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EGSL welcomes PhD researchers who will perform excellent research in Law or Criminology in connection with one of the research themes pursued by Erasmus School of Law.

There are different possibilities to become a PhD researcher at EGSL.

When Erasmus Graduate School of Law (EGSL) has openings for a paid position, you will find these here.

Erasmus School of Law has over 5000 students and approximately 500 staff members. Erasmus School of Law offers Bachelor's degrees in Law, Tax Law and Criminology, with the emphasis on active academic learning. For students who want more, there is the mr.drs. program, the double study of law and economics. After the master's degree Erasmus School of Law provides postgraduate education (in cooperation with Erasmus Academy and others).

Erasmus School of Law's basic premise is that law cannot be considered in complete isolation or as an end in itself. It is embedded in an economic and social context that helps shape law.  At the same time, law influences society and defines economic relationships. The overarching theme of Erasmus School of Law is therefore “Where law meets business and society”. In line with this vision, the mission of Erasmus School of Law is to conduct innovative research into the function of law in its economic and social context, and to have a strong link between research and teaching. In both research and teaching, Erasmus School of Law considers internationalization and multidisciplinary research a matter of course.

Erasmus School of Law is recruiting for:

PhD research position, in the framework of AI for Multi-Agency Public Safety (AI-MAPS), which is one of the four different, but connected PhD positions

Job description
Erasmus School of Law is recruiting ambitious PhD researcher in the framework of AI for Multi-Agency Public Safety (AI-MAPS), M/F, 1.0 FTE, duration: 4 years, starting preferably in January 2023.

You will be employed at Erasmus School of Law and will be part of the Erasmus Graduate School of Law will follow a tailormade educational program to acquire the research skills necessary to successfully complete the PhD-thesis within four years. Next to that, you will be part of the ELSA-Lab AI-MAPS, see below.

General PhD project description
Your research project will fit in the research agenda of the interdisciplinary research project AI for Multi-Agency Public Safety (AI-MAPS), which is part of the National Research Agenda (NWA) and implemented by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). The initiators of the project are the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Justice and Security, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

AI for Multi-Agency Public Safety (AI-MAPS) is a so-called ELSA-Lab (Ethical, Legal and Societal Aspects). ELSA-Labs are places where research into technological developments is carried out that incorporates ethical, legal, societal and economic developments. The research undertaken in AI-MAPS shall support the development of technological innovations that safeguard public values and constitutional rights, respect human rights – and strengthen these where possible – and that can count on public support. The research will therefore encourage the development of an ecosystem of trust. There is a total of four PhD-places available in AI-MAPS which are associated to specific work packages (see links to other positions below). All PhD-places have a strong interdisciplinary orientation and reflect AI-MAPS mission to become a hub for research and practice of trustworthy AI. Therefore, the consortium does not only comprise Erasmus University Rotterdam, Technical University Delft and Leiden University, but also Willem de Koning Academy, the Dutch Police and will collaborate with leading companies in the field of applied AI. Accordingly, the PhD-projects will be co-supervised by professors from the three universities and from different faculties.

Public Safety is vital for the functioning of societies: Without safety, there is no freedom, no happiness, and no prosperity. Public safety matters to all of us and therefore needs to be jointly shaped and maintained by all societal partners. Data generated by multiple agents play an increasingly important role in preventing, preparing for and mitigating harm or disaster. The development of an ecosystem of trust regarding AI-assisted public safety promotion is central to this ELSA Lab. In a variety of use cases, benefits and safeguards are analyzed against the private-public-machine agency backdrop. The PhD-projects shall connect to the use cases and work in a team on societal sustainable solutions about trustworthy AI.

Position I: AI and the Accountability Divide
The position is integral to the AI-MAPS work package AI and the Accountability Divide – Safety and Security in the New World of AI. While legal issues of legitimacy of AI as means to secure public safety are centerstage to the project, the PhD-project shall take a holistic approach in its methodology. This does not only mean the close cooperation with the other researchers in the ELSA-Lab, thereby appreciating other research traditions than doctrinal legal research, but also to embrace the ethical and technical discourse on equal footing with law. That way the PhD-project shall provide concrete answers for future policy and law-making concerning AI as a means for public safety.

