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PhD Candidate Law and Digital Technologies (0.8-1.0 fte)

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30 april 2024
19 mei 2024 Vacature gesloten

PhD Candidate Law and Digital Technologies (0.8-1.0 fte)

Vacancy Number: 14834

Elaw, the Center for Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden University, is looking for a PhD candidate in Law and Digital Technologies. This role is combined with the role of program assistant for our advanced master program on Law and Digital Technologies (20% of the appointment).

The key responsibility of the PhD candidate is to work on a PhD thesis in law and digital technologies. Within this area, the topic is free of choice. Candidates are invited to propose ideas for this.

The key responsibility regarding the role of the program assistant is to provide support for the program and community building. The program assistant is part of the program team managed by the academic coordinator.

Key responsibilities:

  • Research in the area of law and digital technologies;
  • Prepare a final PhD dissertation;
  • Disseminating academic results in leading international and peer-reviewed scientific journals and top-tier conferences;
  • Communicating your results to the broader public in different formats, such as blog posts, podcasts, media material;
  • Contributing to the team spirit of eLaw.
  • As program assistant: providing information to students, support to course coordinators, support to the programme board, community building between students.

Selection criteria:

  • Knowledge in the field of law and technology in the EU, as evidenced through an LLM and preferably some relevant work experience. Knowledge of EU law, education and/or work experience in the law of one of the Member States of the European Union is essential;
  • A completed research master or an advanced master on Law and Digital Technologies is considered an advantage;
  • Strong interest in law and technology topics, for instance, data protection law, data ethics, platform regulation, digital vulnerability, AI regulation, consumer protection;
  • Experience with empirical legal research, including survey and questionnaire preparation, interviews, and data processing is considered an advantage;
  • Excellent writing qualities, demonstrated in a thesis and preferably also in publications.
  • Ability to work in multi-stakeholder and complex research teams consisting of people with different backgrounds;
  • Experience in working in multidisciplinary and/or international teams, including sensitivity and inclusiveness regarding cultural differences among staff and students;
  • Enthusiastic and proactive, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, spoken and written;
  • Excellent team player and warm community builder;
  • Excellent English, spoken and written. Command of other European languages, e.g., Dutch, is an advantage.

For the role of program assistant:

  • Dexterity with communication tools and learning management systems, and ability to quickly figure out new tools and modes of operation.
  • The candidate is organized, supportive, proactive, flexible, social, communicative and a team-player.
  • Familiarity with the program is preferred (current or former Advanced Master student or alumnus).

Our ideal candidate is capable of, and particularly motivated for, the combination of the more self-driven academic research trajectory of the PhD-part with operational responsibilities of the program assistant-part. Combining the two tasks requires excellent planning-, communication- and time management skills.

Terms & Conditions:

  • This is a 0.8-1.0 fte position. The start date is around June-August 2024. The initial period of employment in this position is for 1 year. If the employee performs well, this will be extended with another 3 years.
  • Salary range from € 2.770,- to € 3.539,- gross per month (based on a fulltime position in scale P, 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. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.
  • Leiden University offers excellent secondary employment conditions, including an attractive benefits package with training and career development (including, for example, language courses, teaching courses and project management courses), support from the PhD dean, and we facilitate a good work-life balance via flexible working hours and various leave arrangements. Our individual choices model also gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.
  • For more information on the terms and conditions of employment, click here.

Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575). The University permeates the local surroundings; University premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.
Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia.

Diversity and inclusion:
Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive. We therefore especially welcome applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Our Department:
Leiden Law School, Center for Law and Digital Technologies (eLaw)
With more than 6500 students and around 1000 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 www.law.leidenuniv.nl. Information on the Center for Law and Digital Technologies: law.leiden.edu/organisation/metajuridica/elaw/. Information on Leiden University employment conditions: www.staff.leiden.edu/.

The Center for Law and Digital Technologies (eLaw) was founded in 1985 and has a leading role in research and education on law and digital technologies. The Center studies the social, legal and normative impact of emerging digital technologies. The focus of our research and education is particularly on digital technologies and their interplay with fundamental rights and the rule of law. For more details, see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/law/institute-for-the-interdisciplinary-study-of-the-law/elaw.

To apply for this vacancy, please submit your application online via the blue button in the vacancy. Please ensure that you include the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number: 14834

  • Motivation letter
  • A brief research statement expressing the area of interest and an envisaged research question for the PhD research (max. 500 words)
  • CV including GPA for completed education. Please include a list of marks for the separate courses.

Additional information
Further information about the position can be obtained from Associate Professor Francien Dechesne (f.dechesne@law.leidenuniv.nl). For more details on the procedure, please contact our secretary via elaw@law.leidenuniv.nl.
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