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The section eLaw of the institute Interdisciplinary Study of the Law of the Faculty of Law is looking for an

Assistant professor of Law and Digital Technologies (0.80-1.0 fte)  
Vacancy number 3223


Key responsibilities

  • Giving lectures and holding tutorials as well as coordinating teaching in the advanced master law and digital technologies and bachelor courses;
  • Independent performance and acquisition of research in the field of law and digital technologies;
  • Assisting in management tasks within the center and faculty.


Selection criteria

  • Bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in law; multidisciplinary background (e.g. masters degree in sociology, criminology, philosophy of technnology) is an advantage;
  • A completed phd in the field of law and digital technologies on topics, such as internet governance, cybersecurity/cybercrime, fundamental rights (including privacy) in the digital world, and/or data science;
  • Broad general knowledge of in the field law and digital technologies;
  • Excellent research qualities, demonstrated by peer reviewed; (international) publications;
  • Extensive experience and affinity with teaching and coordinating courses;
  • Excellent teaching qualities, demonstrated by excellent teaching evaluations;
  • Excellent english, spoken and written; command of the dutch language is an advantage;
  • Preferably experience with research acquisition and management;
  • 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 programme. More information on the advanced research qualification and research programmes of the graduate school of legal studies can be found on http://law.leiden.edu/research-leiden-law-school/graduate-school-of-legal-studies.html.

Our faculty/institute
With over 5,000 students and 450 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 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. For more information, see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/law.


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; and media and fundamental rights. Information about the center for law and digital technolohies can be found at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/law/institute-for-the-interdisciplinary-study-of-the-law/elaw and about leiden university at www.leiden.edu

Terms and conditions

We offer a year term position, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from € 3475.- to € 5405.- gross per month on a full-time basis (pay scale 11 or 12 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). Preferred start date is 1 september 2017.


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. More at http://www.workingat.leiden.edu/.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already  possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Enquiries can be made to prof. Simone van der Hof at email s.van.der.hof@law.leidenuniv.nl.

If you have any enquiries about the procedure, please contact the elaw office, Regina Noort, email r.a.g.noort@law.leidenuniv.nl.


Please submit online your application no later than 21 August 2017 via the blue button of our application system.

Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • A cover letter stating your motivation for this position;
  • A cv;
  • Your phd thesis and a key publication;
  • Copies of your academic transcripts;
  • The names and contact addresses of two academic referees.


The selection procedure will take place august/september 2017, and selected candidates will be invited for an interview in september 2017 (first half). You are kindly requested to be available in this period.


Acquisition following this advertisement is not appreciated.