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PhD student in the project "InForMining? An in-depth study of informalization processes in global gold production" - 2017BAPIOBEF312

The Institute for Development Policy (IOB) of the University of Antwerp wants to contribute to a more just and sustainable world through multidisciplinary academic research, education, partnerships and political engagement. More information about the institute and its activities can be found at

IOB is seeking to fill a full-time vacancy for a PhD student in the project “InForMining? An in-depth study of informalization processes in global gold production”

Job description

  • You conduct scientific research for the project “InForMining? An in-depth study of informalization processes in global gold production”, including qualitative and quantitative field research in the Philippines and Colombia.
  • You prepare a PhD in Development Studies at the University of Antwerp, under supervision of dr. Sara Geenen and dr. Boris Verbrugge, in close collaboration with partners in the Philippines and Colombia.
  • You publish academic articles on the research theme in international scientific journals, participate in (inter)national conferences and communicate to a larger audience.
  • You perform limited tasks of educational and research support at IOB.


  • You hold a master degree in a relevant domain of social sciences (development studies, anthropology, sociology, political sciences, applied economic sciences, socio-economic sciences,…)
  • You have excellent study results. You have graduated with distinction at least.
  • You have an excellent knowledge of English and Spanish. You have good writing and presentation skills.
  • You have experience using qualitative and/or quantitative research methods, and you are motivated to apply both in your doctoral research. Experience with doing research in developing countries is an important asset.
  • You are quality-minded, independent, efficient, creative and collaborative, and you are motivated to work in a multidisciplinary team.

We offer

  • A PhD fellowship for a period of 1 year, with a possibility to extend to 4 years after positive evaluation.
  • A gross monthly fellowship of € 2.324,20 tot € 2.469,08.
  • A challenging work assignment in a dynamic research team, in the context of a prestigious project financed by the Research Foundation Flanders.

How to apply?

  • Send your application by 18 december 2017 at the latest to Please attach the following documents:
    • A motivation letter
    • A complete curriculum vitae
    • An overview of all master courses taken and all individual study results
    • A pdf version of your master dissertation
  • A preselection will be made on the basis of the submitted files. Candidates will be informed about the results of the first selection round on 31 December 2017 at the latest. The second selection round will take place in January 2018.
  • For specific questions about this vacancy, please contact Sara Geenen:

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