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. To learn more about Dutch research and higher education, you can read a Beginner's Guide to Dutch Academia.
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.
22 September 2022Read more
We are seeking candidates for a Ph.D. position aimed at investigating the neural processing of visual surface perception using 3T as well as (laminar) functional MRI (fMRI) at 7T. The primary tasks and responsibilities of the selected candidate will be to contribute actively in experimental …
21 September 2022Read more
The position is embedded in the Cognitive Systems group of the Department of Advanced Computing Sciences, and the candidate will work together with other PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and other senior researchers. The candidate will conduct research in Natural Language Processing and, …
15 September 2022Read more
The Maastricht University – Center of Neuroeconomics (MU-CEN) and the Department of Microeconomics and Public Economics (MPE) at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) of Maastricht University offer a 4-year full-time PhD position in Behavioral & Experimental …
Promovendus die innovatieve woonzorgconcepten vanuit vitale gemeenschappen voor ouderen evalueert, School CAPHRI / vakgroep Health Services Research14 September 2022Read more
Binnen de ouderenzorg wordt steeds meer gezocht naar alternatieve vormen van wonen en zorg voor ouderen. Dit vraagt van diverse organisaties (zorg, welzijn, woningcorporaties, gemeenten) een nieuwe kijk op wat goede zorg is, en hoe zij kunnen bijdragen aan een goed leven voor ouderen wanneer …
Promovendus HTA/Gezondheidseconomie bij eetstoornissen, vakgroep Clinical Psychological Science, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience7 September 2022Read more
Het ZonMw project richt zich op schematherapie. Schematherapie is een innovatieve therapie op het gebied van eetstoornissen. Schematherapie is erop gericht om onderliggende problemen die de eetstoornis in stand houden, zoals ingesleten patronen, te doorbreken. Bij het uitblijven van een gunstige …
15 August 2022Read more
As a MERIAN PhD candidate you mobilize the powers and fragilities of artistic and scientific practices to engage in research that is problem-based and methodologically innovative, and which focusses on interdisciplinary topics that can fruitfully be explored across the arts and academia. …
View all of Maastricht University's vacancies on Academic Transfer.