Assistant Professor in Law & Head of Department

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24 Oct 2018

The Department of International and European Law at Vesalius College Brussels invites applications for a full time appoint at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning preferably on 1 January 2019. Applications from candidates with a background, an active research agenda and expertise in one or more of the following areas are particularly welcome: global and/or corporate governance, European and/or international organizations, diplomacy, legal aspect of migration. Candidates in expertise in other areas will be also considered. In line with the department’s emphasis on “TPEL” (Theory-Guided, Practice-Embedded and Experiential Learning) candidates should have a strong background and interest in theory-guided and policy-oriented teaching. 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 will:

  • teach undergraduate and/or master level courses. The typical teaching load is 5 courses per year. The course load is reduced to 3 courses per year for the Head of the Department;
  • as the Head of the Department, will be responsible for the quality assurance process, curriculum development, hiring and professional development of the faculty, and advising students;
  • contribute to the Department’s internationally peer-reviewed research and grant acquisitions.
  • actively contribute to the College’s new initiatives in innovative teaching and institutional development;
  • reinforce the Department’s emphasis on active exchanges between academia and the Brussels-based profit and not-for-profit organizations and contribute to organizing events, workshops and initiatives relevant for the department.

Main Qualifications and Expertise:

  • Ph.D. in Comparative, International, or European Law or closely related field (completed by the time of the appointment in January 2019). Candidates close to the completion of Ph.D. and relevant teaching experience will be considered.
  • 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 (if available).
  • Proven track-record of internationally peer-reviewed research or high research potential.
  • Ability to attract external funding and research grants.
  • Evidence of practice-oriented expertise and sustained exchange with ‘practitioners’ and business leaders.
  • 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. Contributions to travel and research-related costs as well as budgets for organizing conferences, workshops and events are also possible.

This position is envisaged to be permanent upon a positive evaluation of the candidate after one year. Applicants must be eligible to live and work in Belgium.

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, teaching 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 appropriate 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 European 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 links to Brussels’ business, legal, media and policymaking communities.

For more information about Vesalius College, please visit and for questions about the position, please contact Dr. Olesya Tkacheva, Associate Dean, at

How to apply?

To apply, send your CV, a letter of motivation, teaching evaluation (if available), and names of two referees to  Applications submitted before November 16, 2018 will receive full consideration.

Interviews with selected candidates will take place during December 2018. Envisaged starting date for this position will be 1st January 2019.

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