Obtaining a PhD

EGSL funded positions (and externally funded positions)

Every year, Erasmus Graduate School of Law (EGSL) has a few openings for the position of PhD researcher in Law or Criminology (M/F 1.0 FTE, start in September). We are looking for 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 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 this fits with the research profile of Erasmus School of Law. 

The minimum criteria are:

  • Degree in Law, Criminology or other disciplines relevant to the research themes of Erasmus School of Law.
  • Relevant scientific research skills, proven, for example, by academic publications or by the quality of your master thesis. 
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English – and Dutch if applicable. 
  • English proficiency test: IELTS: 7.5 (min. 6.0 for all subs.), TOEFL: 100 (internet) or 600 (paper) or GMAT-test or GRE-test: 85%. An exemption can be given if the candidate participated in education in a country with English as the mother tongue, for at least 2,5 years (UK, USA, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa.
  • A professor affiliated to Erasmus School of Law is willingly to act as your sponsor

Advice when you consult a professor to be your supervisor, please provide him/her with

  • 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)
  • 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
  • A sample of your own work (e.g. master thesis, paper, published article)

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

Duration: 48 months.

Driven by its ambition to expand its position as a leading research institute in Europe, Erasmus School of Law is recruiting for

1 fulltime PhD research position at Erasmus School of Law in Financial Technology and Law

PhD project description

Your research project will fit in the research agenda of the Chair in Financial Technology and Law. More specifically your research should be into (i) the ‘Legal aspects of the Use of Big Data in the Financial Industry’ and/or (ii) the ‘Legal Implications and Challenges of Open Finance’.

For the research project ‘Legal aspects of the Use of Big Data in the Financial Industry’ the meaning of Big Data will be that more diverse information from more diverse sources becomes available to financial institutions on which they can base their decisions.

The other potential research subject ‘Legal Implications and Challenges of Open Finance’ concerns the development that both financial as well as non-financial institutions will have to provide access to the data they gather from and about their customers to be used and further built upon by other financial and non-financial institutions. A first step in this direction has been the introduction of PSD2 enabling account information services providers and payment initiation service providers to gain access to the customers’ bank accounts held with other financial institutions.

It is expected that your research will be performed in the context of banking services (lending, deposit taking and payments), insurance markets or retail investment services.

Because of the changing landscape and increasing relevance of the use of Big Data and the introduction of Open Finance in the financial industry, we are calling on young aspiring researchers to submit creative research proposals to help shape legal thinking in this area. Possible research angles are:

  • The impact of these developments on the clients of financial institutions (conduct angle);
  • The impact thereof on financial institutions themselves (micro prudential angle); or
  • The impact thereof on the structure of financial markets in general (macro prudential, systemic angle or competition angle).

The overarching purpose would be to evaluate to what extent the current legal and regulatory framework would need to be adapted to adequately meet the new way financial services are provided.

The research proposal should be written from a European perspective, i.e. should predominantly be based on EU law sources. National law could be used to illustrate how EU law is implemented/understood by the various member states.  Laws of non-EU countries can also be used as a comparator.

Even though the research project sits within the faculty of law, a cross-disciplinary approach (for instance using insights of economics or data science) is encouraged.

More information

For more information about the content of this PhD vacancy, please contact Professor Van Praag via vanpraag@law.eur.nl, for more information about the procedure and/or requirements, please contact the graduate school office egsl@law.eur.nl.

Requirements

We are looking for candidates who:

  • hold a master’s degree in Law or other discipline relevant for this PhD position[1];
  • can demonstrate scientific research skills, proven, for example, by academic publications or by the quality of your master thesis;
  • have excellent oral and written skills in English (requirements: see application format).

Candidates will be selected based on their professional qualification, the letter of motivation and the quality of their research proposal and will be employed at Erasmus School of Law. See below for the specific requirements regarding the application procedure.

How to apply

You are asked to elaborate a (short) research proposal based on the PhD project description. Next to that applicants are requested to deliver a motivation letter, CV and the proof of a Master degree. Your application is preferably written in English and according to the application format, which can be found on the EGSL website. Applications that are incomplete, are not according to the application format and/or do not elaborate the specific PhD project, will not be taken into account.

