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Two PhD-positions within the EU-funded Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network (ITN) on transatlantic trade and investment (TTIP)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
A melting pot of talent, internationally-oriented, and highly engaged in society; this is Erasmus University Rotterdam. Erasmus University Rotterdam is a university with 25,000 students and nearly 2,500 employees developing academic knowledge in Rotterdam and applying it worldwide. Employment at Erasmus University Rotterdam means working in an ambitious university with plenty of room for personal development and individual initiative.
Erasmus School of Law
More than 4,000 students attend Erasmus School of Law (ESL), and the School has around 400 employees. The fundamental premise underlying academic research conducted at ESL is that law cannot be considered in splendid isolation or as an end in itself. It is imbedded in an economic and social context that shapes law. At the same time, law itself shapes society and defines economic relationships. In line with this vision, the mission of ESL is to conduct innovative research on the function of law in its economic and social context. ESL research has a strong social and business-driven orientation. ESL is committed to promoting international and interdisciplinary research. More information on the ESL research programmes, can be found at: https://www.esl.eur.nl/research/mission/
Opening for two PhD-positions (M/F 1.0 FTE, start: September 2017; fixed-term 3 year contract):
Job Summary & Role Purpose
Two Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions for a fixed-term of 3 years are available at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, within the EU-funded Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network (ITN) on transatlantic trade and investment (TTIP). The ESRs will work within Erasmus School of Law School on a PhD research project.
The research project has the provisional title Persistence and change of regulatory cultures: A socio-legal analysis of regulatory regimes in the context of trade and investment agreements. The ESR will work under the supervision of Professor Dr. Klaus Heine, Professor of Law and Economics, on a PhD thesis enhancing the understanding of the legal and economic effects of diverse regulatory cultures (namely EU/US) on the conclusion and implementation of international trade and investment agreements. Methodologically, the project builds upon the economic analysis of international trade relations, but extends this analysis to the analysis of path dependence (rigidity and persistence) of regulatory regimes. The identification of the underlying legal hindrances for regime switches in the EU and USA shall receive special attention (details to be agreed between ESR and supervisor).
The ESR will benefit from a wide-ranging training programme featuring local, ITN-wide, and external activities with opportunities for travel to other ITN partners. Training will take place through Advanced Training Courses and topical conferences organised by ITN partners across Europe. The ESR will contribute to ambitious and carefully planned research, outreach, impact, and dissemination activities benefiting from the expertise of world-leading senior academics. Planned secondments (to be confirmed) partly designed to expose the ESR to relevant working environments outside academia, include (provisional list)RAND (think tank to study regulatory friction costs, George Washington University (to study the US regulatory system) and ASSER (a Dutch think tank specialised into international law)
You have a university master degree in Law, Economics, political science or other disciplines relevant to the research theme mentioned above. You can demonstrate relevant scientific research skills, proven, for example, by academic publications or by the quality of your master thesis. You have excellent oral and written skills in English.
The research project has the provisional title The Finance Exception in TTIP. The ESR will work under the supervision of Professor Dr. Fabian Amtenbrink, Professor of European Union Law, on a PhD thesis enhancing the understanding of how financial services regulation and financial market access figure in the TTIP negotiations and of possibilities and challenges facing transatlantic banking (re-)regulation and regulatory cooperation in the wake of the global financial crisis. Methodologically the project envisages a political economic and legal-institutional analysis of the engagement of key financial market actors, regulators, and trade negotiators, evaluation of impact of lack of financial regulatory coordination and cooperation in TTIP on US and EU economies and the possibilities and costs for global financial stability, examination of connections between TTIP negotiations on financial services and other international fora G20, IMF, FSB, Basel Committee (details to be agreed between ESR and supervisor).
The ESR will benefit from a wide-ranging training programme featuring local, ITN-wide, and external activities with opportunities for travel to other ITN partners. Training will take place through Advanced Training Courses and topical conferences organised by ITN partners across Europe. The ESR will contribute to ambitious and carefully planned research, outreach, impact, and dissemination activities benefiting from the expertise of world-leading senior academics. Planned secondments (to be confirmed) partly designed to expose the ESR to relevant working environments outside academia, include (provisional list)the University of Birmingham (to study legal aspects of financial market regulation and supervision in the EU), ifo Institute (to study the (political) economics of financial integration), NautaDutilh (to study litigation practice related to financial services) and CEPS (working on policy related briefing papers).
You have a university master degree, preferably in law, or otherwise in economics, political science or other disciplines relevant to the research theme mentioned above. Given the nature of the research project, applicants not holding a degree in law should have a strong affinity with law. You can demonstrate relevant scientific research skills, proven, for example, by academic publications or by the quality of your master thesis. You have excellent oral and written skills in English.
Please note that an assessment is part of the application procedure for both positions.
Current master students are welcome to apply. However, appointment will only be possible if the master degree has been obtained before 1 September 2017. You can apply without having proof of obtaining your master’s degree, however, bear in mind that proof of a master’s degree is aformal requirement for employment.
Applicants may be of any nationality and the ESR will receive support on the condition that at times he or she moves from one country to another to broaden or deepen his or her competences. The successful candidate shall at the time of recruitment by the host organisation (ideally September 2017), be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of his or her research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
When recruited the ESR shall not have resided or carried out his or her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
The positions come with good employment conditions, compliant with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO NU). The position is for a fixed-term of three years. The salary is in accordance with the doctoral candidate scale of the CAO NU. For a full-time appointment, the salary is € 2,191 gross per month during the first year, which will increase annually up to € 2,672 gross per month in the third year. In addition, the attractive employment package includes an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, generous leave provisions for a healthy work-life balance, a good pension scheme, excellent options for collective insurance, and a provision for the use of the Internet at home. The employee may also use a number of campus facilities, such as sports facilities and the library.
Erasmus University Rotterdam is an equal opportunities employer, committed to promoting equality, diversity and fairness irrespective of age, disability, gender, pregnancy or marital status, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Information and application
More information about Erasmus University and Erasmus School of Law can be found on http://www.eur.nl/ and http://www.esl.eur.nl/. Questions can be sent to Professor Klaus Heine, firstname.lastname@example.org (PhD-position 1) and to Professor Amtenbrink, email@example.com (PhD-position 2).
Your application must be written in English and accompanied by the following documents (make sure your application consists of separate documents, parts A – D):
Letter of motivation, including information on your present situation
CV, including in particular information on
Education + diplomas
Grants / prizes
Extra curricular activities
Proof of your Master’s degree, including grade transcripts of your Bachelor and Master studies
Sample of your own work (e.g. master thesis, paper, (if possible) published article)
You may apply for this position until 6 July 2017, 23.59 pm; possible interviews will be held before 15 July. Please send your application to:
Erasmus University Rotterdam Erasmus School of Law To the attention of: mrs. A. Anemaat – Vorstenbos, HR Partner P. O. Box 1738 3000 DR Rotterdam
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