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PhD position 'Fundamental rights and neurotechnology' (1.0 FTE)

The PhD project is about the responsible application of neurotechnologies in criminal justice.

3 maanden geleden


Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
€ 2396 - € 3061 per maand


The Utrecht University School of Law has a vacancy for a PhD Researcher in law for a period of four years. The PhD project we pursue is about the responsible application of neurotechnologies in criminal justice, made possible by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). The PhD position is located at Utrecht University’s Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology. The project is embedded in the research programme of Utrecht University’s Utrecht Centre for Accountability and Liability Law (UCALL). The focus of the project is on fundamental rights and the use of neurotechnologies to reduce recidivism. The PhD candidate is asked to research this topic from a human rights perspective, in particular the European Convention on Human Rights. The PhD project should contribute to the development of a normative framework for responsible use of neurotechnologies in criminal justice. It is part of the NWO Vici project 'Targeting the offender's brain. A unified normative framework for the evaluation of neurotechniques in criminal justice', in which lawyers and ethicists will collaborate.
During the doctoral research, the candidate is expected to publish and write a dissertation related to the theme 'Fundamental rights and the use of neurotechnologies in criminal justice'. The supervisors of the project are Prof. Gerben Meynen, Prof. Antoine Buyse, and Dr. Johannes Bijlsma.

We expect the PhD Researcher to:

  • engage in supervised scientific research that will ultimately result in a doctoral thesis;
  • participate in the activities of the Willem Pompe Institute and UCALL, such as conferences and seminars;
  • participate in the educational programme for PhD candidates at Utrecht Law School;
  • publish interim results from the doctoral research in the form of conference papers, contributions for scientific journals as well as through popular publications and presentations;
  • participate in research activities and events, such as conferences, workshops and joint publications.


There is also a possibility to co-organize one or more meetings regarding the thesis topic. The successful candidate should have a particular interest in human rights and neurotechnological developments. Furthermore, the successful candidate should:

  • have a degree in human rights law and/or criminal law (or can be expected to obtain such a degree in this academic year), or a legal Research Master's degree with demonstrated affinity for these legal fields (or can be expected to obtain such a degree in this academic year)
  • have experience in legal research (preferably as demonstrated by publications);
  • have a strong motivation to do PhD research in the area of fundamental rights and neurotechnology in an interdisciplinary research group;
  • have an excellent command of English in speech and writing (a working knowledge of Dutch would be an asset, but is not mandatory);
  • have the ability to plan ahead and meet deadlines;
  • have excellent scientific writing and communication skills;
  • be a team player and have strong interpersonal skills.


You will be offered a temporary position (1.0 FTE), initially for 18 months, with an extension to a total of four years upon a successful assessment after 18 months. The gross salary ranges between €2,395 in the first year and €3,061 in the fourth year of employment (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

Additional information

Questions about the project and the position may be addressed to Prof. Gerben Meynen, via g.meynen@uu.nl.