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The Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL) invites applications for a PhD position from candidates who can actively contribute to Amsterdam Law School's dynamic research community. For 38 hours per week. Closing date: 1 October 2018.

Project description

Applicants are invited to formulate an innovative research question (or hypothesis) which should link up to one of the research orientations of CSECL. Researchers may also embed their European private law research project within the programme on ‘Law and Justice Across Borders’, though that is not strictly necessary. For this programme, CSECL collaborates with the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG) and the Amsterdam Centre for International Law (ACIL).

The successful candidate will be able to carry out independent high-quality scientific research leading to the degree of PhD and actively contribute to the research community in the Law Faculty, in particular at CSECL and the research group on ‘Law and Justice Across Borders’. They will be required to present intermediate research results at international workshops and conferences; participate in the organization of research activities and events, such as conferences, workshops and joint publications; and show the relevance of their research for society and contribute to the dissemination of research results.

The position is first and foremost a research position but the successful candidate may also contribute to teaching responsibilities in the field of (European) private law.


The successful candidate must have:

  • Completed master’s degree in (European) private law or a related discipline at the start of the employment;
  • Demonstrable research interest in European private law;
  • Excellent command of English (written and spoken);
  • Interest in inter-disciplinary research;
  • The ability to work in a team;
  • Curiosity and willingness to challenge opinions, and to be challenged.

Knowledge of disciplines other than law is an asset, but not a requirement.


The successful candidate will be offered an initial contract for 12 months. Upon positive evaluation we will extend the contract by 36 months.

The gross monthly salary will be in accordance with the salary scales for PhD candidates at Dutch universities, scale P (Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) ranging from €2,266 to €2,897 gross per month (full-time equivalent). Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include an 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end-of-year Bonus.

Further information

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