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ES/2017/029 – Associate Academic Staff – 100% – Economic and Social Sciences – Business Technology and Operations

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The Vrije Universiteit Brussel has been a leading player in the Flemish Higher Education landscape for 40 years. The University numbers 12.000 students and together with its hospital - UZ Brussel – employs more than 6.000 people. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is the largest Dutch speaking employer in the capital.

Teaching and research at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel are founded on the principle of unfettered inquiry to benefit the progress of mankind. This means rejecting dogmatic positions and guaranteeing the freedom to form opinions without interference; in this way the University aims to ensure the dispersal of the principle of unfettered inquiry throughout society.

The University is autonomous and democratically run. This means guaranteeing the exercise of the fundamental freedoms within the University, as well as the right of the University Community to participate in the decision making process and scrutiny of University policy.

The following form part of the University’s mission:

  • the development, the communication and the application of a high level of academic education and scientific research, free from all preconceived ideas;
  • the translation of these ideals and knowledge into society in the spirit of social engagement;
  • the creation of a society in which everyone is capable of engaging in critical thinking.


Subject area: Mobility and/or logistics

  1. Research

PhD research within the research centre MOBI ( in the interdisciplinary domains of mobility, logistics, sustainability and socio-economic assessment, in the team of Prof. Cathy Macharis. The research and approach will be entirely embedded within the research projects of MOBI in line with the skills and knowledge background of the candidate researcher.

  1. Your role

The candidate will:

  • Carry out research in the domains of mobility, logistics and socio-economic assessment.
  • Write research reports and valorise research results in popular and academic publications.
  • Present research results at workshops and conferences.
  • Contribute to public dissemination activities.
  • Organise workshops and conferences in line with the requirements of the her/his research project.


  • A master’s degree in Transportation, Transport Planning, Economics, Geography, Management, Commercial engineer (Handelsingenieur), Political science, Logistics, Operational Research or related discipline.
  • Interest in mobility, logistics and socio-economic assessments with strong quantitative and qualitative methodological skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication in English are essential, good knowledge of Dutch and/or French is an advantage.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of partners.
  • Good time management and planning skills, with the ability to meet tight deadlines and work effectively under pressure.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and Powerpoint. Additional software (i.e. SPSS, GIS, MATLAB, etc.) and solid statistics skills are also a plus.
  • A positive teamspirit.


As an employee of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel your days will be spent in a dynamic, diverse and multilingual environment. Both our campuses are set within green oases on the outskirts of the centre of the capital of Flanders, Belgium and Europe. This centre, with all its opportunities, is within your reach by public transport in under half an hour.

Depending on your experience and academic merits you will receive a salary on one of the pay scales laid down by the government. Hospitalisation cover and free use of public transport for travel to and from work are standard conditions of employment. If you would rather cycle to work, compensation is also available for that. Both campuses have extensive sporting facilities which are at your disposal and a nursery is within walking distance.

More information is available at under the heading ‘future employees’.

  • Planned starting date: appointment as soon as possible
  • Length of contract: 1 year (extendable)
  • Deadline for application: 30/11/2017

Applications can only be submitted online (via the website of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

All applications must at least include the following attachments:

  • A CV
  • A concise motivation of the reason for applying including relevant experience (research activities, study stays etc.)
  • A copy of the master degree

  • Placed on:Thu 19 October 2017
  • Location: Brussels


Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel


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