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      November 18,2021
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    PhD Candidate: Anonymity and Authenticity on Online Platforms (iHub) (1.0 FTE)

    PhD Candidate: Anonymity and Authenticity on Online Platforms (iHub)

    • Employment: 1.0 FTE
    • Gross monthly salary: € 2,836 - € 4,474
    • Faculty of Law
    • Required background: Research University Degree
    • Application deadline: 5 December 2021

    The increased digitalisation and datafication of science and society raises urgent questions regarding safety and security. That is why critical thinkers that can answer these questions have a part to play. As a PhD candidate, you will research the legal rules about anonymity and authenticity on online platforms. You will aim to better understand the current rules, but also develop a theory about how these rules should evolve in the future.

    You are a legal scholar passionate about technical and digitalisation issues. You have affinity with and (technical) understanding of the practices of online platforms. As a PhD you will research the legal rules concerning anonymity and authenticity on online platforms. You will examine the distinction between activities that are (or should be) allowed to be anonymous and those where authenticity is required and the user is thus required to prove (an aspect of) his or her real identity. Your project will aim at a better understanding of the current rules, but also at developing a theory about how these rules should evolve in the future. In your research you will combine doctrinal legal analysis with a normative perspective and a solid understanding of cybersecurity and the practices of online platforms. You will write your PhD thesis in English as a monograph or as a series of articles.

    A full description of the project is available here.

    The project is a collaboration between the Faculty of Law, its two research centres (OO&R and SteR), and iHub, Radboud University's interdisciplinary hub on digitalisation and society. You will be employed by the Faculty of Law, but you will be explicitly and actively involved in iHub. Depending on your expertise and language abilities, you will be part of either the International and European Law Department or the Civil Law Department. The project will take four years (100% research) or five years (75% research, 25% teaching).

    The exact scope of the research proposal and teaching duties will be discussed in consultation with the envisaged supervisors: Jasper Krommendijk (Associate Professor of International and European law, SteR), Pieter Wolters (Associate Professor of Civil Law, OO&R), Jaap Henk Hoepman (Associate Professor of Computer Science, iHub) and Bart Jacobs (Professor of Security and Correctness of Software, iHub).


    • You hold a law degree (Master's degree or comparable).
    • You have a demonstrable interest in digitalization.
    • You have an excellent command of the English language, both orally and in writing.
    • You have a strong motivation to conduct PhD research in this area.
    • You have excellent scientific writing, planning and communication skills.

    We are

    The Faculty of Law of Radboud University considers education and research as its core tasks. Academic education at the Faculty of Law focuses on training tax lawyers and providing postgraduate courses for tax lawyers. Typical of our groundbreaking academic research is that it is often conducted in cooperation with tax law practice. The research carried out by our staff is embedded in the Business and Law Research Centre (OO&R) and the Research Centre for State and Law (SteR). OO&R is a partnership between the faculty and a number of leading law firms and multinational companies, which conducts research in areas of law relevant to business. SteR specialises in multidisciplinary public law research. The centre aims to provide a stimulating environment for the conduct of high-quality research. iHub is Radboud University's interdisciplinary research hub on digitalisation and society. iHub brings together a diverse range of scholars from across the humanities, social sciences, law, engineering and natural sciences to tackle urgent questions raised by the increased digitalisation and datafication of science and society. iHub's mission is to increase our understanding of the effects of digitalisation on society and to help steer digital transformations in ways commensurate with public values.

    Radboud University
    We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

    We offer

    • Employment for 1.0 FTE, 4 year contract (100% research) or 5 year contract (75% research, 25% teaching).
    • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €2,836 and a maximum of €4,474 per month based on a 38-hour working week (salaryscale 10).
    • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
    • You will be employed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).
    • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
    • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
    Additional employment conditions
    Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

    Would you like more information?

    For questions about the position, please contact Mr. dr. J. Krommendijk, Associate Professor at +31 24 361 61 45 or Alternatively, you can contact Mr. dr. P.T.J. Wolters, Associate Professor at +31 24 361 23 67 or

    Practical information and applications

    You can apply until 5 December 2021, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Mr. dr. J. Krommendijk. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
    • A letter of motivation.
    • Your CV (and an academic transcript if you graduated less than five years ago).
    The first round of interviews will take place on Monday 20 December. You would preferably begin employment on 1 February 2022.

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