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Academic assistant, Intellectual Property Law - 2019AAPFRECHEX176

The Faculty of Law is seeking to fill the following full-time (100 %) vacancy

Academic assistant in the area of Intellectual Property Law

Job description

  • You contribute to teaching and research in the field of intellectual property law and related legal fields.
  • You prepare a doctoral thesis in this field and you are competing in this connection to obtain externally funded research grants.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a degree of Master of Laws; students in the final year of their degree can also apply.
  • You submit a research proposal in Dutch or in English of maximum 5 pages on the topic, which includes at least the following headings: ‘state of the art’, ‘research objectives’, ‘methodology’ and ‘bibliography’. The research topic falls within the scope of one of the following three research themes:
    1. Intellectual Property Law & Governance
    2. Entrepreneurship, Social Responsibility, Patenting & Licensing Strategies
    3. Open Metropolitan Design.

The prior conditions are conditions of admissibility.

  • You have excellent study results and/or relevant professional experience with respect to the vacancy.
  • You have obtained excellent grades in the courses on intellectual property law.
  • The focus in your teaching corresponds to the vision of education the university.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.

We offer

  • a full-time appointment as an academic assistant for a period of two years from 1 October 2019 until 30 September 2021, with the possibility of renewal twice for a further two-year period after positive evaluation;
  • the date of appointment will be 1 October 2019;
  • a full time gross monthly salary ranging from € 3.338,21 - € 5.649,28;
  • a dynamic, stimulating and interdisciplinary work environment.

How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online, until the closing date 18 August 2019. You enclose the following documents:
    • a detailed PhD proposal (in Dutch or English) related to one of the lines of research indicated above which fall within the scope of the above-mentioned research themes of the Research Group Government & Law of the Faculty of Law;
    • a detailed account of your study results;
    • a function-oriented letter of motivation.
  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications. The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel.
  • The interviews of the candidates, preselected by a selection panel, will take place on 2 September 2019.
  • More information about the application form can be obtained at
  • For questions about the profile and the description of tasks, please contact  prof. dr. Esther van Zimmeren at

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