Research Assistant(s) in the project “Vulnerability in the Robot Society” (VIROS)

Are you interested in conducting research on legal aspects of the use of robots? The Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL) at the Department of Private Law, University of Oslo has one to two positions available as research assistant within the project “Vulnerability in the Robot Society” (VIROS).

The VIROS project examines the challenges and solutions in regulating robotics – legally and technically – particularly with respect to addressing the safety, security and privacy concerns such systems raise. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

The appointee(s) will work as part of a team at the NRCCL in collaboration with an interdisciplinary group of experts from other institutions. The main tasks of the appointee(s) will be to carry out supervised research on one or more issues that fall within the remit of the VIROS project and to write a thesis on the basis of the research. The thesis is to be written with a view to having it published (in revised form) in an international, peer-reviewed academic journal. Additionally, the appointee(s) will assist in organising seminars, conferences and other events under the aegis of the VIROS project, and assist in the research and writing activities of senior researchers in the VIROS team.

Each research assistant position will be a 50 % position for one year, starting in June 2019 (or later by agreement). The pay is 50 % of pay grade 35, which constitutes a gross salary of NOK 179,000 per year.


Applicants should be enrolled in one of the four specialised LL.M. programs of the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. Students enrolled in the ordinary Norwegian law program (Master i rettsvitenskap) are also eligible to apply if they have completed at least the third year of their master degree in law and are willing to write a large master thesis (60 credits) relevant for the project. Only students that are eligible to submit the 60 credit thesis will be awarded the corresponding credits on completion of the thesis. Students writing a 30 credits master thesis could also be considered for the position(s).

Applicants should have a very good command of written and spoken English due to the fact that English is the working language for the VIROS project and written output of the project is predominantly produced in English.

Applicants should provide a short statement (maximum 2 pages) explaining their interest in and suitability for the position, transcripts of their University grades, and a short CV (maximum 2 pages). Applications should be sent by e–mail to Eva Dobos.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to an interview.

For more information about the position(s), please contact either Professor Lee A. Bygrave or Professor Tobias Mahler.

The deadline for application is 26 April.


Publisert 2. apr. 2019 09:59 - Sist endret 9. apr. 2019 14:48