Since ELSA-Labs rely on the idea of co-creation for sustainable societal solutions this is also mirrored in the set-up of the concrete PhD-research (thesis topic). Hence, the concrete topic will be chosen together with the supervisors for the scholarly background of the PhD-researcher and the operational goals of the work package, meaning that the disruption of the traditional arrangements of accountability is the central problem of the project.  The position is affiliate to the eLaw Center for Law and Digital Technologies of the Leiden Law School.

Requirements:
We are looking for a candidate who:

  • holds a master’s degree in Law or other discipline relevant for this PhD position; interest in interdisciplinary, impact-driven and participatory research and in the societal challenges posed by AI;
  • can demonstrate scientific research skills, proven, for example, by the quality of the master thesis or other marks of excellence;
  • can preferably demonstrate additional skills which support research on matters of AI-technology, public safety, ethics, or engagement with the public;
  • has excellent oral and written skills in English and in Dutch. Because this PhD-project entails close interaction with Dutch stakeholders, the command of Dutch is a precondition for being a successful candidate public (please note the application is expected in English, see below).

Current master students, who will finish their master before the intended start date, are welcome to apply. Bear in mind that proof of a master’s degree is a formal requirement for employment.

Terms of employment
The position is for 4 years, starting between January-March 2023. The PhD researcher will be part of the Erasmus Graduate School of Law and is connected to 3 other PhD positions (see below). The position starts with a temporary employment contract for 18 months. This probationary period consists of an educational programme and individual research and entails an evaluation of the progress of the research after one year. In case of a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended. In the remaining 30-month period PhD researchers focus on their research and the completion of their thesis. In both phases structured guidance is provided by the thesis supervisors and a doctorate committee composed of senior researchers and one of the PhD coordinators of Erasmus Graduate School of Law.

We offer an attractive position with good terms of employment in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

The monthly salary is € 2,395 gross for a fulltime position of 38 hours a week during the first year (CAO NU scale doctoral candidate), which will increase annually up to € 3,061 gross per month in the fourth year.   

The attractive benefits package includes an end of year bonus of 8.3%, holiday allowance of 8%, extensive leave facilities for a healthy work/life balance, a good pension fund and an excellent collective insurance package. Staff are also entitled to use various facilities, such as sport facilities and library.

Since April 2018, Erasmus University Rotterdam has offered a Dual Career Programme to partners and spouses of new international employees. This programme is executed in close cooperation with Leiden University and TU Delft and aims to help partners and spouses find a job on the Dutch labour market. See www.eur.nl/en/working/international-staff-eur/family/work-partners.

Additional information
More information about Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Law and Erasmus Graduate School of Law can be found on the websites.
For more information about the content of the PhD position, please contact Professor Evert Stamhuis, stamhuis@law.eur.nl, for more information about the procedure and/or requirements, please contact the EGSL office via egsl@law.eur.nl.

Application procedure information
You are asked to deliver a motivation letter, CV and the proof of a Master’s degree. In addition, you are requested to submit a two-page essay about the question “Does AI need new legal rules and regulations to be a useful tool for public safety in a democratic and free society?”.

Your application is written in English and according to the application format, which can be found on the EGSL website. The interviews will be held either in English or in Dutch. Applications which are not complete, are not according to the application format and/or do not elaborate the specific PhD position, will not be considered.

You may apply for this position until 16 October 2022 by sending your application to:

Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus School of Law
To the attention of: W. Puper, Daily Manager & Policy Advisor Erasmus Graduate School of Law
E-mail: application@law.eur.nl  

Please state the job title (PhD researcher AI MAPS) and the job number PRO/ESL/20220819-1.

Within the AI MAPS framework there are 4 connected PhD positions available. The other three are all available at Academic Transfer and can be found following the links:

Position II: AI and the Ethics of Surveillance

Position III: Empirical-Ethical Aspects of AI applications in Multi-Agency Public Safety issues

Position IV: Position IV: Inclusive, Iterative and Deliberative AI Development (at TU Delft)

Erasmus University Rotterdam does not appreciate acquisition and canvassing by third parties with respect to the above job advertisement.

