PhD Student

Last application date
Aug 15, 2024 00:00
RE21 - Department of Interdisciplinary Study of Law, Private Law and Business Law
Limited duration
Master degree in Law
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

The Center for the Law of Obligations and Property is looking for a highly motivated and talented PhD student to join our team. The research focus can be in one of the following areas, based on your preference:

  • The use of artificial intelligence by courts/judges
  • AI and bankruptcy/insolvency law
  • Private law aspects of renewable energy projects
  • Property Law
  • Security rights
  • AI and private law (provided that this aligns with the expertise of the supervisor)

As a PhD student, you will:

  • Conduct academic research in close collaboration with your supervisor(s) to write a doctoral dissertation.
  • Publish your research findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Present your research at national and international conferences or workshops.

Job profile


We are looking for a creative and motivated PhD student with the following qualifications and skills:

  • A master's degree in Law (or you will obtain this academic year) with excellent academic records at both bachelor and master levels.
  • A strong interest in AI & Law, sustainability & law (renewable energy projects), property law, or security rights (depending on the preferred topic for the PhD).
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills.
  • Fluency in both Dutch and English, in speaking and writing.


  • We offer a full-time position as a doctoral fellow, consisting of an initial period of 12 months, which - after a positive evaluation, will be extended to a total maximum of 48 months.
  • A dynamic and international work environment .
  • Flexible start date, but preferably between 1 September 2024 and 1 December 2024.
  • The fellowship amount is 100% of the net salary of an AAP member in equal family circumstances. The individual fellowship amount is determined by the Department of Personnel and Organization based on family status and seniority. A grant that meets the conditions and criteria of the regulations for doctoral fellowships is considered free of personal income tax. Click here for more information about our salary scales
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 36 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, bicycle allowance and eco vouchers. Click here for a complete overview of all the staff benefits (in Dutch).

How to apply

We look forward to receiving your application! Please send the following documents (in English or Dutch), merged into a single PDF file, to Prof. Joke Baeck at with the subject line “vacancy Center for the Law of Obligations and Property” or “vacature Centrum voor verbintenissen- en goederenrecht”:

  • Motivation letter (maximum one page), indicating your preferred PhD subject
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcript of records (bachelor and master)

Application Deadline: 15 August 2024. Applications will be reviewed continuously, and the vacancy may be filled before the deadline.

More Information

For further information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Joke Baeck at

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