Senior Researcher position (100%) - 50% AGR-ARA/ 50% VUB FED-tWIN mandate
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Senior Researcher position (100%) - 50% AGR-ARA/ 50% VUB FED-tWIN mandate

Belgium 08 Feb 2021


The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is the offshoot of the French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) that was founded in 1834 by a Brussels lawyer with Flemish origins, Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen.
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1 - Company profile

For almost 50 years, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has stood for freedom, equality and connectedness. These values are strongly present on our campuses, in our students as well as our staff. At the VUB, you’ll find a diverse collection of personalities: pure innovators, but especially people who are 100% their authentic selves. With about 3,500 employees, we are the largest Flemish-speaking employer in Brussels, an international city with which we are all too happy to be affiliated and around which our four campuses are located.

Our education and research are grounded in the principles of free research with an eye on human progress. We disapprove of every purely authoritative argument and guarantee the free formation of judgement that is necessary for this basic principle to be incorporated in the community.

The VUB is autonomous and managed democratically. As such, we guarantee fundamental freedoms within our university, as well as the right of the university community to be involved in making and checking university policy.

The mission of the university includes:

2 - Job Description


Supporting educational activities in the field of practice of history in the extension of the research profile, in particular the Work College Early Modern Criminal history and the supervision of Bachelor and Master theses



A detailed description of the proposed research assignment can be obtained via or  Candidates are explicitly reminded that, in relation to this detailed description, there is room for their own additions and adjustments, as long as the proposed completion of the assignment corresponds to the central elements listed above.

3 - Job profile

As a formal minimum requirement, the applicant must hold a doctorate in History, or any related disciplines relevant for the research profil (for example: History of Law), awarded on the basis of an original dissertation.

The doctorate may not have been defended more than 12 years ago (counting from the day of submitting the application). This period of 12 years is extended by one year for each absence due to pregnancy,

parental or adoption leave, as well as any long term absence due to illness of the candidate or any long term absence due to illness of a first-degree family member.

 degree or diploma. 

We offer a full-time senior research position for an initial period of 5 years, renewable for 2 years terms of 5 years after positive evaluation.

The appointment takes place in the form of two half-time contracts at the General State Archives and the State Archives in the Provinces and Vrije Universiteit Brussel respectively. At the ARA, the 50% appointment takes place at SW2 level (senior researcher) with a contract of indefinite duration.

At the VUB, the candidate is appointed as a 50% ZAP lecturer (bar scale 600) with a temporary appointment for a period of five years, renewable after positive evaluation.

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Each first appointment is also dependent on the successful teaching of a trial lesson.

Ideally, the candidate has:

Members of academic faculty with teaching duties are required to prove their command of the teaching language. E.g.: for teaching in English the candidate provides evidence of proficiency in English at C1 level by submitting a language certificate (or a waiver).

The following chart provides an overview of the language proficiency requirements:

The candidate is expected to subscribe to the university’s vision of education. (The full text in relation to this is available on the university website.)

Every initial appointment is also dependent on the successful teaching of a trial lesson.

Members of the academic staff who, as title-holders, are charged with teaching assignments, must be able to demonstrate the required knowledge of the language of instruction for the relevant course units. Example: When a course unit is taught in English, the candidate is required to have the appropriate certificate. More information about the regulations concerning the language proficiency you can find via  

4 - Offer

As an employee of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, you’ll work, every day, in a dynamic, diverse and multilingual environment. Our campuses are located in the middle of a green oasis at the edge of the capital city of Flanders, Belgium and Europe. That city centre, with all its opportunities and possibilities, is easily accessed by public transport in less than half an hour.

Depending on your experience and your academic merits, you’ll receive a salary in one of the grades that have been set by the government. Standard inclusions include hospitalisation insurance and the free use of public transport for your home–work commute. And if you prefer to bike to work? There’s compensation for that too. On both campuses, there are extensive sport facilities available to you and childcare facilities within walking distance.

For more information on what it’s like to work at the VUB, go to

5 - Additional information

6 - Sollicitatie

Your application must include the following as a minimum:

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