Erasmus Graduate School of Law

PhD vacancies 2020

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

11 fulltime PhD researchers in Law and Criminology

These posts are part of the plan to create a new research community for the research initiative ‘Public and private interests: A new balance’, which will also require two (senior) professors and three postdoctoral positions.

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. Within this new research initiative, you will study the role of private actors, in particular businesses, in safeguarding public interests in one of 11 PhD research projects. The research will be conducted within the framework of the nationwide sectoral plan for legal science, in collaboration with our partner therein, the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen.

PhD research projects

Please click here for all project descriptions.

Project 1. The interaction between formal and informal risk-handling strategies on the shop floor;

Project 2. Effectiveness of regulatory interventions governing business to enable sustainability and human rights;

Project 3. Classification societies and the public interest;

Project 4. Controlling the market for corporate control; conflicting public and private interest in listed companies; 

Project 5. Safeguarding public interests in financial markets;

Project 6. The future of work;

Project 7. The needle in the haystack: international exchange of fiscal information 2.0 in the public and private interest;

Project 8. Responsible partnership with private actors in criminal law enforcement;

Project 9. The role of professional service providers as gatekeepers in governing financial-economic crime;

Project 10. From participation to legitimacy: The new role of civil society in defining public interest;

Project 11: Regulation of autonomous robots in health care.

Job description

Erasmus School of Law is recruiting ambitious PhD researchers who will perform excellent research in Law or Criminology (M/F 1.0 FTE, preferable start in September 2020). 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.
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.


You have a university degree in Law, Criminology or other discipline relevant for one of the PhD positions mentioned above. You can demonstrate relevant scientific research skills, proven, for example, by academic publications or by the quality of your master thesis. You have excellent oral and written skills in English. 

Current master students are welcome to apply. You can apply without having proof of obtaining your master’s degree, however, bear in mind that proof of a master degree is a formal requirement for employment, which will only be possible if the master degree has been obtained before the start of your appointment.

Terms of employment

The position begins with a temporary employment contract for 12 months in which the candidate’s suitability is evaluated. This probationary period consists of a full educational programme and individual research. In the remaining 36-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 € 2,325 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 € 2,972 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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Erasmus Graduate School of Law (EGSL) provides a research environment in which PhD researchers are stimulated to actively participate. EGSL creates an environment in which critical reflection, an interdisciplinary approach to law, the exchange of ideas and sharing experiences amongst all researchers play a crucial role.

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Additional information

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Application procedure information
The information about the specific PhD projects can be found on the ESL website, as mentioned above. You are asked to elaborate a (short) research proposal based on this description. Next to that you will have 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 (find attached). 
You may apply for this position until 1 March 2020 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 AT-2019.12/PhD 
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