|Publication date||9 August 2019|
|Closing date||23 September 2019|
|Level of education||Master's degree|
|Hours||38 hours per week|
|Salary indication||€2,325 to €5.656 gross per month|
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.
The Institute for Information Law (IViR) is the faculty’s worldwide leading research center in Information Law. IViR is host to an international team of more than 35 researchers that conduct research for national and European funding organisations (NWO, DFG, ERC), European institutions (European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Europe), international organisations and national governments and regulatory authorities.
We are inviting applications for the position of Senior researcher (1.0 fte) and PhD candidate (1.0 fte) to kick-start the new research initiative of the Amsterdam Law School on the Digital Transformation of Decision-Making. The initiative will focus on the normative implications of the shift toward automated decision-making, looking particularly at questions related to data governance and online platforms. The initiative is led by Prof. Natali Helberger, Prof. Joris van Hoboken and Prof. Mireille van Eechoud, at the Institute for Information Law (IViR). It is part of the larger national legal research agenda on Digital Legal Studies (2019-2025). Successful candidates will become part of a thriving international research community with excellent facilities and support for academic career development.
The Digital transformation of Decision-Making refers to the way in which algorithms, data, and artificial intelligence (AI) affect markets and society, changing democratic processes, commercial value chains, public administration, and how public values are being realized – or challenged. We will focus on automated decision-making (ADM) systems, which are set to replace human decision makers in a range of areas, from justice, to media, commerce, health and labor. ADM shifts decision-making power and infrastructure to entities that produce, collect and aggregate data, build models and optimize algorithms. This creates new dependencies on (commercial) technology companies that harbor the unique expertise, innovation and control over data needed for ADM, and new challenges for the governance of decision-making.
The overarching research question for the research initiative is: What are the normative implications of the shift from human to automated decision-making, focusing particularly on the role of platforms and data as key actors and commodity in this process?
The initiative consists of three interrelated research clusters:
Research questions the initiative seeks to address include:
The Senior researcher:
The PhD candidate:
* Candidates who are due to graduate in 2019 are also welcome to apply.
Enquiries may be directed to:
Please quote 'Inquiry position Digital transformation' in the subject line.
The positions preferably start between October and January 2020.
Senior researcher, 4 years full-time
The position concerns a temporary appointment of 38 hours per week for an initial term of 2 year, extended to 4 years following a positive assessment. The intention is to subsequently offer a permanent position. Full-time gross monthly salary ranges from €3,637 to €5.656 gross per month (salary scale 11-12, full time equivalent), depending on relevant experience. A part-time position at 80% is an option.
PhD candidate, 4 years full-time
The position concerns a temporary appointment of 38 hours per week for a term of 4 years, conditional on a positive assessment after one year. Full-time gross monthly salary ranges from €2.325 to max. €2.972 gross per month (scale P, full time equivalent).
The University of Amsterdam offers a broad range of facilities allowing staff members to engage in personal development and effectively combine their work and personal life. The UvA also offers attractive financial incentives and a good pension scheme. Annual salaries will be supplemented with 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities applies.
The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity
Applications should be sent online in one document, preferably in a pdf-file, by clicking on the link below.
The closing date is 23 September 2019, subsequent applications may be evaluated on a rolling basis.
No agencies please