Academic Assistant in the area of "State, Institutional Engineering and Peace in Africa"

Universiteit Antwerpen - Institute for Development Policy (IOB)

The Institute for 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

The Institute is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy for an:

Academic assistant in the area of “State, institutional engineering and peace in Africa”

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 post-conflict stabilisation, state-building and/or peace-building. Your research focus matches the research line “State Formation and Resilient Societies“.
  • You carry out research with a thematic and a geographic focus. Thematically, you focus on the use of institutional engineering at state level and its relation with conflict prevention, management and/or resolution. Geographically, you focus on the Great Lakes Region of Africa.
  • You prepare a doctoral thesis in development studies in this domain (appr. 50% of your time).
  • You compete to obtain 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.
  • Your work includes activities of societal outreach.
  • You actively support the cooperation of IOB with its partner institutes in the South.
  • 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 sciences, law and development and/or international relations);
  • 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 requirement stipulated in the university’s policy;
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative, social and cooperative;
  • You are fluent in English and French. 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 2018;
  • a full time gross monthly salary ranging from € 3.272,69 tot € 5.538,41;
  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment.

How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online, until the closing date 6 May 2018.
  • 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;
  • More information about the application form:
  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties: prof. dr. Stef Vandeginste (Tel. +32 (0)3 265 56 99;
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