PhD Researcher in Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law

Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) invites applications for a PhD Researcher in Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law.

The Digital Legal Studies track addresses, among others, the issues arising from the fact that the regulatory paradigm is gradually shifting from a human-centric paradigm to a data-centric one, raising fundamental questions on the formulation and enforcement of norms and the shaping of checks and balances in regulatory processes. This shift is accelerated by big data and artificial intelligence. The digital legal studies program aims to map, understand, and – to the extent possible – help shape the shift from a human-centric regulatory paradigm to a data-centric regulatory paradigm.

The proposed project shall address issues relating to the way how data relations are or can be governed by rules; which concepts are or can be used to govern data relations by rules, or which values are or should be safeguarded when regulating data relations. Applicants can suggest their own research topic, questions, and approach in a proposal. The selection of the candidate will depend heavily on the quality of that proposal. 


This full-time position contains both research and teaching activities. More specifically, the successful candidate will:

  • Independently pursue path-breaking research leading to an excellent PhD dissertation.
  •  Actively contribute to the Digital Legal Studies track of the Sectorplan project.
  • Participate in the Tilburg Graduate Law School courses and activities.
  • Be an active member of the department by participating in and organizing events and activities, presenting and discussing research output within the department, and representing the department outside Tilburg University.
  • Co-supervise students in writing their Master’s thesis in Law & Technology and reading and grading Master’s theses on a variety of topics.
  • Assist in the coordination and management of courses at the undergraduate and/or LLM programs that TILT is involved in. 
  • Cooperate with other TILT members in developing new or modifying existing courses.
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The PhD position in Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law offers

  • The salary amounts to a minimum of gross € 2,443 and a maximum of € 3,122 gross per month for full-time employment,
  • Candidates are entitled to a vacation allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of their gross annual income.

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate for the PhD Researcher in Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law: 

  • Holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at the time of application;
  • Holds a Master of Laws (LLM), preferably with a specialization in human rights/privacy/data protection at the time of application, or has a graduation date planned; 
  • Has very good academic results at Master’s level; 
  • Shows a research interest in data protection law and human rights law, as evidenced by a master thesis and/or other activities. Work that combines two or more of these regimes is preferred; 
  • Is willing to complete a PhD-project within four years, that fits with the project area and the above-mentioned research interests; 
  • Has experience with early academic work and/or work in NGOs or public interest bodies; 
  • Is able and willing to work in a team and undertake teaching and administrative support in parallel to the PhD-research; 
  • Has excellent communication skills in English, orally, and in writing.

Application Process

Interested applicants for the PhD Researcher in Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law can apply and ensure that they attach the following documents:

  • cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • a recent example of their written work (e.g. master thesis)
  • a PhD research proposal of max. 1000 words, including problem statement, research question and sub-questions, methodology and indicative bibliography
  • a copy of their grades (transcripts)
  • contact information for at least two referees (including name, phone number, and e-mail address).
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Application Deadline: July 04, 2022.

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