Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Fully funded PhD Position in Paris on Open Data Licensing

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    Juridical sciencesInformatic law
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/08/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    France › Paris
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


Are you passionate about legal research with a societal impact?

Do you want to be part of an excellent, world-leading interdisciplinary team of engaged open data researchers and practitioners based in the European Union?

Check out this PhD position in a unique cross-sector training environment.

This fully funded PhD position is part of the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie ITN project entitled "ODECO: Towards a Sustainable Open Data ECOsystem" (see www.odeco-research.eu). ODECO is a four-year project involving 15 PhD projects covering each a specific part of the open data ecosystem. The central aim of the ODECO consortium network is to train the next generation of creative and innovative early stage open data researchers, to unlock their creative and innovative potential to address current and future challenges in the creation of user driven, circular and inclusive open data ecosystems.

Current developments in the field of open data are characterised as highly fragmented. Open data ecosystems are often developed in different domains in isolation of each other and with little involvement of potential users, resulting in approaches that significantly limit open data reusability for users. This reduces innovation and the ability to create new valued added goods and services. Isolated domains also undermine interoperability for users acting as a barrier to data sharing. Efforts are also uncoordinated in open data training and research, where multidisciplinary approaches are scant.

Bringing together different sectors (research, private sector, government, non-profit) and different perspectives (public administration, law, business, engineering), ODECO aims to address the central challenge of realizing a user driven, circular and inclusive open data ecosystem. Through its novel research and training programme, ODECO will provide early-stage researchers with relevant open data knowledge, skills and research experience.

The offered PhD position on “Open Licensing of Non-Government Data” is to design new legal instruments to include private actors as producers and sharers of (open) data and data generated by private companies and users on private platforms, by:

- Investigating from a legal perspective novel value distribution and incentive mechanisms and design how a new sustainable distribution of value in the open data ecosystem may be implemented in licenses based on alternative values defined in collaboration with other PhDs and members of the ODECO project teams working in other disciplines.

- Investigating whether commons-based approaches can be developed to openly license commercial data and data volunteered by citizens on public, commons, and private platforms, and ported from other environments (e.g., medical and microbial commons, data pools).

- Exploring legal mechanisms that will facilitate and incentivise the release of non-government data as open data in open data commons, data pools or data collaboratives) as well as private and user-generated data contributed to public and private platforms (e.g., social media).

- Ensuring compatibility between commercial, and individual (data protection, privacy and sharing) interests.

During the PhD, the candidate will conduct this research, prepare scientific articles presenting the research at conferences and in journals, and contribute to deliverables of the project with the project team.

To enable the candidate to do this successfully, the candidate will be supervised by Professor Lucie Cluzel-Metayer at the University Paris Nanterre Center for Research on Public Law (CRDP, see https://crdp.parisnanterre.fr/), and Dr. Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay at the CNRS Center for Internet and Society (CIS, see https://cis.cnrs.fr/).

This is a joint appointment: the candidate will be enrolled at University Paris Nanterre doctoral law school which will deliver the PhD degree, and be part of the CIS team at CNRS which will provide a full-time employment contract.

In addition to academic co-supervision, the candidate will be enrolled in the University of Paris Nanterre doctoral law school programme activities, with conferences and personal and professional training courses with other PhD candidates in law.

The candidate will take part to the ODECO interdisciplinary training activities with the other teams including 14 other PhD candidates of the project, and benefit from a career development plan.

The candidate will work in an environment allowing mentoring as a full member of the CIS team, hosted in a CNRS shared office in Paris 17ème arrondissement with colleagues in sociology of technology involved in French-based, European and international projects (among others: a lab on open science pioneered by the Minister of Research, the SoBigData++ H2020 project) and hosting a network of 350 researchers working in the Internet and Society field, including working groups on open science and digital commons policy.

As a Marie Curie ITN researcher, the candidate will have the opportunity to conduct practical internships at universities and case studies at excellent open data intermediaries through the EU ITN network, in your case, at the University of Delft co-supervised by Prof. Ploeger and at Doctrine, a French-based legaltech company).

Contract duration: 36 months

Monthly gross salary: 3452 euros + 600 euros of Marie Curie mobility + 500 euros if the candidate has family dependants.

About 3400 euros net after taxes, up to about 4000 euros if the candidate has family dependants.

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Selection process

To apply, you should submit:

• A short cover letter explaining your personal motivation in pursuing a PhD as part of ODECO, including how you see the PhD fitting into your career trajectory

• A CV, which should include details of your eligibility (degree and residency)

• Diploma

• Transcripts of records (bachelor and master)

• The master thesis with a one-page summary in English

• If available, another sample of writing, e.g., scientific publications, professional or popular science writing

• English language certificate(s)

• 2–3 recent recommendation letters if you already have them, or the email contact details and affiliation of 2-3 academic or professional references we may contact.

Please submit your application package in one single PDF file entitled as “Lastname_Odeco_Application.pdf”.

Applications need to be submitted online through the 'application button'.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be processed and that your application cannot be considered if you don’t comply with the mobility rules, in particular you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (January 2022).

Contact of both supervisors odecoparisPhD@protonmail.com

Closing date for application on the portal before August 30.

Selected candidates will be invited to an online interview scheduled between September 06-24.

Results to be expected by September 30.

Administrative hiring process in October/November.


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Offer Requirements


CNRS will recruit prospective talented researchers of any nationality, gender, culture, religion, sexual orientation or age.

Mobility requirements:

Since this PhD position is part of a Horizon Marie Curie ITN project, several hard selection criteria apply to be eligible:

• You comply with the early-stage researcher definition: at the time of recruitment (January 2022), you must be in the first four years (full‐time equivalent research experience) of your research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

• You comply with the mobility rule, meaning that you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (January 2022).

Travel requirements:

You will be expected to work for 5 months at two other organizations in the consortium as part of secondments: 2 months in the Netherlands at the University of Delft (around Month 19 and 20 of the project) and 3 months in Paris at Doctrine (around Month 26 to 28 of the project).

During the 36 months of your appointment, you will be expected to participate to the ODECO project meetings hosted by the European partners and conferences.

Prior education and experience:

The candidate must have a master's degree in law or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in law such as LLM or JD.

Prior knowledge of Information Technology law is required.

Familiarity with public sector information, contract law, intellectual property, open licensing and/or information technologies is 'nice to have'.


A good command of spoken and written English is required and a good reading knowledge of French is highly desired.

Skills required:

Writing skills, ability to formulate/work on a scientific project

Ability to work in a team

Ability to work independently, organisational ability and ability to account for one’s own actions

Ability to communicate, analyse and argue a case, summary and critical evaluation


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