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

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


The VIROS project examines legal and other regulatory issues raised by the increasing deployment of robots and artificial intelligence (AI) systems, particularly with respect to addressing the safety, security and privacy concerns such systems raise. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway.

The appointee 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 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 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.

The research assistant position will be a 50% position for one year, starting in October 2022. The gross salary will be NOK 191 600 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.

Applicants should have a very good command of written and spoken English as 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 Professor Lee A. Bygrave <>.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to an interview.

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

The deadline for application is 15 September.

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