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Erasmus University Rotterdam
A melting pot of talent, internationally-oriented, and highly engaged in society; this is Erasmus University Rotterdam. Erasmus University Rotterdam is a university with 25,000 students and nearly 2,500 employees developing academic knowledge in Rotterdam and applying it worldwide. Employment at Erasmus University Rotterdam means working in an ambitious university with plenty of room for personal development and individual initiative.

Erasmus School of Law
More than 4,000 students attend Erasmus School of Law (ESL), and the School has around 350 employees. ESL provides bachelor’s degree programmes in Law, Tax Law and Criminology, with education focusing on active academic learning. Students can subsequently choose from 15 master’s degree programmes. For students who have greater ambitions, there is also a Master of Laws – Post-master’s Programme (Dutch: mr.drs.): a double study programme in economics and law. Upon completion of a master’s degree, the Erasmus School of Law (in collaboration with the Erasmus Academy and others) offers several post-graduate tracks. Research in Erasmus School of Law is currently organised into four research programmes (Rethinking the Rule of Law in an Era of Globalisation, Privatisation and Multiculturalisation; Lex Mercatoria: Globalising Business Law in the 21st Century; Monitoring Safety and Security; and, Fiscal Autonomy and its Boundaries) and one frontier research group (Behavioural Approaches to Contract and Tort: Relevance for Policymaking). Moreover, two new frontier research groups are under development, namely Behavioural Approach to Crime and Punishment and Law, Business and Markets in European and International Perspectives. Both in its research and education, ESL stresses an international and interdisciplinary approach. More information on the research conducted at ESL can be found on our research programme page.

Erasmus Graduate School of Law
Erasmus Graduate School of Law (EGSL) is the Graduate School of Erasmus School of Law. EGSL provides an international research environment in which PhD candidates are stimulated to actively participate, and an environment in which critical reflection, an interdisciplinary approach to law, and the exchanges of ideas and experiences amongst all researchers play a crucial role. By creating an inspiring and dynamic research environment, where senior and junior researchers meet and learn from each other, EGSL aims to deliver outstanding, socially engaged and inspired academic professionals. The programme we have to offer can be found here.

Erasmus Graduate School of Law (EGSL) has four openings for the position of: 

PhD Candidate in Law or Criminology (M/F 1.0 FTE)


It is no longer possible to apply for these PhD positions. Deadline for applying was 14 May 2014.


Your position
We are looking for PhD candidates who will perform innovative research in Law or Criminology in connection with one of the research themes pursued by Erasmus School of Law. This is an open application round, in which candidates are selected on the basis of the quality of their own research proposal and its fit with the research profile of ESL. EGSL has created a two-phased structure for the four-year doctoral programme: a probationary period (14 months) followed by a 34-month PhD programme. The probationary period consists of a full educational programme of 60 ects (including 20 ects for individual research). In the remaining 34-month period PhD candidates focus entirely on research and the completion of their thesis. In both phases structured guidance is provided by the thesis supervisor and a doctorate committee composed of three senior researchers and the EGSL Director or EGSL Dean of the PhD Programme.

Your profile
You have a university degree in Law, Criminology or other disciplines relevant to the research themes mentioned above. You can demonstrate relevant scientific research skills, proven, for example, by academic publications or by the quality of your master thesis. You have excellent oral and written skills in English – and Dutch if applicable. Please note that an assessment is part of the application procedure.

Employment conditions
This position comes with good employment conditions, compliant with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO NU). The position begins with a temporary employment contract for 14 months in which the candidate’s suitability is evaluated. If the candidate is suitable, then an additional contract of 34 months follows, leading to a total appointment of 4 years. The salary is in accordance with the doctoral candidate scale of the CAO NU. For a full-time appointment, the salary is €2,083 gross per month during the first year, which will increase annually up to €2,664 gross per month in the fourth year. In addition, the attractive employment package includes an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, generous leave provisions for a healthy work-life balance, a good pension scheme, excellent options for collective insurance, and a provision for the use of the Internet at home. The employee may also use a number of campus facilities, such as sports facilities and the library.

Information and application
More information about Erasmus University and Erasmus School of Law can be found on and Specific questions concerning the advertised position can be sent to the Coordinator of EGSL, Ms Sey Lin van Munster (

Your application must be written in English and accompanied by the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation, including information on your present situation
  • CV
  • Your draft research proposal of maximum 3750 words on the content of the project. Please use the EGSL application format (to be found here) to draft your proposal. Please note that the proposed research project needs to align with the research profile of ESL, that is: legal research in an economic and social context, with an international focus and an interdisciplinary approach (click here for further information.)
  • Letter of a professor or associate professor of the Erasmus School of Law who has agreed to support your research proposal. The research profiles and contact details of ESL scientific staff can be found here.
  • Proof of your Master’s degree, including grade transcripts of your Bachelor and Master studies
  • Sample of your own work (e.g. master thesis, paper, published article)
  • Two letters of recommendation

You may apply for this position until 14 May 2014 by sending your application to:

Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus School of Law
To the attention of: A. Anemaat – Vorstenbos, HR Advisor
P. O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam


If you apply for this position, please always mention the vacancy number AT-2014/3.1 and refer in your letter to this website.

Erasmus University Rotterdam does not appreciate acquisition and canvassing by third parties with respect to the above job advertisement.

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17 March  

Publishing of PhD positions

14 May 

Deadline for applications

15 May – 27 June 

The vice dean, EGSL director and EGSL Dean of PhD Programme will make a selection of the applicants on formal grounds (completeness of the application file, observation of the deadline, candidate meets academic qualifications to apply, research proposal fits in ESL's research profile). A selection committee consisting of three ESL professors is appointed. The selection committee assesses the applications in light of the quality of the research proposal and of the candidate and invites the candidates with a score of 'excellent' or 'good' for an interview.

9 July  

First round of interviews of the selection committee with selected candidates. Invitation of selected candidates for a second interview.

15 July  

Second round of interviews of selected candidates with the selection committee and the prospective PhD supervisor. Advice of the selection committee to the Dean of ESL.

>15 July

Decision of the Dean of ESL

in August

Individual psychological assessments of the successful candidates

1 September

A successful candidate will receive an appointment for 14 months (and in case of a successful first-year evaluation, a renewed PhD contract for another 34 months)