Erasmus School of Law
Postdoctoral Researcher

Erasmus School of Law (ESL) has an international staff of around 350 members working in education and research. More than 4000 students are enrolled in the various programmes. The presence of over 70 different nationalities makes it a global hub for viewpoints from all over the world. Research at Erasmus School of Law conducted in different departments falls under one of the School's research programmes. Within the research program 'Behavioural Approaches to Contract and Tort: Relevance for Policymaking' there is a position available for a Postdoctoral researcher - Behavioural Approaches to Contract and Tort: Relevance for Policymaking (f/m) 1.0 fte.

OVERVIEW: People think, decide, and act, and so do institutions and corporations (be it in a slightly more complex way). By thinking, deciding, and acting, we display behaviour, and in private law behaviour is relevant in many respects. At times, legislatures have preconceived ideas about behaviour and how private parties will respond to legislative intervention. For example, a legislature may enact specific legislation, submitting directors of corporations to fault-based liability in the event of insolvency of the corporation, assuming that this will give directors the incentive to take appropriate care in running the corporation's affairs. But will they do so in practice? Are there any behavioural side effects such as overzealous risk avoidance or an increase in directors' salary demands? Likewise, courts may base decisions on implicit conceptions of behaviour. A court may consider that the owner of premises is under a duty of care to warn explicitly against dangers that are not readily noticeable to visitors. Applying such a rule, however, may need consideration of how individuals actually think about and perceive dangers, and even how they interpret warning signs.

In the research group 'Behavioural approaches to contract and tort', we conduct research into the thinking, deciding, and acting of individuals and groups with regard to the relationship with private law, notably the areas of contract, tort, property, corporate law, and civil procedure. We concentrate on issues of compliance and enforcement, and on individual and group behaviour. The postdoc researcher we seek to employ will add to our multidisciplinary research team.

- Active and creative participation in the research program
- Participation in the teaching activities of one of the departments involved in the research program
- Daily co-supervision of PhD researchers
- Organising and co-organising research program activities

PROFILE: You have the following:
- Doctorate diploma showing proficiency in private law, regulatory law, law and economics or related discipline
- Scholarly ambition, energy, a cooperative approach to academic life, and flexibility
- Keen interest in multidisciplinary social science research in general
- Publication portfolio commensurate with the research domain
- Ability to coach and control the PhD researchers
- Ability to produce work of excellent quality while under pressure
- Fluency in both spoken and written scholarly English

Preferably, you also have:
- Experience in conducting empirical legal research (qualitative or quantitative)
- Experience in SPSS statistical analysis
- The willingness to learn Dutch if you do not already speak the language

OUR OFFER: As a PostDoc, you will join the growing interdisciplinary research team Behavioural Approaches at Erasmus School of Law. This is a fixed-term employment contract. The initial contract will be for one year. If you have given sufficient proof of your abilities, the temporary contract will be re-newed for a further three years. The work conditions are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO NU). The salary is subject to training and experience and corresponds to Scale 11 CAO NU, with a maximum of Euro 4.374,- gross per month on a 38 hour per week contract. The EUR has attractive employment conditions, which include a holiday allowance of 8.0%, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and 41 annual vacation days in case of a full workweek.

An assessment will be part of the selection procedure.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Additional information can be obtained at: as well as from Prof. Michael Faure (phone + 31-10-4082193; email or Prof. Willem van Boom (phone +31-10-4082603; email:

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please send a letter of motivation, together with a two page-summary on your research plans and how they refer to the above mentioned research programme, and a curriculum vitae by ordinary mail to:

Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus School of Law
Attn. A.C. Tinnenbroek, Head of Resources Management
P.O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam (Netherlands)

or by e-mail:

Applications should reach Erasmus University June 15, 2012 at the latest. Please state the vacancy number AT 112878/12.05 as the subject in your letter of application.

Note that interviews with eligible applicants will be held on June 21, 2012 in Rotterdam.

Posted 6/10/12