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Call for Applications: Researcher and PhD Candidate for The Health and Ageing Law Lab (HALL) - deadline 20 September 2021

The multidisciplinary Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) is an independent entity within the Faculty of Law & Criminology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). With more than 45 researchers at all levels of experience, LSTS has become a prominent European research institute in the area of technology regulation. The staff comprises several postdoc researchers, PhD researchers, associated researchers and affiliated professors. Research staff at LSTS have backgrounds in a number of areas, including law, ethics, philosophy, political science, sociology, chemistry, criminology, and others. Great emphasis is placed on incorporating a multidisciplinary perspective in all our work.

The Health and Ageing Law Lab (HALL) is a subgroup of the LSTS. It is a team of researchers who are specialised in themes linked to matters of health and ageing, focusing on the articulations of law, science, technology, ethics & society.

As part of their duties, the successful candidate will be working on an innovation project (‘SOCIO-BEE’) in the area of citizen science, co-funded by the European Union, in support of the European Green Deal. The project proposes that community engagement and social innovation combined with citizen science through emerging technologies and playful interaction can bridge the gap between the capacity of communities to adopt more sustainable behaviours aligned with environmental policy objectives and between the citizen intentions and the real behaviour to act in favour of the environment (in this project, to reduce air pollution). The project ambitions the scalable activation of changes in citizens’ behaviour in support of pro-environment action groups, local sponsors, voluntary sector and policies in cities.

The researcher is expected to:

  • Ensure, in cooperation with research partners from other EU countries, that the research with human participants and the processing of their personal data are conducted in line with ethical standards and legal conditions.
  • Assist the project coordinator with other legal issues, including intellectual property rights and gender equality requirements.
  • Actively join in the academic activities of LSTS and HALL, helping in competing in national and European funding opportunities, attending and presenting in seminars, assisting in organizing conferences and workshops, and taking part in the development of an appropriate impact assessment framework for technologies used in the context of citizen science.
  • Develop a proposal for a doctoral degree (PhD), in the abovementioned field of research.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates are expected to possess the following qualifications:

  • a master’s degree in law, criminology, social science, ethics, STS, preferably with a specialization in technology, awarded by the deadline for applications;
  • any previous experience in the field of citizen science or citizen science research is a plus;
  • fluency in English, and the ability to conduct research in at least one other language;
  • good organisational and communicative skills;
  • the ability to work independently, under pressure, respect deadlines, and produce quality work.

Conditions of employment

The successful candidate will be integrated in a dynamic team, composed of both experienced and early career researchers. The candidate will collaborate closely with the other members of LSTS and HALL and will have access to doctoral training offered by the VUB, as well as to all facilities of the university. Successful candidates are expected to work at the VUB premises in Brussels, in line with Covid-19 limitations. Office space and equipment will be provided along with a budget for travelling and other research‐related expenses.

We offer employment as a full-time doctoral researcher. The PhD degree will be awarded in law. For more information about facilities and benefits of employment at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, please visit under the heading ‘future employees’.

Contract: full‐time research grant for one year, renewable on an annual basis for a maximum of four years. Extension of the contract is subject to the agreement of the doctoral committee. Remuneration is at the level of a full-time research assistant at a Flemish university (i.e. approximately €1.900 net per month) and includes contributions for social security. Secondary employment is not allowed.


The following application documents are to be consolidated into a single PDF file and sent by email to Olga Gkotsopoulou <>.

Applications (in English) should include the following:

  • a curriculum vitae of maximum 3 pages;
  • a short cover letter where you explain why you are interested in this position (maximum 1 page);
  • a research proposal for a PhD topic (approx. 2-3 pages) in the above-mentioned field of research or similar;
  • (If possible) a recent work, essay or excerpt that you would like to share with us to support your application, for the research and writing skills requirement (any topic is acceptable);

Deadline for the submission of applications is 20 September 2021, 23:59 Brussels time. The applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The interviews with the short-listed candidates will be held the last week of September.

The position is likely to start on 1 November 2021 (the start date could be subject to change).

If you are interested in learning more about VUB-LSTS, please visit the LSTS website If you are interested in learning more about HALL, please visit the HALL website .