1 - Company profile
For almost 50 years, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has stood for freedom, equality and connectedness. These values are strongly present on our campuses, in our students as well as our staff. At the VUB, you’ll find a diverse collection of personalities: pure innovators, but especially people who are 100% their authentic selves. With about 3,500 employees, we are the largest Flemish-speaking employer in Brussels, an international city with which we are all too happy to be affiliated and around which our four campuses are located.
Our education and research are grounded in the principles of free research with an eye on human progress. We disapprove of every purely authoritative argument and guarantee the free formation of judgement that is necessary for this basic principle to be incorporated in the community.
The VUB is autonomous and managed democratically. As such, we guarantee fundamental freedoms within our university, as well as the right of the university community to be involved in making and checking university policy.
The mission of the university includes:
- the development, the transfer and the application of high-standing academic education and scientific research, free from any prejudice;
- community integration of this in a spirit of social compassion;
- critical development of everyone in light of the responsibilities borne in the community.
2 - Job Description
Staff categorySenior Academic Staff
The recruitment takes place in one of the grades of the ZAP.
For recruitment in the grade of Docent, this takes place within the tenure track stystem: appointment as a docent for five years with a view to permanent tenure as a head docent after the expiry of this period pending favourable assessment of the orientation and integration period.
For recruitment in a different grade: appointment for three years with a view to fixed tenure in the same grade after the expiry of this term, pending favourable assessment of the orientation and integration period.
Scope of mandateFull-time - 1 FTE
Faculty Faculteit Wetenschappen en Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen
Education & research domain
Discrete techniques in Data Science
The candidate will contribute to the innovation of the Bachelor of Mathematics in the direction of Mathematics and Data Science, and to the Master programme in mathematics. The candidate will play a leading role in developing courses in mathematics, also for other disciplines. Concretely, the following courses will be part of the teaching assignment:
- Linear algebra (English, 6SP)
- Analysis (English, 9SP)
- Wiskunde voor data-science (Dutch, 6SP, Ba)
- Computeralgebra: fundamenten en toepassingen (Dutch, 6SP, MA)
- Wiskunde: calculus en lineaire algebra (Dutch, 4 SP, 1Ba WE)
These assignments fit within the educational innovation with respect to the mathematics education in the faculty of Sciences and Bio-engneering sciences and the faculty of Engineering. The first four courses need to be set up, whereas the last course needs to be renewed. The English courses are embedded in a transition programme for a heterogeneous student group, allowing them to obtain the necessary prerequisites to start a Master in Engineering.
The candidate is expected to guide Bachelor, Master and PhD theses, also in the context of the collaboration with the "International Bachelor CergYgrec: Modelling and Data Science for a Changing World." This collaboration is part of the restructuring of the Bachelor Programme Mathematics to a Bachelor Programme “Mathematics and Data Science”.
The candidate is also expected to actively contribute to, and preferably to have provable experience with projects relating to educational innovation.
The candidate is expected to have research expertise in applied discrete mathematics (among which graph theory, finite groups and finite geometry) with contributions to data science, more precisely data analysis and/or coding theory.
The candidate is required to have a strong track record, as proven by publications in high-ranking journals within the discipline. The candidate is also expected to actively pursue, and have provable experience with, obtaining research funding, of fundamental as well as of applied type. Experience in computational algebra as well as algebraic software packages (such as GAP, Magma, ...) is required.
It is expected that the research of the candidate offers potential for collaboration with the other researchers in the department. A junior candidate is expected to be actively working on establishing a network, while a senior candidate is expected to have already established such a network. The candidate should also actively contribute to the workings of the department, and participate in student recruitment activities.
3 - Job profile
PhD in mathematics
The candidate is expected to subscribe to the university’s vision of education. (The full text in relation to this is available on the university website.)
Every initial appointment is also dependent on the successful teaching of a trial lesson.
Members of the academic staff who, as title-holders, are charged with teaching assignments, must be able to demonstrate the required knowledge of the language of instruction for the relevant course units. Example: When a course unit is taught in English, the candidate is required to have the appropriate certificate.
4 - Offer
As an employee of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, you’ll work, every day, in a dynamic, diverse and multilingual environment. Our campuses are located in the middle of a green oasis at the edge of the capital city of Flanders, Belgium and Europe. That city centre, with all its opportunities and possibilities, is easily accessed by public transport in less than half an hour.
Depending on your experience and your academic merits, you’ll receive a salary in one of the grades that have been set by the government. Standard inclusions include hospitalisation insurance and the free use of public transport for your home–work commute. And if you prefer to bike to work? There’s compensation for that too. On both campuses, there are extensive sport facilities available to you and childcare facilities within walking distance.
For more information on what it’s like to work at the VUB, go to www.vub.ac.be/en/jobs.
Applications can only be made online at
Your application must include the following as a minimum:
- A concise CV;
- The academic dossier with all relevant elements;
- Vision of education and research and a list of your five most important publications;
- A brief statement of reasons for the candidature, including an explanation of the expansion of future research;
- Degrees and diplomas..