You may apply for this position until 28 November 2021 by sending your application to:

Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus School of Law
To the attention of: A. Anemaat – Vorstenbos, HR Partner
E-mail: application@law.eur.nl  

Please state the job title (PhD researcher in Financial Technology and Law) and the job number AT2021.10/PHD.

Terms of employment

The position, preferably starting as soon as possible, begins 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 € 2,434 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 € 3,111 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, more information can be found here.

We value diversity and believe that a diversity of talents contributes to our vision and strategy to excel as a university on research and education. EUR is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities and nationalities.

An assessment will be part of the selection procedure.

More information about Erasmus University, Erasmus School of Law and  Erasmus Graduate School of Law can be found on the websites.

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


[1] Current master students, who will finish their master before January 2022, are welcome to apply. Bear in mind that proof of a master’s degree is a formal requirement for employment.

Driven by its ambition to expand its position as a leading research institute in Europe, Erasmus School of Law is recruiting 3 Full-time PhD researchers in Law and Criminology. 

Full overview

There is also the possibility to carry out research as an external PhD candidate. In that case, you have to contact a professor yourself to discuss your ideas for a PhD project and he or she needs to be willing and able to supervise your project. Names and research topics are listed on the Erasmus School of Law website https://www.eur.nl/esl/research/researchers/professors.
Duration: Equivalent of 48 months.

EDLE is an excellent programme sponsored by the European Commission under the Erasmus Mundus scheme. It offers the unique opportunity to study Law and Economics on a PhD-level in (at least) three different countries. The programme prepares economists and lawyers of high promise for an academic career in a research field of growing importance or for responsible positions in government, research organizations and international consulting groups.

Erasmus School of Law participates in the European Doctorate in Law and Economics, a joint doctoral programme by four of the leading European universities: Bologna, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Rennes 1. EDLE has 6-7 scholarships available, starting October 2020, application deadline 1 February 2020. All complete applications are taken into consideration for the EDLE programme. Please note that after the deadline of 1 February 2020 the EDLE Joint Selection Committee will select the candidates and the EDLE board (not the applicant!)  will assign the home university and supervisors. For more information about the programme, admission requirements and the application procedure, see www.edle-phd.eu

The Erasmus School of Law has been engaged for many years in a number of research and educational activities with Chinese law schools and other institutions. In order to further structure and reinforce these relations, the Erasmus China Law Centre will expand the capacity of teaching and research on Chinese law, increase our competitiveness in instigating Chinese law-related projects, and strengthen our advisory work to the government and business community. The ECLC is part of the Erasmus School of Law. From November 2010 the Erasmus China Law Centre has been engaged in the selection process and reviewing of PhD/CSC applications from China.

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.

EGSL will organize two rounds every year, deadline 1 July for a start in September/October, deadline 1 November for a start in January/February.

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.
  • You are willing to relocate to the Netherlands.
  • There is no fee required.

Erasmus Graduate School of Law

Erasmus Graduate School of Law (EGSL) provides a warm and inspiring research environment where in which active participation, critical reflection, an interdisciplinary approach to Law or Criminology, the exchange of ideas and sharing experiences amongst all researchers play a crucial role.

EGSL offers a sound educational programme aimed at facilitating PhD researchers in writing a good doctoral thesis. Next to that, EGSL provides good guidance and monitoring. PhD researchers are included in the Erasmus School of Law research community at different levels: by maintaining close contacts with fellow PhD researchers, their supervisors, the entire academic staff and researchers from other disciplines at Erasmus School of Law. During the whole PhD-trajectory, each researcher will be monitored by his or her own doctoral committee. This doctoral committee will monitor the progress of the doctoral thesis.

More information about Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Law and Erasmus Graduate School of Law can be found on the websites.

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, a proof of your scholarship (which also includes the amount granted).
Your application is written in English and according to the application format, which can be found on the EGSL website. 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 until 1 July or 1 November every year by sending your application to:

Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus School of Law
To the attention of: W. Puper, EGSL coordinator
E-mail: egsl@law.eur.nl  

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

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