Research Fellow in Technology and Law

Catholic University of Leuven Faculty of Law

The KU LEUVEN Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) is a research unit of the Faculty of Law. The Centre is affiliated to imec (research group on security & privacy) and a member of both the Leuven Centre on ICT (LICT) and Leuven.AI. CiTiP has over thirty years of experience in conducting research into the legal and ethical aspects of innovative technologies in both the public and private sectors. The Centre currently consists of over seventy full-time researchers involved in interdisciplinary projects funded by programs such as H2020, Marie Curie, FWO and ICON as well as through bilateral contracts. For more information regarding the Centre, please refer to the website.


The ongoing digitization and increasing automation transform society and human practices in many and diverging ways. These transformations challenge existing legal and regulatory frameworks and require appropriate governance.  The selected research fellow will work on research projects related to such transformations in a variety of domains, such as e-health, security or workplace automation.

The research position involves the following tasks:

  • Conducting fundamental and applied legal research, often in cooperation with computer and data scientists;
  • Acting as a point of contact for and engaging with CiTiP’s partners in research programmes;
  • Publishing research in high quality peer-reviewed national and international journals; presenting research results at national and international meetings, conferences, seminars and workshops;
  • Generating and pursuing original research ideas (for new research projects or a doctoral dissertation);
  • Engaging in science communication towards non-legal experts, stakeholders, the public at large (e.g. through CiTiP’s blog);
  • Building research collaborations nationally and internationally; facilitating and participating in crosscutting research collaborations as appropriate;
  • Contributing to the overall activities of the Centre (taking on limited educational and teaching assignments, contributing to grant applications, participating in thematic team meetings, setting up internal workshops).


Candidates for this junior position drawing our attention will hold:

  • a master’s degree in law
  • demonstrable interest for the societal impacts of technological developments
  • Familiarity with distributed ledger technologies will be considered as an asset, as will, in general, experience with research in law and technology.


  • A stimulating and dynamic work environment characterized by a unique mixture of independence, trust and support;
  • A favorable remuneration for engaging and enriching work with numerous benefits such as end-of-year bonus, holiday bonus, paid leave, flexible holiday periods, insurance, mobility incentives, and discounts for sports and cultural facilities;
  • Experience is an asset and can be considered;
  • Access to all facilities offered by the University;
  • Full-time employment at KULeuven, with a fixed term contract for one year, yearly renewable if both parties agree.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Anton Vedder, tel.: +32 16 32 69 23, mail: or Mrs. Edith Appelmans, tel.: +32 16 32 07 78, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than June 14, 2021 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: June 14, 2021
  • Tags: Rechten