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As a research scientist, you will be responsible for the Lab’s activities that monitor the development of various blockchain applications, their technological designs, governance, internal factors of success and failure.
Blockchain applications display a wide range of fundamental technological design differences. Some rely on open source software, others use proprietary code. Some rely on non-permissioned blockchains, others limit access to the blockchain to select parties. Some applications, like Ethereum, allow all kinds of tokens on the blockchain; others are highly specialized and focus exclusively on one application (e.g. finance), or one type of tokenized information (e.g. domain names).
The governance, i.e. the formal and informal institutional, political, cultural, social organization of these implementations, is also extremely varied. Some communities only include software developers, while others, like the Hyperledger consortium, include a diverse set of stakeholders such as investors, incumbents, policymakers, domain experts, academics, etc. Some blockchain developer communities are meritocratic democracies, others are hierarchically structured bureaucratic organizations. Some have a charismatic leadership, others don’t. Finally, some blockchain applications become strong and successful, with high potential for disruption, while others fail to get off the ground.
The Lab’s Blockchain Monitor will study and compare different aspects of various blockchain applications: stakeholders; governance, and incentive structures. Your task will be to understand how the social, economic, and political dimensions of technology governance interact with the unique (decentralized, trustless) characteristics of the blockchain technology.
Your task will be to:
Candidates are expected to meet the following requirements. You have:
The appointment is for 0.5 to 1.0 FTE, depending on the candidate, his/her skills, and other obligations. Candidates who wish to maintain their current, active involvement in blockchain related practice are encouraged to apply for a part-time appointment.
The position is initially for 2 years, with an opportunity to extend the appointment for an extra 2 years, subject to satisfactory performance.
The gross full-time monthly salary will be in accordance with the salary scales for postdoctoral researchers at Dutch universities, scales 10 and 11, ranging from €2,588 up to €4,757. Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end of year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.
For further information, please contact:
To apply please submit the following items (preferably in one file) in Word or PDF format electronically to email@example.com attn. selection committee:
Only complete applications will be considered.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 28 February 2018.
With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad.
The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.Institute for Information Law (
The Institute for Information Law (IViR), officially established in 1989, is one of the largest research centres in the field of information law in the world. The Institute employs over 25 researchers who are active in an entire spectrum of information society related legal areas: intellectual property law, telecommunications and broadcasting regulation, media law, Internet regulation, advertising law, domain names, freedom of expression, privacy, digital consumer issues, commercial speech, et cetera.
IViR is the host institution of Dr Balazs Bodo’s ERC Starting Grant Blockchain & Society. The Blockchain&Society Research Lab is comprised of innovative scholars in the field of technology governance, who speak and understand the language of multiple academic disciplines and discourses, and are able to bridge academic research and practice.
2017 was the year of bitcoin, and blockchain based applications in general. The hype around cryptocurrencies, and the promising technical design of blockchain technologies pushed the idea of the Distributed Ledger Technology beyond the narrow confines of finance, and enabled its use in other social domains. Entrepreneurs, blockchain enthusiasts, libertarian technologists, governments, and blue chip corporations try to express and/or re-design complex social, economic, political and legal institutions, practices using digital tokens, distributed ledgers, and smart contracts.
Millions already use blockchain-based services every day, and many public services and private institutions are trying to cope with the (promise of) disruption. Despite the wide spectrum of blockchain applications and their ability to disrupt fundamental societal processes and institutions, there is very little research on their non-technical, societal, economic, policy and legal implications. .
The goal of the Blockchain&Society Research Lab is to look beyond the short-term hype, and assess the impact of blockchain innovation from a long-term societal perspective.