Vacancy notice: PhD Position in Migration and Entrepreneurship (Ph.D. researcher, TRANSMIC ITN Marie Curie project)

ITN Marie Curie TRANSMIC project ‘Transnational Migration, Citizenship and the Circulation of Rights and Responsibilities’ (TRANSMIC) is a project funded under the European Commission’s Marie Curie actions.This Initial Training Network will run from 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2018.

The aim of the project is to contribute to the understanding of transnational migration, in particular by looking at the conditions for and effects of transnational migration, possibilities for the mobility of migrants’ rights to be enhanced, and the links between migration, citizenship, and migration and development.

The TRANSMIC project is coordinated by Maastricht University (The Netherlands), and also includes as partner institutions the universities of Liège (Belgium), Minho (Portugal), Oxford (UK), Aix-Marseille (France), Tampere (Finland) and Warsaw (Poland), as well as the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels.

Job description

In the framework of the TRANSMIC project, Maastricht University’s Graduate School of Governance and UNU-MERIT is recruiting a Ph.D. researcher for a period of three years. You will work on a research project concerning Entrepreneurship and Migration. This project will explore the linkages between migration and entrepreneurism either in the immigrant destination country or in the origin country upon return. Supervisors for this project include Prof. Dr. Wim Naudé and Dr. Melissa Siegel. The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the PhD program in Economics and Governance
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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 15,000 students and 4,000 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.


Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and UNU-Merit
Maastricht University's Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG) is a higher-education institute leading the way for operational, policy-relevant studies and evaluations with ample experience doing data collection and analysis around the world. The School also provides multi-disciplinary top-class training in the heart of Europe and around the world. Our mission is to train specialists who combine a high level of academic scholarship with leadership, in order to strengthen democratic governance in domestic and international organizations. In January 2011, the School became part of the United Nations University, strengthening further its international training and research network while building on the expertise of UNU-MERIT. While the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance is a Public Policy School more generally, Migration Studies and issues of migration have become one of our core researchand teaching programs. A core thematic cluster within MGSoG/UNU-MERIT is the Migration Group whose team of experts has been working for a number of years on research, evaluations, trainings and education on a range of migration-related issues.

Furthermore, the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and UNU-Merit is part of the Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE). MACIMIDE was set up in 2013 at Maastricht University as an inter-faculty research platform aiming to foster interdisciplinary research on issues of cross-border mobility, citizenship, transnationalism, migration and development and to bridge between the University’s research community and the wider academic and professional world. MACIMIDE brings together scholars from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, the Faculty of Law as well as the School of Business and Economics. See homepage:

- You must have a Master’s degree in economics, development studies, sociology or a related social science. 
- Proven track record working in the area of migration.
- Field experience is an asset.
- Strong analytical capacity;
- Good organisational skills;
- Affinity with work in an interdisciplinary and highly international environment;
- Willingness and proven ability to work in a team;
- Strong qualitative and quantitative skills are an asset;
- You should have an excellent command of English (Academic IELTS score of 7.5 or higher; or TOEFL Internet-based test score of 113 or higher)
- In light of the mobility requirements set by the European Commission for this project, you must NOT have lived in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to taking up the position.

It is the policy of the TRANSMIC project to increase the number of women employed. Also
members of ethnic minority groups and handicapped people are explicitly invited to apply.
Working conditions

You will be paid in accordance with national standards. Depending on your experience and qualifications. The salary and terms of employment for this position will correspond to the provisions set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) and under the provisions of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

You will be provided with shared office space and a PC.
Contract type: Temporary, 3 years (Assessment after 1st year for continuation in year 2 and

Candidates are invited to submit their application. Please send:
- A letter stating your motivation to apply for this position
- A two-page research proposal
- A CV
- A transcript of grades
- Contact information for two references

The deadline for submitting your application is July 27, 2014.

Starting date: Preferably 1 September 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Please send your application to Dr. Melissa Siegel electronically at: Incomplete applications will not be considered.


For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Melissa Siegel: