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PhD position on European Social Security Law – Tilburg, Netherlands 2022

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The research and educational staff of the department of Private, Business and Labour Law is looking for a qualified and enthusiastic PhD student on European Social Security Law – Tilburg University, Netherlands 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Joining Date: Feb 01, 2022
Contract Period: 4 years
Salary: € 2.434 and € 3.111 per month

Tilburg Law School
Department of Private, Business & Labour Law (PBLL)
Tilburg University
Tilburg, The Netherlands

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Qualification Details

  • you have a bachelor and master degree in Dutch Law or a comparable university legal degree; specialization in (Dutch and/or European) social security law is preferred;
  • you have a strong interest in doing research and have the ability to translate scientific research results into topics that are relevant for society;
  • you have strong analytical skills, you are a disciplined worker and have good skills to plan the PhD research over a longer period. Apart from an interest in research you are willing to provide some education in the field of social security law. You are able to bring your research (results) for educational purposes;
  • you have good organizational and social skills; you can take initiative and you have a proactive work attitude;
  • you have good command of English and of Dutch or you are willing to learn Dutch in order to function in a Dutch speaking working environment. Knowledge of other languages is recommended.

Responsibilities/Job Description

You will prepare a PhD in the field of European social security law under supervision of prof. dr. Paul Schoukens and prof. dr. Mijke Houwerzijl. The PhD-position is based upon a project proposal financed by the Instituut GAK. It is part of the Instituut GAK sponsored Chair of International and European social security law. You will function within the Department of Private, Business and Labour Law of the Tilburg Law School. In addition to your PhD research, you may be asked to provide education on an occasional basis in the courses related to (inter)national, European and comparative social security law.

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About the Department

Tilburg Law School offers highly ranked national and international education and research in law and public administration. Currently, almost 4,000 students are enrolled at Tilburg Law School. Students in Tilburg can choose from five Bachelor's programs, one of which is taught in English (Bachelor Global Law) and ten Master's programs, eight of which are taught in English. The international orientation of Tilburg Law School is reflected in these Bachelor's and Master's programs. The research conducted within Tilburg Law School is aimed at social relevance and provides students with the tools and skills to study and deal with current issues at an academic level. The research within Tilburg Law School is organized into four cross-departmental research programs: 1) Global Law and Governance; 2) Law and Security; 3) Connecting Organizations; and 4) Law and Technology.

The department of Private, Business & Labour Law (PBLL) employs around 45 fte personnel. It participates in and organizes many of the Bachelor and Master programs of Tilburg Law School, in particular the Bachelor Rechtsgeleerdheid (Dutch Law), the Global Law Bachelor, and the Master programs Rechtsgeleerdheid (Dutch Law), Labour Law & Employment Relations, Ondernemingsrecht (Business Law), and International Business Law, as well as other programs, in particular the joint Data Science Bachelor with Technical University Eindhoven.The researchers of PBLL cooperate (with other TLS researchers) in the research Signature Plan Connecting Organizations, studying inter alia the contribution of law to sustainability and new forms of organization in the connected world. Another section of the department investigates methodology of legal research and regulation. The methods employed include doctrinal research (national and comparative/global) in law and methods from other disciplines, in particular economics.

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Note or Other details

The candidate will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system (UFO) as a PhD student (Profile Promovendus). The starting gross salary varies between € 2.434,= and € 3.111,= per month (full time) based on PhD scale P of the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch 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.

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Contact details

For questions and information on the research, you can contact Prof. dr. P. Schoukens,

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