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PhD Positions in Water law, law of the Sea or Sustainability law, Netherlands


The Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law (UCWOSL) has two vacancies for a PhD-candidate in water law, law of the sea or sustainability law (including environmental law). The Centre is a research institute for water, sustainability law and law of the sea, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary research. Recently the focus of the institute was broadened with two new appointments (prof Backes, prof Freriks) and now covers environmental law in the broad sense. Applicants are invited to submit a research proposal until 1 September 2016.  Please use the following format. Download Application_form_phd candidates.doc. After a preselection, job interviews will be held on 19 September 2016.

Key responsibilities

  • Writing a PhD thesis;
  • Submitting research results for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals;
  • Presenting papers at conferences, in the Netherlands and/or internationally;
  • Some teaching in the third year of the appointment may be required;
  • Organising and participating in reading and discussions groups, seminars and workshops within UCWOSL as well as within the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance.


Applicants for this position should meet the following conditions:

  • You have a master’s or equivalent degree, preferably in Law. The MA thesis must be of high quality, with a grade of at least 8.0 on a ten-point scale, or comparable assessment;
  • Your MA thesis testifies to well-developed research skills, including the ability to formulate relevant and creative research questions and and suitable methodology;
  • You have at least a good command of English in reading, writing and speaking;
  • You are able to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • You undertake to finish the proposed PhD research within 3,5 years.

The successful applicant will be offered a full-time PhD position (1,0 FTE), initially for a period of 18 months, with the preferred starting date of 1 November or 1 December 2016. Following a positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility and provided progress is satisfactory, the contract appointment will be extended for another 24 months. The appointment must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis within 3,5 years. The gross monthly salary starts at € 2,174 in the first year, ending at € 2,779 in the fourth year. This is based on full-time employment 

Utrecht University offers a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities. Appointment will be under the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement (cao) of Dutch Universities. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax concession.

About the organization
A better future for everyone. That is the ambition that motivates our scholars in their top research and their inspiring teaching. The various disciplines within Utrecht University collaborate closely on important social themes. Our focus is on Institutions for Open Societies, Dynamics of Youth,  Life Sciences en Sustainability.

faculty of Law, Economics and Governance of Utrecht University has some 4000 students and 500 employees. The faculty is housed in several historical buildings in the centre of the city of Utrecht. Thanks to a broad range of departments, renowned research institutes and an outstandingly equipped library, the organization is an active part of society.

You will work at the Institute for Jurisprudence, Constitutional and Administrative Law of the Utrecht University School of Law. This Institute provides education in bachelor and master programs and executive courses and also participates in departmental and university research programs and externally funded projects. The research is extensive and groundbreaking. The Institute has chairs in (among others) environmental law, constitutional law, administrative law, legal theory, fundamental rights and European and national water law.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 1 September 2016

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