Junior Researcher | Department of Health, Ethics and Society

In this role, you will contribute to a creative interdisciplinary project highlighting the unique work within the Health, Inequity and Societal Participation research line of CAPHRI (Care and Public Health Research Institute) at Maastricht University. In addition, you will be contributing to teaching execution in the BSc European Public Health and MSc Global Health.


Job Description

You will work as a researcher (including teaching tasks of about 0,2fte) at the Department of Health, Ethics and Society, as part of the Care and Public Health Research Institute, at Maastricht University. As part of an interdisciplinary team, including expertise in medical anthropology, sociology, global health and science and technology studies, you will be contributing to research in the field of infectious disease control, migration and innovations in medical technology. In addition, you will also be involved in teaching activities such as tutorials and grading/evaluation. As part of this role, you will receive supervision from a team of social science researchers in the field of global health. It is expected that you will contribute to, and co-author, at least two original research publications in peer-reviewed journals. Overall, this role will include tasks such as:

  • Data collection (including documents, interviews, focus groups discussions);
  • Organization of at least one workshop;
  • Data analysis;
  • Contributing to manuscript writing;
  • Teaching execution;
  • Grading/evaluation.


As a Research/Teaching Assistant in the abovementioned context, the preferred candidate should possess the following skills and/or qualifications:

  • MA or MSc in social sciences (e.g. anthropology, sociology, or science and technology studies, with a focus on health) and/or global health or a related field;
  • Experience in qualitative methodologies, specifically interviewing and policy analysis;
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills;
  • Proficient in English and Dutch, verbally and in writing;
  • Good team player with positive attitude towards interdisciplinary collaborations;
  • Ability to be flexible with their schedule;
  • Previous teaching experience is an asset. 


What we offer
As a junior researcher at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, you will be employed by the most international university in the Netherlands, located in the beautiful city of Maastricht. In addition, we offer you:

  • Good employment conditions. The position is graded in scale 10 according to UFO profile Researcher function level 4 with corresponding salary based on experience ranging from €3226,00 and €5090,00 gross per month (based on a full-time employment of 38 hours per week). In addition to the monthly salary, an 8.0% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus apply.
  • An employment contract for a period of 9 months with a scope of 0.8 FTE.
  • At Maastricht University, the well-being of our employees is of utmost importance, we offer flexible working hours and the possibility to work partly from home if the nature of your position allows it. You will receive a monthly commuting and internet allowance for this. If you work full-time, you will be entitled to 29 vacation days and 4 additional public holidays per year, namely carnival Monday, carnival Tuesday, Good Friday, and Liberation Day. If you choose to accumulate compensation hours, an additional 12 days will be added. Furthermore, you can personalize your employment conditions through a collective labor agreement (CAO) choice model. 
  • As Maastricht University, we offer various other excellent secondary employment conditions. These include a good pension scheme with the ABP and the opportunity for UM employees to participate in company fitness and make use of the extensive sports facilities that we also offer to our students. 
  • Last but certainly not least, we provide the space and facilities for your personal and professional development. We facilitate this by offering a wide range of training programs and supporting various well-established initiatives such as 'acknowledge and appreciate'. 

The terms of employment at Maastricht University are largely set out in the collective labor agreement of Dutch Universities. In addition, local provisions specific to UM apply. For more information, click here.

Maastricht University
Why work at Maastricht University?


At Maastricht University (UM), everything revolves around the future. The future of our students, as we work to equip them with a solid, broad-based foundation for the rest of their lives. And the future of society, as we seek solutions through our research to issues from all around the world. Our six faculties combined provide a comprehensive package of study programmes and research.

In our teaching, we use the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method. Students work in small groups, looking for solutions to problems themselves. By discussing issues and working together to draw conclusions, formulate answers and present them to their peers, students develop essential skills for their future careers.

With over 22,300 students and more than 5,000 employees from all over the world, UM is home to a vibrant and inspiring international community.

Are you drawn to an international setting focused on education, science and scholarship? Are you keen to contribute however your skills and qualities allow? Our door is open to you! As a young European university, we value your talent and look forward to creating the future together.

Click here for more information about UM. 

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences
At the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML), everything revolves around healthy living. Our research and education are not solely focused on recovery, but place a strong emphasis on prevention, health preservation, and health promotion. Our aim is to use our knowledge and expertise to genuinely contribute to the well-being of individual people as well as society in total. 

In, research, and healthcare, FHML is closely collaborating with the academic hospital in Maastricht, together forming the Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+).  FHML is strongly connected in education, research, and care with the Maastricht academic hospital, together with which it forms the Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+). 

FHML, which is the largest faculty of Maastricht University, is formed by an (inter)national community of employees and students. The faculty offers a wide range of Dutch and English-taught bachelor's and master's programs in innovative educational concepts in which the emphasis is always on building bridges to practice.

The multidisciplinary research of the FHML focuses on a number of carefully chosen topical current themes. In addition to research aimed at gaining new insights, it also concerns research whose results can be directly translated into concrete applications and innovations. The implementation of the various research programs is organized in our six graduate schools and two institutes.


Are you interested in this exciting position but still have questions? Feel free to contact Dr. Alena Kamenshchikova at a.kamenshchikova@maastrichtuniversity.nl and/or Dr. Ricky Janssen at ricky.janssen@maastrichtuniversity.nl for more information.

Or are you already convinced and ready to become our new Research/Teaching Assistant? Apply now, no later than August 11, 2024, for this position.

The first interviews preferably take place between 12-15 August. The preferred startdate is 1 September 2024. 


The vacancy is open for internal and external candidates. In case of equal qualifications, internal candidates will be prioritized.

Maastricht University is committed to promoting and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that diversity in our staff and student population contributes to the quality of research and education at UM, and strive to enable this through inclusive policies and innovative projects led by teams of staff and students. We encourage you to apply for this position.



Job Type:  Academic
Faculty/Service Center:  Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences
Closing date:  11-08-2024
FTE min:  0,8
FTE max:  0,8
Salary min:  €3226,00
Salary max:  €5090,00
ID job:  1156
Job Type:  Academic
Faculty/Service Center:  Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences
Closing date:  11-08-2024
FTE min:  0,8
FTE max:  0,8
Salary min:  €3226,00
Salary max:  €5090,00
ID job:  1156