Junior researcher for the European Horizon 2020 COVINFORM project

WorkplaceAntwerpen, Flemish Region, Belgium


Junior researcher for the European Horizon 2020 COVINFORM project

Department : Centre for Migration and intercultural Studies
Regime : Full-time

The Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences is looking for a full-time (100%)

Junior researcher for the European Horizon 2020 COVINFORM project (COronavirus Vulnerabilities and INFOrmation dynamics Research and Modelling).

Policymakers and public health experts unanimously recognise the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable people: even in countries with well-developed responses, the outbreak and its repercussions imperil the basic well-being of social groups whose livelihoods are already precarious, while the uneven distribution of suffering threatens to aggravate inequality and division.

The COVINFORM project will conduct research on three levels: 1) on an EU27 MS plus UK level, quantitative secondary data will be analysed and models will be developed; 2) Within 15 target countries, documentary sources on the national level and in at least one local community per country will be analysed; 3) in 10 target communities, primary empirical research will be conducted, utilising both classical and innovative quantitative and qualitative methods (e.g. visual ethnography, participatory ethnography, and automated analysis of short video testimonials). Promising practices will be evaluated in target communities through case studies spanning diverse disciplines (social epidemiology, the economics of unpaid labour, the sociology of migration, etc.) and vulnerable populations (COVID-19 patients, precarious families, migrating health care workers, etc.). The project will culminate in the development of an online portal and visual toolkit for stakeholders in government, public health, and civil society.


You will map the different health care systems in Europe, you collect, code and analyse qualitative and quantitative research, focusing on vulnerable groups in society.

You participate in (online and if possible offline) meetings with team members working across Europe.

You will help coordinate project proposals in the field of migration studies and contribute to attracting external funding.

You will participate in the provision of academic services: you will represent the research group both internally and externally, help to coordinate service projects (e.g. preparing lunch seminars, research papers), and so on.


You hold a Master degree in Social and/or Health sciences or you will have obtained it by the time you start working.

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You have good written and spoken communication skills. You can speak and write English fluently.

You are able to collaborate in an interdisciplinary and international research team.

Experience with qualitative (e.g. interviews, visual ethnography, etc.) and quantitative (e.g. secondary data analyses, survey development, data collection and analyses) research methods is an asset.

What we offer

Your gross monthly salary is calculated according to the pay scale for an assistant in the contract research staff category (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).

You will do most of your work at the City Campus (Lange Nieuwstraat 55 2000 Antwerp) in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.

Want to apply?

You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including the 10 th of November 2020 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on 'apply', complete the online application form and don’t forget to include the following document(s): (1) a motivation letter in which you specify your societal and academic experience and knowledge, (2) your academic CV.

The selection committee will review all 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. Please make a note of the following dates: 24 th and 25 th of November 2020 (interview).

If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to jobs uantwerpen.be. If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Lore Van Praag, Lore.VanPraag UAntwerpen.be

The University of Antwerp received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award for its HR policy. We are a sustainable, family-friendly organisation which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply.


In your application, please refer to myScience.be and reference JobID 3986.

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