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Postdoctoral researcher in Data Protection and Cybersecurity (law) in IoT

The Department of TILT (Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society) has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Law (full time for 2 years). We are looking for someone whose research covers data protection and cybersecurity.

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


TILT is looking for a PostDoc researcher in data protection and cybersecurity in IoT Security, within the Public-Private Partnership project INTERSCT (http://intersct.nl).

The INTERSECT project maintains the need to re-think the current dominant ICT security paradigms by delegating (part of) the IoT stack’s security management to systems that are able autonomously adapt to (and learn from) changes in their environment of reference, while remaining under human supervision and control. INTERSECT aims at developing novel and automated techniques to detect vulnerabilities in complex arrangements of cyber-physical systems and to address their exploitation.

While the axiom according to which ‘there is no privacy without security’ still holds true, rethinking modern IT security practices for the IoT age can lead to a new trade-off with privacy and personal data protection. The aim of this project is to analyse, from a normative perspective, the privacy and data protection implications of autonomous vulnerability and exploitation detection and management in the IoT environment, with a particular reference to the methods and approach developed by the INTERSECT consortium. The project will identify the applicable data protection norms and principles, delineate their scope, and formulate recommendations for the pursuit of an optimal trade-off between IoT security and personal data protection. It involves the analysis of EU law and policy, but also a working awareness of the relevant information, application, and network security issues, with particular reference to the IoT and cyber-physical systems.


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.

More specifically, we are looking for a candidate who has:

  • Completed a PhD in Law, preferably in the area of privacy, data protection, or cybersecurity;
  • Knowledge of, or demonstrable interest in relevant privacy and data protection, as well as cybersecurity;
  • Excellent communication skills in English, orally and in writing. Knowledge of the Dutch language would be an asset, but is not required;
  • Demonstratable interdisciplinary mindset;
  • The ability to independently carry out research;
  • The ability to co-work in a research team;
  • The ability to write research proposals;
  • The ability to supervise and coach students in writing their Ma thesis Law & Technology;
  • The ability to read and grade Master theses on a variety of topics;
  • Demonstrates scientific integrity;
  • Contributes to an open and diversified culture of excellence.

Preferably, the candidate already has experience in working in research projects and teaching.

The successful candidate may be asked to perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role of Postdoc.


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 starting gross salary varies between €3746 and €5127 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 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.

Please visit Working at Tilburg University for more information on our employment conditions.

Additional information

More information on the vacated position can be obtained from prof.dr. Ronald Leenes at r.e.leenes@tilburgnuniversity.edu