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Tilburg Law School is looking for a Professor of digital technology regulation at the Tilburg University – Netherlands 2022

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Position: Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: -
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Department of Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)
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.

  • The candidate (m/f) demonstrates a good understanding of law and digital technology with a fundamental view of the field;
  • She/he knows how to link knowledge of the law regarding innovation and technology to developments in society and can signify the impact of technological developments;
  • She/he is able to demonstrate excellent scientific qualifications, as evidenced by a PhD dissertation in the field of the chair, (international) articles and other authoritative publications;
  • She/he has extensive research experience in the field of the chair or an important part thereof, and in any case has a demonstrable affinity with and interest in multidisciplinary and/or empirical-legal research, for example by participating in or leading multidisciplinary or empirical-legal research;
  • She/he shows affinity and experience with fulfilling, coordinating and management tasks in an international educational environment;
  • She/he has an extensive network in the relevant work practice of Law & Technology students;
  • She/he preferably has experience in setting up and supervising PhD research and can show that she/he has managed to enthuse and stimulate young researchers;
  • She/he is able to develop promising applications for indirect and contract funding and to successfully complete the resulting research programs and studies;
  • She/he is able to demonstrate her/his good didactic qualities (UTQ and SKO/education or comparable qualifications and good student evaluations) and is good at providing and developing education in the field of the chair, both for Dutch and international students;
  • She/he is willing to use her/his qualities in the field of binding, inclusive and positive leadership for the benefit of the organization in which she/he is embedded and is able to use these managerial, organizational and leadership qualities in various ways.
  • She/he is able to establish connections with various (internal and external) stakeholders and has demonstrated very good communication skills;
  • She/he can demonstrate an excellent command of the Dutch and English language in word and writing.

Responsibilities/Job Description

TILT considers it important to continue and strengthen research and teaching at full professor level into regulatory challenges surrounding digital technology that increasingly affect work and private life, also due to developments such as the pandemic and the global climate crisis.

The chair’s contribution to the curriculum of the department concerns the field of law and digital technology in a broad sense with special attention to liability, responsibility and accountability, viewed across the boundaries of traditional jurisdictions in the context of multi-level and international governance.

The chair’s research will focus on liability, responsibility and accountability in the context of the development and use of digital technologies which challenges prevailing views on regulatory choices and affect the diversity of, and (power) relations between, stakeholders within development processes. Furthermore, Artificial Intelligence and other emerging digital technologies, such as the Internet of Things, distributed ledger technologies and quantum computing, will continue to raise fundamental responsibility/liability questions in the coming years. Traditional approaches, often based on trading products as a core economic activity, will be challenged by a radical shift towards data-driven 'products' and services.

The chair’s research on responsibility/liability extends beyond civil liability and will be complementary to our expertise on data protection, cybercrime and cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, environmental issues, ethics and governance issues (including certification and standardization governance).

The professor to be recruited participates in, and will further develop, the ongoing signature research programme of TILT, "Regulating Socio-Technical Change".

The chair holder to be appointed is responsible for the development of research in the domain outlined above, especially also for the purpose of developing education in this area. The insights gained from research should be used for both the design and content of education and contribute to the existing faculty strategy and the Tilburg Education Profile. Strengthening cooperation within the triple helix (academia, industry, government) is also on the agenda of the new chair holder. Research and education must meet needs from the future work practice of students and society.


The chair is in line with the VSNU and the ambition expressed by Tilburg University to strengthen the link between education, research and the professional field.

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: -18664
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Documents Required

We invite you to apply online for this position before 2 December 2021. Address your letter of interest to Prof. Dr. Geert Vervaeke (Dean Tilburg Law School) and add a resume, publication list and your top three publications, recent education evaluations, grade list, research proposal, and a minimum of three references, (including name, telephone number and email address). We only approach referees for candidates who make it to the second selection round.



About the Department

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 socio-technical change.

About the Employer: Tilburg University

Note or Other details

Selection interviews take place on Monday 13 or Wednesday 15 December 2021.The selection committee consists of:

  1. Prof. Dr. Maurice Adams, Chair
  2. Prof. Dr. Mijke Houwerzijl, member
  3. Prof. Dr. Eleni Kosta, member
  4. Dr. Floor Fleurke, member
  5. Prof. Dr. Joseph Mc Cahery, member

The selection interviews take place with a representation of the above-mentioned selection committee. The selection committee will be supplemented by a guest member from the department with knowledge of the field and an external professor from another university The selection committee is supported by a secretary. Interviews will be held in English.

Ideally, the preferred candidate would be able to start on April 1st 2022 and is expected to eventually settle in the Netherlands.

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Contact details

More information on the vacated position can be obtained from Professor Ronald Leenes, Head of Department TILT, at

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