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New vacancies

New vacancy at CDSL!

Call for Applications: Researcher and PhD candidate

The Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) and the Cyber and Data Security Lab (CDSL) are looking for a motivated researcher to join their team.


The multidisciplinary Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) is an independent entity within the Faculty of Law & Criminology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). With more than 45 researchers at all levels of experience, LSTS has become a prominent European research institute in the area of technology regulation. The staff comprises several postdoc researchers, doctoral researchers, associated researchers and affiliated professors.

The Cyber and Data Security Lab (CDSL, ) is a subgroup of the LSTS. CDSL aims to further knowledge, promote awareness, and foster new ideas within the legal framework on cybersecurity and information security, both globally and within the EU. It is looking to expand its group with the recruitment of a promising new researcher/PhD candidate.

As part of their duties, the successful candidate will be conducting innovative research primarily in the area of data protection law, contributing to commissioned reports, advising upon the development of relevant toolkits and leading the organisation of international conferences, workshops and meetings in the field, in line with the research project commitments. They will also be expected to put advance research in areas related of cybersecurity and information security law in the form of publications and ultimately a doctorate thesis.

The researcher is specifically expected to:

  • provide research and support in the drafting of legal and ethical deliverables in the context of EU-funded projects;
  • actively join in the academic activities of CDSL, helping in competing in national and European funding opportunities, attending and presenting in seminars, assisting in organizing conferences and workshops, participating in international events;
  • (co-)author scientific and professional articles in high-ranked journals;
  • develop a thorough proposal for a doctoral degree (PhD) and complete a doctoral thesis.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates are expected to possess the following qualifications:

  • a master’s degree in law (preferably with a specialization in IT law or fundamental rights), social or political sciences, ethics, or philosophy, awarded by the deadline for applications;
  • fluency in written (academic) and spoken English, and the ability to conduct research in at least one other language;
  • good organisational and communication skills;
  • the ability to work independently, under pressure, respect deadlines, and produce quality work.

It is a plus, if the candidate also possesses:

  • previous experience in the field of data protection law or data protection legal research;
  • other relevant working experience (including internships and traineeships), as well as broader research experience (e.g. Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe, nationally funded projects, grant-based individual projects);
  • basic skills or previous experience in the organisation of events and meetings.

Conditions of employment

The successful candidate will be integrated in a dynamic team, composed of both experienced and early career researchers. The candidate will collaborate closely with the other members of LSTS and CDSL and will have access to doctoral training offered by the VUB, as well as to all facilities of the university. Office space and equipment will be provided along with a budget for travelling for project-related activities and other research‐related expenses.

Contract: full‐time research grant for one year. Extension of the contract is subject to the agreement of the doctoral committee. Remuneration is at the level of a full-time research assistant at a Flemish university (i.e. approximately €2.100 net per month) and includes contributions for social security. Secondary employment is not allowed. The PhD degree will be awarded in law. For more information about facilities and benefits at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, please visit

Application and Deadlines

The following application documents are to be consolidated into a single PDF file and sent by email to Franck Dumortier and Prof. Vagelis Papakonstantinou

Applications (in English) should include the following:

  • a curriculum vitae (CV);
  • a cover letter (maximum 1 page);
  • a draft research proposal for a doctoral thesis (maximum 1 page);
  • a recent publication, essay or thesis excerpt in English to support your application, for the research and writing skills requirement (any topic is acceptable);
  • 1 letter of recommendation.

Deadline for the submission of applications is 15 December 2022, 23:59 Brussels time. The applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The interviews with the short-listed candidates will be held in January 2023. The hiring institution reserves the right to contact only selected candidates.

The position is likely to start on 1 February 2023 (the start date could be subject to change).