25 October 2016

JOB: Postdoctoral researcher in Legal History (Tilburg, January 2017- July 2019)

WHAT Postdoctoral researcher in Legal History

WHEN January 2017-July 2019

WHERE Tilburg University, Department of Public Law, Jurisprudence and Legal History 

The position

The Department of Public Law, Jurisprudence and Legal History is seeking for a full-time postdoctoral researcher (30 months) who will be one of the main researchers in the project ‘Analyzing Coherence in Law Through Legal Scholarship’ (CLLS), funded by the European Research Council (ERC, ERC Starting Grant 2016). The project will start in January 2017 and will be finalized in 2021.

The project focuses on analyzing legal scholarship of the early modern period (c1500 – 1800), concerning the theme of collateral rights (securities) and bankruptcy. The postdoctoral researcher will cooperate with the leader of the project, Dr. Dave De ruysscher, in establishing a methodology for tracing and assessing coherence in writings of legal authors.  

The research context
The project is carried out within the Department of Public Law, Jurisprudence and Legal History. The Department combines research on public law, legal methodology, jurisprudence and legal history. Legal-historical research within the Department concerns a. o.  the history of international law and global law history.  For these themes the Department hosts several researchers and enjoys high reputation.

Job description
The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the CLLS-project’s research, its publications as well as its activities.

Candidates have recently completed a Ph.D. in law, preferably on a legal-historical topic. Candidates should be acquainted with, or be able to, demonstrate their interest in history and research methods (qualitative and⁄or quantitative). Acquaintance with historical research is a plus. Candidates are expected to combine good research skills with excellent networking and communicative skills, to have an entrepreneurial mindset, and to be creative regarding theoretical as well as methodological approaches. Candidates are expected to have demonstrable experience with both individual and teamwork research. Candidates have an excellent command of English, both written and spoken. They have reading proficiency in either French or German. A good command of Dutch, or willingness to learn Dutch, is an asset.

Employment terms and conditions
Tilburg University offers a good benefits package in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities. We offer competitive European salaries. Depending on the experience and competences of the selected candidate, the appointment will be made at the rank of researcher 4 (UFO: Onderzoeker 4). The starting gross salary for a researcher 4 will vary between € 2.552,- and € 4.028,- per month (for a full-time appointment) based on scale 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) Dutch Universities. Experienced researchers can be ranked as researcher 3 (UFO: Onderzoeker 3) based on scale 11 of the Collective Labour Agreement. The appointment will start as from January 1st, 2017 and will end on July 1st, 2019. Tilburg University is rated among the top of Dutch employers, offering very good fringe benefits, such as the possibility to determine your benefits individually through an options model of employment conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf whenever the criteria are met.

Information and application
Additional information about the Department of Public Law, Jurisprudence and Legal History can be found on Specific information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Dave De ruysscher, project leader, and Randall Lesaffer, professor of legal history,  Applying for this vacancy can only be done online. The application, including a motivation letter and CV, must be submitted via the link at the bottom of the page no later than November 14th, 2016. Promising candidates will be invited for an interview. Interviews will take place in two rounds. The first round is planned on November 22 and November 24, 2016, between 10.00-14.00 hrs and the second round is planned on November 30, 2016, between 10.00-12.00 hrs.

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