Erasmus School of Law has over 5000 students and approximately 500 staff members. Erasmus School of Law offers Bachelor's degrees in Law, Tax Law and Criminology, with the emphasis on active academic learning. For students who want more, there is the mr.drs. program, the double study of law and economics. After the master's degree Erasmus School of Law provides postgraduate education (in cooperation with Erasmus Academy and others).

Erasmus School of Law's basic premise is that law cannot be considered in complete isolation or as an end in itself. It is embedded in an economic and social context that helps shape law. At the same time, law influences society and defines economic relationships. The overarching theme of Erasmus School of Law is therefore “Where law meets business and society”. In line with this vision, the mission of Erasmus School of Law is to conduct innovative research into the function of law in its economic and social context, and to have a strong link between research and teaching. In both research and teaching, Erasmus School of Law considers internationalization and multidisciplinary research a matter of course.

Erasmus School of Law is recruiting for:

PhD research position, in the framework of AI for Multi-Agency Public Safety (AI-MAPS), which is one of the four different, but connected PhD positions

Job description
Erasmus School of Law is recruiting ambitious PhD researcher in the framework of AI for Multi-Agency Public Safety (AI-MAPS), M/F, 1.0 FTE, duration: 4 years, starting preferably in January 2023.

You will be employed at Erasmus School of Law and will be part of the Erasmus Graduate School of Law and will follow a tailormade educational program to acquire the research skills necessary to successfully complete the PhD-thesis within four years. Next to that, you will be part of the ELSA-Lab AI-MAPS, see below.

General PhD project description
Your research project will fit in the research agenda of the interdisciplinary research project AI for Multi-Agency Public Safety (AI-MAPS), which is part of the National Research Agenda (NWA) and implemented by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). The initiators of the project are the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Justice and Security, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

AI for Multi-Agency Public Safety (AI-MAPS) is a so-called ELSA-Lab (Ethical, Legal and Societal Aspects). ELSA-Labs are places where research into technological developments is carried out that incorporates ethical, legal, societal, and economic developments. The research undertaken in AI-MAPS shall support the development of technological innovations that safeguard public values and constitutional rights, respect human rights – and strengthen these where possible – and that can count on public support. The research will therefore encourage the development of an ecosystem of trust. There is a total of four PhD-places available in AI-MAPS which are associated to specific work packages (see links to other positions below). All PhD-places have a strong interdisciplinary orientation and reflect AI-MAPS mission to become a hub for research and practice of trustworthy AI. Therefore, the consortium does not only comprise Erasmus University Rotterdam, Technical University Delft and Leiden University, but also Willem de Koning Academy, the Dutch Police and will collaborate with leading companies in the field of applied AI. Accordingly, the PhD-projects will be co-supervised by professors from the three universities and from different faculties.

Public Safety is vital for the functioning of societies: Without safety, there is no freedom, no happiness, and no prosperity. Public safety matters to all of us and therefore needs to be jointly shaped and maintained by all societal partners. Data generated by multiple agents play an increasingly important role in preventing, preparing for, and mitigating harm or disaster. The development of an ecosystem of trust regarding AI-assisted public safety promotion is central to this ELSA Lab. In a variety of use cases, benefits and safeguards are analyzed against the private-public-machine agency backdrop. The PhD-projects shall connect to the use cases and work in a team on societal sustainable solutions about trustworthy AI.

Position II: AI and the Ethics of Surveillance
The position is integral to the AI-MAPS work package AI and surveillance experiences in disadvantaged neighborhoods with low-levels of trust. Social issues of legitimacy of AI as means to secure public safety play in the ELSA philosophy are next to ethical and legal aspects centerstage to the project. This PhD-project shall take a holistic approach in its methodology and in this way reflect the mixed-method approach of the whole project. This can cover the whole range from quantitative experimental, survey, data base analysis to qualitative methods of various forms of participatory and action research. This does not only mean the close cooperation with the other researchers in the ELSA-Lab, thereby appreciating other research traditions, but also to embrace the legal and technical discourse on equal footing with social sciences. That way the PhD-project shall provide concrete answers for future policy and social interventions concerning AI as a means for public safety. Since ELSA-Labs rely on the idea of co-creation for sustainable societal solutions this is also mirrored in the set-up of the concrete PhD-research (thesis topic). Hence, the concrete topic will be chosen together with the supervisors for the scholarly background of the PhD-researcher and the operational goals of the work package, meaning that the disruption of the traditional arrangements of accountability is the central problem of the project.

