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Postdoctoral researcher (Full time for 2 years)

Department LTMS – home of TILT and TILEC is looking for a Postdoctoral researcher (Full time for 2 years)

6 maanden geleden


Warandelaan, Tilburg, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 uur
€ 3637 - € 4978 per maand


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 (legal-)psychology or a related discipline to contribute to a legal-philosophical project regarding privacy in the data driven age.

The selected candidate will contribute to the research program ‘From Regulating Human Behavior 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. This position fits within the project 'Privacy after the GDPR: Exploring the interaction of Privacy, Trust and Identity in the Data Driven Age' and concerns two of its sub-projects.

The first sub-project regards the relationship between privacy and identity. The traditional approach to privacy is that it revolves around the right or capacity of a person to block information-communication to others, for example by blocking access to one’s home, communication or body. This projects tries to understand to what extent privacy could also be conceived as revolving around blocking information communication to oneself. For example, a photo may revive an aspect of a person’s past (an experimental gothic phase; an anorexic period); a tech company may infer a person’s early pregnancy even before she does and inform her through pregnancy-related advertisements; etc. I may not want you to know that I had an anorexic period when I reached puberty, but I may equally not want to be confronted with such information myself, because I want to forget about that painful period and move on with my life. Being confronted with unwanted information about yourself challenges in a fundamental way a person’s capacity to form and maintain an identity, understood as involving building a personal narrative. Traditional coping strategies include rationalisation or suppression of unwanted information, but is this still possible in a world which is increasingly data-driven?

The second project looks into the way in which networked devices – e.g. smartphone apps and/or smart home applications such as voice assistants– mediate trust relations. Using these devices, we are not just making life more fun and convenient, we are also deliberately and inadvertently sharing a lot of personal data. While research indicates that people are highly concerned about their privacy, this is not reflected in their everyday actions. The starting point of this research is that end-users base trust in technologies often on their perceived functionalities and ease of use, while the values that are at stake – e.g. the value of privacy and/or freedom of choice– are hidden behind the interface. This research wants to combine philosophical/conceptual and empirical methodologies in order to understand the first-person, phenomenological experience of end-users and how this experience effects trust building. In particular this research project is interested in how both the design of the interface (micro-perception) as well as the end-users’ personal, historical, and/or cultural background (macro-perception) influence trust building.

If you are interested, we ask you to send us your CV, a motivation letter and a short research statement (maximum 2 pages) in which you describe what type of research you envisage for these two projects (your time should be more or less equally distributed between the two). What research methodology would you use, which literature is relevant, which specific aspects would you focus on, what are the results you envisage?


Applicants must:

  • Hold a doctoral degree in (legal)psychology or in law with demonstrable background in psychology (dual Ma or Ba/Ma).
  • Have demonstrated ability – or strong potential – to produce and publish research at international/world-leading levels of excellence.
  • Be able to undertake certain administrative duties autonomously and preferably have some experience in undertaking such duties (e.g. organization of workshops, management of 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 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.


The appointment will be for a fixed period of two years. Depending on the candidates’ experience and qualifications, the starting gross salary will vary between € 3,637 and € 4,978 per month (full time) based on scale 11 of the Collective Labor Agreement (CAO) Dutch Universities. Tilburg University is rated among the top of Dutch employers, offering very good fringe benefits, such as the possibility to determine your benefits individually through a labor choice model and reimbursement of moving expenses. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary.

Additional information

More information about the vacancy can be obtained from Bart van der Sloot (b.vdrsloot@tilburguniversity.edu) and Esther Keymolen (E.L.O.Keymolen@tilburguniversity.edu).