Senior expert international sustainability and environmental policy

University of Antwerp

Antwerp, Belgium 🇧🇪

Job ID: 2586

Location: Stadscampus

Full/Part Time: Part-time


Let’s shape the future

Let’s shape the future – University of Antwerp

The University of Antwerp is a dynamic, forward-thinking, European university. We offer an innovative academic education to more than 20000 students, conduct pioneering scientific research and play an important service-providing role in society. We are one of the largest, most international and most innovative employers in the region. With more than 6000 employees from 100 different countries, we are helping to build tomorrow’s world every day. Through top scientific research, we push back boundaries and set a course for the future – a future that you can help to shape.

The Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development (IMDO) has the following part-time (20%) vacancy:

senior expert in the field of international sustainability and environmental policy


As a member of the Senior Academic Staff (Dutch: Zelfstandig Academisch Personeel, ZAP), you will contribute to the University of Antwerp’s core tasks: education and research. Your role may also include managerial aspects and services.


  • You will provide high-quality education in English on climate, environment and sustainable development in an international context, with a focus on transitions.
  • Your teaching role will evolve along with the study programmes within IMDO and language certificates obtained.
  • You have at least ten years of experience in international environmental and sustainability policy, including policy practice.
  • You have knowledge and experience in transition thinking.
  • You will play a role in developing activating, student-centred and competence-driven programme components and study programmes.
  • You will supervise Master dissertations in the Master of Environmental Science.


  • You will expand high-quality scientific research in the domain of climate and environment in the context of sustainability within IMDO.
  • You will initiate new lines of research and coordinate the progress of scientific research projects in Environmental Sciences and climate policy.
  • You strengthen research on sustainable development with a European and global focus.
  • You will acquire and manage national and international research funding, in particular EU research programs.
  • You will publish in international journals and specialist literature.
  • You will develop an international scientific network.
  • You will supervise PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.

Services and leadership

  • You will play a role in the provision of both academic services and service to society, within the institution and externally. You will participate in popular science communication, and so on.
  • You are active in socio-economic valorisation of environmental policy towards other social actors.


  • You hold a PhD in Human and Social Sciences or Environmental Science.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies. You have established an excellent research portfolio including A1 publications.
  • 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.
  • If you do not speak Dutch, the administrative language of the university, you should be willing to obtain a CEFR B2 level of proficiency in Dutch. As soon as you take on teaching duties as a programme component coordinator, you should be able to demonstrate a CEFR C1 level of proficiency in the language of instruction. The University of Antwerp supports international staff members through an integration trajectory and offers tailor-made language coaching in compliance with Flanders’ statutory language regulations.
  • You demonstrate leadership potential and organisational skills.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.

What we offer

  • We offer a part-time appointment as a member of the Senior Academic Staff for a period of three years. Following a positive evaluation, the appointment can be renewed. The level of your appointment (professor or full professor) is determined on the basis of your professional experience and academic qualifications.
  • Your gross monthly salary is calculated according to the pay scales for Senior Academic Staff (ZAP) and calculated proportionally on the basis of your employment percentage.  
  • The planned start date is 1 May 2023.
  • You will do most of your work at Groenerborger Campus in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here and discover all the other benefits.

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 2 February 2023 (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.
  • 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 dates: 16 February 2023 (selection interview).
  • 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. Silvia Lenaerts, president of IMDO (

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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