Senior Research Professor in Urban History

University of Antwerp Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Department: Department of History

Regime Full-time

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As part of its dynamic research policy, and supported by the University Research Fund (Dutch: Bijzonder Onderzoeksfonds, BOF), the Faculty of Arts/ Centre for Urban History has the following full-time vacancy: senior research professor (ZAPBOF)


As a member of the Tenured Senior Academic Staff (Dutch: Zelfstandig Academisch Personeel, ZAP), you will contribute to the University of Antwerp’s three core tasks: research, services and education. Your role may also include organisational and managerial tasks. As a research professor, your role will consist primarily of academic research with some limited involvement in the educational programmes for a maximum of 10 years.


  • You will expand high-quality scientific research in the social history of finance. You will develop new insights with regard to a the social history of finance through an in-depth investigation of household finance in Belgium and The Netherlands in the 19th and 20th centuries. It will serve as a benchmark for subsequent work on the evolution of financial systems in the past, present, and future.
  • You will initiate new lines of research and coordinate the progress of scientific research projects.
  • You will also participate in or cooperate with ongoing research programmes, especially in and with the Antwerp Interdisciplinary Platform for Research into Inequality (AIPRIL).
  • You will acquire and manage national and international research funding.
  • You will publish in international journals and specialist literature.
  • You will develop an international scientific network.
  • You will supervise PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.


  • You will play a role in the provision of both academic services and service to society, within the institution and externally. Depending on the opportunities and possibilities you will engage in science communication, enhance citizen science projects, participate in social policy debates.


  • You will provide high-quality education in the larger field of “Economic and Social History”
  • Your limited teaching role will evolve along with the study programmes. The courses you will teach may include courses and research seminars related to the “Social History of Finance”.
  • You will play a role in developing activating, student-centred and competence-driven programme components and study programmes.
  • You will supervise students and their Bachelor and Master dissertations. Organisation and leadership
  • You will accept leadership roles and coordinating responsibilities within the university, and especially in the Department of History and the Centre for Urban History.
  • Within the Centre for Urban History you will coordinate a research line on the “Social History of Finance”
  • Your leadership style will be motivating and coaching. You will be attentive to your employees’ growth and development processes.


  • You hold a PhD, with specialisation in Economic and Social History
  • You acquired an Odysseus Type 1 grant from the FWO
  • You can demonstrate a minimum of two years of postdoctoral experience (when you start work, at the latest).
  • You have developed an excellent international academic portfolio and you conduct high-quality academic research.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision. You are motivated to develop your teaching skills further through the professionalisation opportunities available.
  • If you do not speak Dutch, the administrative language of the university, you should be willing to obtain a CEFR B2 level of proficiency in Dutch within five years after your appointment. As soon as you take on teaching duties as a programme component coordinator, you should be able to demonstrate a CEFR C1 level of proficiency in the language of instruction. The University of Antwerp supports international staff members through an integration trajectory and offers tailor-made language coaching in compliance with Flanders’ statutory language regulations. 
  • You demonstrate leadership potential and organisational skills.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.

What we offer

  • We offer a full-time ZAPBOF appointment. The level of your appointment (associate professor, professor or full professor) is determined on the basis of your professional experience and academic qualifications. The appointment leads to permanent appointment (tenure) after a maximum of three years and following a favourable performance appraisal.
  • You hold the position of research professor with limited teaching responsibilities for a maximum of ten years, allowing you to further strengthen your research portfolio. This ZAPBOF period is then followed by a standard position as a member of the Tenured Senior Academic Staff with a mixture of teaching, research and service responsibilities.
  • Your gross monthly salary is calculated according to the pay scales for Senior Academic Staff.                                                                                                                                                                       
  • The planned start date is October 1st 2021 or as soon as possible after that date.
  • You will do most of your work at the Stadscampus in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
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Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including June 28, 2021 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on 'apply', complete the online application form and don’t forget to include the following documents: (1) your motivation letter, (2) the completed job application appendix for ZAP, (3) your academic CV, (4) a detailed research proposal for the next five years (approx. 5000 words), (5) a report on your previous scientific research activities (max. 5000 words), (6) two abstracts on the scientific content of the research plan (one scientific abstract and one abstract in lay terms of max. 500 words or 4000 characters each). All documents must be submitted in English.
  • 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 professor Peter Stabel ( If you have any questions about the typical appointment framework for this research role, please contact the ZAPBOF officer in the Department of Research Affairs & Innovation, Birgit Houben (0032 3 265 31 39).

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