Postdoctoral Researcher in Information Law

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Do you enjoy:

  • Doing in-depth research into issues around the use of AI in media and journalism?
  • Solving legal problems and experiment with ways to translate normative ideals into practice?
  • Work together an international (NL, DE, NO), interdisciplinary team and media partners
  • Through the research help local journalism and support the development of  responsible AI in local journalism?

Then the job of postdoctoral researcher in Information Law at the University of Amsterdam is perfect for you.

What does this job entail?

A major challenge facing journalism today lies in the collapse of local news provision. AI applications for various activities along the news value chain offer opportunities for local media to better cope with the economic and societal challenges they face. Therefore, this international and interdisciplinary project will conduct Design Thinking projects with local media partners to develop and evaluate prototypes of responsible AI applications and investigate the broader organisational, societal, economic, ethical and legal conditions that facilitate or constrain responsible AI. Based on the findings of the project and in collaboration with international, national and regional industry partners, we will develop and disseminate best practices and guidelines for responsible AI in local journalism.

The project is a collaboration between Prof. Natali Helberger (University of Amsterdam), Prof. Wouter van Atteveldt (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Prof. Helle Sjøvaag (University of Stavanger), Prof. Neil Thurman (University of Munich), Prof. Mario Haim (University of Munich) and Dr. Bartozs Wilczek (University of Munich). This particular position is located at the University of Amsterdam at the Faculty of Law. The project is funded through a grant of the German VolkswagenStiftung.

The legal postdoc will work as part of a team of journalism and communication scholars, media economics and computer science experts and be responsible for the legal work package. The legal work package engages in a comparative study of the (self)regulatory framework for AI in local journalism and identifies concrete solutions and best practices to incentivize and facilitate the responsible use of AI in journalism.  

What do you have to offer?

We are looking for a researcher who likes to:

  • Develop, conduct, and publish research and present on (inter)national conferences;
  • Contribute to the public debate and organize outreach activities;
  • Help to establish and contribute to the research in terms of events, research meetings and activities;
  • Contribute to new grant applications;
  • Collaborate with other postdocs and faculty members within the project and other relevant projects of the Institute for Information Law;
  • Give guest lectures in the area of your expertise at BA or MA level at the University of Amsterdam and supervise a limited number of student theses.

In addition, you have:

  • A clear research interest in the topic of the project (documented by publications and grant applications);
  • An excellent written and spoken command of English, as demonstrated by publications in English languages journals (written and spoken command of Dutch and German is a plus);
  • The ability, willingness, and commitment to do autonomous work in a multidisciplinary team that includes legal scholars, communication scholars, ethici, and data scientists;
  • The ability and willingness to do some travelling;
  • Experience with organizing workshops, lecture series, and similar events;
  • A relevant PhD degree in Law. Candidates who are due to submit their dissertation before October 1, 2022 are welcome to apply.

What can we offer you?

We offer an employment contract for the period of 2 years, with a probationary period of two months. The preferred starting date is November 1, 2022.

Your salary, depending on your relevant experience on commencement of the employment contract, ranges between €3.974 to €5.439 (scale 11) gross per month on the basis of a full working week of 38 hours. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8.3% year-end allowance. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) is applicable.

In addition we offer:

  • A position where own initiative and input are highly valued;
  • An enthusiastic and dynamic team that is open to new colleagues;
  • An inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.

About us

The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.

The postdoctoral researcher will be working at the Institute for Information Law and will be part of the Amsterdam Law School .

The Institute for Information Law (IViR), officially established in 1989, is one of the largest research centers in the field of information law in the world. The Institute employs researchers who are active in an entire spectrum of information society related legal areas: intellectual property law, patents, telecommunications and broadcasting regulation, media law, internet regulation, advertising law, domain names, freedom of expression, privacy, digital consumer issues and commercial speech. The Institute engages in cutting-edge research into fundamental and topical aspects of information law, and provides a forum for critical debate about the social, cultural and political aspects of regulating information markets. The Institute for Information Law is affiliated with the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam.

Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.

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Job application

If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your letter and CV. Please provide, in your application, a link to one of your research papers which is most representative of your work and relevant for this application. We also ask you to provide the names of two researchers who can provide a letter of reference for your application.

You can apply online via the link below. We will accept applications until October 9, 2022.

The first round of application interviews will take place in week 43.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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