Competition and Market Regulation

Research Fellows TILT

This opportunity is for colleagues who seek to deeply engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary exploration of topics related to TILT’s research in law, technology and society.

The call for Research Fellow applications is currently closed -

About TILT’s Research Fellows

TILT maintains formal research links with academics who are engaged in collaborative activities with the Institute in research and teaching. This opportunity is for colleagues who seek to deeply engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary exploration of topics related to TILT’s research in law, technology and society. We invite applications from individuals from around the globe and encourage applications from a diverse group of experts committed to delivering a contribution to the regulation of technologies and technology-related societal innovation. The candidate’s research interests and activities during the visit should be in line with TILT’s mission, focal areas and competences. Research Fellows must be willing to contribute to gaining a deeper understanding of the complex ways in which technology, regulation, and normative outlooks interact and shape each other.

Fellows are expected to spend significant time at TILT, hence the Institute offers work space, computing and library facilities (more information under Practical Matters). Research Fellows are prepared to give occasional guest lectures, research seminars and/or master classes. Also we appreciate it if Research Fellows have some interaction with our PhD’s and Master students. A detailed work plan will be agreed upon between candidate and TILT prior to appointment. Research Fellows can take part in all academic and social events at TILT.


The position of Research Fellow is open to (postdoc) researchers and academic staff from both within and outside European Union countries.


Research Fellows are appointed for one semester or one year. Applications can be made at any time, but at least 4 months prior to the date of intended arrival. Because office space is limited, early application is advised.

Start Autumn semester September
Start Spring semester January

 - Please note that the call for Research Fellow applications is currently closed -

Practical Matters


Tilburg is a city located in the south of the Netherlands. It has over 200.000 inhabitants and ranked sixth in the top 10 of largest cities in the country. It is strategically located between Amsterdam and Brussels: when travelling by train you will reach Amsterdam within 1,5 hours, while Brussels is only 2 hours away. It makes Tilburg the perfect operating base if you want to conduct research in Europe. This is enhanced by the high quality of research and education at Tilburg University in general and TILT in particular.

Work space

The Montesquieu building, in which TILT is located, provides office and conference space, as well as a large learning center on the ground floor that provides students and visiting scholars with a study area containing all the IT facilities that they need in an open and modern environment. TILT benefits from up-to-date computing facilities, providing Research Fellows access to the Internet, various electronic research tools, and the University's extensive network of resources. Each Research Fellow is allocated a work space within TILT which is equipped with a desktop PC, Wi-Fi is provided.


TILT will assist the Research Fellow in finding accommodation during his/her stay, if necessary. The Dutch Scientific Organization (NWO) has funds available to sponsor visiting researchers (foreign senior researchers; max. 12 months). Application deadline: 3 months before arrival date. For more information check NWO.


Prospective visitors are advised to bear in mind that the cost of a visit to the Institute will include the following elements:

  • Visa (if applicable);
  • Resident permit (if applicable);
  • Transportation: depending on distance;
  • Accommodation: the average cost for a two-bedroom flat in Tilburg is now about €850 till €1200 per month for a furnished apartment (gas & electricity mostly included). It is possible to rent a room in a shared house from €425 till €1200 for furnished rooms/apartments (gas & electricity included).
  • Maintenance: visitors without a family should expect to spend approximately €70,00 per week on food. Additional funds would be required for entertainment etc. When accompanied by a family, costs will increase;
  • Research related expenses: travel, secretarial, telephone/fax etc. These will vary according to the nature of the research being done.
Financial Aid

Financial aid will be provided for costs (to a maximum of €3000) made for travel and housing. TILT will assist the Research Fellow in finding accommodation during his/her stay. Financial aid for other costs may be available upon request.

Required Application Materials

Application form

The call for Research Fellow applications is currently closed -

Fill in the application form


Please add the following information (copies of documents) to the application:

  • Outline of research: work program, max. 3 pages
  • Proof of financial support
  • Name, address and e-mail address of two academic referees including letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae (including publication list).

