Research Professorship in Socioeconomic Inequality and Policy

University of Antwerp Faculty Social Sciences


Research professor

Department : Department of Sociology

Regime : Full-time

The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Antwerp is seeking to fill a vacancy at the Centre for Social Policy Herman Deleeck for a full-time

tenure track research professorship (ZAPBOF) in Socioeconomic Inequality and Policy. 

The University of Antwerp is a forward-thinking European research university. As part of its dynamic research policy, and supported by the University Research Fund (Dutch: Bijzonder Onderzoeksfonds, BOF), the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy (CSB) has a full-time vacancy for a junior research professor in the area of socio-economic inequality and the impact of policy thereon.

The CSB is part of the Department of Sociology and a leading international research centre on socioeconomic inequality and social policy. The mission of the CSB is to contribute to social justice through excellence in research on social and economic inequality. Its research is multi-disciplinary and empirical, drawing mainly on sociological and economic theories and quantitative methods. The Centre strives for scientific excellence but also for societal and policy impact. Its work is characterised by integrity, transparency and a strong sense of responsibility, commitment and concern for the least well-off. It thrives on a vibrant and caring work environment that allows researchers to flourish individually and in team.

Job description

As a member of the 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 aspects. 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 consolidate and expand scientific research in the area of socioeconomic inequality and policy. You will contribute to collaboration between researchers at the Centre, the Department, the Faculty and the Antwerp Interdisciplinary Platform for Research into Inequality (AIPRIL) as well as international networks.
  • Your research agenda should fit the current and future research priorities of the CSB. The CSB has a comprehensive but coherent research programme with a focus on the comparative study of socio-economic inequalities in developed and emerging welfare states, especially as these affect the most vulnerable populations. The research consists of: 1) addressing the question “equality of what?” and developing corresponding tools to measure poverty and inequalities; 2) developing indicators of the welfare state to observe policy efforts and changes; 3) analysing the relationship between policies and socio-economic outcomes and reflecting upon the adequacy of policy paradigms and discourses; and 4) studying alternative avenues to improve the situation of the least well-off.
  • You will acquire and manage external funding at national, European and international level.
  • You publish in international journals and specialist literature.
  • You develop an international scientific network.
  • You will supervise doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.


  • You will offer scientific services: among others you take part in science communication and representation on boards of professional organisations.


  • You provide high-quality education.
  • You will be assigned limited lecturing duties for the first 10 years of your appointment. After 10 years you become a full time faculty member with a normal teaching load at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Lecturing duties can include courses in the field of social policy, socioeconomic inequality and/or labour sociology.

Organisation and leadership

  • Your leadership style is motivating and coaching. You are attentive to your employees’ growth and development processes.

Profile and requirements

  • You are specialized in studying socio-economic inequalities and their relation to policy.
  • You hold a doctoral degree in social sciences (e.g. sociology, socio-economics, social policy, public administration) or a strongly related discipline (e.g. institutional or welfare economics). A multidisciplinary background or publication record will be an extra asset.
  • You can demonstrate a minimum of two years of postdoctoral experience (when you start work, at the latest).
  • You have an outstanding academic CV or you can demonstrate potential for an outstanding academic career. Such a CV will include publications in leading journals in the social sciences and/or with leading publishers on topics of socioeconomic relevance. You can demonstrate recognition among your peers (for example through citations). You can provide proof of success in acquiring research funding.
  • Your academic qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
  • You have leadership and managerial skills, especially when it comes to large scale scientific projects.
  • You have a track record of (international) cooperation.
  • You have demonstrable teaching and presentation skills. 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 within five years after your appointment. 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

We offer

  • A full-time position as assistant professor (“docent”, with Ius promovendi) in a tenure track for a term of five years. This position will lead to tenure at associate professor rank if your performance meets a set of previously agreed evaluation criteria. After the tenure another period of five years follows with limited teaching duties. After 10 years you become a full time faculty member with a normal teaching load.
  • Your gross monthly salary is calculated according to the pay scales for senior academic staff.
  • We offer an attractive starter package consisting of a four-year PhD project and €30 000 of consumables.
  • The date of appointment will be at the earliest the 1st of October 2021.
  • You will do most of your work at Stadscampus, in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here and discover all the other benefits.

How to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 4 January 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 plan for the next five years (approx. 5 000 words, including a concise description (1 page) of the intended PhD research (see starter package), (5) a report on your previous scientific research activities (maximum 5 000 words), (6) two abstracts on the scientific content of the research plan (one scientific abstract and one abstract in layman’s terms of maximum 500 words or 4 000 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. A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications. The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel.
  • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. In case of equal qualifications, priority will be given to candidates of the underrepresented gender within the domain of science
  • 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 Ive Marx, director of the Centre for Social Policy Herman Deleeck (; tel: 0032 3 2655395).. If you have any questions about the typical appointment framework for this research role, please contact the (TT)ZAPBOF officer in the Department of Research Affairs & Innovation, Marianne De Voecht (0032 3 265 30 29).

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.


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