PhD Candidate Digital Justice in Humane AI Faculty of Law - Department of Jurisprudence

Publication date13 July 2021
Closing date31 August 2021
Level of educationMaster’s degree
Hours38 hours per week
Salary indication€2,395 to €2,920 gross per month
Vacancy number21-591

Are you looking for a challenging job in a dynamic setting? The Faculty of Law is looking for a PhD candidate in the University Research Priority Area Humane AI.

What are you going to do?

The Research Area Humane AI and the Amsterdam Law School of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) are looking for a PhD candidate who will conduct research in the area of digital justice. Questions that can be addressed concern the responsible use of AI in the justice sector, the legitimacy of data-driven practices, the role and governance of digital platforms and tech companies, the question of how to uphold classic ideals of the legal professions such as independence in a hybrid machine-human justice system, or how to conceptualize notions such as fairness, judicial autonomy, legal rightness or the role of contestation and legal argumentation in automated decision making.

This PhD position will be part of the Research Priority Area Human(e) AI of the UvA, which synthesises ongoing work and stimulates new research at the UvA on the societal consequences of the rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) and automated decision-making (ADM) in a wide variety of societal areas. The PhD candidate will also join the Digital Transformation of Decision Making research initiative at Amsterdam Law School, which is part of the larger national legal research agenda on Digital Legal Studies (2019-2025) in the Netherlands and the Department of Jurisprudence at the Faculty of Law.

You will/tasks:

  • conduct academic research within the framework of the PhD project;
  • contribute to the overall RPA in terms of events, research meetings and activities;
  • present your research at seminars and academic conferences;
  • work well both independently and as a team player;
  • be a proactive communicator and dedicated and creative contributor to our team.

What do we require?

  • A clear research interest in the topic of the project;
  • A Master of research degree or equivalent in Law;
  • Experience with research in legal aspects related to digitisation and AI and/or digitisation and AI in the justice sector;
  • Affinity and ideally experience with working in interdisciplinary teams;
  • Excellent written and spoken command of English;
  • Written and spoken command of Dutch is a plus.

Our offer

We offer a temporary full-time contract for the period of 3 years. Preferred starting date is 1 October 2021.

The gross monthly salary based on full-time employment (38 hours per week) ranges from €2,395 in the first year up to €2.920 in the third year. This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. The starting salary will be based on qualifications, expertise and relevant experience, and in  accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities.

The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.

What else do we offer:

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organization. Humanities, law and social sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.

About us

The Amsterdam Law School stands for progressive and trail-blazing education and research, for stronger legal institutions, solutions to social problems and a better and juster society.

To work at the UvA is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterized by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.


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Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 31 August 2021. You may apply online by using the link below.

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a letter of motivation;
  • a short research plan.

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