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„Special-purpose sovereigns: online platforms and the new contract law of the digital era.” – Job proposal for post-doc

General information

The Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw) opens a call for a post-doctoral researcher in the project “Special-purpose sovereigns”: online platforms and the new contract law of the digital era. The project is financed by the National Science Centre (OPUS grant 2020/37/B/HS5/04212).

The project is focused on the regulatory role of online platforms such as Amazon, eBay, Uber and Airbnb. These providers act as intermediaries when concluding and implementing contracts that are agreed upon between platform users. To a large extent, the providers set their own rules and thus create contract law “microsystems”. Since the platforms operate in a non-uniform legal setting that is shaped by national and transnational rules and characterized by many gaps and ambiguities, they are able to continuously expand and reinforce their autonomy as regards the setting of rules. The research is going to identify the underlying structural patterns of platforms’ rulemaking, as well as to construe a comprehensive theoretical framework for the new modes of market governance establishes and applied by platforms.

The post-doctoral researcher is expected to carry out independent research and to cooperate with other researchers within the framework of the project. The successful candidate will be offered a 3-year employment agreement at the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Tasks in the project can be carried out remotely and there is no residence requirement in Warsaw.


Employment conditions

Employment will be subjected to the provisions of the Labor Code of Poland (Act of 26 June 1974 Labor Code, consolidated text: Journal of Laws 2020, item 1320).
Form of employment: full-time employment contract for a fixed period of up to 3 years. Shorter employment period is possible upon an individual arrangement with the selected candidate.
The selected candidate cannot stay in employment relationship with any other employer in Poland and abroad in the duration of the post-doctoral employment.
Remuneration: 10000 PLN (gross, including all accompanying employer’s burdens) per month. The take-home pay is about 1320 EUR per month.


Requirements for a candidate:

  • Ph.D. in law
  • academic output and research experience regarding one of the following areas: private law, consumer law, digital commerce, theory of law or law and new technologies
  • fluency in English

The preference in the selection process will be given to candidates who evidence previous research experience over online platforms, self-regulation of society and market, as well as theory of rulemaking and governance.

Candidates are requested to submit the following documents:

  • motivation letter
  • copy of the Ph.D. diploma
  • curriculum vitae with a full list of publications
  • declaration that in the case of signing an employment agreement with the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences the candidate will not be employed upon an employment agreement neither in Poland nor abroad
  • signed consent for processing personal data, attached to this call

The applications should be submitted at the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences in hard copies or sent via email by 31 August 2021, 23:59 CET to: o.bodnar@inp.pan.pl. The documents may be submitted as scanned copies.

After first round of reviews of applications, successful candidates will be invited for an interview.
Date of employment: not later than 1 October 2021.