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ES/2019/003 - PhD - 100% - Faculty of Social Sciences and Solvay Business School - Mobility and location

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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 6000 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 location

Performing scientific research in the field of mobility and location in preparation of a PhD.


The candidate will carry out research at the research centre MOBI ( and contribute to the interdisciplinary domains of transport, sustainability and socio-economic assessment. 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. The goal is to complete a PhD.


  • The candidate will carry out research in the domains of autonomus vehicles.
  • The candidate will initially work on the Autonomous Vehicle project at the Brussels Health Campus.
  • She/he will write research reports and valorise research results in popular and academic publications.
  • She/he will present research results at international workshops and conferences.
  • She/he will contribute to public dissemination activities
  • She/he will organise workshops and conferences in line with the requirements of the research projects.

Questions about content?

Contact Prof. Lieselot Vanhaverbeke on +32 (0)2 621 21 15 or via


The candidate should have

  • A Master’s Degree in Commercial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Transportation, Transport planning, Economics, Informatics, Mathematics, or a related discipline.
  • Interest in mobility with strong quantitative methodological skills.
  • Good qualitative research skills are a plus.
  • Capability to work together with other researchers within MOBI and beyond, as well as the ability to work alone
  • Strong oral and written communication in English are essential, good knowledge of Dutch is essential and of 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.
  • Additional software (i.e. R, GIS, MATLAB, OPL, etc.), and coding skills are also a plus.

Candidates that have not yet acquired their MSc degree can apply and participate in the selection procedure but need to offer proof of registration in their MSc programme and need to have complied with all diploma requirements before starting their position at VUB-MOBI.

No appointment for a period of more than 12 months (cumulated) as a teaching and/or research assistant via a university’s operational funding (werkingsmiddelen).

The start of the doctoral scholarship is subject to the registration as a doctoral student at the university.

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.


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: As soon as possible
  • Length of contract: 1 year (renewable)
  • Deadline for application: 19/02/2019
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
  • a concise statement of the reason for applying including explanation about the development of future research
  • diplomas

  • Placed on:Thu 7 February 2019
  • Location: Brussels


Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel


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