Senior Researcher position AGR-ARA/VUB - FED tWIN mandate
Category: Academic Staff & Researchers
1 - Working at the VUB
The FED-tWIN programme is a federal research programme to support sustainable
cooperation between the ten Federal Scientific Institutions (FSI) which fall
under Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO) and the eleven Belgian universities.
About the VUB:
For already 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 and 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 connected, 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 research group RHEA is committed to the development of scientific research
on gender, diversity and intersectionality and the valorisation of this
knowledge. We are an interdisciplinary, interfaculty and internationally
networked research group committed to the development of scientific research
and the valorisation of knowledge in education, external and internal policy-
making and public debates.
About the State Archives of Belgium:
The Belgian State Archives is a federal scientific institution that is part of
the Federal Science Policy (BELSPO). The institution consists of the General
State Archives in Brussels, 18 branches of the State Archives spread
throughout the country and the Study and Documentation Centre on War and
Contemporary Society (CegeSoma) in Brussels.
The State Archives acquires and preserves (after selection) archives at
least 30 years old of courts and tribunals, public administrations and
notaries, as well as of the private sector and individuals (companies,
politicians, associations and societies, notaries, influential families, etc.
who have played an important role in social life). The State Archives ensure
that government archives are transferred according to archival standards.
Making these archive documents available to the public, while protecting the
privacy of certain data, is one of the main tasks of the institution. In its
19 study rooms, the State Archives makes infrastructure available to a wide
and varied public. The direct service via the Internet (the digital reading
room) is one of the priorities of the institution (www. arch.be).
One of the main tasks of the scientific staff is to make the immense quantity
of barely accessible archives in the institution accessible by providing
scientific tools (search guides, archive overviews and guides, inventories,
institutional studies), which should enable the researcher to find the
desired information fairly accurately and within a reasonable time.
2 - Position description
Teaching area/research area:
History of Colonisation, the African Great Lakes, sub-Saharan Africa
(Research profile Prf-2021-032GUSANGIRA)
Participation in educational activities: supervision of Bachelor's and
Co-lecturer of the research seminar 'Belgen in de Wereld';
Writing of grant applications (e.g. FWO, ERC, BRAIN) on subjects related
to the Rwandan/Burundian colonial history;
Collaboration: development of colonial / African history and collaboration
with existing research expertise & centres (HIST & RHEA);
Development of an independent research project resulting in international
publications on the colonial archives of Rwanda and Burundi, more
reterritorialization and reproduction/removal of African experiences in the archives;
who speaks, and the ways in which local/subaltern voices are mediated through the archives;
The inventory of the archives of the mandate territories of Ruanda and
The development of a source guide on those archives;
The dissemination of those archives to both academic and non-academic
audiences (NGOs, associations, secondary schools, ...);
Conducting pioneering research in the history of collective identities and
colonial governance in Rwanda and Burundi;
Strengthening and building on long-term research expertise and
methodological innovation on the use of colonial sources within the VUB
research group RHEA, with attention to new methods in digital humanities.
3 - Profile
What do we expect from you?
You have obtained a doctorate in history, based on an original dissertation.
Your PhD has not been defended for more than 12 years (to be counted from
the day the application was submitted);
You have demonstrable experience in the (colonial) history of the Great
Lakes (preferably Rwanda and/or Burundi);
You hold a Master in Archival Studies or demonstrable experience in
working with colonial sources and/or in colonial archives. Familiarity
with working with the 'Africa archives' is preferred;
You have successful experience in developing, applying for, implementing
and coordinating research projects;
A good knowledge of English, French and Dutch required, passive knowledge
of German necessary;
You have a strong academic CV and publication history, preferably a
publication history that shows expertise in colonial/African history;
Experience in collaborating/organizing activities with socio-cultural
sector, heritage and civil society is encouraged;
Experience in historical fieldwork/oral history, especially in the Great
Lakes Region, is a strong plus;
Demonstrated teaching skills are recommended, especially in
You subscribe to the university's vision of education. The full text in
relation to this is available on the university website.
Every first appointment is dependent upon the successful delivery of a
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. More information about the regulations
concerning the language proficiency you can find via
https: // jobs.vub.be/content/Regulations-concerning-language-proficiency/
4 - Offer
We offer a full-time senior research position for an initial period of 5
years, renewable for 2 years terms of 5 years after positive evaluation.
The appointment takes place in the form of two half-time contracts at the
General State Archives and the State Archives in the Provinces and Vrije
Universiteit Brussel respectively.
At the ARA, the 50% appointment takes place at SW2 level (senior researcher)
with a contract of indefinite duration.
At the VUB, the candidate is appointed as a 50% ZAP lecturer (bar scale 600)
with a temporary appointment. for a period of five years, renewable after
5 - Interested?
Is this the job you've been dreaming of?
Send us ONLINE and at latest on 06/02/2022 :
your motivation letter, including your vision on education and research,
and an explanation about the development of your future research;
your curriculum vitae, including you academic dossier;
your degrees and diplomas (not applicable for VUB alumni) and language
Do you have questions about the job content? Contact Benoît Henriet (VUB) or
Sébastien Dubois (AR-ARA) at email@example.com of
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