PhD position in Health law (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Law


University of Groningen

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Job description

Within Global Health Law Groningen (GHLG), a centre of expertise of the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, a PhD position will become available. Prospective candidates are invited to express their interest for these vacancies before 26 September (see below).

The overall project focuses on the regulation of risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The project aims to study how law can play a role in reducing such risk factors, including smoking, unhealthy diets, and alcohol abuse. This PhD project focuses specifically on regulatory options for improving child oral health (in collaboration with Prof David Manton from UMCG), yet it may also branch out to other areas of food regulation.

Research will be conducted within Global Health Law Groningen (GHLG), a multidisciplinary research centre based at the Faculty of Law which comprises several PhD candidates in the field of global health law. The PhD positions are part of a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership between the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and the University of Groningen under which PhD students are co-hosted and co-supervised. The work will be done in collaboration with Dr Jan Wollgast (JRC Ispra, Italy). The candidate will spend two years in Groningen, and two in Ispra (EU research campus, Italy).


The successful candidate has:

• an LLM degree in law, preferably human rights law and/or health law
• a good command of English (oral and written), excellent communication skills.

The successful candidate is:

• a good flexible team player with a willingness and interest to cross disciplinary boundaries and to conduct multidisciplinary research.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary of € 2,434 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,111 gross per month in the final year, based on a full-time position.
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% year-end bonus.

The position must result in a PhD thesis within the four-year contract period. A PhD training program is part of the agreement. The successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of 12 months at the University of Groningen after which the candidate will be based at the EU campus in Ispra. The University of Groningen will offer an extension to the fourth year conditional on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that successful completion of the PhD thesis within the final years is expected.

Job Application

Applications for the position must indicate relevant vacancy number(s) as indicated above and include a letter of motivation and brief proposal (max four pages in total for both items), curriculum vitae, and contact information of two academic referees.

You can submit your application until 26 September 11:59 pm / before 27 September 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Brigit Toebes

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221539

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