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Postdoc position in Circular Business experimentation at Maastricht Sustainability Institute

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    Maastricht University (UM)
    Cultural studies
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    03/05/2020 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Maastricht

Maastricht Sustainability Institute (MSI) at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) of Maastricht University offers a 3-year Postdoc position, starting on June 1, 2020. Eligible candidates must have successfully completed a PhD degree in in Sustainability Science, Business and Economics, or another Social Science study with courses on sustainability or circular economy and have high competence in written and spoken English. Students of Design or Engineering studies with affinity with social science who have worked with stakeholders in a design for sustainability or circular economy project are also eligible.

We are looking for a researcher with the competence and interest in working in an ambitious research project, in collaboration with businesses on the topic of the circular economy. The candidate will work as part of a new and ambitious 5-year European Research Council (ERC) project, ‘Circular X’, which is about experimentation with circular business models. Strong collaborative and networking skills are desirable because the project will involve engagement and developing new connections with business.

The researcher will be working in a broad multidisciplinary team, led by Prof Nancy Bocken, based at Maastricht Sustainability Institute (MSI), Maastricht University.

The candidate is expected to be involved in case study research in companies, in the countries within the scope of the research project (China, USA, Sweden, Netherlands, United Kingdom). Experience with studying or working in these country contexts will be beneficial.

The candidate is expected to contribute to teaching activities at the department, taking max. 20-25% of his/her time. The candidate will also contribute to the project acquisition of MSI.

We offer a dynamic and challenging job in an internationally oriented organization. MSI has strong collaborations with other institutes and departments at Maastricht University and elsewhere.


Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels, depending on education and relevant work experience, in salary scale 11 (between € 3.637,00 and € 4.978,00 gross per month, based on a fulltime appointment) according to the collective labour agreement (CAO) of Dutch Universities, including 8% holiday pay and an 8,3% end of year payment.

You should be willing to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > Support > UM employees.

Selection process

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.

Please send your application to recruitment-sbe@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Additional comments

If you need additional information please contact Prof. dr. Nancy Bocken (Nancy.Bocken@maastrichtuniversity.nl) or Ms. Anja van Bogaert (al.vanbogaert@maastrichtuniversity.nl)

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Specific Requirements

We are looking for a self-driven, curious person who is interested in research, who is a critical and systematic thinker who can easily shift between the concrete and abstract and has a record of high academic achievement (e.g. successfully completed PhD in an area relevant to this project; journal publications, other research papers and/or involvement in other academic activities). In the project, you are expected to engage with circular economy and business issues in direct encounters with practitioners, i.e., those working in businesses. Key responsibilities of the postdoc are to:

  • Undertake interdisciplinary research which involves engaging effectively with key stakeholders on the CIRCULAR X project and support their work
  • Conduct coordination activities for the CIRCULAR X project (led by MSI)
  • Undertake relevant coursework and other training;
  • Contribute to the writing of high-quality, high-impact publications; and fundertakes general aquisition
  • Contribute to the teaching programmes (max 20-25% of the contracted time)
  • Contribute to the project acquisition of MSI.

Applicants are asked to send their CV, a motivation letter (maximum of 1 page) and the most relevant publications (max. 3) for the project authored as first author.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Maastricht University, Maastricht Sustainability Institute, School of Business and Economics
6200 MD
Kapoenstraat 2

EURAXESS offer ID: 511125
Posting organisation offer ID: 291068


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