Doctoral or senior researcher on international and European climate governance

Institute for European Studies

Brussels, Belgium 🇧🇪

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is inviting applications for a full-time doctoral researcher or substantial part-time postdoctoral researcher (up to 75%) in its Environment and Sustainable Development cluster. The researcher will work on issues of international (and European) climate governance from 1 December 2016 (or as soon as possible thereafter). Financing of the post is ensured through external funding for up to three years until the end of 2019 (pending final project approval). A prolongation is possible depending on successful acquisition of further external projects.

The researcher will work under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür. Tasks will include:

An assessment of the adequacy of the 2015 Paris Agreement and accompanying outcomes for effective international climate governance and the EU’s role (against the background of existing governance challenges and in the context of the broader international climate governance landscape) as required for a selected Horizon 2020 project;
Research on other aspects of international and, possibly, European climate governance (policy and law);
Assistance in/contribution to the preparation of relevant project tenders;
Involvement in related teaching and training activities is possible.


A master’s in political science/social sciences (or in law with a strong background in political science and/or global governance).
Familiarity with/knowledge of and interest in international (and European) climate governance (policy and law).
Fluency in both written and spoken English (knowledge of other European languages is an asset).
Pursuing a PhD is possible but not a strict requirement.
Familiarity with European and other funding schemes is an asset.
Ability to operate successfully in a multi-cultural environment.

We seek to maintain/improve the gender balance among our research staff.

There are no nationality requirements.

To apply please send the following before 12 October 2016 to [email protected]:

  • a letter of motivation
  • a full CV, including a list of publications
  • a sample of (academic) writing
  • the contact details of at least two references
  • transcript of academic grades from the last year of study and a copy of the most recent diploma

Interviews with short-listed candidates are likely to take place at the end of October or early November.

For more information on the IES, please consult  

For queries about this vacancy, please email Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür ([email protected]).