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PhD position, Health law - 2019BAPFRECHEF237

The Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy of the KU Leuven, the Faculty of Law of the University of Antwerp (Antwerp Health Law and Ethics Chair – AHLEC and the Research Group Personal Rights and Property Rights) are seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy for a

Doctoral student in the area of Health law

Job description

  • You prepare a doctoral thesis in law in the area of health law.
  • You publish academic articles related to the topic of your doctoral thesis.
  • You will be employed at the Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy of the KU Leuven and at the Research Group Personal Rights and Property Rights of the University of Antwerp.
  • You contribute to research support and provide academic services in the respective faculties.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a master degree in law; students in the final year of their degree can also apply.
  • You submit an English research proposal of maximum 5 pages on the topic, which includes the following headings: ‘state of the art’, ‘research objectives’, ‘methodology’ and ‘bibliography’. The proposal should allow you to successfully complete the PhD in 4 years. You also add an abstract in Dutch of maximum 1 page.

The two prior conditions are conditions of admissibility.

  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • A strong interest in health law is an asset.
  • You have a good command of English and French, and excellent academic reading and writing skills.
  • 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 (100%) doctoral scholarship for a period of one year, with the possibility of renewal after positive evaluation, that will result in a joint PhD in Law from the KU Leuven and the University of Antwerp;
  • a full time gross monthly grant ranging from € 2.373,36 - € 2.516,73;
  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment.

How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online, until the closing date 7 October 2019. On application you submit the following documents:
    • the above mentioned PhD proposal , including an abstract in Dutch;
    • a detailed overview of your study grades;
    • a 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 at 11 October 2019.
  • More information about the application form can be obtained at
  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof. Steven Lierman ( and Prof. Thierry Vansweevelt (

Additional information

  • The Institute for Healthcare Policy (LIHP) aims to be a top research and teaching centre at international level. The LIHP focusses on healthcare management and policy research. The LIHP entails 6 domains: quality and patient safety, health systems and policies, health economics, law in healthcare, communication in health care and, ethics healthcare.
  • AHLEC stands for Antwerp Health Law and Ethics Chair. This chair has three objectives: to encourage independent, high-quality and critical research in the field of health law and ethics, including through more PhDs, publications and recommendations; to provide excellent education through a post-academic programme in Health Law and Ethics, with a modular system open to physicians, pharmacists, nurses, paramedics, staff members, directors, the insurance sector, hospital attorneys, advocates, magistrates, the government and students (effective 2014–2015); to organise conferences, evening study sessions and expert seminars as academic platforms for interdisciplinary discussion on topics from the field of health law and ethics.
  • The research group Personal Rights and Property Rights of the University of Antwerp conducts fundamental, policy, and practice-oriented research into private (international) law. Its core legal fields are Law of Persons and Family Law; Family Property Law; Law of Obligations; Insurance Law; Property Law; Private International Law; and Health Law, which will be the core research field for the proposed PhD.
  • For more information about the Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy please visit, for more information about AHLEC please visit and for more information about the Research Group Personal Rights and Property Rights please visit and for more information.

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