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Post-doctoral researcher with expertise in platform regulation

The Department of Law, Technology, Markets and Society (LTMS) – home of TILT and TILEC – has a vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher (1.0 fte, 2 years). We are looking for someone with a background in platform regulation who will be part of a legal research project studying how to protect the autonomy of individuals and businesses vis-à-vis digital giants in a data-driven society.

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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 ‘From Regulating Human Behaviour to Regulating Data’. 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 (see https://www.sectorplandls.nl). The position fits within the sub-project ‘Protecting autonomy in a data-driven society’, which examines how economic regulation can strengthen the autonomy of individuals and businesses vis-à-vis digital platforms.
The selected candidate is expected to complement the team’s existing expertise in competition law and contribute research insights in areas such as intermediary liability (e.g. in relation to infringements of intellectual property, consumer or contract/private law), content moderation, algorithmic decision-making or media law.

The ability to make informed and free choices is at the heart of modern democracies. However, digital giants are gaining an increasing level of control over individuals and business users. Digital platforms are turning into gatekeepers on whom other businesses depend to access markets and reach consumers. For instance, e-commerce platforms like Ebay and Amazon, as well as app stores like Google Play Store and Apple App Store determine whose products are being displayed to consumers and in which manner. With their strong market positions, digital giants may distort the functioning of markets and infringe upon the freedom of choice of individuals and businesses who are vulnerable because of the power asymmetries. Through the design of their platforms, digital giants determine how individuals and business users can express themselves and innovate on the basis of the tools provided. Digital giants are thereby able to arbitrarily impose their own rules over the competitive process, the autonomy of businesses and individuals, as well as the creativity and freedom of expression of others.

Against this background, the project pursues two goals: (1) conceptualizing how practices of digital platforms erode the autonomy of individuals and businesses who are dependent on their services, and (2) investigating what regulatory responses can be designed to address this problem that lies at the intersection of different legal regimes.


Applicants must:

  • Hold a doctoral degree in law and have demonstrable expertise in issues relating to platform regulation, such as intermediary liability (e.g. in relation to infringements of intellectual property, consumer or contract/private law), content moderation, algorithmic decision-making or media law.
  • Have strong writing skills, including publications commensurate with the career stage of the candidate but which are indicative of a strong ability to publish in the best academic journals.
  • Be able to undertake certain administrative duties autonomously and preferably have some experience in undertaking such duties (e.g. organization of workshops, involvement in projects, etc.).
  • Be proactive and accountable, able to prioritize across responsibilities, and manage varied commitments.
  • Have excellent interpersonal, as well as strong and effective communication skills.
  • Have perfect command of English. Knowledge of Dutch would be an asset, but is not required.
  • Be available to start working on 15 January 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.
  • Commit to integrate in the environment provided by LTMS, Tilburg Law School and Tilburg University.


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 appointment will be for a fixed period of two years. Depending on the candidates’ experience and qualifications, the starting gross salary varies between € 3.746 - € 5.127 per month (full time) based on scale 11 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.

Tilburg University offers you an employment agreement for a fixed period of 24 months or 2 years and 1.0 fte (40 hours per week).

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. Inge Graef (i.graef@tilburguniversity.edu).