WE ARE HIRING! Vacancy Announcement: BIRMM Coordinator - Deadline: 1 March 2020

  • January 27, 2020


The Brussels Interdisciplinary Research centre for Migration and Minorities is a recognised Centre of Expertise at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) bringing together over 100 researchers from 11 disciplines. The Centre aims to increase the visibility of VUB research on questions relating migration and minorities. It will develop and support interdisciplinary research projects in these fields. The Centre also stimulates networking among the VUB research groups and of VUB researchers in international and local networks. The research orientation is international yet particular attention is paid to the dynamics in Brussels and Belgium.

We are looking for a senior research coordinator (PhD or equivalent research experience) with strong social and coordination skills. The candidate should display the enthusiasm and ambition to help developing BIRMM into a leading centre for migration and minorities research.
In particular, the research coordinator will be expected to:
§ Act as the day-to-day coordinator of BIRMM, in close collaboration with the Centre’s directors and administrative staff;
§ Actively interact with the board members of the Centre as well as researchers from the various VUB member groups (organize board meetings and internal communication, co-organize  research symposia, PhD master classes, summer school, lecture series, conference …);
§ Support the involvement of BIRMM in IMISCOE, the largest network of migration researchers and centres in Europe;
§ Support and develop a communication policy with the support of the administration (update of website, draft newsletters, inform via social media, …);
§ Set up a structural cooperation with migrants and minorities organisations, in particular in Brussels and Flanders (Belgium);
§ Initiate and help writing applications for external funding;
§ Take responsibility for the financial and administrative management of new and ongoing research projects and events organized by the Centre.

Job profile
PhD degree (or with equivalent experience), ideally on a topic relating to migration or minorities.  
§ In possession of a PhD degree (or with equivalent experience), ideally on a topic relating to migration or minorities;  
§ Knowledge and expertise on migration and minorities and the state of the field of studies, proven by relevant publication output and/or other research activities.
§ Strong interpersonal and coordination skills, and the ambition to lead in collegial collaboration with others.
§ Track record in assisting and/or initiating funding applications, experience with project coordination or involvement in consortium-based research projects.
§ Track record in organising events and communicating to stakeholders.
§ Excellent command of written and spoken English.
§ Good command of Dutch and French

You will be employed full-time (80% employment is negotiable).


Job Description
Staff category: Scientific and Pedagogic Personnel
Specific designation: Scientific researcher
Scope of mandate: 1 FTE
Faculty: Instituut voor Europese Studies
Department: Instituut voor Europese Studies
VUB is an equal opportunity employer. Applications by women and minorities are particularly welcomed.


Company profile
For almost 50 years, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has stood for freedom, equality and connectedness. These values are strongly present on our campuses, in our students as well as our staff. At the VUB, you’ll find a diverse collection of personalities: pure innovators, but especially people who are 100% their authentic selves. With about 3,500 employees, we are the largest Flemish-speaking employer in Brussels, an international city with which we are all too happy to be affiliated and around which our four campuses are located.
Our education and research are grounded in the principles of free research with an eye on human progress. We disapprove of every purely authoritative argument and guarantee the free formation of judgement that is necessary for this basic principle to be incorporated in the community.
The VUB is autonomous and managed democratically. As such, we guarantee fundamental freedoms within our university, as well as the right of the university community to be involved in making and checking university policy.
The mission of the university includes:
the development, the transfer and the application of high-standing academic education and scientific research, free from any prejudice;
community integration of this in a spirit of social compassion;
critical development of everyone in light of the responsibilities borne in the community.
Submit your CV and motivation letter (including some ideas on how to develop the BIRMM centre), as well as diploma and contact details of at least two people available for recommendations at the latest on 01 March 2020.
Our selection procedure for this vacancy is as follows:
Step 1: Screening of the candidacies by our selection committee
Step 2: Interviews (in Brussels or via Skype) will take place in week of 16/03/2020 (subject to changes).
Start date: 15/4/2020 or soon thereafter


As an employee of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, you’ll work, every day, in a dynamic, diverse and multilingual environment. Our campuses are located in the middle of a green oasis at the edge of the capital city of Flanders, Belgium and Europe. That city centre, with all its opportunities and possibilities, is easily accessed by public transport in less than half an hour.
Depending on your experience and your academic merits, you’ll receive a salary in one of the grades that have been set by the government. Standard inclusions include hospitalisation insurance and the free use of public transport for your home–work commute. And if you prefer to bike to work? There’s compensation for that too. On both[VB1]  campuses, there are extensive sport facilities available to you and childcare facilities within walking distance.
For more information on what it’s like to work at the VUB, go to www.vub.ac.be/en/jobs.

Additional information
Expected starting date: 15/04/2020
Duration of contract: 5 years (continuation possible but dependent on the successful acquirement of renewal funding) = 60 months (renewable)
Waiting period: Applications to be submitted no later than 01/03/2020
Contact person: Prof. dr. Ilke Adam or Prof. dr. Florian Trauner
Contact via telephone: +32 475 388 727 (Ilke Adam) or +32 485 246 551 (Florian Trauner)
Contact via e-mail: ilke.adam@vub.be or florian.trauner@vub.be
Applications can only be made ONLINE! APPLY HERE
Your application must include the following as a minimum:
A concise CV;
A motivation letter, including some ideas on how to develop the BIRMM centre), as well as contact details of at least two people available for recommendations;
Degrees and diplomas.