Assistant Professor (UD) in European and national regulation of the energy transition

Tilburg University


August 1, 2022


Tilburg University Tilburg Law School is looking for an

Assistant Professor (UD) in European and national regulation of the energy transition

Department : Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) Location : Tilburg Scientific discipline : Law Full-time equivalent : 1.0 FTE (40 hours per week) Duration of employment agreement : 18 months, with possibility for tenure Monthly full-time salary : € 3,821 - € 5,230 gross

Job opportunity for an Assistant professor in the European and national regulation of the (technological aspects of the) energy transition in the Department of TILT (Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society). TILT is a large, diverse and interdisciplinary department, home to nearly 70 members of academic staff and a range of legal and social science disciplines. The successful candidate will develop and grow in teaching as well as in research, both individually and as part of a team of ambitious scholars.

Job description TILT has a vacancy for an Assistant Professor who can make a vital contribution to both education and research in the fields of the European and national regulation of the energy transition.

TILT is offering a Master Program in Law & Technology and contributes to several other master programs – e.g. Data Science – and bachelor programs – e.g. courses in Data Science, Global Law and Liberal Arts. The successful candidate will contribute to teaching on the regulation of the energy transition in courses in the Tilburg Law School and in the Data Science programs in which TILT is involved. The candidate will also be involved in supervising master thesis students and assist in the design and supervision of PhD projects.

The successful candidate will also initiate and participate in research on the principles of European and national regulation of the energy transition carried out by the team of Prof. Lavrijssen. The successful applicant will contribute to the research on commissioned projects, to writing tenders and conducting research for various studies. The applicant will also contribute to the signature research plan " regulating socio-technical change ” by doing research on the legal challenges of the regulation of the energy transition and the development of regulatory theories, principles and rules that facilitate and accelerate the energy transition”. The candidate will play an important role in facilitating and stimulating inter disciplinary cooperation in the Tilburg Climate and Energy Transition Community aiming to achieve excellent academic research with societal impact and to engage with societal partners that are relevant for the energy transition. The candidate will work in close collaboration with the rest of the TILT staff in preparing activities and events on the regulation of the energy transition, including initiatives for professional learning. The candidate is also expected to actively participate in the activities of the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC), as there is a vivid cooperation between TILT staff and TILEC staff in the area of energy regulation and energy market design.

The intended ratio between teaching and research is roughly 30% for teaching and 50% for research, with the remaining 20% for administrative duties.

Qualifications and personal qualities Tilburg University believes that academic excellence is achieved through the combination of outstanding research and education in which social impact is made by sharing knowledge. In doing so, we recognize that excellence is not only achieved through individual performance but mostly through team effort in which each team member acts as a leader, connecting people.

  • You have a PhD in Law (or have your defense date planned), on a topic relating to the regulation of the energy transition and / or the regulation of infrastructure sectors.
  • Your quality and growth potential in the field of research is evident from peer reviewed international and national publications.
  • You are willing to apply for external research funding, individually or jointly.
  • You have scientific integrity and will contribute to an open and diversified culture of excellence.
  • You have demonstrable teaching experience and good didactic skills.
  • You are a collaborator with good communication skills.
  • You are fluent in English and preferably also in Dutch (at least passive command) or are prepared to learn Dutch within the first two years of your appointment.
  • You are expected to have a Basic Teaching Qualification (in Dutch: BKO) or are prepared to acquire this within the first two years of your employment.
  • You are committed to be an active member of our team and the department and to integrate in the environment provided by the department and the school.
  • You are willing to contribute to administrative and coordinating tasks.
  • Employment conditions Tilburg University offers excellent terms of employment. We believe flexibility, development, and good employee benefits are very important. We make clear agreements on career paths and offer several facilities and schemes to maintain an optimum balance between work and private life. Tilburg University fosters diversity and inclusion; that is why we pursue an active policy for inclusive teams where diverse talents can flourish.

    The starting gross salary varies between € 3,821 and € 5,230 per month (full time) based on scale 11 of the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities. Tilburg University actively promotes equal and transparent salary between men and women by strictly applying predetermined parameters based on the candidate's experience. Employees recruited from abroad may be eligible for the 30% tax facility—this means that 30% of your salary will be paid as a tax- free reimbursement.

    Tilburg University offers you an employment agreement for a fixed period of 18 months and 1.0 FTE (40 hours per week) with the possibility for tenure.

    You are entitled to a holiday allowance amounting to 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of your gross yearly income. If you work 40 hours per week, you receive 41 days of paid recreational leave per year.

    Please visit Working at Tilburg University for more information on our employment conditions.

    Information and application More information on the vacated position can be obtained from Prof. dr. Saskia Lavrijssen at

    We invite you to apply online for this position by February 2 the latest. Address your letter of interest to Prof. Dr. Geert Vervaeke (Dean Tilburg Law School) and add a resume, your publication list and your best publication (paper), recent teaching evaluations, your research proposal and a minimum of two references, (including name, telephone number and email address). We only approach referees for candidates who make it to the second selection round.

    The first selection interviews take place on February 14. The Selection Committee consists of:

    1. Prof. Dr. Maurice Adams, chair 2. Prof. Dr. Mijke Houwerzijl, member 3. Prof. Dr. Irmgard Borghouts - van de Pas, member 4. Prof. Dr. Saskia Lavrijssen, member

    Ideally, the preferred candidate would be able to start no later than August 1 2022 and is expected to eventually settle in the Netherlands.

    Organization Under the motto of ‘Understanding society', Tilburg University's more than 1,500 employees develop knowledge, transfer it to others, and bring people from various disciplines and organizations together. In this way, we want to contribute to solving complex social issues. Our focus areas are economics, business and entrepreneurship, social and behavioral sciences, law and public administration, the humanities and digital sciences, and theology. Tilburg University is internationally known for its high standards in education and scientific research, as well as its good support facilities. The Tilburg University campus offers both quietness and connectivity as it is located in a wooded park, ten minutes away from the city center, main highways, and railways. A mid-sized city of 200,000 inhabitants in the South of the Netherlands, and in proximity to cities like Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and London, Tilburg is situated at the very heart of Western Europe.

    Tilburg Law School offers highly ranked national and international education and research in law and public administration. Currently, almost 4,000 students are enrolled at Tilburg Law School. Students in Tilburg can choose from five Bachelor's programs, one of which is taught in English (Bachelor Global Law) and ten Master's programs, eight of which are taught in English. The international orientation of Tilburg Law School is reflected in these Bachelor's and Master's programs. The research conducted within Tilburg Law School is aimed at social relevance and provides students with the tools and skills to study and deal with current issues at an academic level. The research within Tilburg Law School is organized into five cross- departmental research programs: 1) Global Law and Governance; 2) New Modes of Lawmaking and Governance in a Multilayered Order; 3) Law and Security; 4) Connecting Organizations: Private, Fiscal and Technology-Driven Legal Relations in a Sustainable Society; and 5) Law and Technology.

    Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) TILT is one of the leading research groups in Europe at the intersection of law, technology, and society. It is premised on the multidisciplinary study of socio-technical change, aiming at understanding the interaction of technology and social and normative practices, in order to clarify how regulatory challenges of socio-technical change can be addressed. TilT also cooperates with TILEC in the area of energy regulation and energy economics.TILEC, a Center of Excellence at Tilburg University and a global leader in the study of economic governance and economic regulation, including electricity regulation, consists of some 40 committed members working on economic law and regulation as well as institutional, behavioural and experimental economics. In addition, Tilburg University is a social science specialized institution, hosting various research groups on topics covering multiple aspects of transnational, comparative and global law from a theoretical and empirical viewpoint.

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