Senior Academic Staff in Constitutional Law

University of Antwerp Faculty of Law


Department: Faculty of Law

Regime Full-time

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The Faculty of Law has the following full-time vacancy: senior academic staff in the field of constitutional law


You will contribute to the University of Antwerp’s three core tasks: education, research and services and you hereby focus on the three branches of constitutional law (institutions; distribution of powers and state reform; rights and freedoms), with a focus on constitutionalism, the rule of law and human rights in a national and European context. Your role also includes organisational and managerial aspects.


  • You provide high-quality education in the broad field of constitutional law with a focus on constitutionalism, the rule of law and human rights in a national and European context.
  • Your teaching role evolves along with the study programmes. The courses you teach may includeYou play a role in developing activating, student-centred and competence-driven programme components and study programmes.
    • Rechtsmethodiek (bachelor of laws)
    • Inleiding publiekrecht (Faculty of Social Sciences)
    • Bijzondere studie Publiek procesrecht (master of laws)
    • Advanced course in the field of constitutional law (LL.M, with the possibility of team-teaching in this advanced course and Grondige studie Grondwettelijk Recht in the master of laws)
  • You supervise students and their Master dissertations.


  • You expand high-quality scientific research in the three branches of constitutional law (institutions; distribution of powers and state reform; rights and freedoms), with a focus on constitutionalism, the rule of law and human rights in a national and European context.
  • You initiate new lines of research and coordinate the progress of scientific research projects, with special attention to intra- and interdisciplinary cooperation with research groups within the Faculty of Law and in other Faculties at the UAntwerp.
  • You acquire and manage national and international research funding.
  • You publish in international journals and specialist literature.
  • You develop an international scientific network.
  • You supervise PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.


  • You play a role in the provision of both academic services and service to society, within the institution and externally. You participate in student recruitment, boards and committees, popular science communication, and so on.

Organisation and leadership

  • You accept coordinating responsibilities in the areas of teaching, research and/or service provision and you contribute to policy.
  • Your leadership style is motivating and coaching. You are attentive to your employees’ growth and development processes.


  • You hold the degrees of Master of Laws and Doctor of Laws on dissertation.
  • You submit the following documents in English:
    • a vision statement for the programme components you will lecture. You can also make suggestions for new programme components in the broad field of constitutional law with a focus on constitutionalism, the rule of law and human rights in a national and European context. You can find the study programmes online.
    • a detailed research proposal for the next five years (approx. 5.000 words) based on the research lines of at least one of the research groups of the Faculty of Law and in which you also approach the research from an international perspective. You focus on your strategy on research funding acquisitions, publications and network building. You also include a concise description (1 page) of a PhD research you intend to supervise.
    • two abstracts of the scientific content of the research plan – a scientific abstract and an abstract in layman's terms – maximum 500 words.

The prior conditions are conditions of admissibility.

  • You can demonstrate several years of postdoctoral experience (or equivalent).
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies. You have established an excellent research portfolio.
  • 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.
  • You can demonstrate a CEFR C1 level of proficiency of English and Dutch.
  • 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 appointment as a member of the senior academic staff (Dutch: Zelfstandig Academisch Personeel, ZAP). The level of your appointment (assistant professor, associate professor, professor or full professor) is determined on the basis of your professional experience and academic qualifications. Junior ZAP members are usually offered temporary appointment as a tenure track lecturer for five years, which is then followed by permanent appointment as a senior lecturer. Appointment as a senior lecturer or higher leads to permanent appointment (tenure) after a maximum of three years. A favourable performance appraisal is always required for permanent appointment.
  • Your gross monthly salary is calculated according to the pay scales for senior academic staff.      
  • The planned start date is 1 February 2022.
  • You will do most of your work at the City Campus 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 until Monday 27 September 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. the documents mentioned above
  • 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 date: TBD. A date will also be agreed for participation in an assessment centre.
  • 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 prof. dr. Frederik Swennen, or prof. dr. Patricia Popelier,

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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