Full-time faculty position in Social Geography in Belgium

The Department of Geography, Faculty of Science and Bio-Engineering Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has a vacancy for a

Full-time faculty position in Social Geography

Starting Date: 01/10/2011

Reference: WE/2011/003


The selected candidate will contribute to teaching in social geography both at Bachelor and Master level, in Dutch and English programmes. At Master level the courses focus on urban studies. He/she will also be partner in new curricula development in collaboration with existing programmes.


The successful candidate will take up a leading position in the activities of the urban research group COSMOPOLIS, City, Culture & Society, and will develop new research initiatives within that framework. Research in the COSMOPOLIS group is broadly focused on urban social, economic and cultural issues in the frame of globalisation, urbanisation and rescaling. The COSMOPOLIS research agenda combines fundamental research with consultancy and research by design. Acquaintance with the Belgian, Flemish and Brussels context is a plus.

The applicant should have a strong research record in social geography and urban studies and is expected to be involved in national and international networks. He/she has the capability of defining new research strategies and providing innovative leadership. The selected candidate will be encouraged to interact with other departments and research groups in the framework of existing collaboration agreements such as the Urban Studies Network and/or the Brussels Studies Institute.


The selected candidate is expected to lead research projects and to supervise M.Sc and Ph.D projects within the Department of Geography. He/she will actively participate in management activities of the department and will take part in consultancy activities and science popularization.


A completed Ph.D. in a relevant field is required and substantial international postdoctoral experience is preferred. The candidate has excellent teaching skills and is able to motivate students. He/she has excellent knowledge of English and Dutch, or a willingness to learn Dutch. Also knowledge of French is preferred. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply for the position.


Applications must be sent by registered mail to the rector of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and to the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Bio-engineering Sciences using the application form for employment contract, on April 3, 2011 at the latest. The application form can be obtained at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Department of Personnel, Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussel (tel. 32-2-6292002) or can be downloaded from the internet:



Prof. Dr. Frank Canters
Department of Geography
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussel
Tel.: 32-2-629.33.81