Are you passionate about legal research with a societal impact?
Do you want to be part of an excellent, world-leading interdisciplinary team of engaged open data researchers and practitioners based in the European Union?
Check out this Early Career Research er position in a unique cross-sector training environment.
This fully funded Early Career Researcher position is part of the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie ITN project entitled "ODECO: Towards a Sustainable Open Data ECOsystem" (see www. odeco-research.eu).
ODECO is a four-year project involving 15 research projects covering each a specific part of the open data ecosystem. The central aim of the ODECO consortium network is to train the next generation of creative and innovative early stage open data researchers, to unlock their creative and innovative potential to address current and future challenges in the creation of user driven, circular and inclusive open data ecosystems.
Current developments in the field of open data are characterised as highly fragmented. Open data ecosystems are often developed in different domains in isolation of each other and with little involvement of potential users, resulting in approaches that significantly limit open data reusability for users. This reduces innovation and the ability to create new valued added goods and services. Isolated domains also undermine interoperability for users acting as a barrier to data sharing. Efforts are also uncoordinated in open data training and research, where multidisciplinary approaches are scant.
Bringing together different sectors (research, private sector, government, non-profit) and different perspectives (public administration, law, business, engineering), ODECO aims to address the central challenge of realizing a user driven, circular and inclusive open data ecosystem. Through its novel research and training programme, ODECO will provide early-stage researchers with relevant open data knowledge, skills and research experience.
The Early Career Research position on “Open Licensing of Non-Government Data” will design new legal instruments to include private actors as producers and sharers of (open) data and data generated by private companies and users on private platforms, by:
- Investigating from a legal perspective novel value distribution and incentive mechanisms and design how a new sustainable distribution of value in the open data ecosystem may be implemented in licenses based on alternative values defined in collaboration with other PhDs and members of the ODECO project teams working in other disciplines.
- Investigating whether commons-based approaches can be developed to openly license commercial data and data volunteered by citizens on public, commons, and private platforms, and ported from other environments (e.g., medical and microbial commons, data pools).
- Exploring legal mechanisms that will facilitate and incentivise the release of non-government data as open data in open data commons, data pools or data collaboratives) as well as private and user-generated data contributed to public and private platforms (e.g., social media).
- Ensuring compatibility between commercial, and individual (data protection, privacy and sharing) interests.
The candidate will conduct research, prepare scientific articles, present the research at conferences and in journals, and contribute to deliverables of the project with the ODECO project team.
The candidate will be working under the supervision by Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay at the CNRS Center for Internet and Society (CIS, see https: // cis.cnrs.fr/) and be part of the CIS team at CNRS which will provide a full-time employment contract.
The candidate will take part to the ODECO interdisciplinary training activities with the other teams including 14 other Early Career Researcher candidates of the project, and benefit from a career development plan.
The candidate will work in an environment allowing mentoring hosted in a CNRS shared office in Paris 17ème arrondissement with colleagues in sociology of technology involved in French-based, European and international projects, among others:
As a Marie Curie ITN researcher, the candidate will have the opportunity to conduct practical internships at universities and case studies at excellent open data intermediaries through the EU ITN network, in your case, at the University of Delft co-supervised by Prof. Ploeger, and a secondment in one or two non-profits in the open data sector.
Contract duration: 28 months
Starting date: February or March 2023
Monthly gross salary: 3452 euros + 600 euros of Marie Curie mobility + 500 euros if the candidate has family dependants.Selection process
To apply, you should submit:
• A short cover letter explaining your personal motivation in pursuing a research position as part of ODECO, including how you see the research experience fitting into your career trajectory • A CV, which should include details of your eligibility (degree and residency) • Diploma • Transcripts of records (bachelor and master) • The master thesis with a one-page summary in English • If available, another sample of writing, e.g., scientific publications, professional or popular science writing • English language certificate(s) • 2–3 recent recommendation letters if you already have them for another application, otherwise the name, email contact details and affiliation of 2-3 academic or professional references we may contact.
Please submit your application package in one single PDF file entitled as “LastnameOdecoApplication.pdf” to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that incomplete applications will not be processed and that your application cannot be considered if you don't comply with the mobility rules, in particular you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (March 2023).
Contact and application: email@example.com
Closing date for application Monday 28 November 2022 at 11am CET Paris time. Selected candidates will be invited to an online interview scheduled on Friday 2 December 2022. Results to be expected in the first week of December. Administrative hiring process in December 2022/January 2023.Offer Requirements
Juridical sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
CNRS will recruit prospective talented researchers of any nationality, gender, culture, religion, sexual orientation or age.
Since this position is part of a Horizon Marie Curie ITN project, several hard selection criteria apply to be eligible:
Prior education and experience:
The candidate must have a master's degree in law or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in law such as LLM or JD.
Prior knowledge of Information Technology law is required.
Familiarity with public sector information, contract law, intellectual property, open licensing and information technologies is highly desired.
Writing skills, ability to formulate/work on a scientific project
Ability to work in a team and independently
Organisational ability and ability to account for one's own actions
Ability to communicate, analyse and argue a case, summary and critical evaluationSpecific Requirements
You will be expected to work at other organizations in the consortium as part of secondments including in the Netherlands at the University of Delft.
During your appointment, you will be expected to participate to the ODECO project meetings hosted by the European partners and conferences.Contact Information