Vacancies for Academic Staff

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Department: Faculty Social Sciences
Regime Full-time

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The University of Antwerp is a dynamic, forward-thinking university. We offer an innovative academic education to more than 20 000 students, conduct pioneering scientific research and play an important service-providing role in society. We are one of the largest, most international and most innovative employers in the region. With more than 6000 employees from 100 different countries, we are helping to build tomorrow's world every day. Through top scientific research, we push back boundaries and set a course for the future – a future that you can help to shape.


As a member of the Academic Staff (Dutch: Zelfstandig Academisch Personeel, ZAP), you will contribute to the University of Antwerp’s three core tasks: research, academic service and teaching. During your first max. 10 years as a research professor, your role will consist primarily of academic research with some limited involvement in teaching. You will also be involved in academic organisation and management.


  • You will expand high-quality scientific research on migration and global mobility.
  • You will acquire and manage national and international research funding.
  • You will publish in international journals and specialist literature.
  • You will develop an international scientific network, including the further development of the scientific network existing within and beyond the Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • You will supervise PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.
  • You will translate research insights into societally relevant valorisation initiatives.


  • You will play a role in the provision of both academic services and service to society, within the institution and externally.


  • You will provide high-quality education on migration and global mobility.
  • Your limited teaching role will evolve along with the study programmes of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • You will play a role in developing activating, student-centred and competence-driven programme components and study programmes.

Organisation and leadership

  • Together with colleagues, you will take a leading role in the further development of the scientific network on migration and global mobility within and beyond the Faculty of Social Sciences


  • You hold a PhD in (one of the fields in) the Social Sciences (or equivalent).
  • You can demonstrate a minimum of two years of postdoctoral experience (when you take up the position, at the latest).
  • You have an international academic portfolio and you conduct high-quality academic research.
  • You have a strong and proven scientific track record on migration and global mobility.
  • You have clear strategic views on how the expertise on migration and global mobility in the Faculty of Social Sciences and the University of Antwerp can be combined and developed further.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision.
  • You are motivated to develop your teaching skills further through the professionalisation opportunities
  • If you do not speak Dutch, the administrative language of the university, you should be willing to obtain a CEFR B2 level of proficiency in Dutch within five years after your appointment. As soon as you take on teaching duties as a programme component coordinator, you should be able to demonstrate a CEFR C1 level of proficiency in the language of instruction. The University of Antwerp supports international staff members through an integration trajectory and offers tailor-made language coaching in compliance with Flanders’ statutory language regulations.
  • You demonstrate leadership potential and organisational skills.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.

What we offer

  • We offer a full-time (TT)ZAPBOF For junior candidates, this is a tenure track assistant professorship for a period of five years. Following a favourable evaluation, this period is followed by permanent appointment (tenure) as an associate professor. For senior candidates, the level of appointment (whether at the level of associate professor, professor or full professor) is determined on the basis of your professional experience and academic qualifications. The appointment leads to permanent appointment (tenure) after a maximum of three years following a favourable performance appraisal.
  • Your gross monthly salary is calculated according to the pay scales for Senior Academic Staff.
  • We offer an attractive starter package.
  • You will receive ecocheques and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.
  • The planned start date is October 1, 2022 or as soon as possible after that date.
  • You will do most of your work on the City Campus in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here and discover all the other benefits.

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including February 28, 2022. Click on 'apply', complete the online application form and don’t forget to include the following documents. This information is required for the assessment of your application:
  1. your motivation letter,
  2. the completed job application appendix for ZAP,
  3. a detailed research and valorisation plan for the next five years (approx. 5000 words),
  4. a report on your previous scientific research activities (maximum 1000 words),
  5. two abstracts on the scientific content of the research plan (one scientific abstract and one abstract in layman’s terms of maximum 500 words or 4 000 characters each)
  6. a strategic view on how you will bring together and strengthen the expertise on migration and global mobility in the Faculty of Social Sciences and in the University of Antwerp more broadly to nurture scholarly debate, interdisciplinary collaboration, grant acquisition and valorisation activities.

 All documents must be submitted in English. The prior conditions are conditions of admissibility.

  • The selection committee will review all the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure.
  • Women are strongly encouraged to apply. In case of equal qualifications, priority will be given to candidates of the underrepresented gender within the domain.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Dean Prof. Petra Meier (T +32 3 265 55 93, E or Vice-dean Prof. David Gijbels (T +32 3 265 48 07, E If you have any questions about the typical appointment framework for this research role, please contact the TTZAPBOF officers in the Department of Research Affairs & Innovation, Ms. Marianne De Voecht (T +32 3 265 30 29) or Ms. Birgit Houben (T +32 3 265 31 39)

The University of AntwerThe University of Antwerp received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award for its HR policy. We are a sustainable, family-friendly organisation which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply.