Research Assistant in Sociology

University of Antwerp

Research Assistant of Sociology

Department: Institute of Development Policy (IOB)
Regime Full-time

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The Institute of 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 can be found at

The Institute of Development Policy (IOB) has the following full-time (100%) vacancy:

Teaching & research assistant in the field of governance of natural resources


As a teaching & research assistant, you will be part of the Academic Assistant Staff (Dutch: Assisterend Academisch Personeel, AAP). You will spend at least 50% of your working time preparing a PhD thesis in development studies. In addition, you will play an assisting role in teaching, research and service-delivery activities.

PhD research

  • You will work on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis in the field of governance of natural resources. Focusing on Benin and/or DR Congo, you will study the governance of fisheries, minerals, forests, and/or land. This can include but is not limited to for instance the access to these resources (by industrial, artisanal, local, national, international actors), or the management of tragedies of the commons related to some of these resources.
  • You will carry out field research.
  • You will organise your own PhD research and report on your progress regularly.
  • You will participate in the doctoral study programme at the Antwerp Doctoral School to support your PhD pathway.
  • You will present the findings of your PhD research at academic conferences and you will publish in scientific publications.
  • You will also communicate your findings to non-scientific audiences.
  • You will contribute to attracting national and international research funding.


  • You will provide support with tutoring and teaching in the advanced Master programmes “Governance and Development” and/or “Globalisation and Development” and/or “Development Evaluation and Management”.


  • You will participate in ongoing research projects and activities at IOB, in particular the research lines “Global governance and inclusive development” and/or “State formation resilient societies” and/or “Environment and Sustainable Development”
  • You will collaborate with partner institutes in Africa.


  • You will play an active role in the academic and societal service-delivery of IOB (e.g. provide support to IOB’s ICP Connect programme, which partners with universities in Africa for joint education). You will assist in student selection and serve on internal IOB boards and committees.


  • You hold a Master degree in Development Studies or in a related social science discipline, or you will have obtained it by the time you start working.
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the Institute and university research policies.
  • You have experience with econometric analysis, and statistical software packages, and have experience, or the ability and willingness to learn GIS software.
  • You are willing and able to adopt a multidisciplinary perspective and consider multiple research methods.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision.
  • You are motivated to work actively on your professional development.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You are fluent in English. Knowledge of French and other languages spoken in DR Congo or Benin is a plus.
  • Previous field research experience in Sub-Saharan Africa is highly valued.
  • You have strong intercultural competences. You are committed to conducting field research and are able to flexibly adjust to challenging circumstances.

What we offer

  • We offer an appointment as a teaching & research assistant for a period of two years. Following a positive evaluation, the appointment can be renewed twice up to a maximum period of six years.
  • Your gross monthly salary is calculated according to the pay scale for an assistant (Academic Assistant Staff, AAP).
  • You will receive ecocheques, Internet-connectivity allowance and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.  
  • The planned start date is 1 September 2023.
  • You will do most of your work at the city campus in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here and discover all the other benefits.

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 5 June 2023 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on 'apply' and complete the online application form. Don’t forget to include the following document(s):
    • a motivation letter
    • your CV
    • a preliminary research proposal for your PhD (500 to 1000 words).
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact

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