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PhD researcher in AI and Health Law and Regulation

The Department of Law, Technology, Markets, and Society (LTMS) – home of TILT and TILEC - has a vacancy for a PhD (full time for 4 years). We are looking for someone who has familiarity with healthcare law and technology.

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Warandelaan, Tilburg, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 - 40 uur


The selected candidate will contribute to the research program ‘Values in a data-centric regulatory paradigm: Evaluating code as a mechanism for regulating AI in healthcare”. This project is part of the Digital Legal Studies track within the sector plan for Dutch Law Schools funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. This position fits within the Legal AI project, an interdisciplinary project that aims to understand the impacts of AI on the Dutch legal system.

The PhD researcher will investigate the impact of (big) data and AI on decision making in different areas of the Dutch legal system. The PhD researcher will apply legal and ethical analysis to existing normative frameworks in a number of case studies, and will also work to develop new methods for implementing normative frameworks. These new methods can be used to operationalize normative frameworks that can function complementary to non-digital mechanisms and to support the systematic oversight of the delegation of any normative functions to AI, while rendering key processes transparent and open to analysis for an interdisciplinary team of scholars from legal and social sciences.

A successful candidate should have a legal background, familiarity with field of healthcare regulation and technology, and research ethics and regulation. Furthermore, the successful candidate should be comfortable working across disciplines, and have a strong interest in health applications and the field of fair, transparent and accountable AI. They will also have the flexibility and communication skills to work within a small interdisciplinary team and with a wide range of project collaborators, as well as the ability to communicate research to diverse audiences.


Tilburg University believes that academic excellence is achieved through the combination of outstanding research and education, in which social impact is made by sharing knowledge. In doing so, we recognize that excellence is not only achieved through individual performance, but mostly through team effort in which each team member acts as a leader connecting people.

Applicants must:

  • Have completed Master’s degree Law.
  • A demonstrable affinity with the field of health technology and regulation.
  • Be able to perform legal and ethical analysis and exploration
  • Have a strong interest in doing research and is able to formulate views, ideas and concepts based upon complex information, as well as construct conceptual frameworks or models.
  • Have good planning and organizing skills because they are necessary to complete your PhD research in the total period of time.
  • Be able to undertake certain administrative duties autonomously
  • Be able and willing to work in a team and undertake administrative tasks.
  • Be proactive and accountable, able to prioritize across responsibilities, and manage varied commitments.
  • Have excellent interpersonal, as well as strong and effective communication skills.
  • Because of the specific focus on the Dutch legal system, the candidate should have or plan to attain a level of Dutch at B2 or higher, but also should have perfect command of English.
  • Be available to start working as soon as possible.
  • Be present at Tilburg University during working hours, and commit to integrate in the environment provided by LTMS and the Tilburg Law School (depending on COVID policy's in place).

The PhD researcher will have the following functions:

Research (0,8 FTE)

  • Conduct legal and ethical research in the area of health and technology.
  • Actively contribute to the operationalization of LTMS research program ‘Values in a data-centric regulatory paradigm’.
  • Pursue academic path-breaking research leading toward an excellent PhD dissertation
  • Participate in the Tilburg Graduate Law School courses and activities.
  • Be an active member of LTMS by participating in and organizing LTMS events and activities, presenting and discussing research output within LTMS, and representing LTMS outside Tilburg University.

Teaching (0,2 FTE)

  • Co-supervise Law & Technology Master thesis students
  • Assist in the coordination and management of courses at the undergraduate and/or LLM programs of LTMS.
  • Cooperate with other LTMS members in developing new or modifying existing courses.


Tilburg University offers excellent terms of employment. We believe flexibility, development, and good employee benefits are very important. We make clear agreements on career paths and offer all kinds of facilities and schemes to maintain an optimum balance between work and private life. Tilburg University fosters diversity and inclusion; that is why we pursue an active policy for inclusive teams where diverse talents can flourish.

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 € 2395,- per month (for a full-time appointment) and will raise every 12 months to a maximum of € 3061,- based on the PhD salary scale of the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities. Tilburg University actively promotes equal and transparent salary between men and women by strictly applying predetermined parameters based on the candidate’s experience. Employees recruited from abroad may be eligible for the 30% tax facility- this means that 30% of your salary will be paid as a tax-free reimbursement.

You are entitled to a holiday allowance amounting to 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of your gross yearly income. If you work 40 hours per week, you receive 41 days of paid recreational leave per year.

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Additional information

More information on the vacated position can be obtained from dr. Robin Pierce at r.l.pierce@tilburguniversity.edu or prof.dr. Ronald Leenes (r.e.leenes@tilburguniversity.edu).