Doctoral scholarship holder trust & intellectual property law and governance

Updated: about 1 month ago

Department: Faculty of Law - general
Regime Full-time

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The Faculty of Law is looking for a full-time (100%) doctoral scholarship holder in the field of Trust & Intellectual Property Law and Governance


  • You will work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis in the area of trust and intellectual property law and governance. The PhD project focuses on the recently created Unified Patent Court, a specialized patent court, through the lens of the interdisciplinary trust literature.
  • You will publish scientific articles related to the research project.
  • You will carry out a limited number of teaching and research support tasks for the Research Group Government & Law and/or the GOVTRUST Centre of Excellence.


  • You hold a Master degree in law, political science, international relations or public administration or you will have obtained it by the time you start work.
  • You have affinity with, specific expertise or experience in intellectual property law and/or a special interest in the interdisciplinary trust literature.
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision .
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies .
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • Your knowledge of English is excellent.

What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years. Following a positive evaluation, the scholarship will be renewed for another two years.
  • The planned start date is 1 September 2024, or earlier after consultation between the candidate and the supervisors.
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts  for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for Contract Research Staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will receive ecocheques, Internet-connectivity allowance, and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.
  • You will do most of your work at the University of Antwerp’s city campus in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here .

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 22 April 2024 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button and complete the online application form. Be sure to include the following attachments:
    • a motivation letter, which explicitly shows your affinity with, specific expertise or experience in intellectual property law and/or a special interest in the interdisciplinary trust literature.
    • your academic CV
    • a paper, article or other document solely authored by you.
  • The selection committee reviews all applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision is made, we will notify you. If you are still eligible after the pre-selection, you will be informed about the possible next step(s) in the selection procedure. The selection interviews will normally take place end of April/beginning of May after notification. However, the exact planning of the interviews will depend on the number of applications received.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions  or send an email to [email protected] . If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Esther van Zimmeren, [email protected] .

The University of Antwerp received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award  for its HR policy. We are a sustainable, family-friendly organisation which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity  and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply.

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