Postdoc on Law, Robots & Society (0.8-1.0 FTE) – Universiteit Leiden – Leiden

  • Leiden

Universiteit Leiden

Key responsibilities

  • Independent performance of research in science for robot policies, with a focus on diversity, autonomy, and safety;
  • Use legal design, a method that brings design thinking, user research, and human-centered design to deliver legal knowledge usable, useful, and engaging for different communities to work out a model supporting multi stakeholder recommendations for policy change;
  • Preparing questionnaires, conducting interviews with affected stakeholders, and processing the outcomes in deliverables and publications;
  • Disseminating academic results in leading international and peer-reviewed scientific journals and top-tier conferences;
  • Communicating project results to the broader public in different formats, including blog posts, podcasts, media material, or art installations;
  • Management and coordination tasks within ongoing projects and initiatives of the center;
  • Expanding teaching experience by preparing some guest lectures in existing bachelor’s or master’s courses;
  • Contributing to the team spirit of eLaw.
  • Selection Criteria

  • A completed PhD in the field of data science, mechanical engineering, computer science with a mixed background in value-sensitive design, ethics, or law. Alternatively, a completed PhD in the field of law and technology with interest or experience in data science, mechanical engineering, or computer science. Candidates who have not yet completed their PhD but have an approved manuscript can also apply. Candidates without an approved manuscript are not eligible for this position;
  • Academic background in diversity, technology law, artificial intelligence, robotics, or data science;
  • Experience with empirical legal research, including survey and questionnaire preparation, interviews, and data processing;
  • Experience in assistive technologies, in particular lower-limb exoskeletons and socially assistive robotics is an advantage, but not a strict requirement;
  • Excellent research and writing qualities, demonstrated by (international, peer-reviewed) publications, dissertation, and outreach activities;
  • Experience in submitting research proposals to grant organizations;
  • Experience in working in multidisciplinary and/or international teams, including sensitivity and inclusiveness regarding cultural differences among staff and students;
  • Enthusiastic and proactive, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, spoken and written;
  • Excellent team player and warm community builder;
  • Excellent English, spoken and written. Command of other European languages, including Spanish and Italian, is an advantage.
  • Organization
    Leiden University
    Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575). The university permeates the local surroundings. The university premises are scattered throughout the city and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere. Leiden University is one of Europe’s foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia.

    The Center for Law and Digital Technologies (eLaw) was founded in 1985 and has a leading role in research and education on law and digital technologies. The Center studies the social, legal and normative impact of emerging digital technologies. The focus of our research and education is particularly on digital technologies and their interplay with fundamental rights and the rule of law. Key themes in our research and education are: online privacy and personal data protection; cybercrime and cybersecurity; data science and law; internet governance; law and complexity in digital society; electronic communications law; children’s rights in the digital world; fundamental rights and digital technologies; platform regulation; regulation of AI; law and human-machine interaction; legal technologies; ethics and digital technologies.

    Terms and conditions
    This is a 0.8-1.0 FTE postdoctoral researcher position, starting around 01 October 2024 (open for discussion for before or later). The period of employment is 3 years. There will be a 1 year contract with a 2-month probation period. If the employee performs well, the duration of the contract will be 3 years in total.

    Salary ranges from € 2.960.- to € 4.670.- gross per month on a full-time basis (pay scale 10, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). Salary scale depends on education and experience and also on ERC StG budget availability.

    Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. .

    Within our policy framework on quality, almost all academic staff at the Faculty of Law have obtained a PhD degree and have met the requirements for the advanced research qualification. In addition, they make a significant contribution to the faculty research program. More information on the advanced research qualification and research programs of the .

    Diversity and inclusion
    Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to being an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research and that is why it is an essential element in our selection process.

    Within our policy framework on quality, almost all academic staff at the Faculty of Law have obtained a PhD degree and have met the requirements for the advanced research qualification. In addition, they make a significant contribution to the faculty research program. More information on the advanced research qualification and research programs of the Graduate School of Legal Studies can be found on: .

    Applications
    Please submit your application online no later than 23/08/2024 via the blue button in our application system.

    Applicants should submit:

  • An updated CV With a list of publications, outreach activities, and relevant experience to the ERC StG Safe and Sound project. Include the details of your former employer and the names of 2 referees that can support your candidacy. The referees should be available to be contacted via telephone.
  • Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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