Assistant Professor in Applied Economics (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Hours per week: 
28 to 40
Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance
Utrecht University School of Economics
Application deadline: 

Job description

Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) has a vacancy for an Assistant Professor with expertise in Economics. The assistant professor would join the Applied Economics section. Research in the Applied Economics section focuses on topics in labour and social protection, health, education, housing, demography, and development economics. 60% of the time of the position is allocated to teaching activities and 40% to research.

Candidates are expected to teach in the Bachelor’s and Master’s programs of the School. The assistant professor will take care of qualitatively good teaching in accordance with the academic and departmental guidelines. The assistant professor will coordinate and teach courses - and supervise theses - at bachelor's and master's level offered by U.S.E.’s Applied Economics section. Teaching is in English. Candidates who can teach quantitative courses in Statistics, Econometrics, and Applied Data Science, but also candidates with expertise in Public Economics, are encouraged to apply.

The assistant professor gets 40% research time through the U.S.E. Research Institute. The institute stimulates collaboration with researchers from other disciplines and research activities that address societally relevant issues. Connections to research themes at U.S.E. (future of work, entrepreneurship, sustainability and economic development, sustainable finance) and to the Utrecht University Strategic Themes (Institutions for Open Societies and/or Pathways to Sustainability and/or Dynamics of Youth) are highly appreciated.


The successful candidate is expected to have knowledge and skills in teaching Economics, and to contribute to the research program of the U.S.E. Research Institute. More specifically:

  • a PhD degree in economics and related disciplines;
  • a strong potential in research as can be demonstrated among others by either a strong job market paper or publications and citations in international recognised journals;
  • relevant knowledge of teaching in either Statistics, Econometrics, and Applied Data Science or Economics of the Public Sector;
  • teaching experience in an international academic environment with the proven ability to inspire students from undergraduate to graduate levels;
  • strong communication and coordination skills;
  • strong command of spoken and written English.


We offer a temporary position (0.8 - 1.0 FTE) for 18 months in an international working environment. After positive evaluation, this can be turned into a permanent position. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,974 and €5.439 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.

In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University.

About the organisation

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance is a faculty at the heart of society, with a strong focus on social issues. Our subjects of Law, Economics and Governance give us a strong mix of academic disciplines that complement and enhance each other. This is a unique combination and a mark of our faculty's strength.

The candidate will become a member of the Applied Economics Section at the Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.). U.S.E is part of the Faculty of Law, Economics, and Governance of Utrecht University. U.S.E. aims to contribute to an economy where people flourish, by taking a broad view on welfare and its causes. We aspire to be an internationally renowned school of economics, with scientifically rigorous and societally relevant research and education. We enrich economics with other disciplines to better solve problems and identify opportunities, from a business and government point of view. Well-being, cooperation, innovation and curiosity are our core values. U.S.E. maintains an excellent international network of academic relationships and is continuously working on extending this network. It teaches its curricula fully in English. 

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact: Prof. dr. Wolter Hassink (professor of Applied Econometrics), via

Are you an international applicant? Our International Service Desk can answer your questions about living in the Netherlands as international staff.


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. 

To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation, via the ‘apply’ button.
The application should include:

  • a motivation letter;
  • a complete and up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  • either a job market paper or one or two publications in an international recognised journal;
  • teaching evaluations of previous courses (if applicable);
  • two reference letters. 

Please do not contact U.S.E. with services or other commercial interest.

Interviews will be scheduled soon after March 31st 2023.

The application deadline is 31 March 2023.