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PhD student for the research project DATA4ALL at the Faculty of Law
University of Copenhagen

Date Posted Apr. 17, 2020
Title PhD student for the research project DATA4ALL at the Faculty of Law
University University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark
Department Faculty of Law
Application Deadline May 10, 2020
Position Start Date Sep. 1, 2020
  • Post-Doc
  • Law - General

The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, is seeking applications for a position as PhD. The position is part of the research project "DATA4ALL" and is available from 1 September 2020, for a duration of 36 months. Start date is negotiable. The position is fully funded.

About the DATA4ALL project
Despite decades of legal harmonization, the chance of receiving asylum for people from the same country still varies significantly across Europe and in the Nordics. The DATA4ALL project will leverage data science to understand outcome variations in asylum decisions across countries – a problem central to migration law and wider debates related to international cooperation in the area of asylum and refugees. The project will compare large-scale decision data and case file transcripts from Denmark, Sweden and Norway, and use natural language processing (NLP), sentiment analysis, machine learning, and process mining to unpack and understand what shapes outcome variations. The project further draws on critical data studies to engage decision-makers themselves, raising question to the data and promote data literacy and ethics among both scholars and practitioners. As such, DATA4ALL will help showcase the wider potential of integration migration law and data science.

The PhD employed as part of the DATA4ALL project will form a part of a larger research team, which includes senior researchers from both LAW and the Department of Computer Science (DIKU) at the University of Copenhagen, as well as one additional PhD and one postdoc specifically dedicated to the project. The PhD will define his or her own research idea and project within this broader project. The PhD will be responsible for securing a strong link to migration law within the project and may engage with both formal-legal and socio-legal approaches to asylum decision-making and perform legal analysis of underlying differences in interpretation and procedures across jurisdictions. Working together with data scientists, the PhD will be able to critically test different assumptions and explanatory factors and promote empirical approaches to migration law more broadly.

Successful PhD candidates are required to

  • Actively engage in the interdisciplinary research environment established by the project at the University of Copenhagen; participate in international conferences, courses and meetings relevant to their research project
  • Comply with the formal requirements of the PhD programme;
  • Contribute to teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in Danish or English offered by the Faculty of Law;
  • Conduct independent and high quality research under the supervision of a senior member of academic staff at the Faculty.

The Faculty of Law offers supervision by highly qualified academics and provides an excellent opportunity to research contemporary legal issues in an intellectually stimulating environment.

If you are offered a PhD position, you will receive a regular monthly salary in accordance with Danish law and you will be entitled to an annual research budget. The Faculty does not provide accommodation.

Please find the full description of the position and apply here:

Application deadline is 10 May 2020, 23:59 GMT+1

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career

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