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Doctorate/PhD (EQF 8), Master (EQF 7)
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eLaw, the center for law and digital technologies at Leiden University is looking for an enthusiastic assistant professor to strengthen our team. You will develop and teach courses in the area of law and digital technologies, including for our advanced master program, which attracts students from all around the world.


Job description

Specific areas in which we are developing our teaching portfolio are cybercrime and cybersecurity, advanced data protection, legal technologies, and regulation of AI. Part of the educational tasks is also to supervise master thesis students. Apart from education, you will be able to dedicate considerable part of your time to research. You will develop a personal research profile within the eLaw research strategy. Furthermore, you will be part of (co-)authoring research proposals and publications. eLaw is a multidisciplinary research institute that brings together a unique combination of knowledge and experience in the area of legal, ethical, societal, and technological aspects of regulating the internet and other digital technologiese in an inspiring research environment.


Key responsibilities

  • Developing and teaching courses in the area of law and digital technologies;
  • Supervising thesis projects of master students;
  • Publishing in professional and (international, peer-reviewed) scientific journals;
  • Initiating and coordinating the submission of research proposals;
  • Organizing events in the areas of law and digital technologies;
  • Preparing papers for and presenting at international conferences;
  • Supervising PhD candidates;
  • Management tasks in the department.

Job requirements

  • A completed PhD in the field of law and digital technologies. Candidates who have not yet completed their PhD but have an approved manuscript can also apply. Candidates without an approved manuscript are not eligible for this position. We particularly welcome candidates with a specialization in topics related to cybercrime or legal technologies;
  • Experience in teaching, preferable proven by a BKO (University Teaching Qualification);
  • Excellent research and writing qualities, demonstrated by (international, peer-reviewed) publications;
  • Experience in submitting research proposals to grant organizations;
  • Experience in working in multidisciplinary and/or international teams, including sensitivity and inclusiveness regarding cultural differences among staff and students;
  • Excellent communications skills, spoken and written, team player;
  • Excellent English, spoken and written; command of the Dutch language is an advantage.

Conditions of employment
This is a 0.8 - 1.0 fte assistant professor position. Start date can be discussed, but preferably around October or November 2023. The initial period of employment in this position is for 1 year. This will be extended or transformed into a permanent position if the employee performs well.

Salary range from € 3.974 to € 5.439 gross per month (based on a fulltime position scale 11, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). Salary scale depends on education and experience.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end- of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.


Leiden University
Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575). The university permeates the local surroundings. The university premises are scattered throughout the city and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.
Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia.


Leiden Law School, Center for Law and Digital Technologies (eLaw)
With over 6500 students and 650 members of staff, Leiden Law School is one of the largest faculties in The Netherlands. Yet, in all its diversity, it is still known for its ability to provide education on a small scale. The Faculty focuses on multi-faceted and high-level teaching and research, both nationally and internationally. It does so by working with talented people, and stimulating and supporting them in their professional and personal ambitions. The Faculty is housed in the beautifully restored Kamerlingh Onnes Building on the Steenschuur in Leiden. Working for the Leiden Law School means working in an inspiring scientific environment. 

The Center for Law and Digital Technologies (eLaw) was founded in 1985 and has a leading role in research and education on law and digital technologies. The Center studies the social, legal and normative impact of emerging digital technologies. The focus of our research and education is particularly on digital technologies and their interplay with fundamental rights and the rule of law. Key themes in our research and education are: online privacy and personal data protection; cybercrime and cybersecurity; data science and law; internet governance; law and complexity in digital society; electronic communications law; children's rights in the digital world; fundamental rights and digital technologies; platform regulation; regulation of AI; law and human machine interaction; legal technologies; ethics and digital technologies.


Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive. We therefore especially welcome applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Additional information

Within our policy framework on quality, almost all academic staff at the Faculty of Law have obtained a PhD degree and have met the requirements for the advanced research qualification. In addition, they make a significant contribution to the faculty research program.

Applications should be submitted no later than 18 August 2023 via the blue button in the application system. Please quote the vacancy number in your application. All requested documents should be sent in PDF format.


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