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Academic assistant, Environment and sustainable development - 2019AAPIOBEX057

The Institute of 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 www.uantwerp.be/iob.

The Institute of Development Policy (IOB) is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy for an

Academic assistant in the area of “environment and sustainable development”

Job description

  • Your research and societal service delivery is situated in the field of development processes, actors and policies, with particular attention to their nexus with global-to-local environmental/climate change governance processes. Your research focus matches the research line “Environment and Sustainable Development”.
  • Your research studies how the economics and politics of conservation and the environment intersect within the context of globalization, often resulting in social-environmental conflicts. You pay particular attention to the (local and global) environmental justice aspects of contemporary (market-based) environment-development policy frameworks, such as carbon and biodiversity markets, Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and/or Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES).
  • Geographically, you focus on Central/Latin America.
  • You prepare a doctoral thesis in development studies in this domain (appr. 50% of your time).
  • You contribute to the strengthening of the research line, i.a. through joint research and outreach activities and collaborating in applications for externally funded research grants.
  • You assist in teaching assignments within the framework of the IOB master programs.
  • Your research adopts a multidisciplinary perspective, includes fieldwork and uses a combination of qualitative (and, preferably, also quantitative) methods, in accordance with the IOB Research Strategy 2017-2022.
  • IOB PhD regulations allow joint or double PhDs degrees.
  • Your work includes activities of societal outreach.
  • You actively support the cooperation of IOB with its partner institutes in the South, in particular in Central America.
  • You function well in groups and you are willing to contribute to the service delivery to IOB, to the University of Antwerp and the wider society.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a master degree in development studies or in related social science disciplines (preferably with a proven interest in political ecology, human geography and/or ecological economics).
  • Your work is preferably interdisciplinary in nature and preferably engages with a combination of methodological approaches.
  • You obtained outstanding academic results.
  • You preferably have experience with development processes in the South.
  • The focus in your teaching corresponds to the educational vision of the university.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative, social and cooperative.
  • You are fluent in English and Spanish. Knowledge of other relevant languages is a plus.

We offer

  • an appointment as an academic assistant for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal twice for a further two-year period after positive evaluation;
  • the date of appointment will be 1 September 2019;
  • a full time gross monthly salary ranging from € 3.338,21 tot € 5.649,28;
  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment.

How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online, until the closing date 24 March 2019.
  • The application must be completed with a PhD research proposal (appr. 1000 words) and an argument (appr. 500 words) how this proposal can strengthen the profile of the research line and of the IOB profile in general. This document must be submitted in English.
  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications. The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel. The selection interview will take place on 2 May 2019.
  • More information about the application form can be obtained at vacatures@uantwerpen.be.
  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact prof. dr. Gert Van Hecken (Tel. +32 3 265 56 85; Gert.vanhecken@uantwerpen.be).

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