Erasmus Graduate School of Law

Recruitment Round 2019-2020


Apply for this job until 10 March 2019. DEADLINE HAS EXPIRED.


Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam

Function types

PhD positions

Scientific fields



38.0 hours per week


€ 2,325 - € 2,972  


University Graduate

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Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Job description

We are looking for six 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. 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 this fits within the research profile of ESL. EGSL has created a two-phased structure for the four-year doctoral programme: a probationary period (14 months) followed by a 34-month PhD programme. The probationary period consists of a full educational programme of 60 ECTS (including 20 ECTS for individual research). In the remaining 34-month period PhD researchers focus on research and the completion of their thesis. In both phases, structured guidance is provided by the thesis supervisors and a doctorate committee composed of three senior researchers and the EGSL Director or one of the EGSL PhD Coordinators.


You have a university degree in Law, Criminology or other disciplines relevant to the research themes 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. Additionally, a(n) (associate) professor affiliated to Erasmus Schoolf of Law must be willing to act as your prospective supervisor. Please bear in mind that you have to consult a prospective supervisor at least one month before the submission deadline. Click here to find a suitable professor for your research project.

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 1 September 2019.

Conditions of employment

The position begins with a temporary employment contract for 14 months in which the candidate’s suitability is evaluated. If the candidate is suitable, then an additional contract of 34 months follows, leading to a total appointment of 4 years. 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 full-time 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. Employees are also entitled to use various facilities, such as sports facilities and a library.

Since April 2018 EUR offers a Dual Career Programme to partners and spouses of new international employees at EUR. This programme is executed in close cooperation with nearby universities of Leiden and Delft. It aims to facilitate partners and spouses in their search for a job on the Dutch labour market.


The Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), named after Rotterdam-born humanist and theologian Erasmus, is a research university with a strong international orientation and a pronounced social focus, both in its education and research activities. On the lively, modern campus, more than 28.000 students and scholars of more than 100 nationalities are constantly encouraged to develop their talents and meet their ambition. Our more than 2700 scientists and employees work together with all our students to solve challenges faced by global society, drawing their inspiration from the consistently dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. The academic education offered at our faculties is intensive, engaging and strongly focused on practical application. We increasingly perform our research in multidisciplinary teams, which are closely interwoven with international networks. In terms of research impact and the quality of its degree programmes, EUR can compete with the foremost universities in Europe, which is reflected in its consistent top-100 position in most major universities rankings. Erasmus University Rotterdam’s key values are daring, curiosity, social involvement, breaking new ground and striving for success


Erasmus School of Law (ESL) employs 480 members of staff and is attended by around 5000 students. ESL offers bachelor programmes in Law, Tax Law and Criminology, with a focus on active academic learning. Students can subsequently choose from a wide variety of master programmes. ESL also collaborates in Double Degree programmes combining law and (business) economics or law and business administration and is one of the founders of the European Master in Law & Economics. Once students have completed their master’s degree, they may choose from several postgraduate tracks provided by Erasmus School of Law (in collaboration with Erasmus Academy and others).

The fundamental premise underlying academic research conducted at Erasmus School of Law is that law cannot be considered in splendid isolation or as an end in itself. It is embedded in an economic and social context that shapes law. At the same time, the law itself shapes society and defines economic relationships. In line with this vision, our mission is to conduct innovative research on the function of law in its economic and social context. This research has a strong social and business-driven orientation. Erasmus School of Law is committed to promoting international and interdisciplinary research, as shown by its participation in several international research collaborations. More information on our research programmes can be found at

Erasmus Graduate School of Law (EGSL) is the Graduate School of Erasmus 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. Our PhD researchers are outstanding, socially engaged and inspired academics. The PhD programmes at Erasmus School of Law are firmly embedded in international networks. Erasmus Graduate School of Law is part of the Association of Transnational Law School (ATLAS), which aims to bring together talented doctoral students in the field of law. Erasmus School of Law is also part of the prestigious European Doctorate in Law and Economics Programme (EDLE) as well as the Marie Curie European Training Network on EU Trade and Investment Policy (EUTIP). More details about EGSL, the programme we offer and our PhD researchers can be found on

Additional information

More information about Erasmus University and Erasmus School of Law can be found on and Questions can be sent to the EGSL office via

Application procedure information

Your application must be written in English and according to the application format.

Please note that the assessment of the applications takes place in a single-blind review procedure. Please do not refer to any personal information (name, date of birth, country of origin, etc) in your CV or application form unless where it is explicitly required in the form.

Bear in mind that you will need to have consulted a prospective supervisor at least one month before the deadline passes. 

Furthermore, the research proposal will be evaluated based on the following themes:

  • Innovativeness of research proposal
  • Methodological soundness
  • Feasibility with regard to scope, methods applied, timing and budget
  • Academic thoroughness
  • Link to ESL research profile / the Initiative
  • Societal relevance of the research proposal 

You may apply for this position until 10 March 2019, 23.59 CEST by sending your application to:

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

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