Sending your application

Send your application to the TILT secretariat:



Sharon Haleva-Amir

In July and August 2018 we had Sharon Haleva-Amir as a visiting fellow at TILT.

Sharon is a lecturer and a faculty member in the School of Communication at Bar Ilan University where she has been teaching courses on themes that refer to the connections between Law, Technology and Society (New Media: Introduction to Technology & Society; Media Law; Open Government; (e-Gov); The Political Web seminar; Digital Campaigns; Changing Concepts in the Digital Era; Legal and Social Sciences' Databases; Introduction to Academic Literacy). 

She is holding a PhD degree in Law from Haifa University's Law School (Fellow in HCLT); an MA in Information Science (majoring in Internet Studies) and an LLB from Tel Aviv University. 

Her academic focus lies between new technologies and the public sphere in three different dimensions: (1) the political - communicative dimension; (2) the public democratic dimension and (3) the legal dimension and within the interdisciplinary field of e-Politics,  which studies the novelties of personal political use of new technologies. 

Sharon's project on TILT had addressed the fundamental issues of politicians’ blocking habits on Facebook through the case study of Israeli Parliament Members. An issue that corresponds with the key area of the evolving digital society as it refers both to power structures as well as to new forms of governance.


Jorge L. Contreras

From 11-21 December 2017 we had Jorge L. Contreras  as a visiting professor at TILEC and TILT.

Jorge L. Contreras is a Professor of Law at the University of Utah and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Ontario, Canada. He has previously served on the law faculties of American University and Washington University in St. Louis. Before entering academia, Professor Contreras was a partner at the international law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where he practiced transactional and IP law in Boston, London and Washington DC.  His research focuses, among other things, on the development of technical standards and the use, dissemination and ownership of data generated by scientific research. He has published more than 100 scholarly articles and chapters and is the editor of four books relating to technology law and technical standards, including the Cambridge Handbook of Technical Standardization Law (2017).  He has been quoted in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Washington Post, Korea Times, has been a guest on NPR, BBC and various televised broadcasts, and has been cited by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, European Commission and courts in the U.S. and Europe.  He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Interdisciplinary Division of the ABA’s Section of Science & Technology Law, and as a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Council of Councils and the IPR Policy Committee of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).  He has previously served as Co-Chair of the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists, and as a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committee on IP Management in Standard-Setting Processes.  He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (JD) and Rice University (BSEE, BA).

Janet Chan

In September and October 2017 we had Janet Chan  as a visiting professor at TILT.

Janet Chan is currently Professor at UNSW Law, Key Researcher at the Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (D2D CRC) and a member of the Law, Technology and Innovation Research Network.  She is a multidisciplinary scholar with research interests in criminal justice policy and practice, sociology of organization and occupation, and the social organization of creativity. She is internationally recognized for her contributions to policing research, especially her work on police culture and the use of information technology in policing. 

Janet has been awarded a number of major grants for criminological and sociolegal research, ranging from policing, juvenile justice, restorative justice, work stress and wellbeing of lawyers, to projects on Big Data analytics for national security and law enforcement. 

Janet has held various positions in Australia, including Research Director of the NSW Judicial Commission, Director of the Sydney Institute of Criminology, Head of the School of Social Science and Policy, Professor and Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW. She was President of the UNSW Academic Board from 2008 to 2011, Associate Dean (Research) of the Law School from 2011 to 2014, and Distinguished Professor of iCinema Research Centre from 2014 to 2016. 

Janet was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2002 for distinction in research achievements. In 2015 she was the joint recipient of the ANZ Society of Criminology Distinguished Criminologist Award. 

She has been research consultant to various organizations including: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, National Crime Authority, Australian Institute of Judicial Administration, and the Royal Commission into the NSW Police Service. She was part-time Commissioner of the NSW Law Reform Commission (2001-2005). She is a member of the editorial board of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, a reviewer for the Australian Research Council (ARC), and was an expert member of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Research Evaluation Committee in 2010 and 2012.

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