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Department: Department of Chemistry
Regime Full-time

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The Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science has the following full-time vacancy: junior/senior academic staff in the field of organic chemistry


You will contribute to the University of Antwerp’s three core tasks: education (40%), research (40%) and services (20%). Your role also includes organisational and managerial aspects.


  • You will provide high-quality education in organic chemistry.
  • Your teaching role will evolve along with the study programmes and language certificates obtained. The courses you will teach will include courses in the bachelor and master chemistry programs as well as contributions to other educational programs (e.g. biochemistry, bio-engineering, pharmacy). The teaching load per academic year is expected to be around 100 contact hours of theory courses.
  • You will play a role in developing activating, student-centred and competence-driven programme components and study programmes.
  • You will supervise students, including Bachelors, Masters and internships.


  • You will expand high-quality scientific research in organic chemistry. You will develop internationally competitive research lines in organic synthesis. The synthetic methodology developed can be related to various application fields (e.g. fine & speciality chemicals, materials, biomolecules).
  • Strategic fundamental research tailored towards valorization on a longer term and direct collaboration with chemical industry is encouraged.
  • Your research lines should be complementary to the current activities of the host research group Organic Synthesis (ORSY) of the Department of Chemistry.
  • Your research lines and expertise make internal (within the ORSY research group, other research groups of the Department of Chemistry, other Departments of the Faculty of Science, other Faculties of the University of Antwerp) and external collaborations (with other institutes in Flanders and outside) possible.
  • You will acquire and manage national and international research funding.
  • You will publish in international A1 journals in the subject field as well as in the multidisciplinary chemistry area.
  • You will develop a national and international scientific network.
  • You will (co)-supervise PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.


  • You will play a role in the provision of both academic services and service to society, within the host research group, the Department of Chemistry, the Faculty of Science and externally. You will for instance participate in student recruitment, boards and committees (representing the host research group, department or faculty), popular science communication, and so on.

Organisation and leadership

  • You will accept coordinating responsibilities in the areas of education, research and/or service provision and you will contribute to policy.
  • Your leadership style will be motivating and coaching. You will be attentive to your employees’ growth and development processes.
  • You will actively promote a culture of safety, sustainability, professionalism and responsibility in your research within the Organic Synthesis Division (ORSY) and Department of Chemistry.


  • You hold a PhD in Chemistry or Bio-Engineering (speciality chemistry).
  • You can demonstrate postdoctoral experience (or equivalent) in a university/research institute/company inside or outside Belgium. This should be at least partly at a different organization than the one you obtained your PhD degree at.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies. You have established an excellent research portfolio demonstrated by authorship on A1 publications.
  • 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. 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. The Department of Chemistry expects that you will obtain a C1 degree in Dutch after 8 years of appointment at latest.
  • You demonstrate leadership potential and organisational skills.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You are a team player and have strong communications skills.
  • You are both passionate about research and education in chemistry.

What we offer

  • We offer a full-time appointment as a member of the Senior Academic Staff (Dutch: Zelfstandig Academisch Personeel, ZAP). The level of your appointment (assistant professor, associate professor, professor or full professor) is determined on the basis of your professional experience and academic qualifications. Junior ZAP members are usually offered temporary appointment as a tenure track assistant professor for five years, which is then followed by permanent appointment as an associate professor. Appointment as an associate professor or higher leads to permanent appointment (tenure) after a maximum of three years. A favourable performance appraisal is always required for permanent appointment.
  • We offer, after a positive evaluation of a PhD proposal you submitted, an attractive starter package consisting of a four-year PhD project and €25 000 of consumables to boost your research from the start of your employment at the University of Antwerp.
  • Your gross monthly salary is calculated according to the pay scales for Senior Academic Staff.
  • You will receive ecocheques, Internet-connectivity allowance and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.
  • The planned start date is 1 February 2024 or Spring 2024 or as soon as possible after that date.
  • You will do most of your work at Campus Groenenborger building W in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Joint laboratories within ORSY in the brand new building with state-of-the-art research infrastructure for organic synthesis and analytical techniques.
  • 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 August 16th 2023(by midnight Brussels time). Click on 'apply', complete the online application form and don’t forget to include the following documents: (1) your motivation letter (including your vision on education and research), (2) the completed job application appendix for ZAP, (3) your academic CV, (4) Research plan (1 A4 page).
  • The selection committee will review all of 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. If you are invited to the selection interview, you will also be asked to deliver a short representative course to students, to participate in an assessment and propose a topic for a four-year PhD project (see above). Please make a note of the following planning: during September (assessment centre) and in first two weeks of October (interview/sample lesson, which may be accessible to public).
  • 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 Prof. Vera Meynen (chair of the Department of Chemistry, or Prof. Bert Maes (spokesman of the Organic Synthesis division,

The 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.