One Position as (Postdoctoral) Researcher (100%)

Available from 1 September 2018 to assist on the MELA (“Memory Laws in European and Comparative Perspectives”) project run by the T.M.C. Asser Institute ( and to strengthen our research capacity regarding human rights and anti-discrimination law in the Research Strand on ‘human dignity and security in international and European law’ and in the context of our Strategic Research Agenda (
 As an early-career researcher, you are expected to:
  • initiate, develop and execute high-level research independently in the context of the MELA project (;
  • assist in the organization of the major research and dissemination events for the MELA project envisaged for the academic year 2018-2019;
  • edit a special journal issue of the MELA project and assist with other publications of the Asser-based MELA team;
  • publish research articles about memory laws in peer-reviewed journals or edited books with leading publishers;
  • contribute to the weekly mentorship of a PhD researcher at the Institute;
  • participate in international seminars and conferences, be willing to travel and submit conference proposals;
  • initiate, contribute to, and participate in commissioned research projects and their acquisition;
  • draw reports on MELA execution for the grant authority;
  • regularly update the website and social media of the MELA project, as well as to initiate and actively extend media exposure of the MELA project;
  • have an active interest in other work of the research group (in particular, within Institute’s strand A) and contribute with research and/or execution of projects on anti-discrimination law and human rights.
The following criteria will be taken into account:
  • a completed PhD dissertation in European, international, or comparative constitutional law or human rights;
  • a demonstrated research focus on freedom of speech and/or anti-discrimination law and/or memory politics; 
  • a research interest in legal governance of historical memory is a plus (for example, in memory politics, regulation of genocide denialism, historical memory and constitutional law, rule of law and history, a parallel degree in history or genocide studies, etc.);
  • knowledge of EU anti-discrimination law is an advantage;
  • fluency in two European languages or Hebrew, whereas fluency in Dutch is an advantage;
  • strong academic English is a must, native speakers are particularly welcome to apply;  
  • a demonstrated track record of academic publications;
  • experience in organizing conferences and editing academic papers is an advantage;
  • experience with social media and website maintenance is an advantage;
  • a relevant academic, institutional (especially in Brussels) or media network;
  • enthusiasm about contributing to a stimulating research community and demonstrable communication skills;
  • willingness to compete in attracting external funding for research projects.
  • The appointment is for one academic year (September 2018 – August 2019). Extension of the appointment is subject to the availability of extra funds and to satisfactory performance during the first year.
  • UFO Salary scale: 10-11 according to the collective labour agreement of the Dutch Universities (VSNU). Remuneration depends on the actual level of education, experience and knowledge with a maximum of €4.757- gross per month based on a full time equivalent (38 hours). Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end allowance.
 Please submit
(a) your current CV;
(b) a cover letter (maximum 3 pages), in which you explain your motivation, as well as briefly describe your potential research interests within the MELA project at the Asser Institute (with some indication of the subject, context, method, your academic suitability, etc.). Please see the project website (;
(c) a sample work of maximum 30 pages (e.g. a published paper);
(d) two signed letters of recommendation in PDF.
Please, submit all your documents in one PDF file.
Further information can be obtained from Dr. Ulad Belavusau (email:, Senior Researcher and Principal Investigator for the MELA Project, and Prof. Dr. Janne Nijman, Academic Director of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut (e-mail:
Your application must be submitted in English to Ms Karlijn Dijksterhuis ( Applications not including all of the above requirements will not be considered.
Applications must be submitted before 15 May 2018.
More information here.
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