PhD Student

Last application date
Feb 28, 2023 00:00
RE21 - Department of Interdisciplinary Study of Law, Private Law and Business Law
Limited duration
You hold a Master's degree in Law
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

The Center for the Foundations and Methods in Private Law (CFMP) is looking for a full-time PhD student for a research project starting in the fall of 2023 (starting date to be agreed).


  • At least 90% of your assignment will be spent on academic research in preparation of a doctoral dissertation. That dissertation can be written in English or in Dutch.
  • The topic of the doctoral dissertation is open, but should be linked to at least one of the following areas: legal theory (jurisprudence) and/or methods of academic legal research. Larger themes in which the topic can potentially be situated (but is by no means required to do so) are e.g. ‘Methods and applications of analytically deconstructive research’, ‘Critically assessing traditional doctrinal legal scholarship’, ‘Private law in context’, ‘Future-proof private law’ or ‘Beyond the public law/private law divide’.
  • You will publish and present research results on a national and international level, and contribute to building an international network.
  • You will be part of a team of researchers and will contribute to the well-functioning of the research group and the department.

Job profile


  • You hold a Master’s degree in Law.
  • You have team spirit and a strong ability to work in a group. In addition, you have good communicative skills.
  • You are perseverant and dedicated. You are motivated to take an active part in the development of new legal knowledge.


  • We offer you a PhD position (PhD Dehousse bursary) for 4 years (1 year + renewable for 3 years).
  • The starting date of your position can be discussed. A typical starting date is October 1, 2023.
  • You will have a net monthly income of approximately €2000, depending on your personal situation and family status.

How to apply


Your application can be sent to before the application deadline (see above). We do not accept late applications.

Your application must include the following documents:

  • Your CV in PDF format
  • Your motivation letter, including your ideas for a research proposal (those ideas should be no longer than max. 3 pages, references not included, standard margins and typeface), written in Dutch or English, in PDF format.
  • A transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.
  • An overview of your study results.
  • A writing sample (such as a bachelor’s or master’s thesis or published article).

In the context of an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position. Students who will obtain their master’s degree in the summer of 2023 are warmly encouraged to apply for this position.


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