Postdoctoral researcher Contemporary European Studies


Publication date

1 March 2016

Level of education


Salary indication

€2,532 to €4,654 gross per month

Closing date

1 May 2016


38 hours per week

Vacancy number


The Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies ACCESS EUROPE is an UvA-VU Amsterdam Academic Alliance initiative. As a joint venture of the University of Amsterdam and the VU University Amsterdam, ACCESS EUROPE is an institutional platform for research, education and public debate on Europe, the European Union and its member states. ACCESS EUROPE has two principal goals. The first is to promote co-operation in research and education between faculties at both universities. The second is to create a forum for dialogue and exchange on urgent questions concerning the dynamics and direction of contemporary Europe between academic researchers and a wide range of public and private stakeholders.

The UvA faculties of Law, Humanities, and Social and Behavioural Sciences, and the VU faculties of Law and Social Sciences participate. ACCESS EUROPE covers six main themes: European law and governance; European constitutionalism; political economy of integration and welfare; European politics and society; European identity and culture; Europe and the world. Each theme is led by theme leaders coming from both universities. ACCESS EUROPE is hosted by the UvA Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR).

Project description

Starting 1 September 2016, ACCESS EUROPE offers four post- doctoral research positions for the duration of one year. The selected candidates will be working at one of the participating faculties of the UvA or the VU in one of the themes of ACCESS EUROPE:

  • European Law and Governance;
  • European Constitutionalism;
  • Political Economy of Integration and Welfare;
  • European Politics and Society;
  • European Identity and Culture and
  • Europe and the World.

Priority will be given to applications for the themes European Constitutionalism, Political Economy of Integration and Welfare, European Identity and Culture, and Europe and the World, although applications for other themes will be considered too.


  • Carrying out fundamental research, and publishing results in international peer-reviewed ISI journals in collaboration with other researchers involved in the theme;
  • helping to organize research seminars and international workshops;
  • writing a VENI or VIDI proposal for submission to the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) in the 2016 round as part of the expected research output.



  • hold a PhD obtained in 2013 or later, or will soon obtain one, in the Social Sciences, Law, Economics or Humanities;
  • have demonstrated affinity with the themes of ACCESS EUROPE;
  • have a strong publication record;
  • have good written and oral command of the English language.

Further information

For general enquiries about the research programme please contact:

European Law and Governance:

European Constitutionalism:

Political Economy of Integration and Welfare:

European Politics and Society:

European Identity and Culture:

Europe and the World:


The appointment will be on a temporary basis for the period of 1 year at the University of Amsterdam or the VU University Amsterdam, starting a.s.a.p., preferably on 1 September 2016. Depending on the individual profile of the successful candidates, it may be possible to extend the length of the postdoctoral appointment through supplementary teaching and/or support from other research units within the two universities. The gross monthly salary will be between €2,532 and €4,654 (scale 10-11, Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities), in the case of a full-time position (38 hours per week).

Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end of year bonus.

Job application

Applications, should include the following information:

  • a letter of motivation, starting with the ACCESS EUROPE Theme with which the applicant want to affiliate;
  • a full CV including an overview of publications;
  • a one page activity and publication plan.

Completed applications should be submitted by email to before 2 May 2016 and should contain the documents as an attachment (in one single pdf-file). Two letters of recommendation must be sent to the same address separately.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

No agencies please

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Published by  University of Amsterdam


Jonathan Zeitlin|Distinguished Faculty Professor of Public Policy and Governance|Department of Political Science/Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)|Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)|University of Amsterdam|Scientific Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies (ACCESS EUROPE)
Mailing address: Department of Political Science, Postbus 15578, 1001 NB Amsterdam, The Netherlands; visiting address: Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, Room B 8.20, 1018 WV Amsterdam, The Netherlands; phone: +31 (0)20 525 8619/2169 (office)|+31 (0)6 41915259 (mobile)

New book: Jonathan Zeitlin (ed.) Extending Experimentalist Governance? The European Union and Transnational Regulation, Oxford University Press, 2015.

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