We are looking for a candidate who:

  • holds a Master’s degree in social sciences or humanities or other discipline relevant for this PhD position; interest in interdisciplinary, impact-driven and participatory research and in the societal challenges posed by AI;
  • can demonstrate scientific research skills, proven, for example, by the quality of the master thesis or other marks of excellence;
  • can preferably demonstrate additional skills which support research on matters of AI-technology, public safety, ethics, or engagement with the public;
  • has excellent oral and written skills in English and in Dutch. Because this PhD-project entails close interaction with Dutch stakeholders, the command of Dutch is a precondition for being a successful candidate public (please note the application is expected in English, see below).

Current master students, who will finish their master before the intended start date, are welcome to apply. Bear in mind that proof of a master’s degree is a formal requirement for employment.

Terms of employment
The position is for 4 years, starting between January-March 2023. The PhD researcher will be part of the Erasmus Graduate School of Law and is connected to 3 other PhD positions (see below). The position starts with a temporary employment contract for 18 months. This probationary period consists of an educational programme and individual research and entails an evaluation of the progress of the research after one year. In case of a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended. In the remaining 30-month period PhD researchers focus on their research and the completion of their thesis. In both phases structured guidance is provided by the thesis supervisors and a doctorate committee composed of senior researchers and one of the PhD coordinators of Erasmus Graduate School of Law.

We offer an attractive position with good terms of employment in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

The monthly salary is € 2,395 gross for a fulltime position of 38 hours a week during the first year (CAO NU scale doctoral candidate), which will increase annually up to € 3,061 gross per month in the fourth year.   

The attractive benefits package includes an end of year bonus of 8.3%, holiday allowance of 8%, extensive leave facilities for a healthy work/life balance, a good pension fund and an excellent collective insurance package. Staff are also entitled to use various facilities, such as sport facilities and library.

Since April 2018, Erasmus University Rotterdam has offered a Dual Career Programme to partners and spouses of new international employees. This programme is executed in close cooperation with Leiden University and TU Delft and aims to help partners and spouses find a job on the Dutch labour market. See www.eur.nl/en/working/international-staff-eur/family/work-partners.

Additional information
More information about Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Law and Erasmus Graduate School of Law can be found on the websites. 
For more information about the content of the PhD position, please contact Professor Marc Schuilenburg, schuilenburg@law.eur.nl; for more information about the procedure and/or requirements, please contact the EGSL office via egsl@law.eur.nl.

Application procedure information
You are asked to deliver a motivation letter, CV and the proof of a Master’s degree. In addition, you are requested to submit a two-page essay about the question “Does AI need new legal rules and regulations to be a useful tool for public safety in a democratic and free society?”.

Your application is written in English and according to the application format, which can be found on the EGSL website. The interviews will be held either in English or in Dutch. Applications which are not complete, are not according to the application format and/or do not elaborate the specific PhD position, will not be considered.

You may apply for this position until 16 October 2022 by sending your application to:

Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus School of Law
To the attention of: W. Puper, Daily Manager & Policy Advisor Erasmus Graduate School of Law
E-mail: application@law.eur.nl  

Please state the job title (PhD researcher AI MAPS) and the job number PRO/ESL/20220819-2

Within the AI MAPS framework there are 4 connected PhD positions. The other three are available at Academic Transfer and can be found following the links:

Position I: AI and the Accountability Divide

Position III: Empirical-Ethical Aspects of AI applications in Multi-Agency Public Safety issues

Position IV: Position IV: Inclusive, Iterative and Deliberative AI Development (at TU Delft)

Erasmus University Rotterdam does not appreciate acquisition and canvassing by third parties with respect to the above job advertisement.

