Postdoctoral Researcher in Criminal Proceedings and The Use Of AI

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 26 Jun 2021

Your role...

The Department of Law of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance of the University of Luxembourg is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research in the context of the interdisciplinary research project on” Criminal Proceedings and the Use of AI: Challenges for Common Criminal Procedure Principles and the Principles of the Rule of Law”. The research project is funded by the Fonds National de la Recherche. It gathers highly qualified experts in criminal law, IT law, data protection law, as well as in AI and machine learning, cybernetics, ethics and representatives of the private sector developing AI to examine critical questions about using AI in criminal proceedings.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be working under the supervision of Professor Katalin Ligeti in the framework of the above-described research project. In particular, the Postdoctoral Researcher will assist in setting up and implementing the project by

  • Realizing own research on the EU and Council of Europe (CoE) standards on the use of AI in criminal proceedings
  • Contributing to the various research activities related to the project. Together with Professor Ligeti, draft the questionnaire for the various project reports, prepare comparative analysis of the national reports, prepare the scientific materials of the project meetings
  • Publication of articles in scientific reviews and contributions to conferences
  • Assisting with teaching activities, one to three hours a week and contribute to tutoring students


We are looking for a candidate with a PhD in Law, preferably with a specialisation in EU/international/national criminal/criminal procedure law and/or IT and completed by 1 September 2021 (N.B. applications from PhD candidates who will have started their final year of doctoral studies before that date may be considered).

In particular, the following requirements apply:

  • Strong interest in criminal procedure, data protection, digital technology, and interdisciplinary research;
  • Proven ability to autonomously conduct research at a post-doctoral level;
  • Fluent written and spoken English (Project language);
  • Good IT skills;
  • Proven ability to work individually as well as part of a team;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.

 In short...

  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month 
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week 
  • Location: Kirchberg
  • Job Reference: UOL04167 

In particular, we offer:

  • An exciting international and multilingual research environment and the possibility to work within a research team focused on AI and Criminal Justice;
  • Personal workspace (full-time contract requires the doctoral candidate to work at the University premises).
  • Travel opportunities for training and learning;
  • The University offers highly competitive salaries based on the candidate's experience and is an equal opportunity employer.

About us...

The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character. It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching, is relevant to its country, is known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education. The University`s core asset is its well-connected world-class academic staff which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society.

The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance offers three Bachelor programmes, four Master programmes of Management and Economics and six Masters of Laws (LL.M.), as well as several continuing education courses. It also includes the Doctoral School in Law and the Doctoral School in Economics and Finance. Around 2,500 students from 90 different nationalities are enrolled at the Faculty. Academic staff from 18 different nationalities teach at the Faculty, supported by practitioners from the field, visiting scholars and guest professors. Rooted in Luxembourg but with a European and international outlook, the Faculty counts three departments:

  • Department of Law
  • Department of Economics and Management (DEM)
  • Department of Finance

Teaching and research benefit from the proximity of the European institutions, Luxembourg’s world-class financial centre ranked second in the world in investment fund asset domicile, and its vibrant business community. Institutional and private sector partnerships, sponsored Chairs, and a growing network of international partner universities make the FDEF a vibrant academic hub within the University at the heart of Europe.

How to apply...

Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system and include:

  • A motivation letter
  • A copy of the PhD diploma or a letter indicating the expected defence date
  • A detailed curriculum vitae with a complete bibliography of published works
  • Copy of a publication

For more information concerning this position, please contact Prof. Katalin Ligeti, email:

To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by June 30th, 2021.

The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

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