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Researcher (PostDoc) in LAW AND PHILOSOPHY

Vacature nummer
22-126 11162
Publicatie datum
1 maart 2022
27 maart 2022 Vacature gesloten

The section European Law is looking for a

Researcher (PostDoc) in LAW AND PHILOSOPHY
 (1,00 FTE)  
Vacancy number 22-126 11162

Research Project

“The EU Fundamental Right to ‘Freedom of the Arts and Sciences’: Exploring the Limits on the Commercialisation of Academia”

The project is led and line managed by Dr. Vasiliki Kosta and is funded by the NWO (Dutch Research Council) Vidi grant.

Key responsibilities

  • Making a lead contribution as postdoctoral researcher to the NWO Vidi project: “The EU Fundamental Right to ‘Freedom of the Arts and Sciences’: Exploring the Limits on the Commercialisation of Academia.”;
  • Contribution to and submission of research publications;
  • 100% research time without teaching obligations;
  • Support in directing the project based on opportunities and availabilities.

In general, the research project asks what role EU public law plays vis-à-vis the phenomenon of commercialisation of academia. It asks what limits, if any, the EU fundamental right to ‘freedom of the arts and sciences’ poses on the commercialisation of academia. This right encompasses ‘freedom of scientific research’ and ‘academic freedom’. The project is set up in three phases. Firstly, it establishes the content of this EU Charter right, its scope, and its philosophical justification. Secondly, it examines its relationship with commercialisation in theory. Finally, it tests concrete EU laws and policies and national measures for compliance with the EU Charter right.

Specifically, the postdoctoral researcher will work, together with Dr. Vasiliki Kosta, on establishing the content of Art. 13 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (CFR) by employing comparative constitutional law and international human rights law, and its underlying philosophical rationale. The postdoctoral researcher will also work on examining the relationship between Art. 13 CFR and commercialisation in theory.

Selection Criteria

  • Degree in Law, with a solid background in political philosophy; additional degree in philosophy is an advantage;
  • A completed PhD in the field of EU law or international human rights law, with political philosophical and comparative law research components;
  • Broad knowledge of EU Law, human rights law and political philosophy or other categories of practical philosophy relevant for the topic;
  • Excellent research qualities, demonstrated for example by internationally recognised publications;
  • An excellent command of English and the ability to read in at least one of the following languages: German, Greek, Italian;
  • Knowledge of two of the following legal systems is an advantage: Germany, Greece, Italy, UK.

Our organisation
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.

Our Institute

The Europa Institute of Leiden University is one of the oldest academic institutes specialised in the law of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights; it was established in 1957, the same year as the European Economic Community itself. Maintaining a standard of excellence, the Europa Institute engages in academic research, provides teaching and offers legal advice to the private and public sectors. Through its activities, the Europa Institute contributes to the understanding and development of the rapidly evolving integration in Europe. The Europa Institute is home to the pre-eminent Common Market Law Review.

Information about the Europa Institute can be found at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/law/institute-of-public-law/europa-institute  and about Leiden University at www.leiden.edu.

Information on the advanced research qualification and research programmes of the Graduate School of Legal Studies can be found on: https://law.leiden.edu/research-leiden-law-school/graduate-school-of-legal-studies.html.

Terms and conditions

We offer a full-time, 2 year fixed-term postdoc position from 1 July 2022 until 1 July 2024.

Salary range from €2846 to 3691 gross per month on a full-time basis (pay scale 10, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

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.
 For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

Diversity and inclusion
Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision 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.

Enquiries can be made to Dr. Vasiliki Kosta,


To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to Dr. Vasiliki Kosta: academicfreedom@law.leidenuniv.nl by 27 March 2022, 11.59 pm. In addition, please ensure that you attach before this deadline the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • A cover letter stating your motivation for this position;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • One writing sample in English of no more than 20 pages;
  • Copies of your academic transcripts, including your PhD certificate;
  • Two academic reference letters, to be sent directly by the referee to: academicfreedom@law.leidenuniv.nl.

Only applications received before 27 March 2022 at 11.59 pm can be considered.

The selection procedure will take place in the beginning of April 2022. Selected candidates will be invited by 4 April 2022 for an interview on either Monday 11 April 2022 or Tuesday 12 April 2022. You are kindly requested to be available in this period. Candidates may also be called for a second interview following the first round of interviews. The final decision will be taken by the end of April 2022.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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