Assistant Professor in Computational Law (0.8-1.0 fte)

Assistant Professor in Computational Law (0.8-1.0 fte)

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17 Oct 27 Nov Maastricht

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Job description

You will be offered the opportunity to collaborate with computer scientists and legal researchers. The responsibilities are diverse. You will teach, conduct innovative and high-quality research, write research proposals, and participate in strategic and administrative activities. This set of responsibilities will, among other things, allow you to:

  • Grow in academia
  • Be a pioneer in the field of law and data science
  • Collaborate with experts from law as well as computer science
  • Perform individually and collaboratively
  • Build networks
  • Participate and lead projects
  • Pursue strategies to translate research results into innovation
  • Develop and advance courses and educational programs at the intersection of law and data science.

The applicant of computational methods in the legal domain will revolutionize legal academia and practice. There is a growing need to develop data infrastructures for the legal domain and to test methodologies for legal analysis in order to answer empirical research questions. This position helps address this need by contributing to cutting-edge research that applies computer science methods and techniques to a legal or regulatory context.

We invite applicants for a position at the Maastricht Law and Tech Lab, which closely collaborates with the Department of Advanced Computing Sciences at Maastricht University. It is an exciting and vibrant community where legal scholars and data scientists meet and form interdisciplinary teams that work at the intersection of Data Science and Law.


Maastricht University (UM)


Applicants should fulfil the following main requirements:

  • PhD degree in law, data science, artificial intelligence, computer science, mathematics, or a related field. Legal scholars with a doctrinal focus do not fit the profile;
  • Experience in applying data science, artificial intelligence, computer science and/or mathematics (individually and/or jointly);
  • Excellence in research and, preferably, a track record of obtaining research funding;
  • Experience in teaching;
  • Experience in supervising Bachelor, Masters, or PhD students;
  • A personality characterized by vision, ambition, and collaboration;
  • Fluency in the English language;
  • (optional) Geek-friendly.

Conditions of employment

You will be employed temporarily for 12 or 18 months (depending on your employment history) as assistant professor (level 2) and will co-develop and agree to specific development goals. Towards the end of this contract period the decision will be taken on whether or not to grant an employment contract for an indefinite period. Your development goals will also allow you to grow further to the position of assistant professor (level 1).

The salary depends on academic qualifications and experience. The salary will be set between minimum gross month salary € 3,974 and maximum gross month salary of € 5,439 (according to assistant professor 2), based on a full-time employment. For people recruited from abroad a reduced income tax rate may apply. Maastricht University has attractive employment conditions, which include a pension scheme, holidays, holiday allowance and an end of year bonus. 

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 > About UM > Working at UM.


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 22,000 students and about 5,000 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. For more information, visit

Maastricht University aims to be and remain an attractive employer. It is convinced that it can achieve this by challenging and encouraging staff and students to get the best out of themselves. By employing those staff members for the activities in which they can do their best work. And by hiring and retaining employees who fit the profile and ambition of UM.

The Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law of Maastricht University provides challenging and high-quality legal education for Bachelor's and Master's students. The faculty is a pioneer in small-scale and innovative education and trains lawyers for both the national and international labor market. The faculty is in the top 3 of law schools in the EU and, with 51% foreign students, is the most international law faculty in Europe. It has 3400 students and more than 340 employees. Maastricht University provides you a unique international experience in a Dutch city.

The research within the faculty is conducted within one of the faculty research institutes and the Maastricht Graduate School of Law. The focus of the research is on European and international aspects of law, human rights, migration, and Law & Technology. The faculty attaches great importance to both fundamental and more practical research and is known for its stimulating research and education climate.


Private Law

The administrative unit under which the position falls is the Department of Private Law. This department consists of a dynamic group of researchers and lecturers. Colleagues describe the Department as an exciting, inspiring, and diverse yet inclusive environment that fosters professional development, ambition, and innovative research in the field of private law. The atmosphere is one of academic freedom. You will be able to engage in a variety of other activities both within and beyond the Law Faculty, be they educational, managerial, strategic or extra-curricular. Support for grant applications will be provided.

The research will be carried out at The Maastricht Law and Tech Lab. The Lab is embedded within the Faculty of Law and aims to produce cutting-edge research and to build a creative community of researchers, teachers and students at the intersection of law, technology, data science and knowledge engineering. The Lab aims to analyze how technology and data science interact with law and justice in society, how technology and data science can increase access to law and justice in society, and analyzes the ethical, legal, and social issues arising from technology and data science innovations. Activities are conducted in collaboration between lawyers, data scientists and/or knowledge engineers.


  • Assistant professor; Lecturer; Associate professor; Professor; Research, development, innovation; Education
  • Law; Engineering
  • 30.4—38 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • AT2022.444


Maastricht University (UM)

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