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Posted: 07/28/2011

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Senior Research Fellowship — Engineering
Professional Opportunity

In maintaining and extending a specific group of postdoctoral research fellowships intended for excellent researchers, the VUB demonstrates its commitment to pioneering research initiated and carried forward by the curiosity of the individual research worker. The availability of these senior research fellowships is designed not only to encourage research in general but also to broaden the opportunities for a university career in research and to enable the university to implement a staffing policy to this end.

In this context, applications are invited for the post of full time Senior Research Fellow, to be appointed on grounds of personal excellence and in line with topics given priority in the University’s research policy.

Starting date: 1 February 2012.

Terms: The Senior Research Fellow's work will be primarily research, with a maximum of 120 teaching hours per year (i.e. 60 teaching hours per semester).

Contract and duration: Appointment as senior academic staff ('Zelfstandig Academisch Personeel' - ZAP), preferably full time and at least for 80%. Senior Research Fellowship for 5 years, renewable. The Senior Research Fellowships were set up with a period of 10 years’ research in mind: 5 years initially and a further 5 years after positive evaluation. Afterwards possibility for further continuation of the academic career as regular faculty staff.


Applications should envisage research topics in the following theme:

Measuring and modelling of complex systems.

Information about research at the VUB in this field may be obtained from the VUB website (http://www.vub.ac.be/english/infoabout/research/index.php) or downloaded here.

Requirements: An excellent research record on the basis of international peer review is the most important selection criterion. As a formal minimum requirement, applicants must hold a PhD awarded on the basis of an original thesis, obtained maximum 12 years before the starting date of the fellowship (for female candidates this maximum period is extended with one year per child, until a maximal extension of 3 years). The call is aimed at researchers whose expertise is internationally recognized after three or more full years of postdoc experience.

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How to apply
Contact person: Professor L. Wyns, Vicerector responsible for Research (tel. 32-(0)2-629.21.08, fax 32-(0)2-629.36.40, e-mail vicerector.onderzoek@vub.ac.be). Applications:Applicants are requested to use the Research Council’s application form or obtained from the Research & Development Dept (R&D, tel. 32-(0)2-629.21.08). The relevant regulations may be obtained from the same source. The application should be sent to the Rector of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussel. A copy of the application should be submitted at the same time to the Vicerector responsible for Research, via vicerector.onderzoek@vub.ac.be. Deadline: Applications should arrive no later than 5 p.m. local time on Monday 19 September 2011. For more information please visit the application webpage.

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