PhD Position 2020, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Vrije Universiteit Brussel


August 16, 2020

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The multidisciplinary Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) at the Faculty of Law and Criminology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), established in 2003, has become a prominent European research institute in the area of technology and regulation. The team is led, both administratively and academically, by Prof. Dr. Mireille Hildebrandt and Prof. Dr. Gloria González Fuster. The staff comprises around 50 researchers: professors as well as senior and post-doctoral-, doctoraland associated researchers. Research staff at the VUB-LSTS have background in a number of areas, including law, ethics, philosophy, political science, sociology, criminology and others. Great emphasis is placed on incorporating a multidisciplinary perspective in all their work.  

LSTS is looking for a motivated researcher who will focus on Big Data, Democracy and Fundamental Rights

As part of his or her duties, the candidate, will be working on a research project co-funded by the European Union which aims to build a European research infrastructure for political text analysis in digitalized democracies. The candidate will be responsible for the work package that provides the legal, ethical and societal framework and monitoring of the project with regards to data management and protection. While working on the project, the researcher is expected to develop a proposal for a doctoral thesis (PhD). In addition, the researcher will have the opportunity to take an active role in LSTS contributing to its research agenda, attending and presenting in seminars, assisting in organizing conferences and workshops, and helping the Centre in competing in national and European funding opportunities. 


Candidates are expected to possess the following qualifications:

• a master’s degree in law, preferably in combination with an additional degree in political science or another social science , awarded by the deadline for applications;

• experience in analyzing the legal, ethical and social aspects of new technologies;

• knowledge of relevant European regulatory frameworks: data protection, fundamental rights, intellectual property rights

• relevant working experience (includes internships and traineeships); acquaintance with EU Horizon 2020 projects is welcome but not required; Interdisciplinary experience is a plus

• good writing skills (published papers are appreciated)

• demonstrate enthusiasm by contributing to ongoing research activities and attracting external funding for research projects;

• fluency in English

• excellent organisational and communicative skills;

• the ability to work independently, under pressure, respect deadlines, and produce quality work.

• knowledge of data management and setting up questionnaires is a plus

• interest in surveillance studies is a plus

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August 13, 2020