Erasmus School of Law has over 5000 students and approximately 500 staff members. Erasmus School of Law offers Bachelor's degrees in Law, Tax Law and Criminology, with the emphasis on active academic learning. For students who want more, there is the mr.drs. program, the double study of law and economics. After the master's degree Erasmus School of Law provides postgraduate education (in cooperation with Erasmus Academy and others).

Erasmus School of Law's basic premise is that law cannot be considered in complete isolation or as an end in itself. It is embedded in an economic and social context that helps shape law. At the same time, law influences society and defines economic relationships. The overarching theme of Erasmus School of Law is therefore “Where law meets business and society”. In line with this vision, the mission of Erasmus School of Law is to conduct innovative research into the function of law in its economic and social context, and to have a strong link between research and teaching. In both research and teaching, Erasmus School of Law considers internationalization and multidisciplinary research a matter of course.

Erasmus School of Law is recruiting for:

PhD research position, in the framework of AI for Multi-Agency Public Safety (AI-MAPS), which is one of the four different, but connected PhD positions

Job description
Erasmus School of Law is recruiting ambitious PhD researcher in the framework of AI for Multi-Agency Public Safety (AI-MAPS), M/F, 1.0 FTE, duration: 4 years, starting preferably in January 2023.

You will be employed at Erasmus School of Law and will be part of the Erasmus Graduate School of Law. You belong also to the Erasmus School of Philosophy community. You will successfully complete your thesis in four years, following a tailormade educational program to acquire the research skills necessary to successfully complete the PhD-thesis. Next to that, you will be part of the ELSA-Lab AI-MAPS, see below.

General PhD project description
Your research project will fit in the research agenda of the interdisciplinary research project AI for Multi-Agency Public Safety (AI-MAPS), which is part of the National Research Agenda (NWA) and implemented by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). The initiators of the project are the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Justice and Security, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

AI for Multi-Agency Public Safety (AI-MAPS) is a so-called ELSA-Lab (Ethical, Legal and Societal Aspects). ELSA-Labs are places where research into technological developments is carried out that incorporates ethical, legal, societal, and economic developments. The research undertaken in AI-MAPS shall support the development of technological innovations that safeguard public values and constitutional rights, respect human rights – and strengthen these where possible – and that can count on public support. The research will therefore encourage the development of an ecosystem of trust. There is a total of four PhD-places available in AI-MAPS which are associated to specific work packages (see links to other positions below). All PhD-places have a strong interdisciplinary orientation and reflect AI-MAPS mission to become a hub for research and practice of trustworthy AI. Therefore, the consortium does not only comprise Erasmus University Rotterdam, Technical University Delft and Leiden University, but also Willem de Koning Academy, the Dutch Police and will collaborate with leading companies in the field of applied AI. Accordingly, the PhD-projects will be co-supervised by professors from the three universities and from different faculties.

Public Safety is vital for the functioning of societies: Without safety, there is no freedom, no happiness, and no prosperity. Public safety matters to all of us and therefore needs to be jointly shaped and maintained by all societal partners. Data generated by multiple agents play an increasingly important role in preventing, preparing for, and mitigating harm or disaster. The development of an ecosystem of trust regarding AI-assisted public safety promotion is central to this ELSA Lab. In a variety of use cases, benefits and safeguards are analyzed against the private-public-machine agency backdrop. The PhD-projects shall connect to the use cases and work in a team on societal sustainable solutions about trustworthy AI.

