Vacancy: PhD Candidate “Immigrant Naturalization and Quality of Life”, Maastricht University, 1.00 fte, 4 years

Professor Maarten Vink has recently been awarded a prestigious Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council for the 5-year project “Migrant Life Course and Legal Status Transitions (MiLifeStatus)”. The objective of this cutting-edge comparative research project is to investigate the relevance of citizenship within the individual life course of an immigrant. The project analyses why, how and for whom legal status transition matters for immigrant integration outcomes and, especially, how variation in policies between countries impacts on this relation.

The research for this PhD project will focus on the relation between naturalization and quality of life, covering living conditions and health outcomes among immigrants, among others.
The PhD researcher will:
• Analyze longitudinal data from population registers in the Netherlands and Denmark, Norway or Sweden, using advanced regression techniques.
• Write and defend a doctoral dissertation.
• Publish key results in working papers and peer-reviewed journal articles.
• Teach in the BA programme European Studies of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in courses on research design and quantitative methods, and be involved in BA thesis supervision.

The deadline for submitting your application is 4 May 2017.  
Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview in June and asked to submit a brief description (max. 1000 words, excl. references) of a research strategy to analyze the relation between immigrant naturalization and quality of life indicators.    

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Any inquiries about the position or the project may be addressed to: Prof. Maarten Vink (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
For more information about the ERC-funded project "Migrant Life Course and Legal Status Transitions" (MiLifeStatus), see
For more information about the Maastricht Center for Citizenship, Migration and Development, see:

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