Paid PhD positions
In most countries, a doctoral candidate is considered a student who studies. But in the Netherlands, PhD candidates are traditionally researchers employed by a university to complete a dissertation or thesis. These job vacancies are posted online, and you will need to apply as if you would for any other job. Since these jobs allow you to complete your PhD degree while earning a salary and without paying tuition fees, they are highly competitive. Therefore, you should prepare your application carefully. Once you are hired, your research will be conducted on the topic specified in the vacancy and in conjunction with a faculty, research institute or research school. Most candidates complete their PhD within four years.
Many graduates find PhD positions through:
- Academic Transfer website
- research-intensive master’s programmes
- contacting individual faculties directly
Please note that you must either be eligible for employment in the Netherlands or obtain a knowledge worker visa to qualify for a paid PhD position.
In the support section, you can find out more about practical matters, such as:
- visas & work permits
- professional development
- living in Maastricht
Working climate according to our PhDs
Maastricht University is a young and dynamic university, and we pride ourselves on our teamwork and collegiality. As a PhD candidate, you will be treated as a colleague, not a student. You will be an integral member of our vibrant academic community.
Check out the video to hear what our PhDs say about working at Maastricht University.
Overview of PhD vacancies
Below is an overview of some of the PhD vacancies on the Academic Transfer website. Please note that this may not be a full list of the available vacancies. Also, vacancies for English-speaking candidates are sometimes placed on the Dutch section of Academic Transfer, so it is best to check the listings in both languages.
Vacature: PhD student Maastricht Universitair Medisch Centrum/CAPHRI/Orthopaedics/ M4I Profession: Research & Science18 May 2018Read more
The aim of this PhD position is twofold; the first aim is to develop a tool that ensures a standard quality and quantity of tissue and fluids collected from patients with different grades of OsteoArthritis (OA) by the department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the second aim is to examine and search for …
15 May 2018Read more
Buildings are air-conditioned on a uniform and constant temperature regime. This results in a high-energy consumption. A constant temperature is associated with a high comfort experience. However, comfort and health are not synonyms. Research from Maastricht University shows that temporal exposure …
25 April 2018Read more
Project DescriptionThe human intestine provides an important protective barrier between the body and the outside world. This barrier is severely challenged in the devastating condition called intestinal ischemia. Intestinal ischemia has a high morbidity and mortality and often requires a rapid …
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