PHD interdisciplinary research combining Labour Law, Social Security Law and
Tort Law (1.0 FTE)
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.
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.
For more information about this position, please contact:r. Rianka Rijnhout
(Associate Professor and co-leader of ERI) via R.Rijnhout@uu.nl.
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
The application deadline is