The Utrecht University in the Netherlands is inviting applications for the 2 PhD Positions in Competition Law and Technology for the 2020/2021 academic session.

The Utrecht University School of Law will be appointing two PhD researchers in International and European Law within the ERC Starting Grant project ‘Modern Bigness: Challenges for European Competition Law (MOBI)’ headed by Prof Anna Gerbrandy. The research project investigates whether European competition law can and should tackle the challenges of ‘Modern Bigness’, arising from the digital economy.

With the rapid technological developments and the growing indispensability of pivotal platforms for both market participants and citizens, new challenges are felt within the market and in the public spheres. The MOBI project aims at examining these effects of big technology companies in digital markets and beyond. It develops an original conceptual theory of power – Modern Bigness – and adds a normative framework to assess the role of European Competition Law. Thus, it focuses on the interplay between competition law and technology.

Worth of Award

  • They offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for a duration of 18 months. Upon positive evaluation, the contract will be extended by two-and-a-half years.
  • The gross salary ranges between €2,325 in the first year and increases to €2,972 (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month in the third year for full-time employment.
  • Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.
  • In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model).


  • Applicants are expected to have a Master’s degree in Law or, in specific circumstances, another relevant discipline.
  • Profound knowledge of European competition law is required.
  • A cooperative and open-minded approach to working in Academia is essential.
  • Applicants must have an excellent command of English.

The following areas of expertise and/or demonstrated interest are also highly desirable (non-mandatory):

  • competition law in the digital economy;
  • competition economics;
  • theory of regulation;
  • fundamentals of blockchain technology and/or political philosophy.

How to Apply

  • Everyone deserves to feel at home at their university.
  • They welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.
  • To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation via the ‘apply’ button on the website.


Deadline: Application closes November 30, 2019.

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