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Researcher Digital Services Act Observatory

We are inviting applications for the (full-time) position of a junior or senior researcher for the soon to be launched Digital Services Act Observatory (DSA …

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Nieuwe Achtergracht, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Vast contract
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2790 - € 5127 per maand


We are inviting applications for the (full-time) position of a junior or senior researcher for the soon to be launched Digital Services Act Observatory (DSA Observatory) at the Institute for Information Law (IViR). The DSA will set the terms for the relation of European democracies with dominant digital platforms for the coming decades. The researcher (DSA Research Fellow) will follow and analyse legislative proposals and policy developments related to the DSA; identify opportunities for independent academic experts at IViR, the Amsterdam Law School, and elsewhere to contribute their knowledge to the DSA process; draft and solicit reports, blogs and academic publications with other researchers involved in the initiative; and contribute to the activities of other stakeholders, including civil society, through workshops and expert meetings.

The DSA Observatory is a new project of IViR. The project is led by prof. Joris van Hoboken, dr Ronan Fahy, prof. Natali Helberger and prof. Martin Senftleben in collaboration with other researchers at IViR, the broader research initiatives on the Digital Transformation of Decision-Making and the Information, Communication & the Data Society (ICDS) research priority area. The project is made possible with funding from the Information Program of the Open Society Foundations.

What are you going to do?

The DSA will set the terms for the relation of European democracies with dominant digital platforms for the coming decades. The DSA legislative package is very complex and engages a wide variety of economic, social, and political issues, impacting the conditions for the effective exercise of fundamental rights and the operationalisation of democratic values and economic welfare. Considering the breadth of perspectives feeding into the legislative process, the DSA covers a number of different approaches to the regulation of platforms, with significant potential trade-offs between them.

The researcher will be the key driver for the DSA Observatory. Our goal with the Observatory is to identify opportunities for the IViR research community and our broader networks to engage in the DSA process and provide independent, robust input for policy makers and other relevant stakeholders. The DSA Observatory will provide analysis of relevant policy documents, coordinate engagement on DSA proposals by other researchers at IViR as well as our broader network of platform regulation experts in academia. On the basis of our expertise and analysis, it will interact with and provide value to the DSA related activities of other relevant stakeholders, including civil society organisations, regulators, and industry. The Observatory will be initially created for a period of 1 year, with the aim of continuing it afterwards for the remainder of the DSA legislative process. The project output will include a primer on DSA and platform regulation, regular analysis of relevant aspects of the DSA proposals by individual researchers or collectively, monthly high-level expert meetings, and a final report.


What do we require?

The ideal candidate has:

  • a proven track record in legal/policy research with respect to platform regulation and fundamental rights;
  • good knowledge of current regulatory developments with respect to online platforms;
  • a completed master program or PhD in law or other relevant discipline;
  • academic research experience or a strong interest in working in a dynamic academic research environment;
  • excellent writing skills, for expert and non-expert audiences, as evident from a strong publication record with academic and/or other publications;
  • a broad national and international network in the field;
  • proven organisational, communication and team working skills;
  • experience working in interdisciplinary environments, and working with societal actors;
  • excellent language skills in English, and preferably another main European language, such as German, or French;
  • a creative mind, strong analytical skills;
  • preferably, relevant experience with grant applications.

While we value applicants for this position with a strong academic track record, we specifically encourage applications with other relevant work and policy research experience.


Our offer

The position preferably starts on 1 January 2021 or soon thereafter. The position concerns a temporary contract of 38 hours per week for an initial term of 1 year, with the possibility of extension to a longer period on a positive evaluation and dependent on availability of funds.

The salary ranges from €2,790 to €5,127 gross per month full-time equivalent (salary scale 10 or 11), depending on relevant experience.

The University of Amsterdam offers a broad range of facilities allowing staff members to engage in personal development and effectively combine their work and personal life. The UvA also offers attractive financial incentives and a good pension scheme. Annual salaries will be supplemented with 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities applies.

Additional information

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