Postdoc Position: Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design, Netherlands

Postdoc in Netherlands

Postdoc Position: Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design: Join us in exploring the integration of safety, sustainability, and circularity in chemical, material, and product design. This postdoc position offers the opportunity to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams and pioneer innovative approaches in Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design.

Job Description:

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to synthesize the lessons learned from pioneering projects in Amsterdam, Delft, and Maastricht related to Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design. As part of a collaborative team, you will compare and contrast findings, integrate lessons, and develop an overarching approach to address the tensions between safety, sustainability, and circularity values. Key responsibilities include:

  • Integrating insights on safety, sustainability, and circularity
  • Investigating ecosystems of actors and their interdependencies
  • Studying decision-making dynamics
  • Comparing findings with lessons learned elsewhere
  • Developing an overall approach to Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design
  • Contributing to a productive team effort


  • PhD in social studies of science and technology (STS), Innovation Studies, or similar field
  • Experience in researching industrial dynamics
  • Strong writing skills with a sensibility for policy relevance
  • Interest in collaborative interdisciplinary research
  • Proficiency in English, and preferably some understanding of Dutch

What we offer:

As a Postdoc at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, you will benefit from:

  • Competitive salary ranging from €4,332 to €5,929 gross per month (based on full-time employment of 38 hours per week)
  • Employment contract for a period of 27 months with a scope of 1.0 FTE
  • Flexible working hours with the possibility of remote work
  • Additional benefits including holiday allowance, year-end bonus, commuting and internet allowance, vacation days, and public holidays
  • Opportunities for personal and professional development through training programs and initiatives

Why work at Maastricht University?

Maastricht University is an international institution committed to shaping the future through education, research, and scholarship. With a vibrant and inspiring international community, UM offers a diverse and stimulating environment for personal and professional growth.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS):

FASoS is a close-knit community of approximately 250 staff members and 2100 students. Our interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research fosters creativity and collaboration, making FASoS an exciting and challenging environment to work in.


For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Harro van Lente at


If you are ready to become our new Postdoc, apply now no later than March 17, 2024. The first interviews will be held on March 27, 2024, followed by second interviews on April 3, 2024.

Please note: This post is based on information from a reliable source. For further details and to apply, visit the official Maastricht University website.



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