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PhD researchers: 7 positions at Tilburg Graduate Law School (1,0 FTE)

The Tilburg Graduate Law School (TGLS) of Tilburg Law School is committed to training top law students from around the globe whose academic work helps solve today's societal problems, to address new legal challenges ...

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


The Tilburg Graduate Law School (TGLS) of Tilburg Law School is committed to training top law students from around the globe whose academic work helps solve today's societal problems, to address new legal challenges and to become excellent researchers. The mandate of TGLS is to ensure and monitor the overall quality of the Research Master and PhD programs. TGLS is responsible for the training and guidance of its Research Master students and PhD researchers. TGLS is now looking for 7 ambitious PhD researchers.

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.

The PhD researches will also be involved in education within their department. The extent to which amount the PhD researcher spend time on research versus educational activities will be determined in consultation with the candidate. In general, candidates work four days a week on their own PhD research project while one day a week is dedicated to educational or research related activities within the department.


You are an outstanding student, with an excellent command of English and who has completed (or will complete by the end of the August) a Master in Law or a Master in adjacent fields like Law and Economics, Law and Technology, Law and Labour Law, Politics and Public Administration or Victimology. Research Master’s program students are especially encouraged to apply. For applications to EDOLAD, a background in law is not essential; what is essential is open-mindedness and a willingness to approach questions from multiple perspectives.

The candidate has 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. With your excellent writing and presentation skills, you can easily transfer your conducted knowledge to all kinds of target groups.

Good planning and organizing skills are necessary to complete your PhD research in the total period of time. You must be able to plan your activities and set goals and priorities. Acting to monitor and check the progress made on research activities must be done in the Training and doctoral supervision plan. The Tilburg Graduate Law School (TGLS) and your promotor(s) provide help and guidance in this process. Finally, you are flexible, proactive, and able to work both independently and as part of a team.


Tilburg University is rated among the top of Dutch employers and has excellent terms of employment. 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 € 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

PhD Research opportunity in Law & Development

One of the 7 PhD researchers will participate in the European Joint Doctorate in Law & Development (EDOLAD). This is a Ph.D. program jointly run by six law faculties at universities in Europe and South Africa: Tilburg University (NL), Oslo University (N), the University of Edinburgh (UK), Deusto University (E), Tartu University (EE) and North-Western University Potchefstroom (ZA). The program has been made possible by funding from the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Program. For more information see http://www.edolad.eu.

EDOLAD interprets the field of Law & Development broadly. EDOLAD doctoral candidates participate in a core curriculum that introduces them to a broad range of methodological approaches and sub-fields within Law & Development, as well as training in the practical skills necessary to work in the Law & Development field. In addition, all EDOLAD doctoral candidates spend a significant period of time conducting the fieldwork that is essential to their research projects. Empirical research is at the core of the EDOLAD program. Mobility is also a key part of the program; and each candidate will select doctoral supervisors from, and spend research time at, two participating universities in addition to their fieldwork.

For information on the documents that are required to apply, please go to ‘PhD Vacancies’ on our webpage http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/research/institutes-and-research-groups/tgls/phd/phd-vacancies/ Applications that do not include all documents required, will not be considered.

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 EDOLAD program, please contact Prof. Morag Goodwin, M.E.A.Goodwin@tilburguniversity.edu.