Head, Department of Microeconomics and Public economics

Ref: 4086

Maastricht University


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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: competitive

Closing Date: 03/05/2019

Formal Interview Date: June

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Maastricht University School of Business and Economics is looking for an ambitious and talented Head for their Department of Micro and Public Economics. In an environment committed to high quality research and education, combining academic rigor with real-world relevance and impact, the new Head will lead on positive and exciting developments within the Department and wider School of Business and Economics (SBE).

Job Description

The Head of Department will take an active lead in optimally aligning the Department’s activities in research and education, external funding, academic citizenship, and dissemination, and developing a long-term strategic vision for the academic work field. The Head holds responsibility for cultivating and developing the Department’s human capital within a positive and welcoming academic work environment. Holding budget responsibility, the Head maintains a financially and administratively well-run Department.

The Head of Department is an active member of SBE’s senior management team and should therefore also ensure the Department’s contribution to the development and execution of SBE’s overall strategy. Furthermore, the Head will actively stimulate, initiate and intensify collaboration and cooperation of the Department of Micro and Public Economics with the other Departments and institutes in SBE and beyond. The Head will contribute to the Department’s academic and professional exposure (inter)nationally.


The ideal candidate:

-          is an acknowledged and respected scholar, with demonstrated research excellence in microeconomics and/or public economics (broadly defined);

-          has experience with education and is willing to embrace Problem Based Learning (PBL) as a pedagogical principle;

-          has a demonstrated ability to attract funding both internationally and nationally, experience collaborating with non-academic partners and creating social impact;

-          has proven management experience and successes;

-          has a keen eye for identifying, developing, and motivating talent;

-          generates involvement and collaboration for the Department’s and SBE’s strategies, and understands and sees possibilities for creating synergies;

-          has a relevant professional and personal network.

The new Head of Department has an enthusiastic leadership style focused on connecting individuals. S/he is forward thinking, goal setting and a good communicator.

School of Business and Economics

SBE is the youngest Faculty of Business and Economics in the Netherlands. It has a distinctive international profile and is Triple Crown accredited. It provides high-quality education and conducts excellent research with an international perspective. SBE strongly believes in creating close collaborations with its academic partners and societal stakeholders, its students and alumni, and with businesses and organisations in the Limburg Euregion, the Netherlands, Europe and the rest of the world.

Maastricht University

Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with 16,300 students and 4,300 employees, is still growing. It is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based education model, characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is multidisciplinary and thematic, inspired by issues such as sustainability, European integration, healthy ageing and the influence of technological developments on society. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, almost half of its students and one third of its academic staff is international, representing over 100 different nationalities.

Appointment Process

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the Selection Committee. Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions on +31 20 2404 370 or by emailing Annabelle.Thomson@perrettlaver.com. Applications can be uploaded at https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/, quoting reference 4086. The closing date for applications is 9am CET on 3rd May 2019.

Applications will be considered by the Selection Committee in mid-May and selected candidates will be invited for formal interviews in June.


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