objective is to study both the positive and negative effects of migration on family members and caregivers who stay in the country of origin, whether they are men or women, husbands or wives, children or parents. The project will utilize previously collected household, community, and school children data sets from Moldova, Georgia, Ghana, Nigeria and Angola. The project is part of the Migration and Development theme within MACIMIDE and will be carried out in collaboration with the Transnational Families theme. The project focuses on the migrant sending context and the effects on human development. The project builds on previous work in Moldova and Georgia where migration has become highly feminized as well as in African countries where to date there has been little research on this subject.


A sociologist, economist, geographer or other related field holding a PhD degree and with expertise in migration, family or development studies is needed. The successful candidate will have strong econometric/statistical skills. Knowledge of some of the countries included in the study is an asset.

Candidates are invited to submit their application that should consist of:

1. A letter of motivation stating the candidate’s qualifications and reasons for interest in the position;

2. A CV;

3. The contact information of two referees (including e-mail, phone number, mailing address, and relationship to the applicant), and

4. A sample of your writing.

The deadline for submitting your application is 30 October 2013.

Conditions of employment

We offer: a 0.8 fte contract for a limited period of 24 months, starting in January 2014. Each year an evaluation will take place.

Your salary amounts to a maximum of € 3831,00 (full time), according to scale 10, depending on prior experience (UFO profile: Researcher, level 3). On top of this, there is an 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance. Non-Dutch applicants could be eligible for a favorable tax treatment (30% rule).

The terms of employment of MaastrichtUniversity are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the , A-Z Terms of Employment.

Contract type: Temporary, 2 years


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 15,000 students and 4,000 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 Humanities and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.


Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and UNU-Merit (in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)

Maastricht University’s Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG) is a higher-education institute leading the way for operational, policy-relevant studies and evaluations with ample experience doing data collection and analysis around the world. The School also provides multi-disciplinary top-class training in the heart of Europe and around the world. Our mission is to train specialists who combine a high level of academic scholarship with leadership, in order to strengthen democratic governance in domestic and international organizations. In January 2011, the School became part of the United Nations University, strengthening further its international training and research network while building on the expertise of UNU-MERIT.

While the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance is a Public Policy School more generally, Migration Studies and issues of migration have become one of our core research and teaching programs. A core thematic cluster within MGSoG/UNU-MERIT is the Migration Group whose team of experts has been working for a number of years on research, evaluations, trainings and education on a range of migration-related issues.

Additional information

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Melissa Siegel:

Prof. Valentina Mazzucato:

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