Junior Researcher - department Criminal Law and Criminology - Faculty of Law (0,8 fte)

Research / Academic


We offer an exciting opportunity for a young, talented and ambitious (aspiring) researcher to enhance his/her research skills in a multi-national and interdisciplinary research environment. In addition, you will gain exposure to a variety of tasks implied in the management of a complex research project and in the translation of research results into societally relevant outputs. You will be part of a dynamic and close-knit research team willing to innovate and provide support for the development of new competencies and skills.

About the project

TheReSILIENT Project (‘Right to silence and related rights in pre-trial suspect interrogations in the EU: legal and empirical study and related best practice’) examines the implementation of the right to silence and other related rights (the right to information, right of access to a lawyer)  in the context of police interrogations of criminal suspects. It is an interdiscipinary project involving legal researchers, criminologists and (legal) psychologists. The project is led by Maastricht University, and it involves a legal and empirical study in Belgium, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands. An important goal of the project is to contribute to a more evidence-based policy discourse around the right to silence, one of the most politically debated procedural rights, on the EU and national level. To this end, the project seeks to provide reliable and robust empirical data on the practical implementation of the right to silence. In addition to research, the project will develop, inter alia, a training module for criminal justice practitioners, and roadmaps and policy briefings on the ‘myths’ and realities around RTS to be shared with policy actors and published on the project’s website.

Starting date: 1 October 2018

Tasks and responsibilities:  

  • Conduct legal and empirical research in the Netherlands;
  • Assist in the preparation of the comparative study (research, editing, organisation);
  • Assist in the production and dissemination of other project outputs, such as roadmaps, policy briefings, videos and training materials;
  • Develop and maintain the content of the project website and draft the project newsletter;
  • Provide organisational support to the project team as required (draft agendas, minutes, meeting reports, liaise with administrative staff);
  • Maintain files and records related to the tasks performed;
  • Attend and present at project meetings and other events as required.

All of the abovementioned tasks will be carried out under the supervision of senior researchers.



Profile and competencies:  

  • Master degree in law AND criminology, (legal) psychology or another related field;
  • Experience with/solid background in empirical research on topics related to criminal justice and/or criminology;
  • Solid knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research methods;
  • Native or near-native Dutch speaker;
  • Excellent command of English, including written English;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills;
  • Good organisational skills;
  • Good interpersonal skills enabling to maintain effective relationships with research contacts;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Experience with or knowledge of the Dutch criminal justice system is desirable;
  • Experience with or knowledge of web design and/or web development is a plus;
  • Experience of work/internships in the policy sector is a plus.

Salary Benefits:

The appointment as junior researcher will be for a period of two years for 0,80 fte. The salary will be set in scale 10 of the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities (a minimum salary of 10.0 €  2,640,- gross and a maximum of 10.1 € 2,763,-, both exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3 % end year bonus).

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The junior researcher will be employed at the Criminal Law and Criminology Department of the Law Faculty. 


Work Hours:

30.4 hours per week


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