Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Senior Research Fellowship 'Sociology'

2023-03-15
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1 - Working at the VUB

For already 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 and especially people who are 100% their authentic selves. With about 3.500 employees, we are the largest Dutch-speaking employer in Brussels, an international city with which we are all too happy to be connected, 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.

2 - Position description

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Solvay Business School, Department Sociology, is looking for a full-time professor

More concretely your work package contains: 

Education and Research domain:

Sociology: data science for the sociological study of daily life

Education tasks:

  • You are responsible for teaching courses at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Solvay Business School for an equivalent of 6 ECTS per semester in the field of general sociology, sociology of the time, quantitative research methods and/or sociology of (in)equality.
  • You supervise a limited number of bachelor’s and master’s theses.

Research tasks:

  • You conduct research in the domain of time research and research into the enriching of (administrative and survey) data with contextual data in order to study social scientific research questions;
  • You supervise PhD students;
  • You acquire external (research) funds.
  • The research position supports the development of an interdisciplinary research agenda to study the understanding of people’s daily life and time use by means of contextualizing observational data with active data from different sources like time use surveys, administrative, experimental and observational data (including data from digital sources (big data).
  • The general theme can be subdivided into four main research foci: (1) Setting up an innovative pathway in which sensory and observational data are enriched by linking the context of handling with time-use data, survey and administrative data, among others. (2) Longitudinal data collection that provide insights into the phases of life and trajectories (e.g., treatments, revalidation, employment careers, etc.) or pre and post measurements for which (3) an interdisciplinary collaboration is necessary, and where (4) research is carried out that studies social inequalities (gender, social class, migration background) and related policies.

Other tasks:

  • You are responsible for research related service tasks at the level of the research group, the department, the faculty and/or the university;
  • You develop and maintain an international research network;
  • You contribute to creating external visibility for the research group, the department, the faculty and the university.

For this function, our Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus (Elsene) will serve as your home base. 

3 - Profile

What do we expect from you?

  • You should ideally also:
    • have a good research record with internationally refereed publications in the field of contextual and administrative data, time research, and data management.
    • have a proven track record in societal engagement in your research domain.
    • have a good track record in obtaining external funding in the following fields research: time research, quantitative research into social inequalities and data management.
    • have expertise in teaching and supervising bachelor and master theses.
    • master English at the C1-level and at the end of the tenure track period of 5 years or when you become eligible for tenure after 3 years you master Dutch at the C1-level.
  • You subscribe to the university’s vision of education. The full text in relation to this is available on the university website.
  • Every first appointment is dependent upon the successful delivery of a teaching session.

Language regulations:

A member of the academic staff who is entrusted with a teaching assignment must also be able to demonstrate that the language of instruction is known at ERK level C1 through a qualification certificate or through an adequate diploma. The VUB also provides courses in, for example, academic English.

The administrative language of the VUB is Dutch. In case of insufficient knowledge of Dutch, the VUB will provide an integration course. After a maximum of five years, a member of the academic staff must demonstrate adequate knowledge of the administrative language (ERK level B2).

For a complete overview, please consult the complete language regulations on https://jobs.vub.be/content/Regulations-concerning-language-proficiency/

Certificates demonstrating knowledge of the language can already be added to the application. 

4 - Offer

Are you going to be our new colleague?

You’ll be offered an appointment as full-time professor, with planned starting date 01/10/2023

  • If the recruitment is in the rank of lecturer, you'll be offered 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.
  • If the recruitment is in another academic rank, you'll be offered an appointment for 3 years, with eligibility for tenure in the same rank by the end of this initial period.
     

You’ll receive a salary linked to one of the scales set by the government.

At the VUB, you’re guaranteed an open, involved and diverse workplace where you are offered opportunities to (further) build on your career.

As well as this, you’ll enjoy various benefits:

  • Full reimbursement for your home-work commute with public transport according to VUB-policy, or compensation if you come by bike;
  • Cost-free hospitalisation insurance;
  • The space to form your job content and continuously learn via VUB LRN;
  • Excellent facilities for sport and exercise;
  • Ecocheques;
  • Delicious meals at attractive prices in our campus restaurants;
  • An open, family-friendly work environment where attention is paid to work-life balance, and exceptional holiday arrangements with 35 days of leave (based on a fulltime contract).

5 - Interested?

Is this the job you’ve been dreaming of?

Send us ONLINE and at the latest on 15/03/2023:

  • your motivation letter, including your vision on education and research, and an explanation about the development of your future research;
  • your curriculum vitae, including you academic dossier;
  • your degrees and diplomas (not applicable for VUB alumni) and language certificates.

Do you have questions about the job content? Contact Prof. Pieter Ballon, vicerector Onderzoeksbeleid of Mevr. Mieke Gijsemans, directeur Research & Data at onderzoeksraad@vub.be or on +32 (0)2 629 14 85.

Would you like to know what it’s like to work at the VUB? Go to www.vub.ac.be/vacatures and find all there is to know about our campuses, benefits, strategic goals and your future colleagues.

Informatie over de vacature

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Senior Research Fellowship 'Sociology'
Locatie
Boulevard de la Plaine 2 Brussel, België
Gepubliceerd
2023-01-02
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2023-03-15 23:59:59
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