Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Postdoctoral Researcher Position on the Legal and Ethical Aspects of Smart Grids – Tilburg, Netherlands, Mar 2022

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Tilburg University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Law whose research covers the legal and ethical aspects of smart grids, at the Department of TILT, the Netherlands – Mar 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: 3,821 EURO/Month

Department of TILT

Maastricht University (UM), 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.

The successful candidate may be asked to perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role of Postdoc.

  • Completed a PhD in Science and Technology Studies or (empirical) philosophy, or related social science research fields, preferably in the area of Energy or AI governance;
  • Knowledge of, or demonstrable interest in the governance and ethics of Artificial Intelligence, smart grids and  ethical and legal questions related to the digitization of energy systems.
  • Experience with carrying out interdisciplinary research, e.g. carrying out qualitative interviews and observations.
  • Excellent communication skills in English, orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of the Dutch language would be an asset.
  • Demonstratable interest in technical questions surrounding AI and the energy sector
  • The ability to independently carry out research;
  • The ability to co-work in a research team;
  • The ability to write research proposals;
  • The ability to supervise and coach students in writing their Ma thesis Law & Technology;
  • The ability to read and grade Master theses on a variety of topics;
  • Demonstrates scientific integrity;
  • Contributes to an open and diversified culture of excellence.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The postdoctoral researcher will work on the Megamind project (Researchers pair artificial intelligence with regulatory reform to accelerate energy transition  - MegaMind).MegaMind focuses on the so-called edges of the electricity system: the distribution networks and the electricity producing and consuming devices connected to them. Smart energy grids and local energy markets play an important role in the integration of renewable energy and electric mobility into the energy system as they facilitate an optimal use of flexibility services that may be provided by Prosumers and electric vehicles connected to the distribution grids. A research team of TiU ( led by prof. Saskia Lavrijssen ) is responsible for the workpackage on the ethical and regulatory aspects of the implementation of artificial intelligence in smart grids. The post-doctoral researcher will be involved in research on how fundamental values, ethical principles and regulatory principles can be respected when designing AI systems for smart energy grids and local energy markets and also what regulatory changes are needed to facilitate these type of innovations.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 19481

Application Procedure

Please apply for this position online before 15 March 2022. Address your letter of interest to Professor Dr. Geert Vervaeke and add a resume; your publication list, including your best publication; and a research statement of maximum 2 pages; and two references (including name, telephone number and email address). We only approach referees for candidates who make it to the second selection round.

The first selection interviews will take place on 22 March, with a possible second round of interviews one week later. The selection committee consists of:

  1. Saskia Lavrijssen, Chair of the selection committee
  2. Leonie Reins, member of the selection committee
  3. Merel Noorman, member of the selection committee

Ideally, the preferred candidate would be able to start on 1 May 2022.

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 five cross-departmental research programs: 1) Global Law and Governance; 2) New Modes of Lawmaking and Governance in a Multilayered Order; 3) Law and Security; 4) Connecting Organizations: Private, Fiscal and Technology-Driven Legal Relations in a Sustainable Society; and 5) Law and Technology.

The Department of Law, Technology and Society (TILT) is the home of teaching and research on the effects of socio-technical change on the regulation and management of economic activities in an age where information technology is a major driver of innovation. TILT is one of the leading research groups in Europe at the intersection of law, technology and society. It is based on a multidisciplinary study of socio-technical change, aimed at understanding the interaction between technology and social and normative practices, in order to clarify how to address the regulatory challenges of sociotechnical change.

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Fixed-term contract: 2 years.

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 all kinds of 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 € 3,821 and € 5,230 gross per month (full time) based on scale 11 of the Collective Labour Agreement Universities (vsnu.nl) 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 24 months and 1.0 FTE (40 hours per week).

You are entitled to a holiday allowance amounting to 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of your gross yearly income. If you work 40 hours per week, you receive 41 days of paid recreational leave per year.

Please visit Working at 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. Saskia Lavrijssen at [email protected]

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