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PhD/Postdoctoral position, Multilateralism in International Trade Policy - 2020BAPFSWEF002

The Department of Political Science of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Antwerp is seeking to fill a vacancy for a full-time (100%)

2,5-year doctoral grant OR a 1,5-year post-doctoral contract for research on Multilateralism in International Trade Policy

Job description

  • You prepare a doctoral thesis / conduct postdoc research in the field of Political Science.
  • You (co-)publish scientific articles related to the research project of the assignment.
  • You contribute to research in the Research Group International Politics and to teaching in the Department of Political Science.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a master degree OR a doctorate in Political Science or a related social and political science discipline.
  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • Students in the final year of their degree can also apply.
  • Foreign and especially female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • You master qualitative and quantitative social science research methods.
  • You are proficiently fluent in English – in writing as well as orally.

We offer

  • a doctoral scholarship for a period of min. 28 / max. 34 months; OR: a postdoctoral contract of 1,5 years; Funding is available from the Research Foundation Flanders FWO until 31.12.2022;
  • the start date of the scholarship will be 1 March at the earliest and 1 Sept 2020 at the latest;
  • a gross monthly doctoral grant ranging from € 2.447,20 to € 2.596,27; OR a post-doctoral contract ranging from € 4.134,93 to € 6.446,00;
  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment.

How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online, until the closing date February 14th 2020 and should include (1) a copy of your Curriculum Vitae, (2) a cover letter with your motivation, a 3 page research proposal of how you would approach the research project (see link to pdf above), and (4) one or two letter(s) of recommendation.
  • 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 interviews of the candidates, preselected by a selection panel, will take place in the week of 24-28 February 2020.
  • More information about the online application form can be obtained from
  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof. Dr. Dirk De Bièvre, +32 473 187 386,, Prof. Dr. Arlo Poletti at the University of Trento, Italy,, or Emile Van Ommeren,

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