Postdoctoral researcher in Public International Law

Amsterdam Law School

Publication date
27 March 2018
Level of education
PhD
Salary indication
€2,588 to €4,757 gross per month
Closing date
1 May 2018
Hours
38 hours per week
Vacancy number
18-143

The University of Amsterdam’s Law School prides itself on its international orientation and strong social commitment. This is reflected by both its research and educational activities. The Amsterdam Law School offers three Bachelor’s programmes and a variety of Master's, some of which are taught exclusively in English (i.e. International and European Law, European Private Law, International Criminal Law, and Law & Finance). The Amsterdam Law School prepares students for a wide variety of legal careers including law firms, government, business and industry, the national and international judiciary, public service, human rights advocacy, and academia. With 3,700 students and over 400 staff members, it is one of the largest law faculties in the Netherlands. The Amsterdam Law School is located in the centre of Amsterdam.

Project description

The vacancy is for a Postdoctoral researcher in Public International Law. The researcher should have a background in International Economic Law (broadly understood) that allows her/him to possibly contribute to teaching tasks (see below on ‘tasks’).

The postdoctoral researcher should place her/his research within the programme on ‘Law and Justice Across Borders’, in which ACIL collaborates with the Amsterdam Center for European Law and Governance (ACELG) and the Center for the Study of European Private Law (CSECL). Preferably, the postdoctoral researcher should connect to one of ACIL’s research projects (available on the ACIL website).

ACIL aims at contributing to the critical understanding as well as progressive understanding of international law. Its research employs legal-doctrinal methods of research as well as non-legal methods. An interdisciplinary dimension of research is encouraged.

Tasks

The position is first and foremost a research position; yet the candidate will have the opportunity, or may be asked, to be involved in teaching (≤ 20%) in international economic law (broadly understood). The details of teaching tasks can be discussed at an eventual interview.

The successful candidate will:

  • carry out independent high-quality scientific research and publish in leading international journals;
  • actively contribute to the research community in the Law Faculty, in particular at ACIL and the research group on ‘Law and Justice Across Borders’;
  • apply for third party research funding from bodies such as the NWO or ERC;
  • work towards joining or creating research networks on the theme;
  • present intermediate research results at international workshops and conferences, and publish them in proceedings and journal;
  • participate in the organization of research activities and events, such as conferences, workshops and joint publications;
  • show the relevance of her/his research for society and contribute to the dissemination of research results;
  • possibly contribute to teaching responsibilities in the field of international economic law (broadly understood). 

Requirements

  • Completed dissertation in public international law or a closely related discipline at start of the employment;
  • demonstrable research interest in public international law;
  • excellent command of English (written and spoken);
  • interest in inter-disciplinary research;
  • knowledge of disciplines other than law is an asset, but not a requirement;
  • knowledge of European public and private law is also an asset, but not a requirement;
  • ability to work in a team;
  • curiosity and willingness to challenge opinions, and to be challenged.

Further information

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Appointment

The appointment will be for the period of 1 year initially, renewable by one year. The proposed starting date is 1 September 2018.

Extension of the contract after the first year is subject to satisfactory performance. The gross full-time monthly salary will be in accordance with the salary scales for postdoc researchers at Dutch universities, scales 10 and 11, ranging from € 2,588 up to €4,757. Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end of year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

Job application

You may send your application, preferably in one PDF-file by email to solliciteren-fdr@uva.nl. Please mention vacancy number 18-143 in the subject line.
Applications should contain the following information:

  • cover letter;
  • CV, including list of publications, if applicable;
  • contact details of 2 referees (no reference required);
  • research proposal of max. 1000 words (for details see below);
  • proof of your PhD degree; if you have not completed your degree at the time of application, please provide a statement from your supervisor confirming the expected date of completion.

You are asked to submit a research proposal of approximately 1000 words, which should include:

  • a clearly identified, innovative research question;
  • a section on methodology, and
  • an indication of the relevance of the project for the discipline of public international law and for society.

The proposed starting date is 1 September 2018. #LI-DNP

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