Postdoctoral Position in Law’s Influence on Behaviour
Amsterdam Law School – Center for Jurisprudence
Level of education PhD
Salary indication €2,709 and €4,978 gross per month
Closing date 25 January 2019
Hours 38 hours per week
The University of Amsterdam’s Law School prides itself on its international orientation and strong social commitment. This is reflected by both its research and educational activities. The Amsterdam Law School offers three Bachelor’s programmes, including the interdisciplinary English-language Bachelor Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE) in cooperation with two other Faculties, as well as a variety of Master's programmes, several of which are taught exclusively in English (i.e. International and European Law, European Private Law, International Criminal Law, and Law & Finance). The Amsterdam Law School prepares students for a wide variety of legal careers including law firms, government, business and industry, the national and international judiciary, public service, human rights advocacy, and academia. With 3,700 students and over 400 staff members, it is one of the largest law faculties in the Netherlands.
In May 2019 a five year research project will be launched, entitled ‘Homo Juridicus, Correcting Law’s Behavioural Illiteracy’. The research project is directed by Benjamin van Rooij, professor in Law and Society, and is financed by the European Union, European Research Council (ERC), by means of a consolidator grant.
The project seeks to develop a behavioural jurisprudence that makes the law’s behavioural function in shaping future conduct central. To do so it empirically studies assumptions that selected lawyers (prosecutors, regulators and corporate counsel) have about how their work shapes behaviour. It compares these assumptions with available scientific knowledge to unearth and correct the biases and flaws in how lawyers think about behaviour.
The project will be embedded within the Faculty of Law’s Amsterdam Paul Scholten Center for Jurisprudence.
For this research the Amsterdam Law School is seeking a Postdoctoral researcher for this project, who will work with the PI and three PhD researchers.
The Postdoc Project will systematically analyse available scientific evidence for each of the core mechanisms through which comes to shape behaviour (punishment, social norms, capacity/opportunity, unconscious, and organizational). This project will do so using quantitative (meta-analysis) methods where possible, and qualitative systemic review for other studies. It will build and expand on existing literature reviews. All of this will culminate in the first comprehensive understanding of the body of scientific work about law and behaviour and will form the basis not just for this project but for the broader field of compliance studies. The Postdoc will work with the PI to develop these reviews into a series of state-of-the art papers as well as a monograph.
As a second task, the postdoctoral researcher will collaborate with the PhDs and the PI to operationalize a survey that tests the behavioural assumptions of lawyers and compares these with the responses from behavioural experts and different types of students. Here the researcher will be in charge of operationalize of survey questions based on insights from available science, as well as the execution and analysis of a survey amongst behavioural experts and students, and supporting the PhDs in the execution and analysis of surveys amongst lawyers. The Postdoc will collaborate with the PI and the PhDs to develop papers on the basis of these surveys.
The position is first and foremost a research position; yet the candidate may have the opportunity, or may be asked, to contribute to teaching activities to a limited extent in the second and possibly third year of the research.
The selected candidate will:
- carry out independent high-quality scientific research resulting in academic publications in international peer reviewed journals and a monograph;
- co-supervise (with the PI) the three PhD researchers hired by the project to study behavioral assumptions of lawyers;
- actively contribute to the ERC-project as a whole, including cooperation with the principal investigator and other researchers in the ERC-team;
- actively contribute to the research community in the Law Faculty, in particular at PSC;
- present intermediate research results at international workshops and conferences;
- participate in the organization of research activities and events, such as conferences, workshops and joint publications;
- show the relevance of her/his research for society and contribute to the dissemination of research results;
- possibly contribute to teaching.
The ideal candidate has:
- completed a PhD degree in one of the social or behavioral sciences (preferably criminology, psychology, or sociology of law), which includes training, experience, and expertise in quantitative and qualitative research skills. Experience with meta-analysis is appreciated;
- demonstrable research knowledge of and interest in law and behavior;
- excellent command of English (written and spoken);
- interest in comparative research;
- the ability to and affinity with supporting and supervising PhD researchers;
- the ability to work in a team.
For further questions on the (VICI/PhD) project, please contact:
- Prof. Benjamin van Rooij
For questions on the application procedure and employment conditions at the University of Amsterdam, please contact:
- Sterre Sliedrecht
T: +31 (0)20 525 3905
The ideal candidate will be offered an initial contract for one year. Upon positive evaluation of the performance the contract will be extended by four year.
The gross monthly salary will be in accordance with the salary scales for research candidates at Dutch universities, scale 10/11 (Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities) ranging from €2,709 to €4,978 gross per month (full-time equivalent). Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end-of-year Bonus.
The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.
You may send your application including the following information, preferably in one PDF file, to firstname.lastname@example.org, att selection committee.
- cover letter;
- contact details of 2 referees (no reference required);
- 2 writing samples;
- proof of your PhD degree; if you have not completed your degree at the time of application, please provide a statement from your supervisor or University confirming the expected date of completion.
Short-listed candidates may furthermore be requested to provide their reflections on the research topic. #LI-DNP