PhD Student

Last application date
Jul 31, 2022 00:00
RE21 - Department of Interdisciplinary Study of Law, Private Law and Business Law
Limited duration
Master’s degree in Law
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

The Center for the Foundations and Methods in Private Law (CFMP) is looking for a full-time PhD student for a research project starting in the fall of 2022 (starting date to be agreed).


  • At least 90% of your assignment will be spent on academic research in preparation of a doctoral dissertation. This dissertation can be written either in English or Dutch.
  • You will write a doctoral dissertation about either ‘Rethinking Legal Ignorance: Accessibility of the Law in the 21st Century’ or a self-chosen topic. That topic is open, but should be linked /related to at least one of the following areas: legal theory (jurisprudence) and/or methods of academic legal research. Larger fields in which the topic can potentially be situated (but is by no means required to do so) are e.g. ‘Methods and applications of analytically deconstructive research’, ‘Critically assessing traditional doctrinal legal scholarship’, ‘Private law in context’, ‘Future-proof private law’ or ‘Beyond the public law/private law divide’.
  • You will publish and present research results on a national and international level, and contribute to building an international network.
  • You will be part of a team of researchers and will contribute to the well-functioning of the research group and the department.

Job profile


  • You hold a Master’s degree in Law (or will obtain that degree in the summer of 2022).
  • You have team spirit and a strong ability to work in a group. In addition, you have good communicative skills.
  • You are perseverant and dedicated. You are motivated to take an active part in the development of new legal knowledge.


  • We offer you a PhD position (PhD Dehousse bursary) for 4 years (1 year + renewable for 3 years).
  • The starting date of your position can be discussed. A typical starting date is November 1, 2022.
  • You will have a net monthly income of approximately €2000, depending on your personal situation and family status.

How to apply


Your application can be sent to before the application deadline (see above). Late applications will not be considered.

Your application must include the following documents:

  • Your CV in PDF format
  • Your ideas for a research proposal (max. 5 pages, references not included in those 5 pages, standard margins and typeface), written in Dutch or English, in PDF format. If ‘Rethinking Legal Ignorance: Accessibility of the Law in the 21st Century’ is your topic of preference, the document should contain at least: (1) state of the art; (2) research questions; (3) proposed research methods. If you propose a self-chosen topic, the document should contain at least the same three elements, and explain the link between your topic and the areas of legal theory (jurisprudence) and/or methods of academic legal research.
  • Your motivation letter in PDF format
  • A transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.
  • An overview of your study results.
  • A writing sample (such as a bachelor’s or master’s thesis or published article).

The Selection Committee will review all applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you and give you more information about the next steps in the selection procedure. We would like to ask you to take the following dates into account in your agenda: 18 August (before noon) and 25 August (before noon).
In the context of an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position. Students who will obtain their master’s degree in the summer of 2022 are warmly encouraged to apply for this position.


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