PhD positions in Law (12 FTE)

PhD positions in Law (12 FTE)

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22 Mar 24 Apr Groningen

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Are you a (nearly) graduated law student and do you want to start your university career as a passionate, enthusiastic PhD student? Then we have the job you are looking for. The Faculty of Law at the University of Groningen offers you the opportunity to work for four years as a researcher within one of our research programmes.

The University of Groningen is an internationally-oriented university that has partnerships with world-class international universities such as Uppsala, Göttingen and Ghent. We have around 37,000 students and 6,500 staff members from The Netherlands and abroad. We work together with partners in society on the themes of Healthy Ageing, Energy and Sustainable Society.

Faculty of Law
The Groningen Faculty of Law is a modern, (inter)nationally-oriented organization with both a broad and classic profile. Even though it has a four-century-long tradition, it continues to innovate its education in order to train broadly-oriented lawyers. Our research largely transcends legal fields and is multidisciplinary in nature. With almost 5,000 students and 500 staff, it is a medium-sized faculty of the UG.

As a PhD researcher, you will carry out independent scientific research under the mentorship of supervisors, which will result in a dissertation (PhD thesis). For this purpose, you will develop a research proposal that fits one of the faculty’s research programs ( Besides proposals that fit within the broad research programs, this year we are also selecting proposals on six specific, topical themes: 1. Digital Inheritance; 2. Energy Law; 3. EU Human Rights/Migration Law; 4. EU External Relations Law; 5. Recht op een bestaansminimum; and 6. Huurrecht. Brief descriptions of these six themes can be found here ( Proposals are selected based on their quality, their fit with the research program and, in addition, their connection to the other research programs.

The Groningen Graduate School of Law (GGSL - offers a training program to help carry out this research. Your training program will be tailored to your interests, and needs for development. During your appointment, you will publish and present (partial) results of your research in academic and professional journals and participate in academic activities and events, such as conferences and seminars.

There are also limited opportunities to teach in various fields of law.


University of Groningen


You must have a (nearly) completed Master’s degree, preferably in law and/or a related domain that is relevant to the execution of the research proposal. Master degree students intending to graduate in September 2023 are also encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidate has the following competences:

● creativity
● an analytical mind
● results-oriented
● a critical research attitude
● perseverance.

Other requirements:

• good didactic and relational skills
• good command of English and a minimum level of Dutch, depending on your field of research
• flexible availability during examination periods
• work attitude focused on teamwork, flexibility and communication.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 48 months.

In accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities, we offer:

• a gross starting salary of at least € 2,541 during the first year with a maximum of € 3,247 in the 4th year
• 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus over the annual gross salary
• attractive leave and opportunities to follow training courses
• a temporary employment contract of 4 years.

Starting date: as of 1 September 2023


  • PhD
  • Law
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • max. €3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • V23.0197


University of Groningen

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