The research mission of Tilburg Law School (TLS) is to understand and improve the role of law in tackling societal problems now and in the future, particularly those connected with globalization and rapid economic, social, cultural and technological change. The research of Tilburg Law School is conducted in an organization that fosters diversity. Internationalization and interdisciplinarity have become core characteristics of Tilburg Law School’s research. The TLS-research is organized in four signature plans: Connecting Organizations, Global Law & Governance, Regulating Socio-Technical Change, and Law and Security.
Ensuring a sustainable society is today’s greatest challenge. Important global sustainability challenges outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include for instance decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure, reduced inequalities, and peace, justice and strong institutions. The sustainability challenges have fundamentally changed our understanding of the relationships between organizations and their various stakeholders, including employees and trade unions, suppliers, consumer organizations, local communities, tax authorities, governments, but also the broader society. These relationships are by no means only hierarchical, which has been the focal point of traditional legal research and regulatory efforts for a long time: nowadays, organizations and their stakeholders are responding and communicating in a variety of networks and other formal and informal structures. Examples are multinational companies (MNCs) with their global value chains, but also for instance cooperatives and governmental authorities that cooperate in fair trade certification structures. Furthermore, these organizational forms are facilitated by and often even only possible because of modern digital technologies.
Connecting organizations to their direct and indirect environment to support sustainable activities is contingent upon an appropriate legal infrastructure, that supports and accompanies the necessary changes in business and organizational models. We aim at a better understanding of how the law enables, supports and challenges organizations to connect with their stakeholders in a sustainable manner. We consider new connecting organizational structures enabled by new technologies that may foster and challenge sustainable activities, using three interrelated themes: sustainability, servitization and technology.
We invite candidates to write an open research proposal within the context of this signature plan.
More information about these three interrelated themes and examples of research topics that are covered in this Signature Plan can be found here.
PhD researchers at TLS generally work four days per week (0.8 fte) on their research, while one day a week (0.2 fte) is dedicated to education or other tasks for the department.
Tilburg University believes that academic excellence is achieved through the combination of outstanding research and education, in which social impact is made by sharing knowledge. In doing so, we recognize that excellence is not only achieved through individual performance, but mostly through team effort in which each team member acts as a leader connecting people.
- An outstanding student with an excellent command of English.
- Have completed (or will complete by the end of August) a Master in Law or a Master in adjacent fields such as Law and Economics, Law and Technology or Politics and Public Administration.
- Have a strong interest in doing research and are able to formulate views, ideas and concepts based upon complex information, as well as construct conceptual frameworks or models.
- Have excellent writing and presentation skills, you can easily transfer your conducted knowledge to all kinds of target groups.
Good planning and organizing skills are necessary to complete your PhD research in the total period of time. You must be able to plan your activities and set goals and priorities. The Tilburg Graduate Law School (TGLS) and your promotor(s) provide help and guidance in the PhD process.
Finally, you are flexible, proactive, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. You are willing to contribute to the research community within our Law School.
Tilburg University offers excellent terms of employment. We believe flexibility, development, and good employee benefits are very important. We make clear agreements on career paths and offer all kinds of facilities and schemes to maintain an optimum balance between work and private life. Tilburg University fosters diversity and inclusion; that is why we pursue an active policy for inclusive teams where diverse talents can flourish.
The starting gross salary is €2,434 per month (full time) based on scale P of the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities. Employees recruited from abroad may be eligible for the 30% tax facility- this means that 30% of your salary will be paid as a tax-free reimbursement.
The total duration of the PhD trajectory is four years (48 months). The candidate will initially be appointed for a fixed period of 16 months. After 12 months, an evaluation will take place. If the performance evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended for the remaining period of 32 months.
You are entitled to a holiday allowance amounting to 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of your gross yearly income. If you work 40 hours per week, you receive 41 days of paid recreational leave per year.
Please visit Working at Tilburg University for more information on our employment conditions.
Information and application
More information on the signature plan can be obtained from dr. Anne Lafarre via A.J.F.Lafarre@tilburguniversity.edu
More information about the selection procedure can be obtained from Agnieszka Dreef and Rowenda Makkelie via firstname.lastname@example.org
Please download the application form and also take a look at our FAQ.