PhD position on EU-India Legal Relations for Pandemic Vaccine Approval and Purchasing

Updated: 5 months ago
Deadline: 18 Sep 2020

We are looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated and well-organized PhD researcher, preferably a graduate of a research master, who is specialized in health law and/or European law or public health and will contribute to our 4-year project on the development of achieving better accessibility to pandemic vaccines.

Project description

The INDIGO programme consists in a multidisciplinary consortium supported by a grant from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. Coordinated by the interdisciplinary research institute, the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) , the INDIGO project involves public and private R&D organisations in the EU, India and United States for the development of two influenza vaccine concepts with the goal to achieve better efficacy, lower costs and better accessibility.

A crucial component of the INDIGO project involves examining potential barriers and opportunities for the implementation of this next-generation of influenza vaccines. The legal sub-project that the incumbent PhD student will manage aims to examine regulatory pathways for access to medicines, within EU-India relations, taking into account the whole supply chain, from development to purchasing and end-user access. In this regard the legal sub-project that is positioned within the Amsterdam Law School will also be part of a larger social science project within INDIGO in the interdisciplinary context of AIGHD. We welcome the use of interdisciplinary methods in this project.

The research project likely will include some travel to India.

You execute your PhD research in close collaboration with the other project team members and under the supervision of Associate professor Anniek de Ruijter and professor Christina Eckes, leading to completion and publication of a dissertation.

Main tasks and responsibilities.


  • engage, if needed, autonomously in the collection of empirical data (interviews, document analysis);
  • obtain approval from ethics review committees;
  • take the lead in authoring articles to be published in international peer-reviewed journals (in English);
  • present intermediate research results in internal discussions and potentially at workshops and conferences;
  • participate in and present findings at INDIGO consortium meetings;
  • compile your thesis based on submitted articles or in a full monograph.


The position is open to persons who are not yet accepted for a PhD programme.

An applicant meets the general eligibility requirements for doctoral studies (third-cycle studies) if s/he has:

  • a law degree, masters level or equivalent. Research masters degrees are an advantage. Applications from students with a MPH, or students with a degree in public health or health sciences with a clear focus on law and public policy can also be considered;
  • ideally experience in legal research and/or designing and conducting qualitative research;
  • ideally a demonstrated ability to communicate complex findings to an audience with varied disciplinary background;
  • fluency in spoken English, and excellent writing skills in English;
  • willingness and ability to work independently and to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team.

Our offer

The contract will be initially for the period of one year and will be extended for another three years upon favourable evaluation. There is no possibility for a permanent position. The position as PhD researcher will start on 15 October 2020 or if particular reasons justify it, as soon as possible thereafter.

The gross full-time monthly salary will be in accordance with the salary scales for PhD Researchers at Dutch universities, scale P (Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities ) ranging from €2,395 to €3,061 gross per month (full-time equivalent). Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end-of-year Bonus. 

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to participate in the Faculty’s PhD training programme and be part of the PhD community of the Faculty.

The positions are first and foremost research positions; yet the successful applicant will incidentally have the opportunity to be involved in teaching at the AIGHD or the Law School.

About the Faculty 

The Amsterdam Law School prides itself on its international orientation and strong social commitment. This is reflected by both its research and educational activities. The Amsterdam Law School offers three Bachelor’s programmes, including the interdisciplinary English-language Bachelor Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE) in cooperation with two other Faculties, as well as a variety of Master's programmes, several of which are taught exclusively in English (i.e. International and European Law, European Private Law, International Criminal Law, and Law & Finance). The Amsterdam Law School prepares students for a wide variety of legal careers including law firms, government, business and industry, the national and international judiciary, public service, human rights advocacy, and academia. With 3,700 students and over 400 staff members, it is one of the largest law faculties in the Netherlands.

The Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance is one of the leading researcher centers within the Faculty. It is nationally and internationally recognized as a research Centre that makes high level contributions to the academic and policy debate on legal and governance processes in Europe. ACELG ensures the quality of its research by providing for a vibrant environment, in which our researchers are encouraged to pursue excellence, seek recognition in the scholarly discourse, both internationally and nationally, attract external research funding, and publish in the leading peer reviewed journals.

Your research will be carried out within the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG)  and the interdisciplinary Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) , under the guidance of Associate professor Anniek de Ruijter, and ACELG director professor Christina Eckes.

The AIGHD leads the INDIGO project and offers a great working environment for interdisciplinary research, bringing together researchers working in health sciences, public health, social sciences, economics and law. The AIGHD is a research and education institute with a mission to address challenges in global health and development by conducting collaborative interdisciplinary research, generating insights and solutions, and educating the next generation.

It aims to educate and inspire the next generation of global health leaders at undergraduate, post-graduate and professional levels to shape a healthier and more prosperous future for all. AIGHD aspires to accelerate progress on global health objectives by sharing knowledge and insights with global agencies, governments, NGOs, and the scientific community.

ACELG unites a diverse group of researchers with an interest in the institutional, constitutional and economic law of the European Union. The centre has a strong track-record of excellent research and sustains a dynamic research culture through a series of events and initiatives.

Further information

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Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise 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.

You may submit your application electronically no later than 18 September 2020 using the link below. Please submit the following items (preferably in one file) in Word or PDF format:

  • cover letter;
  • CV;
  • a project idea in light of the proposed theme regarding EU-India relations and the pandemic-vaccine supply chain of no more than 2 000 words, excluding references;
  • copies of the LL.B. and LL.M. degrees or equivalent, providing information about the programme's length, content, passed courses and grades;
  • writing sample of a recently written, single authored manuscript (e.g., your master’s thesis or other work written during your degree) in English.
  • The project outline should contain the following headings:

    • aim and background;
    • research problem/research questions;
    • method;
    • novelty and relevancy of the proposal for the wider INDIGO project;
    • reference list, (please, use the Oxford or the Harvard system format for in-text citations and the reference list).

    Closing date is 18 September 2020

    Interviews are expected to be held in September and October in person or via Zoom.

    No agencies please

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