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.
The Maastricht MultiModal Molecular Imaging Institute (M4I) offers a talented and ambitions student the opportunity to pursue a PhD involving the design and development of a new mass spectrometry imaging concept17 November 2017Read more
Understanding the intricate 3-dimensioanl structures of macromolecules such as protein complexes and viruses is essential for elucidation their biological activities. To this end M4I is searching for a talented PhD student to undertake an ambitious and multidisciplinary project with the potential to...
PhD Student Genomics and Imaging Project: Mitochondrial morphological changes define the transition from stem cells into differentiated cells in normal development and cancer17 November 2017Read more
Stem cells are generally small, glycolytic cells with low numbers of mitochondria. In contrast, differentiated cells are large with high numbers of mitochondria that rely on OXPHOS, the most efficient source of cellular energy. As undifferentiated cells differentiate into distinct mature cell types,...
16 November 2017Read more
The number of people with type 2 diabetes (T2D) is dramatically increasing worldwide. The most potent strategies to combat T2D are increasing physical activity and restricting food intake. Cold exposure has recently received much interest as a potential therapy for obesity and diabetes
10 November 2017Read more
The main aim of this project is focused on researching, design, development and application of multimodal sensing and hyphenated microfluidics systems. Here microfluidics embodies besides lab- or Organ-on-the-Chip also novel flow-reactor technologies, designed to allow multi-step enzymatic...
View all of Maastricht University's vacancies on Academic Transfer.