Vacancy: PhD researcher at RHEA Centre of Expertise Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality

Vacancy notice for a PhD researcher
RHEA Centre of Expertise Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

rhea-LOGO-200x300RHEA is a multi-disciplinary and interfaculty research group devoted to fundamental and applied research about gender and especially gender inequality and its interactions with other sources of inequality. RHEA affiliates around 30 researchers, including professors, post-docs, pre-docs and freelance researchers from the research teams of POLI (Political Sciences), FILO (Philosophy), JURI (Law), TALK (Language and Literature), MOSI (Mathematics, Operational research, Statistics and Information Systems, applied in human sciences), SCRI (Criminology), the Centre for Ethics and Humanism, SOCI (Sociology) and CLIC (Cultural Studies). RHEA’s present core expertise is in gender equality/diversity policy and politics; women’s (legal) history; and gender, migration and cultural practices.

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PhD researcher (1 + 3 years 100%)

Job outline

You conduct a doctoral research within the scope of the Strategic Research Programme, and more precisely within one of the Programme’s work packages. For a description of the theme, objectives and outline of the work packages: see below.

You also participate in national and international conferences and publish on your research topic.

Your profile

  • You have a master in Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Having research experience in politics or policy science research on gender,diversity, equality, intersectionality is a plus
  • You are a dynamic person that is highly motivated to pursue an academic


  • You are fluent in written and spoken English; Dutch language skills are a plus

We offer

  • A full time position as a pre-doctoral researcher for one year with three additional years after a positive evaluation, starting on 1 May 2016
  • Financial means for methodological training
  • Scientific and financial support for participating with research papers in

various national and international conferences

  • A three-member doctoral committee that provides feedback and advice
  • Being part of a young and eager interdisciplinary research team that is well embedded in national and international networks


By the 15h of February you send to Karen Celis (

  • a letter of motivation
  • your CV
  • a 1-page summary of your master thesis
  • in case you have publications (not obligatory), a copy of what you consider to be your most important publication
  • a 3-page outline of your research project including
    . the general theme, research question, methodology
    . a short discussion of how it fits the Strategic Research Programme and,more precisely, one of the work packages.


By the 15th of March you are informed about the outcome of the first selection based on the information and documents you provided. When positive, you are invited for an interview. The interviews take place according to the availabilities of you and the selection committee in the second half of March/beginning of April.


By the beginning of April you are informed about final outcome of the selection procedure.



For more information please contact Karen Celis (