PhD in Legal Analytics (Artificial Intelligence)- 4 Years at Tilburg University

  • PhD on (full time for 4 years/ Data Science, Business Analytics or Statistics, or related disciplines such as Information Science)
  • Department of Law, Technology, Markets, and Society (LTMS) Tilburg Law School, Tilburg University


The Department of Law, Technology, Markets, and Society (LTMS) Tilburg Law School, Tilburg University has a vacancy for a PhD (full time for 4 years). 

The selected candidate will contribute to the research program ‘From Regulating Human Behavior to Regulating Data’. This project is part of the Digital Legal Studies track within the sector plan for Dutch Law Schools funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. This position fits within the Legal AI project, an interdisciplinary project that aims to understand the impacts of AI on the Dutch legal system.


Applicants must:

  • Have completed (or will complete by the end of August) Master’s degree in Data Science, Business Analytics or Statistics, or related disciplines such as Information Science, Digital Humanities or Artificial Intelligence with a focus on data science.
  • A demonstrable affinity with law and legal reasoning.
  • Be able to perform data analysis and exploration (preferably in R) of structured and unstructured textual data. Knowledge of advanced Natural Language Processing techniques is a plus.
  • Have a strong interest in doing research and is able to formulate views, ideas and concepts based upon complex information, as well as construct conceptual frameworks or models.
  • Have good planning and organizing skills because they are necessary to complete your PhD research in the total period of time.
  • Be able to undertake certain administrative duties autonomously
  • Be able and willing to work in a team and undertake administration tasks.
  • Be proactive and accountable, able to prioritize across responsibilities, and manage varied commitments.
  • Have excellent interpersonal, as well as strong and effective communication skills.
  • Because of the specific focus on the Dutch legal system, the candidate should have a level of Dutch at B2 or higher, but also should have perfect command of English.
  • Have perfect command of English, and knowledge of Dutch at level B2 or higher.
  • Be available to start working as soon as possible and no later than October 2019.
  • Be present at Tilburg University during working hours, and commit to integrate in the environment provided by LTMS and the Tilburg Law School.
The PhD researcher will have the following functions:
Research (0,8 fte)
  • Use and develop data analytics techniques for analyzing combinations of structured and unstructured textual data in the legal domain.
  • Actively contribute to the operationalization of LTMS research program ‘From Regulating Human Behavior to Regulating Data’. 
  • Pursue academically path-breaking research leading to an excellent PhD dissertation
  • Participate in the Tilburg Graduate Law School courses and activities.
  • Be an active member of LTMS by participating in and organizing LTMS events and activities, presenting and discussing research output within LTMS, and representing LTMS outside Tilburg University.
Teaching (0,2 FTE)
  • Co-supervise Law & Technology Master thesis students.
  • Assist in the coordination and management of courses at the undergraduate and/or LLM programs that LTMS is involved in.
  • Cooperate with other LTMS members in developing new or modifying existing courses.

Terms of employment
  • duration of the PhD trajectory is four years (48 months). T

  • gross salary is € 2,325,- per month (for a full-time appointment) and will raise every 12 months to a maximum of € 2,972,

Information and application

More information about the vacancy can be obtained from Professor Floris Bex ([email protected]) or professor Ronald Leenes ([email protected]).

Applying for this vacancy can only be done online. The application, including a motivation letter and CV, must be submitted via the link at the bottom of the page before the 5th of August. The job interviews will be held on 26 or 27 August at Tilburg University or through Skype.

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