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Associate Professor position at Department of Public Law and Governance (PLG) – Tilburg, Netherlands

The Netherlands, Tilburg University

Tilburg Law School is looking to hire an outstanding Associate Professor in European Union (EU) Law, in the department of Public Law and Governance (PLG). PLG is a large, diverse and interdisciplinary department, home to nearly 120 academic staff and a range of legal and social science disciplines.

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General Info

Position: Associate Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 1 Year 6 Months
Salary: 5,294 and 6,444 Euro/Month

Department of Public Law and Governance (PLG)
Tilburg University
Tilburg University
Tilburg, The Netherlands

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Qualification Details

Tilburg University believes that academic excellence is achieved through the combination of outstanding research and education in which social impact is made by sharing knowledge. In doing so, we recognize that excellence is not only achieved through individual performance but mostly through team effort in which each team member acts as a leader, connecting people.

We expect you to have the following qualifications and personal qualities:

  • You have a PhD in Law.
  • You have a broad EU law profile.
  • You have an excellent track record both in teaching and research.
  • You have experience with applying for external funding and you are willing to apply for external research funding.
  • Proficiency in the English language.
  • Professional proficiency in Dutch is not required from the outset, although it is an advantage.
  • You have scientific integrity and will contribute to an open and diversified culture of excellence.
  • In addition, you are a team player with good communication skills and you have some experience with leading a team of academics.
  • You are expected to have a Basic Teaching Qualification (in Dutch: BKO). You are committed to be an active member of the department and to integrate in the environment provided by the department and the school.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Based within Department of Public Law and Governance (PLG), and as part of a dedicated team of experienced scholars, the associate professor independently carries out EU law teaching, research and general administrative responsibilities. PLG hosts an LL.M in European Law and Global Risk, co-taught with colleagues of the Department of Law, Technology, Markets and Society (LTMS). It also provides EU law teaching, in English and Dutch, at undergraduate levels. Although at undergraduate level the successful candidate should feel comfortable to teach subjects across the wide range of issues of institutional and substantive EU law, at advanced levels our emphasis is on constitutional (e.g., rule of law, human rights), institutional (e.g. comitology, (judicial) decision-making), and doctrinal/theoretical issues (e.g. remedies, multi-level governance). Ideally, the candidate should also be able to teach our LLM course on Law, technology and environment (with a focus on EU-law). EU law research is embedded in a multi-disciplinary Signature Plan, which reflects that focus. The prism of the ecological and humanitarian crises increasingly dictates our EU law research, which is perhaps most clearly expressed in the multi-annual research program ‘Constitutionalizing the Anthropocene’. A vibrant and growing research community supports that program, in which EU (environmental) law, legal philosophy, political science, and public governance converge to address major societal challenges of our time. The successful candidate will actively participate in, and contribute to the further development of this research community. The intended ratio between teaching and research is roughly 40%-40%, with the remaining 20% for administrative duties.

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About the Department

Tilburg Law School's research is highly regarded nationally and internationally. The Tilburg Law School Departments work closely together in their research in four signature research programs: 1) Global Law and Governance; 2) Law and Security; 3) Connecting Organizations; and 4) Regulating Socio-Technical Change.

The Department of Public Law & Governance (PLG) is a unique collaboration of researchers in the fields of International Law, European law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Public Administration, Legal Philosophy, Political Science, Legal History, and Jurisprudence. Collaboration within the Department is very much inspired by joint research interests.

About the Employer: Tilburg University

Note or Other details

Tilburg University offers excellent terms of employment. We believe flexibility, development, and good employee benefits are very important. We make clear agreements on career paths and offer several facilities and schemes to maintain an optimum balance between work and private life. Tilburg University fosters diversity and inclusion; that is why we pursue an active policy for inclusive teams where diverse talents can flourish.

The starting gross salary varies between €5,294 and €6,444 gross per month (full time) based on scale 13 of the Collective Labour Agreement Universities ( Tilburg University actively promotes equal and transparent salary between men and women by strictly applying predetermined parameters based on the candidate’s experience. Employees recruited from abroad may be eligible for the 30% tax facility—this means that 30% of your salary will be paid as a tax-free reimbursement.

Tilburg University offers you an employment agreement for a fixed period of 18 months and 0.8-1.0 FTE (32-40 hours per week).

Please visit Working at Tilburg University | Tilburg University for more information on our employment conditions.

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Contact details

More information on the vacated position can be obtained from Prof. Han Somsen at

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