Netherlands: PhD position on Cross Border Employment at Maastricht University

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The research project concerns cross-border employment and the coordination of social security, employment, tax and pension law. In each of these fields separate rules have been set in place to coordinate national systems with a view to facilitating cross-border employment. However, no system yet exists linking the coordination rules in the fields of law concerned to each other. The project seeks to examine the problems this may cause for workers who are performing work in another Member State on a temporary basis, thereby focussing on posting, temporary agency work and service providers. The project is to contribute to developing new ideas on how the detected problems can be addressed and is to result in a proposal for a more consistent system of assigning burdens and revenues in the areas under research while ensuring free movement of workers and services.

The candidate will graduate in law. He or she will be enrolled in a research school of the Faculty of Law and supervised by an interdisciplinary team of supervisors, consisting of: Prof.dr. S. Klosse, Dr. A.P van der Mei, Dr. N. Gundt, Dr. A. Bollen-Vandenboorn and Dr. M. Weerepas.


The successful candidate must have acquired a master’s degree in law and should have demonstrable expertise in at least two of the areas under research, i.e. employment law, social security law, tax law or pension law. The successful candidate should have some research experience, strong analytical capacities and excellent English writing skills. He or she should be able to work independently, have communication skills, team spirit, perseverance and a thorough-going and creative mind. The successful candidate should also be willing to relocate to (the vicinity) of Maastricht.

Conditions of employment

We offer a 0,80 fte contract for a limited period of 3 years, starting in January 2014. Continuation after the first year is dependent upon a positive evaluation.

The full-time gross monthly salary amounts to € 2.083,00 in the first year according to scale PhD (‘promovendus’), increasing to € 2.542,00 in the third year; on top of this there will be an 8% holiday and an 8,3% year-end allowance. Non-Dutch applicants could be eligible for a favourable tax treatment (30% rule).

The terms of employment of the Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at  the website: and forms/HR from A-Z.

Contract type: Temporary, 3 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.

DepartmentFaculty of Law

The Faculty of Law contains six departments:Private Law (Civil Law, Company and Business Law), Public Law (Constitutional, Administrative and Social Law), International and European Law, Criminal Law and Criminology, Foundations and Methods of Law and Tax Law. Research is conducted within the inter-faculty research schools Ius Commune and Human Rights and in the faculty research institutes, one of them being the Maastricht Graduate School of Law.

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