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Associate Dean for Maastricht University Campus Venlo

Maastricht University

Maastricht University is looking for an academic leader to further strengthen the Maastricht University’s campus in Venlo in the domains of Business, Health, Nutrition, Biology and Agriculture.


In September 2009, Maastricht University started a satellite campus in Venlo. Now, the campus has grown into a full-fletched academic environment offering several educational bachelor and masters programs and multidisciplinary research within the Brightlands campus Greenport Venlo. Both education and research are defined by a multidisciplinary approach to Business, Health & Nutrition, Psychology, Biology and Agriculture.

The Associate Dean in the context of the wider University

The academic Campus in Venlo is embedded in the Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo but remains an integral part of Maastricht University. Whereas the campus has a small scientific core staff, it is drawing the majority of its teaching and research staff from the other faculties of the University. For organizational purposes, individual educational programs and research institutes are integral parts of those faculties. Although the new Associate Dean will be appointed in one of these faculties, it is important that the Associate Dean actively engages with all educational programs and research institutes on the Venlo University Campus. To this end, the Associate Dean will chair the Operational Platform Venlo, which is comprised of all relevant educational program directors and scientific research directors. Another central role of the Associate Dean is to anchor the cooperation within the Venlo institutes and between Campus Venlo and other (Maastricht) faculties. The Associate Dean makes sure that communication runs smoothly, and that faculties continue to supply the Campus Venlo with high quality teaching and research activities and staff. Hence, it is important that the new Associate Dean can establish a good working relationship with other institutes.

Interaction with regional stakeholders

Maastricht University operates as a satellite campus at 75 kilometers from Maastricht. The University Campus Venlo is part of a vibrant and fast-growing network of International and local SME’s, research institutes and the Brightlands campus Greenport Venlo. Together with regional partners, campus Venlo aims to make the next step in circular Business, Health & Nutrition, Psychology and Biology/Agriculture. The Associate Dean will strongly interact with the regional stakeholders, consisting of the business community and the local and regional government to position and grow the Maastricht University activities at this campus. In addition, the Associate Dean should actively contribute in acquiring research grants and set up external projects/funding. In this way, the Associate Dean is the linking pin between research, education and regional stakeholders. The expectation is that this position will be 0.4 to 0.5 fte management, with the remainder of the time focused on research and education.


  • A PhD in a relevant area for the campus Venlo
  • Strong commitment to Education and Research as reflected in an excellent academic reputation and record of accomplishment.
  • An excellent track record which includes relevant management experience.
  • An excellent command of the English language and the ability to flourish well in an international setting and rapidly developing environment. 


The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website > Support > UM employees

We offer:

  • An appointment as a full professor 1,0 fte.
  • A temporary contract with agreed specific goals. Depending on your track record and/or meeting the goals set out in the work contract, you will get a permanent contract.
  • € 5.582 - € 9.812 euro gross p/m (salary scale full professor level 1 or 2 depending on experience)
  • An international academic environment and student community.

The charming city of Venlo and an excellent research environment at the Brightlands Greenport Campus Venlo, with strong embedding in the Maastricht University system 


Maastricht University

Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 18,000 students and 4,300 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. 

Application procedure

Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that diversity (including, but not limited to nationality, age and gender) of the staff and student population will increase the quality of UM education & research. Fostering diversity and inclusivity creates an academic community where individual talents thrive, and values and differences are cherished. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position.

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. To receive full consideration, please submit your CV and cover letter to our online recruitment tool via SKEELED with online support for technical questions (a personality questionnaire and video pitch can be part of the procedure). 

For information about the position please contact drs. Rogier Gerardu via

Location: Venlo - Netherlands
Salary: €5,582 to €9,812
£4,708.42 to £8,276.42 converted salary* gross per month
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th January 2020
Expires: 1st March 2020
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