Post-Doctoral Researcher in International Law and Artificial Intelligence

The Asser Institute, based in The Hague, and affiliated with the University of Amsterdam is seeking an enthusiastic Post-Doctoral Researcher in International Law And Artificial Intelligence on a full-time basis.

The post-doctoral researcher will notably conduct research to identify specific use cases and contextual factors and conceptualize their implications for the ELSA Lab methodology. Relevant factors may include different types of applications of AI in a military context, human-machine teams on the battlefield versus in the decision room, ELSA in multinational operations, domain-specific ELSA (e.g. maritime, space, cyber), and AI in interaction with other technologies. This will serve as a ground to refine general approaches on legal aspects of AI in defense, to develop representative case studies and an ELSA-impact assessment methodology, as well as to define relevant parameters for exercises, simulations, and training on decision-making and human-machine interaction in practice. The post-doctoral researcher will work in collaboration with other researchers of the ELSA Lab project, and incorporate insights from interdisciplinary perspectives on AI in defense.


The main tasks will include:

  • Conduct high-quality fundamental research on international law and technology, in particular (military applications of) artificial intelligence;
  • Develop and execute research and dissemination activities within the ELSA Lab project, and represent the Asser Institute within the ELSA Lab project consortium;
  • Publish articles in high-level academic journals;
  • Present research at academic conferences;
  • Engage with project partners and relevant private and public stakeholders (academia, policy, industry);
  • Contribute to the drafting of proposals to acquire research funding;
  • Work closely together with other researchers, in particular, the DILEMA project;
  • Participate in the development and execution of the research, education, and outreach activities of the research strand;
  • Engage actively with the Asser research community.
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Starting Date: September 1, 2023 (or earlier)


  • The gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience ranges between €3.974 to €5.439 per month
  • Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday pay and an 8,3% end-of-year bonus.

Job Requirements

The successful candidate will meet the following requirements:

  • A completed PhD in public international law, with a focus on technologies of warfare, autonomous weapons systems, or artificial intelligence;
  • A solid knowledge of academic, policy, and technical debates surrounding AI and its military applications;
  • A track-record of academic publications;
  • Experience or a demonstrable interest in interdisciplinary research;
  • A strong research interest in responsible innovation and governance of technologies in the public sector;
  • Experience or a demonstrable interest in policy-oriented research and engagement with government and industry;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Command of the Dutch language is an advantage.

Application Process

All application should include the following documents:

  • a curriculum vitae, and
  • a motivational letter

Deadline: May 12, 2023.

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