The Faculty of Law and Criminology of KU Leuven has a vacancy for a half-time position as senior academic staff member (ZAP) in the field of "data law", within the research unit CiTiP (Centre for IT and IP Law). This half-time position is part of the awarded FED-tWIN project DigiL4ARCH (digital law for archiving - Digital information management: blessing or curse. A legal challenge!) (code: Prf-2022-027_DIGIL4Arch), in which the ZAP position is linked to a half-time position work leader (SW2) of indefinite duration offered by the State Archives (ARA). The DigiL4ARCH project is part of the FED-tWIN programme on long-term scientific cooperation between the federal scientific institutions (FSIs) and the universities. The promoters of the project are Prof. Dr. Marie-Christine Janssens, Head of the research unit CiTiP and Dr. Johan Van der Eycken, Head of the digital archiving services of the ARA.
This project pursues a threefold goal: (1) to analyse legal challenges arising from digital archiving; this requires, firstly: an understanding of the impact of existing and upcoming legislation on the information management of public bodies and the State Archives in particular; secondly, an analysis of how to adjust work processes with a view of increasing compliance with the regulatory framework and legal certainty; (2) to identify regulatory gaps in different legal domains that need to be addressed to ensure sustainable value creation in digital archiving; this entails a reflection on (regulatory) solutions to align existing frameworks in the digital field with open data policies within archives in a manner that safeguards the legitimate interest of third parties involved while enabling the transition from collection development to data and information management; (3) to formulate recommendations for an "Archive Law 2.0" that is fit for purpose and adapted to the digital reality, and that takes into account the archives societal benefits of proper information and data management.
The appointed candidate will therefore work half-time at KU Leuven (as ZAP tenure track) and half-time at ARA (as contractual work leader). The evaluation and selection of the candidate will be carried out by a jury consisting of representatives of the two institutions, and in particular of the Advisory Committee of the Faculty of Law and Criminology (KU Leuven) and of the services responsible for scientific research and Digital Archiving (ARA).
CiTiP (Centre for IT and IP Law), embedded in the Faculty of Law and Criminology, is internationally recognised as a leading research centre in the field of legal aspects of information technology and intellectual property rights. Current research includes legal-ethical issues concerning artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, privacy and data protection, e-health, human enhancement and pharma, media and telecommunications, (cyber) security and crime, the management of and transactions with data, bio- and food technologies, and the protection of intellectual property in a digital environment. Characteristic of this research is the intra- and extra-legal interdisciplinary and comparative legal approach, constantly seeking cross-fertilisation between legal, technical, economic, ethical and socio-cultural perspectives. The research group consists of more than 90 researchers, is led by 6 professors and 2 research experts, in collaboration with 9 postdoctoral researchers and 4 research support staff members. The group currently has more than 15 nationalities and is gender balanced. CiTiP endorses the view that academic excellence follows from the combination of excellent research and teaching, in which the sharing of knowledge leads to social impact. In doing so, CiTiP recognises that excellence is not only the result of individual performance, but above all of group performance, with each team member acting as a leader connecting people.
The State Archive and State Archive in the Provinces, or the State Archives for short, is a federal scientific institution, which is part of the Programmatic Public Service Science Policy. The institution consists of the State Archive in Brussels and 19 State Archives throughout Belgium. The State Archives acquire and preserve (after selection) archives of at least 30 years old from courts and tribunals, public administrations and notaries, but also from private organisations and individuals (companies, politicians, associations and societies, notaries, large families, etc.) that have played an important role in social life. It ensures that government archives are transferred according to archival standards. The State Archives supervise the proper preservation of the archives that were established and managed by a government. In this context, it provides guidelines and recommendations, carries out inspection visits, organises courses for civil servants and acts as a consultant for the construction and establishment of archive repositories and for the organisation of archive management within a public administration. The scientific staff of the State Archives make archive files accessible for research through inventories and other search aids such as databases, search guides, archive overviews, guides and institutional studies. Making these archival documents available to the public is one of the main tasks. The State Archives make its collections available to a wide and varied audience in a digital reading room and 19 physical reading rooms. As a scientific institution, which is at the same time at the heart of practice, the State Archives occupy an ideal position for the assignment. On the one hand, it makes it possible to combine academic research with policy-making and, on the other hand, to apply these regulations and to consider its impact on the lives of citizens and researchers. In this way, the institution actively participates in the social transformation of information management, open data politics and good governance in Belgium, especially - although not exclusively - at federal level.
You can apply for this vacancy up to and including June 29th, 2023, via our online application.
If you have problems applying electronically, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application package includes:
- your biosketch (more info: www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/en/academic-staff/senior-academic-staff-tenure-track-information);
- a comprehensive CV (including a full list of publications);
- a research plan with attention for the development of a research line and associated research team and with an eye for collaboration with fellow researchers within the entity(s) of employment (maximum 4 pages);
- an overview of your 5 most important publications or achievements (more info: www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/en/academic-staff/senior-academic-staff-tenure-track-information);
- a description of your vision on academic teaching and its organisation (maximum 2 pages);
- all educational evaluations of the past 5 years that you have;
- an overview of your contribution to service activities (internal representation through membership in boards and governing bodies, contributions to society from education and research, outreach and science communication) (maximum 1 page);
- a description of your vision on leadership (maximum 1 page).
When preparing these documents, please take into account the appointment across the 2 institutions.
Contact persons for questions about the content of this position or vacancy are:
- Prof. Dr. Wouter Devroe, Dean, email@example.com
- Prof. Dr. Marie-Christine Janssens, Head of the research unit CiTiP, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Prof. Dr. Peggy Valcke, Vice-Dean of Research, email@example.com
- Prof. Dr. Sébastien Dubois, Operational Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Johan Van der Eycken, Head of the Digital Archiving Service, email@example.com
- Dr. Rolande Depoortere, Digital Archivist, firstname.lastname@example.org
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KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.
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