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PhD researcher TLS - INTERVICT (1,0 FTE)

Procedures are the default manner of protecting patients’ and clients’ rights. For instance, complaints procedures, safety procedures, tort procedures, …

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


Procedures are the default manner of protecting patients’ and clients’ rights. For instance, complaints procedures, safety procedures, tort procedures, administrative procedures, criminal procedures. Such procedures are understood as vital components of solutions to social problems and of the rule of law, as safeguards of equality, fairness and legitimacy. However, procedures fail to meet the needs of consumers, clients and citizens, cause antagonism and hamper solution-oriented thinking of stakeholders of and professionals involved in social problems.

A key area of research in this regard concerns so-called restorative justice after crime, which reveals formal criminal justice procedures to exclude victims’ interests, stigmatizes offenders and prevents communities from reaching constructive solutions. This signals a wider mismatch between the a priori perception underlying processes and stakeholders’ needs and interests. The current project aims to apply the lessons learned from other areas of legal procedure to the health care domain. It seeks to assess the way different procedures concerning situations when ‘things went wrong’ are experienced by participants, both patients/clients and professionals.

The study examines two health care settings, comparing formal procedures, with more client-focused approaches to social problems.

  1. Procedures after an incident, calamity or medical error in health care organizations.
  2. Procedures to respond to clients’ complaints in Dutch youth care organization.


You are an outstanding student, who holds a Master’s degree in a relevant area of social and legal sciences, for instance Victimology, criminology or legal psychology. Candidates who are due to graduate before September 2018 are also welcome to apply. Given the project’s highly interdisciplinary nature, demonstrated ability to combine disciplines or transcend disciplinary boundaries is an important competence.

In addition, you should have:

  • An multidisciplinary and explorative mind-set;
  • Strong analytical skills and knowledge of empirical research methods. Experience with empirical research methods (eg, empirical research and dataset design in a master thesis or a project) would be an asset (otherwise, willingness to acquire such knowledge rapidly);
  • Have an active knowledge of relevant software packages, such as MAXGDA, Atlas-Ti, R or SPSS;
  • Excellent command of Dutch (expected to be fluent) and English, both written and spoken;
  • Ambition to perform top-level research and occasionally teach, ability to work autonomously and within a team, and interest in interacting and delivering within a group in a multidisciplinary, international environment;.


Tilburg University is rated among the top of Dutch employers and has excellent terms of employment. The total duration of the PhD trajectory is three years and two months (38 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 22 months. Selected candidates will be ranked in the Dutch university employment system (UFO). The starting gross salary is € 2,222,- per month (for a full-time appointment) and will raise every 12 months to a maximum of € 2,840,- based on the PhD salary scale of the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) Dutch Universities.

Researchers from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. The university offers very good fringe benefits (it is one of the best non-profit employers in the Netherlands), such as an options model for terms and conditions of employment and excellent reimbursement of moving expenses.

Additional information

Impact Program

The position is part of the Impact program at the Tilburg Graduate Law School. In order to advance our complex society we need knowledge and innovation, and a concerted effort by all stakeholders. These include knowledge institutions as well as societal ones and citizens themselves. It is Tilburg University's goal to contribute to this effort. The Impact Program of Tilburg University connects therefore researchers from various fields to partners outside academia to bring society forward. In cooperation we develop new insights and solutions for the complex challenges of the 21st century. https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/research/impact/.

Within the Impact program theme Health and wellbeing there is a vacancy for an ambitious PhD-researcher. The vacancy concerns a full time position. The project is a collaboration between the International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT) of Tilburg Law School (TLS) and Tranzo (Scientific Centre for Care and Welfare) of the Tilburg School for Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB).

INTERVICT promotes and executes interdisciplinary research that can contribute to a comprehensive, evidence-based body of knowledge on the empowerment and support of victims of crime and abuse of power.

Tranzo is the scientific center for care and welfare of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences of Tilburg University. The mission of Tranzo is to build a bridge between science and practice in the area of care and welfare. The objective is to promote an evidence-based approach by working in co-creation with practitioners to develop and exchange knowledge.

Training and guidance of the PhD-researcher is the responsibility of the Tilburg Graduate Law School (TGLS) of TLS.

The research mission of Tilburg Law School is to understand and improve the role of law in tackling societal problems now and in the future, particularly those connected with globalization and rapid economic, social, cultural and technological change.

The research of Tilburg Law School is conducted in an organization that fosters diversity. In addition to jurists, international and national researchers from other disciplines, including economics, psychology, ethics and philosophy participate in the various research programs. Internationalization and interdisciplinarity have become core characteristics of Tilburg Law School’s research.

For information on Tilburg Graduate Law School please visit http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/tgls and read the document with details of the requirements for application. Please contact tgls-appl@tilburguniversity.edu for remaining questions. For questions regarding the position, please contact Prof. Antony Pemberton, a.pemberton@tilburguniversity.edu or Prof. Roland Friele r.d.friele@tilburguniversity.edu.