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The PhD research will be carried out within the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) as part of the Tilburg Graduate Law School, which is responsible for training and guidance of PhD’s. TILT is a top player in the field of the regulation and governance of technology and its normative implications. A key feature of the institute’s research program is the interaction between legal, technological, and social perspectives. TILT is consistently ranked a top institute for research and education by national and international Legal Research and Education Assessment Committees.
TILT is a multidisciplinary research institute, combining law, philosophy, social sciences, public administration and management sciences. This enables us to look at research topics from multiple perspectives and deliver valuable contributions to the existing knowledge in the field of law, technology, and society. TILT’s collaborative and open environment stimulates social and intellectual interchange.
The successful candidate will be comfortable working across disciplines and will have a strong interest in social justice issues. You will have experience with ethnographic research, and the ability and inclination to learn new (digital) methodologies. You will also have the flexibility and communication abilities to work within a small interdisciplinary team and with a wide range of project collaborators, and the ability to communicate research to diverse audiences. You will have completed a Master’s degree in Development Studies or a related discipline. Related disciplines may also include media studies, science & technology studies, human geography, international relations and political science. You will have a demonstrated research interest in digital technologies and human development, and will have good writing skills and an excellent command of written and spoken English. Knowledge of Swahili (or the willingness to learn) is a plus.
Tilburg University is rated among the top of Dutch employers and has excellent terms of employment. The total duration of the PhD trajectory is four years (48 months). The candidate will initially be appointed for a fixed period of 16 months. After 12 months, an evaluation will take place. If the performance evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended for the remaining period of 32 months. Selected candidates will be ranked in the Dutch university employment system (UFO). The starting gross salary is € 2.222,- per month (for a full-time appointment) and will raise every 12 months to a maximum of € 2.840,- based on the PhD salary scale of the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities.
Researchers from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. The university offers very good fringe benefits (it is one of the best non-profit employers in the Netherlands), such as an options model for terms and conditions of employment and excellent reimbursement of moving expenses.
Tilburg Law School (TLS) staat voor kwaliteit, met brede, internationale opleidingen en innovatief onderzoek. Het onderzoek van Tilburg Law School vindt plaats in een organisatie waar ruimte is voor diversiteit. De Tilburg Graduate Law School is verantwoordelijk voor de opleiding en begeleiding van promovendi en onderzoeksmasterstudenten. De inspirerende en open cultuur maakt het werken plezierig.