Principal research fellow Civil law

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WorkplaceAntwerpen, Flemish Region, Belgium

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Department: Faculty of Law
Regime Full-time

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The Faculty of Law has the following full-time vacancy:

Principal research fellow in the field of civil law


As a principal research fellow, you are part of the academic assistant staff (Dutch: Assisterend Academisch Personeel, AAP). You spend at least 50% of your working time on academic research. In addition, you actively contribute to education and service activities.

Job description

  • You carry out high-quality academic research in the broad field of civil law. Your research is in line with at least one and preferably several lines of research of the research group Personal Rights & Property Rights, namely personality rights, contractualisation, liability and accountability and/or kinship studies. You are also responsible for teaching in one or more of these fields of law and you act as supervisor and assessor of theses.
  • You will spend half of your working time on developing your own research projects, which fit within the research programme of the research group Personal Rights & Property Rights. You compete for external research funding and you prepare publications.
  • The other part of your time will be spent on research within the research group Personal Rights & Property Rights, on education (guidance) and academic services. With regard to research you will cooperate on project applications, publications, reports, organisation of study days, etc. You will also be responsible for the coordination and reporting of current research projects.
  • You take an active role in the organisation and proper functioning of the research group in cooperation with the spokesperson of the research group.
  • You report on the results of your work.
  • You contribute to attracting national and international research funding.


  • You hold a PhD in law or you will have obtained it by the time you start work.
  • You submit a research plan in Dutch or English of maximum 5 pages. You will situate your research (activities) in the ongoing research and the mission statement of the Research group Personal Rights & Property Rights and you will make specific proposals for the acquisition of project funding. You pay attention to the international dimension/dimension of comparative law of your research themes.

The prior conditions are conditions of admissibility.

  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies . You have relevant research experience in the field of civil law. You have knowledge of national and international fundraising and can work independently in the field of research.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision .
  • If you do not master Dutch, the administrative language of the university, you should be willing to obtain a CEFR B2 level of proficiency in Dutch. As soon as you take on teaching duties as a course unit 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 on an integration trajectory and offers tailor-made language coaching in compliance with Flanders’ statutory language regulations .
  • You are able to carry out your work and achieve your objectives with a high degree of independence.
  • You are motivated to work actively on your further professional development. In this, you can make use of a wide range of training courses and professionalisation opportunities .
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.

What we offer

  • We offer an appointment as a principal research fellow for a period of three years (not renewable).
  • Your gross monthly salary is calculated according to the pay scale for a principal research fellow (academic assistant staff, AAP).
  • The planned start date is 15 September 2021 .
  • You will do most of your work at the City Campus in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Click here to find out more about working at the University of Antwerp and the related benefits.

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform until Wednesday 26 May 2021 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments:
  1. a motivation letter
  2. a detailed research plan of maximum 5 pages for the research you will be developing in one of the research lines of the Research group Personal Rights & Property Rights (see above)
  3. your (academic) CV
  • 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. Please make a note of the following dates: TBD.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to jobs . If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact prof. dr. Britt Weyts, Tel. 0032 3 265 54 88 – britt.weyts

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In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 4556.