FES | Federación Española de Sociología

Full-time Assistant Professor in Quantitative Social Science Research Methods, Vesalius College, Brussels, Belgium

For detailed information see www.vesalius.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/SocialScienceMethods_vacancy-announcement-_100.pdf.

To apply, send CV, a letter of motivation and a list of two referees by 4 March 2016 to employment@vesalius.edu

Vesalius College Brussels invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning 1 August 2016. Applications from candidates with an interdisciplinary background and expertise in social science research methods and with an emphasis on quantitative methods are particularly welcome. In line with the department’s emphasis on “TPEL” (Theory-Practice-Embedded and Experiential Learning) candidates should have a strong background and interest in theory-guided and policy-oriented work from a European and Global Perspective. The position is envisaged to be permanent, in the case of a positive evaluation after the first year. 

Main Responsibilities and Scope of the Position

The newly recruited Assistant Professor of Research Methods will

- serve as the key faculty professor for interdisciplinary Social Science research methods, which successfully trains and prepares students in the areas of Business Studies, Communications, International Affairs and Law

- teach five core undergraduate courses per year in ‘Introduction to Research Methods’ (100-level), ‘Intermediate Quantitative Research Methods’, ‘Intermediate Qualitative Research Methods’ (200- level) and ‘Advanced Research Methods’ (300-level)

- The above-mentioned courses should cover common methods and skills, such as descriptive statistics and explorative data research, correlation and regression, probability, sampling design, sampling distributions, inference (for averages, proportions, and regression), analysis of variance, nonparametric test

- Expertise in qualitative methods is considered a plus, particularly in the areas of focus groups, process-tracing, case studies, rhetorical and critical analysis, the design of questionnaires, structured and semi-structured interviews, content and discourse analysis and  mixed research methods,

- contribute to the College’s internationally peer-reviewed research and grant acquisitions

- actively contribute to the College’s new initiatives in innovative teaching and institutional development.

Main Qualifications and Expertise:

- PhD in any of the College’s main subject areas (Business/Economics, Communication Studies, International Relations/Political Science or Sociology) with a strong emphasis on quantitative research methods (completed by the time of the appointment in August 2016)

- A strong commitment to teaching excellence and continuous improvement in the area of innovative and student-centred teaching/learning strategies

- Excellent teaching evaluations and evidence of effective, interactive and engaging teaching in English

- Proven track-record of internationally peer-reviewed research or high research potential social science research methods and with an emphasis on quantitative methods are particularly welcome.

- Ability to attract external funding and research grants - Strong sense of initiative and entrepreneurial spirit

- Knowledge of, and experience in working within, US or other Anglo-Saxon university environments is highly desired.


The salary for this position at 600 level depends on the candidate’s level of experience. Benefits include holiday allowance, end-of year bonus, hospitalisation insurance, public transport coverage, and a green campus with sports and restaurant facilities.

Full-time faculty members also receive contributions to travel and research-related costs as well as budgets for organizing conferences, workshops and events.

This position is envisaged to be permanent. Upon a positive evaluation of the candidate after one year, the contract will become permanent.

Work Conditions and Work/Life Balance

Vesalius  College  seeks  to  attract  the  best,  brightest  and  most ambitious  scholars  with  a  passion  for innovative  teaching.  It  therefore  places  high  value  on  excellence  in  research,  tea ching  innovation  and  on entrepreneurial  spirit  for  collectively  advancing  the  development of  the  College  and  all  its  departments. Yet, the College also strives to allow its staff to flourish in an environment that values intellectual curiosity and an appro priate work/life balance. As a result, the College strives to keep the administrative burden of its  faculty  members  at  a  minimum  level,  in  order  to  allow  faculty  to  focus  on  the  core  areas  of  teaching, research and service to the College’s development and the Brussels/European community.

About Vesalius College, Brussels Vesalius College, Brussels is a US

- style Liberal Arts College with a strong commitment to innovative teaching as  well  as  conceptual  and  policy

- oriented  research  in  the  areas  of  business/economics,  communications, international affairs/international relations and international law. It offers 3

- year Bachelor programmes  in Business, Communications , International & European Law and International Affairs as well as the Certificate Programme  in  E uropean  Peace  &  Security  Studies  and  the  Executive  Course  in  Global  Risk  Analysis  and Crisis  Management, all  taught  in  English.  Founded  in  1987  by  the  Vrije  Universiteit  Brussel (VUB) and Boston  University,  Vesalius  College  offers  American - style  education that  includes  small  classes,  high teacher/student  ratios  and  participatory  classroom  experiences . The  College  has  a highly  international student and faculty body and promotes ‘Theory

- Guided,  Practice

- Embedded and Experiential Learning’ (TPEL) with strong l inks to Brussels’ business, legal, media and policymaking communities.

For more information about Vesalius College, please visit www.vesalius.edu and for questions about the position, please contact Prof. Dr. Joac him Koops ,Dean of Vesalius College ( jkoops@vub.ac.be )

How to apply? To apply, send your CV, a letter of motivation and a list of two referees by 4 March 2016 to emplo yment@vesalius.edu

Interviews with selected candidates will ta ke place during April/May 2016.


Envisaged starting date for this position will be 1st August 2016.