PhD vacancies 2021


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

3 fulltime PhD research positions at Erasmus School of Law

(start in January 2022)

These posts are part of the research centers ‘Public and Private interests: A new balance’ and Erasmus Center for Empirical Legal Studies (ECELS).

  • Position 1 and 2 (4 years):
    • Erasmus School of Law welcomes proposals within the overarching theme ’Public and private interests: A new balance’,
    • with a strong focus on empirical legal research,
    • preference is given to proposals on topics situated at the intersection of private and public law,
    • for at least one of the advertised PhD positions, Professor Peter Mascini (Chair empirical legal research) will be involved as methodology supervisor.
    • Applicants are invited to submit a (short) research proposal written in English and in accordance with the application format, which can be found on the EGSL website. In their proposal, applicants are requested:
  • to specifically include empirical legal research (ELR);
  • to elaborate how this method will be applied in their research;
  • to elaborate how their proposal aligns with public and private interests.

A key aspect of Erasmus School of Law is that research groups work across the boundaries of legal disciplines, applying various methods of empirical legal research.. Within this research community, you will study the role of private actors, in particular businesses, in safeguarding public interests in one of the 11 PhD research projects. Furthermore, the research community is comprised of four professors and four postdoc researchers. The research will be conducted within the framework of the nationwide sectoral plan for legal science, and namely the two research areas of ’Public and private interests: A new balance’ and ‘Empirical Legal Studies’, in collaboration with our partner therein, the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen.


We are looking for candidates who:

  • hold a master’s degree in Law, Criminology 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;
  • (for position 1 and 2) can demonstrate experience with empirical (legal) research;
  • 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 Graduate School of Law. See below for the specific requirements regarding the application procedure.

Terms of employment

The position begins with a temporary employment contract for 18 months, starting in January 2022. 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 (project 3: 18-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.

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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 published vacancies, please contact the EGSL office via

Application procedure information

Next to the requested research proposal (according to the application format), applicants are requested to deliver a motivation letter, CV and the proof of a master’s degree.[2]
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 26 September 2021 by sending your application to:

Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus School of Law
To the attention of: A. Anemaat – Vorstenbos, HR Partner

Please state the job title (PhD researcher in Law or Criminology) and the job number AT2021.07/PHD.

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.

[2] There is no need to contact a prospective supervisor beforehand.

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