Phd Interdisciplinary Research Combining Labour Law, Social Security Law And Tort Law (1.0 Fte)

Utrecht University


July 7, 2021


PHD interdisciplinary research combining Labour Law, Social Security Law and

Tort Law (1.0 FTE)

Job description Would you like to do an interdisciplinary PhD research combining labour law, social security and tort law? Are you interested in doing advanced empirical legal research? Then you should consider applying for this PhD project within the innovative research cluster ERI on empirical legal research into institutions for conflict resolution.

Qualifications Within your PhD research you will combine insights from labour law, social security law and tort law. Therefore, you should have expertise in at least one of these legal fields, as well as have an interest in combining different legal disciplines. Moreover, you should be interested in doing empirical legal research, in order to assess how workers get or perceive support in practice. This means that you will combine knowledge from ‘knowledge from law books' with ‘law in practice'.


You will be offered a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for a period of four years. The gross salary ranges between €2,395 in the first year and €3,061 in the fourth year of employment (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

About the organization

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The sector plan Law develops and integrates fundamental research. ERI focusses on research into the role, meaning and functioning of existing and new institutions for conflict resolution as such, particularly in connection with the developments in society and the need to secure rule of law values, and on studying two systems, i.e. compensatory and enforcement systems, in particular. It is important to note that ERI adopts a broad definition of 'institutions conflict resolution', connecting it to the university's strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies. Thus, proposals may not only draw inspiration from the court (and modern versions such as digital judges), but also from (alternative) committees assessing claims, insurance companies, (international) supervisory authorities, (international) arbitration, parts of the government that are assigned new roles within the context of conflict resolution, etc.

We value research proposals that entail methodological innovation, taking an advanced empirical legal research approach to study the actual functioning of conflict-solving institutions. By integrating ELS into existing legal research and education, we enrich classically dogmatic legal science. Precisely the integration of ELS and the focus on classical and new institutions for conflict resolution offers the opportunity to conduct innovative research, thus contributing to developing evidence-based knowledge and insights about the actual functioning of institutions and their capacity to contribute to current challenges of large societal transformations. Thus, Utrecht's research may support efforts leading to a sustainable, or ‘future-proof' rule of law. Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact:r. Rianka Rijnhout (Associate Professor and co-leader of ERI) via

Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation via the ‘apply' button below.

The application deadline is 07/07/2021

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