PhD Candidate: The Law on the Use and Sharing of Health Data

PhD Candidate: The Law on the Use and Sharing of Health Data at the Radboud Business Law Institute, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

The European legal framework has two competing goals in relation to health data. Health data should be used and shared for better healthcare and research. At the same time, data protection should always be ensured. This project is aimed at the exploration of this tension. It analyses whether the European legal framework leads to an adequate balance between data protection and the free movement of health data, both within and outside the context of Radboud Healthy Data programme.

This position is part of the Radboud Healthy Data programme, particularly of work package 4 (ethical, legal and societal aspects, WP4).  Within the broader context of Healthy Data WP4, the legal PhD project is focused on the legal concerns in relation to the use and sharing of health data, both within and outside of the context of the Radboud Healthy Data programme. 

Under the European Strategy for Data, the European Commission has the aim to facilitate the use and sharing of data. Within this broader strategy, health data are of special importance in view of the proposed European Health Data Space (EHDS). At the same time, the use and sharing of health data leads to data protection risks. The aim of this project is to understand and navigate this tension. Its objective is to understand the legal implications of the various possibly conflicting rules, and whether the resulting legal framework leads to an adequate balance of the various interests.

A full description of the project can be found in the attachment below.

Your research will culminate in a doctoral thesis in the form of either a monograph or a collection of previously published research papers. Your PhD supervisors will be Pieter Wolters, Raphaël Gellert and Tim Walree.

You will be part of the Department of Private Law of the Faculty of Law. The research will be part of the Radboud Business Law Institute. Furthermore, you will collaborate with researchers from various disciplines in iHub, Radboud University's interdisciplinary hub on digitalisation and society. This also includes other researchers in the Radboud Healthy Data programme.

In principle, the position will involve 100% research for four years. However, a five-year position with 75% research and 25% teaching is also a possibility, in which case you will be expected to teach courses at the Department of Private Law.


  • You hold a law degree (Master's or comparable).
  • You have a demonstrable interest in digitalisation and law.
  • You have ample knowledge of European data law, including data protection law.
  • You have an excellent command of the English language, both spoken and written.
  • You are strongly motivated to conduct PhD research in this area.
  • You possess excellent scientific writing, planning and communication skills.

The gross starting salary amounts to €3,226 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,720 in the fourth year (salary scale 10)

You can apply until 29 October 2023, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Pieter Wolters. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:

  • A motivation letter, including your thoughts on the most pressing issues in this project and how you would like to approach them. 
  • Your CV.
  • A transcript of your grades.

The first round of interviews will take place on Monday 13 November. You would preferably begin employment on 2 January 2024.

More details and applications here



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