Position III. Empirical-Ethical Aspects of AI applications in Multi-Agency Public Safety issues
How to use AI to address public safety challenges in a way that is responsible and responsive rather than disruptive? This position takes an iterative approach to ethical concerns that emerge in relation to use of AI in three case studies (public nuisance in neighborhoods, high impact crime, management of crowds during events). Adopting the ELSA approach, ethical analysis will be based on (a) proximity to social practice, (b) interaction with stakeholders and (c) epistemic inclusion (sensitivity to multiple forms of knowledge and experience) and will be guided by conceptual frameworks. The PhD plays an active role in a series of participatory workshops with local stakeholders, including municipal representatives, local authorities, private partners, civilians, and representatives from vulnerable and marginalized communities. We will rely on in-depth semi-structured interviews, focus groups and the world café method to account for rooted ethical concerns stemming from human-centered AI. An important challenge of epistemic inclusion is how to reconcile various forms of (academic and non-academic) knowledge and experience. A starting point of epistemic inclusiveness is the concept of ubiquitous expertise. Rather than disavowing the importance of scientific expertise, the concept of ubiquitous knowledge claims that also for scientific experts, mutual learning is a more enriching experience than mere popularisation or implementation of research, whilst societal participants learn more from active dialogue than from more passive forms of public involvement. The research will consist of three steps: (a) analysis of the tensions, challenges and ambiguities involved, (b), normative assessment, (c) development of pathways for responsible use of AI.

The position is affiliate to the Erasmus School of Philosophy and to the eLaw Center for Law and Digital Technologies of the Leiden Law School.

Requirements
We are looking for candidates who:

  • holds a Master’s degree in philosophy or related and an interest in interdisciplinary, impact-driven and participatory research and in the societal challenges posed by AI;
  • can demonstrate scientific research skills, proven, for example, by the quality of the master thesis or other marks of excellence;
  • can preferably demonstrate additional skills which support research on matters of AI-technology, public safety, ethics, or engagement with the public;
  • has excellent oral and written skills in English and in Dutch. Because this PhD-project entails close interaction with Dutch stakeholders, the command of Dutch is a precondition for being a successful candidate public (please note the application is expected in English, see below).

Current master students, who will finish their master before the intended start date, are welcome to apply. Bear in mind that proof of a master’s degree is a formal requirement for employment.

Terms of employment
The positions are for 4 years, starting between January-March 2023. The PhD researchers will be part of the Erasmus Graduate School of Law. The position starts with a temporary employment contract for 18 months. This probationary period consists of an educational programme and individual research and entails an evaluation of the progress of the research after one year. In case of a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended. In the remaining 30-month period PhD researchers focus on their research and the completion of their thesis. In both phases structured guidance is provided by the thesis supervisors and a doctorate committee composed of senior researchers and one of the PhD coordinators of Erasmus Graduate School of Law.

We offer an attractive position with good terms of employment in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

The monthly salary is € 2,395 gross for a fulltime position of 38 hours a week during the first year (CAO NU scale doctoral candidate), which will increase annually up to € 3,061 gross per month in the fourth year.   

The attractive benefits package includes an end of year bonus of 8.3%, holiday allowance of 8%, extensive leave facilities for a healthy work/life balance, a good pension fund and an excellent collective insurance package. Staff are also entitled to use various facilities, such as sport facilities and library.

Since April 2018, Erasmus University Rotterdam has offered a Dual Career Programme to partners and spouses of new international employees. This programme is executed in close cooperation with Leiden University and TU Delft and aims to help partners and spouses find a job on the Dutch labour market. See www.eur.nl/en/working/international-staff-eur/family/work-partners.

Additional information
More information about Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Law and Erasmus Graduate School of Law can be found on the websites. 
For more information about the content of the PhD position, please contact prof. Dr. Hub Zwart (zwart@esphil.eur.nl); for more information about the procedure and/or requirements, please contact the EGSL office via egsl@law.eur.nl.

Application procedure information
You are asked to deliver a motivation letter, CV and the proof of a Master’s degree. In addition, you are requested to submit a two-page essay about the question “Does AI need new legal rules and regulations to be a useful tool for public safety in a democratic and free society?”.

Your application is written in English and according to the application format, which can be found on the EGSL website. The interviews will be held either in English or in Dutch. Applications which are not complete, are not according to the application format and/or do not elaborate the specific PhD position, will not be considered.

You may apply for this position until 16 October 2022 by sending your application to:

Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus School of Law
To the attention of: W. Puper, Daily Manager & Policy Advisor Erasmus Graduate School of Law
E-mail: application@law.eur.nl  

Please state the job title (PhD researcher AI MAPS) and the job number PRO/ESL/20220819-3

Within the AI MAPS framework there are 4 connected PhD positions. The other three are available at Academic Transfer and can be found following the links:

Position I: AI and the Accountability Divide

Position II: AI and the Ethics of Surveillance

Position IV: Position IV: Inclusive, Iterative and Deliberative AI Development (at TU Delft)

Erasmus University Rotterdam does not appreciate acquisition and canvassing by third parties with respect to the above job advertisement.

