Are you? 

  • A curious and creative researcher with a background in international public law, EU law or transnational private law, conducting innovative, socially important research on law, globalization and sustainability? 
  • An engaged team player interested in helping organize joint research projects involving diverse communities? 
  • Interested in teaching in a diverse academic context? 


Then the job of Researcher at the University of Amsterdam is perfect for you. 

What does this job entail? 

You will be conducting innovative research and be actively contributing to an innovative research topic entitled the “Transformative Effects of Globalization within Law” (TEGL). This is a collaboration between four Dutch law faculties: Tilburg University, Maastricht University, Open University and University of Amsterdam that examines how law and legal processes can foster just sustainability in global contexts. Within the University of Amsterdam, you will be participating in, and you will be contributing to the Sustainable Global Economic Law (SGEL) research project: a unique interdisciplinary research group bringing together legal scholars in EU, private and international public law, working on the interactions between global economic law, environmental and social justice issues. Besides your individual research projects, you will also actively contribute to the organization of international events and joint research projects, working within interdisciplinary diverse teams. Finally, as part of your role, you will have the opportunity to contribute to teaching innovative courses in either international public or EU law.  

What do you have to offer? 

The successful candidate is a curious and creative researcher with a completed dissertation in international public law, EU law or transitional private law, and with an interest in carrying out high-calibre work on law, globalization and sustainability, with prior experience with project management, and teamwork in diverse academic communities. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from underrepresented backgrounds. 

In addition, you have: 

  • Excellent command of English 
  • A PhD in Law or a related discipline 
  • Depending on your profile, knowledge of and interest in EU, transnational private law, or public international law 
  • Knowledge of other disciplines besides law is an advantage 
  • A proven track-record of excellent research 
  • Teaching experience in international public law or/and EU law or/and transnational private law 

What can we offer you? 

We offer an employment contract for one year with a probationary period of two months, preferably starting on 1 December 2022. If you prove to be a good match for the job, then an extension for another year is possible. The employment contract is for 38 hours a week.  

Your salary, depending on your relevant experience on commencement of the employment contract, ranges between €3974 to €5439 gross per month on the basis of a full working week of 38 hours. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8.3% year-end allowance. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) is applicable. 

Besides an attractive salary and an inspiring international work environment, our fringe benefits include: 

  • 232 leave hours per year (at fulltime employment) and extra leave days between Christmas and 1 January;  
  • A variety of training opportunities, such as time management courses and an online platform with more than 100 different courses;  
  • 7 weeks of paid birth leave and partially paid parental leave;  
  • the opportunity for hybrid working and support for your home office;  
  • a pension with ABP, the pension fund for employees in the government and education sectors, to which UvA contributes two thirds  

About us  
The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.

Amsterdam Law School 
Committed, responsible and open-minded. This is how we at the Amsterdam Law School view the role of law in a constantly changing (international) society. With over 5,000 students and 550 staff, we are one of the larger law faculties in the Netherlands. We educate legal professionals who know how to apply the law effectively with the aim of actually contributing to solutions for society. We respond to social developments through innovative and pioneering research. In this way, we always keep in touch with society. 

Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam. 

Any questions? 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact: 

Prof. Ingo Venzke 

Job application 
If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving – combined in two files – your cover letter and CV, incl. a list of publications and the names and contact details of 2 referees, as well as a research proposal of max. 2 pages and one sample of academic writing in English (up to 30 pages). You can apply online via the link below. We will accept applications until Monday, 31 October 2022 (24.00). 

The interviews will take place mid-November. 

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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