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The Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) and ACELG are looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated and well-organized PhD researcher, preferably a graduate of a research master, who is specialized in health law and/or European law or public health and will contribute to our 4-year project on the development of achieving better accessibility to pandemic vaccines.

Project description

Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD), the INDIGO project involves public and private R&D organisations in the EU, India and United States for the development of two influenza vaccine concepts with the goal to achieve better efficacy, lower costs and better accessibility.

A crucial component of the INDIGO project involves examining potential barriers and opportunities for the implementation of this next-generation of influenza vaccines. The legal sub-project that the incumbent PhD student will manage aims to examine regulatory pathways for access to medicines, within EU-India relations, taking into account the whole supply chain, from development to purchasing and end-user access. In this regard the legal sub-project that is positioned within the Amsterdam Law School will also be part of a larger social science project within INDIGO in the interdisciplinary context of AIGHD. We welcome the use of interdisciplinary methods in this project.

The research project likely will include some travel to India.

You execute your PhD research in close collaboration with the other project team members and under the supervision of Associate professor Anniek de Ruijter and professor Christina Eckes, leading to completion and publication of a dissertation.

Main tasks and responsibilities.


  • engage, if needed, autonomously in the collection of empirical data (interviews, document analysis);
  • obtain approval from ethics review committees;
  • take the lead in authoring articles to be published in international peer-reviewed journals (in English);
  • present intermediate research results in internal discussions and potentially at workshops and conferences;
  • participate in and present findings at INDIGO consortium meetings;
  • compile your thesis based on submitted articles or in a full monograph.


The position is open to persons who are not yet accepted for a PhD programme.

An applicant meets the general eligibility requirements for doctoral studies (third-cycle studies) if s/he has:

  • a law degree, masters level or equivalent. Research masters degrees are an advantage. Applications from students with a MPH, or students with a degree in public health or health sciences with a clear focus on law and public policy can also be considered;
  • ideally experience in legal research and/or designing and conducting qualitative research;
  • ideally a demonstrated ability to communicate complex findings to an audience with varied disciplinary background;
  • fluency in spoken English, and excellent writing skills in English;
  • willingness and ability to work independently and to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team.

Your research will be carried out within the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG) and the interdisciplinary Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD), under the guidance of Associate professor Anniek de Ruijter, and ACELG director professor Christina Eckes.


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