There is also the possibility to pursue a PhD project as an external PhD candidate. If you are interested, you must contact a professor to discuss your ideas and ask whether they are willing to supervise your project. The names and research topics of professors are listed on the Erasmus School of Law website.

When you contact a potential supervisor, please provide them with:

  • A letter of motivation, including information on your present situation;
  • A CV (including in particular information on study results and grades; publications; grants/prizes; experience abroad; extracurricular activities)
  • A draft research proposal (maximum 3950 words according to the EGSL application format).   
  • Proof of your Master’s degree, including grade transcripts of your Bachelor and Master studies

If the professor agrees on being your supervisor, the conclusion of a hospitality agreement is necessary. This can be requested by the department of your supervisor. Required annexes are a copy of your passport, short research proposal,  training and supervision plan.

Erasmus Graduate School is open to host PhD candidates with a scholarship.

Erasmus School of Law is an international oriented faculty with its heart and soul rooted in Rotterdam. Our faculty is a breeding ground for academic talent in the field of (Tax) Law and Criminology. We aim to be a partner of legal practice, government, business, science and art. Erasmus School of Law facilitates education and research at an outstanding level. A key aspect of Erasmus School of Law is that research groups work across the boundaries of legal disciplines, applying modern tools of social science research, such as empirical and experimental methods.

Description

Erasmus School of Law is willing to host ambitious PhD researchers who want to conduct excellent research in the field of Law or Criminology. As a PhD researcher, you will join a law school ranked in the top 50 of the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings of global law schools, which is committed to promoting excellent international and interdisciplinary research with a high positive societal impact.

This is an open application round, in which candidates are selected on the basis of their professional qualification, the letter of motivation, the quality of their own research proposal, and the extent to which the research proposal fits within the research profile of ESL. See below for the specific requirements regarding the application procedure.

Requirements

  • You have a master's degree in Law or Criminology. Current master students who will graduate before the preferable start date, are welcome to apply. Bear in mind that proof of a master’s degree is a formal requirement for admission.  For some research projects an exemption is possible, and a master’s degree in another discipline relevant for your research project is also eligible: please elaborate on that in your motivation letter. It is up to the prospective supervisors to determine whether you will have a sufficient (legal) knowledge for this PhD project.
  • You can demonstrate relevant scientific research skills.
  • You have excellent oral and written skills in English (see minimum requirements in application format).
  • You must have obtained a scholarship already, with a minimum amount of monthly 1,350 euros
  • The duration of a PhD trajectory in the Netherlands is 4 years, funding should also be for 4 years.
  • You are willing to relocate to the Netherlands.
  • There is no fee required.

Additional information

For more information about this hosting offer, please contact the EGSL office via egsl@law.eur.nl.

Application procedure information

You are asked to elaborate a (short) research proposal, included in the application format. Next to that you will have to deliver a motivation letter, CV, the proof of a master’s degree, an English proficiency test and a proof of your scholarship (which also includes the amount granted).
Your application is written in English and according to the application format. Applications which are not complete, are not according to the application format and/or from candidates who didn’t obtain a scholarship already, will not be taken into account.

You may apply by sending your application to egsl@law.eur.nl

 

If you are interested, you must contact a professor to discuss your ideas and ask whether they are willing to host you. The names and research topics of professors are listed on the Erasmus School of Law website

If the professor agrees on hosting you, the conclusion of a hospitality agreement is necessary. The department can request this from your supervisor.

During your stay at Erasmus School of Law, a workplace will be available for you, and you can participate in EGSL activities, e.g., we will ask you to present your research during one of our lunch meetings. The duration of the research visit is 3 to 6 months.

Please be aware that EGSL doesn’t provide financial support. Next to that, for housing, we refer you to this webpage of Erasmus University Rotterdam

 

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