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From 17 July 2017 to 1 September 2017

Full-time doctoral position on European values at ULB

This is a call for applications for one full-time doctoral position in a project on European politics and values based at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Brussels, Belgium). Prospective  candidates  are  hereby  invited  to  submit  their application before september 1st, 2017.

The researcher will join a team under the supervision  of an interdisciplinary  scientific  committee  (Prof. Ramona Coman, Prof. François Foret [spokesperson],   Prof.  François Heinderyckx).  Successful candidates are expected to start working in Brussels on 1 October 2017. The grant covers 2 years of full paid scholarship. PhD candidates with a PhD project in progress are eligible as long as their research is in line with the topic of the project.


The candidates should demonstrate their ability  to evolve in a multi-cultural environment; their expertise and/or interest for European politics; their  proficiency in French and English. In the application, each candidate should explain clearly his/her interest for the theme of the project and how and why he/she can contribute  to  the development of  the collective reflection. Experience and achievements in  academic research and education in areas relevant to the project will be taken into consideration at the time of selection.

Doctoral mandate

  • Master in political science, EU studies, sociology, communication studies or a directly related field
  • Excellent grades and other signs of academic distinctions
  • Proved expertise or at least interest in European studies
  • First achievements in research (master thesis) on a topic related to the project
  • Experience with working in an international environment
  • Very good command of English and French
  • Ability to work in team, to meet deadlines and to combine autonomy with respect of guidelines


The workload related to the doctoral mandate includes the preparation of a PhD thesis (and its completion if the work was already  started)  and the contribution  to collective  work through  fieldwork  and publications. The project provides a full fellowship for two years. The candidate is expected to apply for additional funding if he/she needs more than two years to finalize his/her work.

Working environment and conditions

This multidisciplinary  project takes place within three research teams: the Centre d’étude de la vie politique (CEVIPOL) the largest political science research unit at ULB; the Institute for European Studies (IEE), one of the  oldest   Jean  Monnet   Centres   of  Excellence   in  Europe; the  Research Centre in Information and Communication  (ReSIC),  a large gathering of competencies in media sociology, journalism  studies, textual analysis, political communication and related fields.

The team leaders are political scientists (R. Coman, F. Foret), historian (O. Calligaro) and media and communication scholar (F. Heinderyckx). The interdisciplinary dimension is reinforced by exchanges with internationalists, lawyers, sociologists, philosophers and other scholars working on European integration and interactions between politics, culture and religion.

The  PhD  candidate  will  join  a  dynamic  international  network  of  collaboration  with  other  universities  in Europe, the US and Asia. Activities may involve travelling and short research stays.

The successful candidate will have an office and relevant administrative support at ULB. He/She is expected to live in Brussels for the duration of the contract. The contract will be managed by the university according to Belgian standards and laws.

According to the experience of the candidate, the monthly net income will start from 1800 euros.

How to apply

The  successful  candidate  will  be  selected  on  the  basis  of  the  quality  of  the  resume,  research  achievements, motivation and congruence with the project.

The following application documents are to be consolidated into one single PDF file sent by email to Oriane Calligaro (

  • A one-page motivation letter explaining the candidate’s general interest for the project
  • A short project (5,000 characters, spaces included)  explaining  the possible  scientific  contribution  of the  candidate  to  the  collective  research  in  general  and  the  work  package  on  the  rule  of  law  in particular with bibliographical references
  • A curriculum  vitae  listing  all  academic  qualifications,   relevant  research  experience  and  previous publications (if any)
  • Name, affiliation, e-mail and phone number of three referees who can be contacted if necessary
  • A copy of the passport/ID and of the master diploma

Applications are open until 1 September 2017. Candidates will be taken into consideration in their order of arrival, so they are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible.

A telephone or face-to-face interview may be organized.

The hiring and the required presence in Brussels will be effective on 1 October 2017.

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