Assistant Professor in Data Protection and Privacy Law

Are you an exceptional individual with expertise in data protection and privacy law, driven by the ambition to contribute to the ongoing success of the European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity (ECPC)? Then we are looking for you to join our team!

We are looking for an Assistant Professor in Data Protection and Privacy Law within the esteemed European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity (ECPC). Situated under the Law Faculty, ECPC offers executive education programs closely integrated with applied research on legal issues related to personal data protection and cybersecurity. 

ECPC – European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity
The European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity (ECPC), established under the Law Faculty of Maastricht University, offers executive education programmes closely intertwined with the centre’s research on legal issues related to personal data protection and cybersecurity. A growing number of certified professionals are required to deal with new regulations and on-going developments in the privacy and cybersecurity market. In order to meet this global demand, ECPC offers a complete track of regular practice-oriented DPO training and certification courses, a full diploma track on privacy management, conferences and seminars on emerging issues and challenges. The Advanced Master in Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Management prepares the managers of today for the challenges of tomorrow.

As an assistant professor, you will teach in the Advanced Master in Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Management, coordinate courses and supervise master dissertations. 


  • Coordinate and teach courses in the Advanced Master program.
  • Supervise master theses and assist in supervising PhD students.
  • Contribute significantly to the performance and development of the Advanced Master program and other ECPC executive education programs.
  • Conduct research in the field of privacy and related areas.
  • Acquire, coordinate, and contribute to applied research projects in the domain of privacy and related areas.
  • Teach in executive training for professionals and develop new training initiatives.

Embrace a role that offers significant autonomy and fulfilment. We maintain an 80/20 teaching-research balance, fostering a dynamic and enriching environment. Our collaborative team communicates in English, providing you with the opportunity to contribute to research and executive education and inspire the next generation of professionals.

The ideal candidate:

  • Holds a PhD degree in data protection, privacy law, or data security. If you are in the process of acquiring a PhD, you may be considered for a temporary teacher position.
  • Demonstrates profound knowledge of data privacy with an interest in the interplay between data protection/privacy and technologies.
  • Possesses experience in teaching professionals and conducting applied research, preferably in a Problem-Based Learning environment.
  • Expertise in global and European data protection laws and practices, including an in-depth understanding of the GDPR.
  • Excellent writing, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong client service orientation, good communication skills, and the ability to collaborate across various disciplines.
  • Eagerness to develop new business initiatives.
  • Excellent command of the English language (spoken and written).


What we offer

As Assistant Professor at Faculty of Law, you will be employed by the most international university in the Netherlands, located in the beautiful city of Maastricht. In addition, we offer you:

  • Good employment conditions. The position is graded in scale 11 according to UFO profile Assistant Professor, with corresponding salary based on experience ranging from €4332,00 and €5929,00 gross per month (based on a full-time employment of 38 hours per week). In addition to the monthly salary, an 8.0% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus apply.
  • An employment contract for a period of 18 months with a scope of 1,0 FTE. Upon proven suitability, the employment contract will be converted to an indefinite contract. 
  • At Maastricht University, the well-being of our employees is of utmost importance, we offer flexible working hours and the possibility to work partly from home if the nature of your position allows it. You will receive a monthly commuting and internet allowance for this. If you work full-time, you will be entitled to 29 vacation days and 4 additional public holidays per year, namely carnival Monday, carnival Tuesday, Good Friday, and Liberation Day. If you choose to accumulate compensation hours, an additional 12 days will be added. Furthermore, you can personalize your employment conditions through a collective labor agreement (CAO) choice model. 
  • As Maastricht University, we offer various other excellent secondary employment conditions. These include a good pension scheme with the ABP and the opportunity for UM employees to participate in company fitness and make use of the extensive sports facilities that we also offer to our students. 
  • Last but certainly not least, we provide the space and facilities for your personal and professional development. We facilitate this by offering a wide range of training programs and supporting various well-established initiatives such as 'acknowledge and appreciate'. 
    The terms of employment at Maastricht University are largely set out in the collective labor agreement of Dutch Universities. In addition, local provisions specific to UM apply. For more information, click here.

Maastricht University

Why work at Maastricht University?
At Maastricht University (UM), everything revolves around the future. The future of our students, as we work to equip them with a solid, broad-based foundation for the rest of their lives. And the future of society, as we seek solutions through our research to issues from all around the world. Our six faculties combined provide a comprehensive package of study programmes and research.

In our teaching, we use the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method. Students work in small groups, looking for solutions to problems themselves. By discussing issues and working together to draw conclusions, formulate answers and present them to their peers, students develop essential skills for their future careers.

With over 22,300 students and more than 5,000 employees from all over the world, UM is home to a vibrant and inspiring international community.

Are you drawn to an international setting focused on education, science and scholarship? Are you keen to contribute however your skills and qualities allow? Our door is open to you! As a young European university, we value your talent and look forward to creating the future together.

Click here for more information about UM. 

Faculty of Law
The Faculty of Law at Maastricht University is a top-quality provider of challenging and rewarding Dutch and European legal education at bachelor’s, masters and PhD-level. A true pioneer in small-scale education and the teaching of legal skills for a broad range of future legal professionals.  

The clear research focus on European and international aspects of law and technology. On the empirical dimension of law provides both students and staff with a stimulating work environment. The faculty values its open and inclusive community, which contributes to creating a productive and pleasant place for work and study.  

 The Faculty of Law offers a wide range of bachelor and master's programs. Would you like to learn more about our programs? Visit our website for more information on the courses, career perspectives, and admission requirements of our programs.  

Are you interested in this exciting position but still have questions? Feel free to contact or for more information.

Or are you already convinced and ready to become our new Assistant Professor ? Apply now, no later than 29th February 2024, for this position.

The vacancy is open for internal and external candidates. In case of equal qualifications, internal candidates will be prioritized. 

Maastricht University is committed to promoting and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that diversity in our staff and student population contributes to the quality of research and education at UM, and strive to enable this through inclusive policies and innovative projects led by teams of staff and students. We encourage you to apply for this position.

Job Type:  Academic
Faculty/Service Center:  Faculty of Law
Closing date:  29-02-2024
FTE min:  1,0
FTE max:  1,0
Salary min:  €4332,00
Salary max:  €5929,00
ID job:  645
Job Type:  Academic
Faculty/Service Center:  Faculty of Law
Closing date:  29-02-2024
FTE min:  1,0
FTE max:  1,0
Salary min:  €4332,00
Salary max:  €5929,00
ID job:  645