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WE/2017/007 - Senior Academic Staff - 100% – Science and Bio-engineering Science – Bioorganic Chemistry

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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.


A full-time faculty position is available at the Research Group of Organic Chemistry, Department of Bioengineering Sciences, Faculty of Sciences and Bioengineering Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The successful applicant is expected to contribute to the strengthening of our high scientific and educational standards. Teaching is conducted in Dutch and English.


The candidate should have a broad, interdisciplinary view on the area of synthetic bioorganic chemistry. He/she will become a leading member of the Research Group of Organic Chemistry, which is internationally recognized for its research in peptides and peptidomimetics chemistry ( The infrastructure and facilities of this research group are available. The qualified applicant will develop an independent, challenging research program (complementary to the fields of peptides and peptidomimetics) by collaborating or interacting with scientists within or outside the research group, leading to peer reviewed extramural funding. He/she will target his/her research activities toward creative synthesis of complex molecules, in any area where chemistry and biology intersect, e.g. organocatalysis, biocatalysis, photochemistry/-catalysis, carbohydrates, lipids and conjugates, fine chemicals, …


The successful applicant will teach basic, advanced, and specialized courses in organic chemistry at Bachelor and Master level in ‘Chemistry’ and ‘Bioengineering Sciences’. The interested applicant will also supervise Bachelor and Master dissertations in the area of bioorganic chemistry.

Other: Contribution to valorisation of the research results in the framework of service to the community and PR activities

Questions about content?

Contact Prof. Dr. ir. Joeri Denayer on +32 2 629 17 98 or


As a formal minimum requirement, applicants must a hold a PhD awarded on the basis of an original thesis.

Applicants must have a PhD degree in Sciences, (Bio-)Engineering Sciences, or a related field.

Applicants must show a track record of research activities at the highest academic level and within the research domain of the vacancy. A substantial, international, postdoctoral experience is recommended. The candidate is expected to show interest in valorization of research results in industry and society.

The candidate is to be committed to excellence in teaching at the Bachelor and Master levels. The Dutch language will be requested for teaching courses at Bachelor level after a transition period of three years. The candidate is expected to endorse the educational vision of the university (full text available on the university website).

Further, the interested candidate is expected to actively participate in management activities of the Department of Bioengineering Sciences.

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply

Every first appointment is dependent upon the successful delivery of a teaching session.


Recruitment in one of the academic ranks of Senior Academic Staff.

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: 01/10/2018
  • Length of contract:
    Recruitment in the rank of lecturer is a tenure track appointment which implies an initial appointment as lecturer for a period of 5 years with eligibility for tenure in the rank of senior lecturer by the end of this initial period.
    Recruitment in other academic ranks is an initial appointment for 3 years with eligibility for tenure in the same rank by the end of this initial period.
  • Deadline for application: 30/04/2018

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

All applications must at least include the following attachments:

  • A brief CV
  • Comprehensive details of academic portfolio
  • Teaching and research perception, mentioning the candidate’s five most important publications (for post-doctoral positions)
  • A concise statement of the reason for applying including explanation about the development of future research
  • Diplomas

  • Placed on:Tue 27 March 2018
  • Location: Brussels


Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel


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at the number: 02/629 15 92
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