Teaching Assistants at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, 3 years (0.80 fte) (deadline 30 April 2018)

Job description
You contribute to teaching in the field of European Studies or Arts and Culture. Teaching duties include courses in the BA programmes of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences: the BA European Studies, and the BA Arts & Culture. Your teaching activities will take 100% of your contract time.

A Master’s degree in History, Political Science, European Studies, Political Philosophy, Arts and Literature studies, Science, Technology and Society studies (STS) or an alternative field that fits the teaching on offer in both BA programmes of the Faculty.
The ability to trigger student learning and participation in group discussions and to be an inspiring and stimulating supervisor. Previous experience in working with innovative, interdisciplinary learning approaches and problem-based teaching methods are an asset.
An excellent command of English (oral and written), the faculty’s main language of instruction.
Openness to interdisciplinary work.
Being a team player.

Conditions of employment
We offer a dynamic and challenging job in an internationally-oriented organisation where young people receive an advanced education and scholars conduct exciting research.We offer a 0.80 fte appointment as Teaching Assistant (Docent 4) for three years. The job description consists only of teaching activities (no research assignments).Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels, depending on education and relevant work experience. This implies a gross monthly salary of about € 2.588,00 per month, scale level 10 (based on a full-time appointment). Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.The university’s relocation policy stipulates that the selected candidate must move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If not already living in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings), s/he will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs or for an allowance for alternative housing. Other secondary conditions include e.g. a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave as well as a shared office space and a PC.

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 16,300 students and 4,300 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.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) has about 250 staff members, and about 1,600 students. More than 76% of the students are non-Dutch (64 different nationalities). All programmes are offered in English and some are also offered in Dutch. FASoS offers two 3-year bachelor’s programmes: Arts and Culture and European Studies. It also offers eight different 1-year Master’s programmes and two 2-year research master’s programmes. Research is organised around four programmes: Politics and Culture in Europe; Science, Technology and Society Studies; Arts, Media and Culture; and Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is housed in the historic city centre of Maastricht.

Additional information
Starting date: Preferably 15 August 2018

Further information on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is available on our website: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fasos Any inquiries about the position or the project may be addressed to the director of studies Dr. Anique Hommels (+31 43 3883483; a.hommels@maastrichtuniversity.nl) Maastricht University’s Terms of Employment are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local university provisions apply as well. For more information please see the website: www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/ Support / UM employees 

Interested candidates are invited to supply us with:

  1. A letter of motivation stating the candidate’s qualifications and reasons for interest in the position.
  2. An up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  3. A grade transcript of previous education at Master level.
  4. A statement of teaching interests (and teaching evaluations if available).
  5. The contact details of two referees (including e-mail, phone number, mailing address, and relationship to the applicant).

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.

The deadline for submitting your application is 30 April 2018  
Please send your application electronically to the Secretariat of the department Political Science: pzfasosvac-philotss@maastrichtuniversity.nl
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