Full Chair of Regulation of Labour

University of Amsterdam Amsterdam Law School

Full Chair Regulation of Labour

Publication date 14 December 2020

Closing date 28 February 2021

Level of education PhD

Hours 30.4 to 38 hours per week

Salary indication €5,749 to €10,106 gross per month, based on 38 hours per week

Vacancy number 20-772

The Amsterdam Law School is recruiting an established and internationally recognized scholar with a vision on and ambition in interdisciplinary research and education in the field of labour regulation in a broad, transitional perspective (‘future of work’). The candidate will play a leading role in further developing the research agenda as well as the educational programme and will provide leadership to the Section Labour Law.

Job description

The Chair Regulation of Labour will be part of the Department of Information Law and Labour Law (section Labour Law) of the Law School. The section Labour Law strives to be a renowned scientific knowledge institution for the study of regulation and organisation of labour in a wide perspective. The section has a strong international orientation, and its research and education are highly relevant to Dutch practice. The section encompasses two groups that were merged in 2018: the Amsterdam Institute for Labour Studies (AIAS) and the Hugo Sinzheimer Institute (HSI). The section Labour Law is the largest, most interdisciplinary group of scholars working in the field of regulation of labour in the Netherlands. It has a scientific staff of approximately 12 FTEs, divided over 17 staff members (4 professors, 1 associate professor, 2 assistant professors, 4 lecturers and 6 researchers). There are currently 6 internal PhD students and 6 external PhD students. In addition, a group of about 10 guest staff members is involved in research and education. The staff of the section consists of researchers and lecturers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including lawyers, economists and political scientists. The section is supported by a business operations manager and a secretary. It is currently headed by an interim Chair.

The prospective Chair will have the following tasks:

  • leading and further developing the section's international research on labour regulation as part of an interdisciplinary research-agenda;
  • independently conducting research on the regulation of labour;
  • stimulating, obtaining funding for and carrying out research in the 2nd and 3rd flow of funds;
  • leading the repositioning of the master's programme in Labour Law, as well as postgraduate courses, partly from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • supervising young teachers in their teaching;
  • leading the section;
  • conducting a transparent personnel, financial and administrative policy;
  • participating in the board at faculty and university level. 


The prospective Chair must in particular meet the following requirements:

  • a PhD or equivalent degree in the field of labour studies; candidates with a scientific background other than law should be able to demonstrate a close affinity with law;
  • a proven ability to engage in cutting edge research in issues related to regulation of labour at a theoretical and/or empirical level;
  • a proven interest in interdisciplinary research;
  • the capability to initiate and organise new research by identifying innovative research themes;
  • a documented excellence in research through publications in top international and/or national journals;
  • successful funding experience through competitive research grant applications and/or private funding;
  • connection to an international network, and contacts necessary to initiate national and international partnerships;
  • commitment to stimulating and supervising PhD research;
  • excellent educational capacities, as evidenced, among other things, by evaluations and educational qualifications; 
  • ability to provide appealing and activating education, in the field of the regulation of labour;
  • ability to provide good English-language education;
  • strong leadership skills (a connector, accessible, a good listener and communicator, innovative and flexible, and decisive ) and willingness to further build a promising interdisciplinary research group on labour regulation;
  • good managerial, organisational and managerial qualities and the willingness to use these at the various levels of governance.

The Chair will provide leadership in a section and law school that both in terms of education and day to day management in large part operate in Dutch. A successful candidate who is not native in Dutch should be committed to master passive Dutch within a reasonable time.

For more information about the Chair please take note of the profile.

Our offer

The chair will be a full-time (1.0 FTE) or near full time (0.8 FTE) position. The salary is in accordance with the salary scales for professors at Dutch universities, scale H2 or H1 (Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities), ranging from €5,749 to €10,106 gross per month (full-time equivalent) depending on expertise and previous experience. Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year allowance.

Further information

Additional information about the vacancy may be obtained from:

  • prof. André Nollkaemper, dean of the Amsterdam Law School

About the Faculty

The University of Amsterdam’s 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 5000 students and over 450 staff members, it is one of the largest law faculties in the Netherlands.

The staff of the Section Labour Law consists of researchers and lecturers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including lawyers, sociologists, economists and political scientists.

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.

If you recognize yourself in the profile and are interested in the position, we look forward to receiving:

  • a cover letter and a statement summarizing your motivation;
  • a curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications;
  • the names and contact details of two referees.

Send your application to solliciteren-fdr@uva.nl.

Response period closes 28 February 2021.

No agencies please

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