Postdoctoral researcher in criminal law and privacy (0,8 - 1fte)

Tilburg University
April 20 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Post-doctorate position in criminal law, privacy at TILT: "Privacy in the 21st century: finding new boundary markers through comparative legal research".

TILT is looking for a post-doctorate researcher with a background in law, specialized in criminal law and having affinity with cybercrime and privacy. The position is, for the first two years, part of the VICI project of prof. Bert-Jaap Koops, 'Privacy in the 21st century: finding a new paradigm to protect citizens in the age of ubiquitous data'.

The project seeks to find ways to reinvent legal protection of privacy, which is currently based on a distinction between private and public places, which is outdated because people carry their private life around using mobile devices and cloud computing, and the default condition in public space is changing from being anonymous to being identifiable, through pervasive surveillance and tracking technologies. In view of these socio-technical trends, the law should find alternative concepts or distinctions to determine what comes closest to people's personal life in our technology-pervaded society:  a metaphorical 'home 2.0'.

The project addresses these questions through integrating comparative law and Science and Technology Studies. The postdoc will be responsible for comparative legal analysis of common-law jurisdictions, primarily the United Kingdom, and secondarily Canada and the United States. The research will focus on how new privacy concepts, such as ‘home 2.0', fit in the legal system and whether they can be used to address topical legal challenges, such as cloud investigations, smartphone searches incident to arrest, and police hacking. The postdoc will closely collaborate with prof. Koops and a PhD student who research the same for civil-law jurisdictions.

Besides the project, the postdoc will supervise Master theses and possibly conduct other minor teaching tasks, as well as actively participating in everyday TILT activities. Collaboration may also be requested in other, shorter-term projects related to privacy or cybersecurity.

After two years, the postdoc will work on other (possibly self-initiated) projects on related topics, within TILT's research cluster in cybercrime and cyber-investigations.

You have completed a PhD in criminal law, or in a closely related field. You have experience in researching UK law and other common-law jurisdictions. You have demonstrable interest in developments in cybercrime, cybersecurity, and privacy, and you aim to develop yourself further in this field. You have an academic mind-set, good analytic skills, strong research, writing and collaborative skills, and an excellent command of written and spoken English. You like to work independently but also to collaborate closely within a small team. Teaching experience and experience in grant applications are considered an advantage.

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