Postdoctoral researcher Transboundary Legal Studies (0.5 FTE)


Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid


Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

The Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen is a modern, (inter)nationally oriented institution, which builds on a longstanding tradition of almost four centuries. The faculty has the ambition to measure itself with the best law faculties in Europe and continuously renews its curriculum in order to educate lawyers with a broad orientation, accustomed to look beyond the borders of their own (sub) discipline. The faculty’s research is often cross- and multidisciplinary. The faculty offers several (inter)national bachelor and master programmes and hosts more than 4000 students and almost 350 members of staff.

In the department of Transboundary Legal Studies (TLS), the boundaries of and in law are investigated and explored, in research and by extension in education. In a highly technological and strongly internationalising society, many complex social issues transcend borders. This has an impact on the role of the law in the solution of these issues. Boundaries between traditional legal disciplines are broken to find appropriate outcomes. A one-dimensional approach to legal questions is often no longer possible. TLS covers the areas of expertise in international law, IT law, political sciences and legal theory.

Global Health Law Groningen (GHLG) is a multidisciplinary research centre that focuses on the international standards protecting health, including human rights. Key themes include tobacco regulation, unhealthy diets, and reproductive and environmental health.

Job description

Within the TLS department, we have room for a part-time postdoc researcher. The researcher concerned will participate in a multidisciplinary research project in which he/she works as a legal postdoc with researchers with a medical / behavioural and media sciences background.

The project focuses on the possibility of expanding smoke-free zones. How does this protect children and what does it take to introduce them in the Netherlands? What legal obstacles are encountered when introducing such smoke-free zones? In this project, we intend to learn from other countries where new zones have already been made smoke-free.

It concerns an appointment of 0.5 FTE for two years. During this period, you investigate the nature, implementation and enforcement of existing regulation of smoke-free zones in a number of countries in the world. You also look at the local initiatives in the cities of Rotterdam and Groningen. You investigate these domestic and local bans also from a human rights perspective, paying specific attention the interests and rights of children. Qualitative research (interviews) forms part of the research.


For this project, we are looking for a motivated researcher with a (nearly) completed PhD in a relevant legal discipline, for example human rights, sociology of law or administrative law.

Good knowledge of the Dutch language is an advantage, as well as an international profiling. You have affinity with the topic and you are motivated to collaborate with researchers from other disciplines, and to travel to Groningen and across the Netherlands to conduct the research.

You work independently, are responsible and enthusiastic and you have excellent communication, research and writing skills. You also have a strong conceptual ability, good presentation skills and you are very result oriented.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 24 months.

In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, we offer:

• a salary depending on education and experience with a maximum of € 3,637 (salary scale 11.1) gross per month at full working time
• 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus on the annual gross income
• the possibility of opting for a 36, 38 or 40-hour working week (assuming full-time employment); the University of Groningen also has a generous leave arrangement
• good training activities
• a temporary appointment for a period of 2 years with an appointment size of 0.5 FTE.

Date of commencement: as soon as possible, no later than 1 November 2019

You can apply by sending a letter of application, accompanied by a curriculum vitae and a letter of recommendation (for example from your PhD supervisor) until 9 September 11:59 pm / before 10 September 2019 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form. Please add a list of grades from your master’s degree, and a list of publications if applicable.

The interviews will take place in the course of September 2019. A writing exercise may form part of the assessment.

Acquisition is not appreciated.

Job Application

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. dr. Brigit Toebes
+ 31(0)654341961

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 219422E

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