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Assistant Professor in Space Law

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8 januari 2024
22 januari 2024 Vacature gesloten

The International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL) at the Faculty of Law seeks to recruit an

Assistant Professor in Space Law (0.4–0.5 FTE)
Vacancy number 14409

The Assistant Professor (universitair docent) in Space Law is expected to teach and conduct research in this fast-paced, dynamic field that is influenced by public international law, EU law, competition law and environmental law, as well as cybersecurity and export regulations.

The Assistant Professor will contribute to a focused research agenda, for instance, on challenges relating to the changing character of the space sector and the role of States, the EU, private entities and the international legal order in the field of space activities. Research is conducted under the Leiden Law School research programmes ‘Exploring the Frontiers of International Law’ and ‘The Progression of EU Law: Accommodating Change and Upholding Values’.

In terms of teaching, the Assistant Professor will be expected to contribute to a bachelor’s course and to teach on the Advanced LLM in Air and Space Law programme; both are conducted in English. The Assistant Professor will supervise LLM theses and possibly also doctoral work.

The IIASL benefits from an extensive network of alumni and professionals in the aviation and space sectors. To nurture its network, the IIASL regularly organises international activities and engages in collaborative and contract research. The Assistant Professor will help to maintain and grow the network and support its activities.

Selection criteria
The successful candidate must have:

  • completed a PhD in the field of space law;
  • contributed to the field of space law through peer-reviewed publications;
  • sound teaching experience in space law, including assessment design and hybrid education or e-learning;
  • a minimum of three years of prior experience;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills, and strong interpersonal skills.

The candidate must also be:

  • willing to travel and to participate in national and international events and conferences;
  • proficient in general computer skills and experience with electronic collaboration tools; and
  • willing to learn Dutch.

The working language of the IIASL is English.

Our organisation
With over 5,000 students and 450 members of staff, Leiden Law School is one of the largest faculties in the Netherlands. Yet, in all its diversity, it is still known for its ability to provide education on a small scale. The Faculty focuses on multi-faceted high-level teaching and research, both nationally and internationally. It does so by working with talented people and stimulating and supporting them in their professional and personal ambitions. The Faculty is housed in the beautifully restored Kamerlingh Onnes Building on the Steenschuur in Leiden. Working for the Leiden Law School means working in an inspiring scientific environment. For more information, see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/law.

Lectures in Air Law began at Leiden University in 1938, with a Chair created in 1947. In 1961, lectures in Space Law began, and Space Law was added to the Chair. Since 1985, the IIASL conducts teaching, research and other academic activities such as the organisation of conferences, moot courts and participation in foreign academic activities related to Air and Space Law. The activities carried out by the IIASL enjoy an outstanding reputation worldwide.

Terms and conditions
We offer a fixed-term contract for 12 to 18 months with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance.
Salary range from € 4.332,- to € 5.929,- gross per month on a full-time basis (pay scale 11, in
accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification. If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, the applicant must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Ms. Hilkje Wijnmaalen, LL.M. Email h.wijnmaalen@law.leidenuniv.nl and telephone +31715278518.

Please submit online your application no later than 22 January 2024 via the blue button in our
application system. Applicants should submit online a letter of interest accompanied by a current CV. You should also submit the names and contact details of two (2) referees.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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