Postdoctoral Researcher for Natural Legal Language Processing (NLLP)

The Institute for Computing and Information Sciences is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the domain of NLP or information retrieval, who will contribute to the study of natural legal language processing (NLLP) and is capable of developing an internal critique of relevant CS methodologies.

The candidate will be part of the CS team working on an ERC Advanced Grant project on the subject of ‘computational law’, in which a legal team and a CS team collaborate to help lawyers better understand both the possibilities and limitations of NLLP. The school expects excellence within the domain of CS as well as a willingness to investigate the assumptions of NLP and their implications for the outcome of NLLP systems.

However, the candidate will be appointed at the Radboud Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS), where his/her colleagues will be leading experts on information retrieval and NLP (e.g. Martha Larson and Arjen de Vries). He/she will also have the opportunity to collaborate with NLP experts at Radboud University’s Centre for Language and Speech Technology. In addition, iCIS has close ties with Radboud University’s interdisciplinary research hub on digitalization and society (the iHub). The candidate will partake in the cross-disciplinary research of the ERC Advanced Grant project on ‘Counting as a Human Being in the Era of Computation Law (COHUBICOL)’.

Duration: 1 year


The Postdoctoral Researcher position for Natural Legal Language Processing (NLLP) consists of

  • A gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €2,836 and a maximum of €4,474 depending on previous education and the number of years of relevant work experience.
  • An 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
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Job Requirements

To be eligible as a Postdoctoral Researcher for Natural Legal Language Processing (NLLP), applicants must have;

  • a PhD in CS, with a specialization in NLP within the context of theoretical CS, machine learning or information retrieval.
  • completed a minor in philosophy, science, or technology and society studies (preferred, not required).
  • demonstrated excellence in academic writing and are fluent in English.
  • affinity with novel types of conceptualization.
  • a passion for conceptual clarity, critical reflection, and creative intervention.
  • are able to think and work independently,
  • also when under pressure, show respect for colleagues, make sure to meet deadlines and have a strong ambition to produce high-quality work.
  • a willingness to engage with legal scholars, clarifying the assumptions, research design, and operations of relevant computational systems.

Application Process

All applications must fill in the application form and attach the following documents:

  • An expression of interest (1500 words)
  • CV including the contact details of two referees.

To apply as a Postdoctoral Researcher for Natural Legal Language Processing (NLLP), click here.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2022.

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