Full-time assistant professor Operations Research and Operations Management

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 02 Apr 2020

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 category
Senior Academic Staff 

Specific designation
Recruitment is a tenure track appointment which implies an initial appointment as lecturer for a period of 5 years with eligibility for tenure in the rank of senior lecturer by the end of this initial period.

Scope of mandate

Faculty Social Sciences & Solvay Business School


Business Technology and Operations

Education & research domain

In het domein van Operations Research en Operations Management.


  • You are responsible for teaching courses for an equivalent of 24 ECTS in the field of Operations Research and Operations Management. These courses are taught in English, both at bachelor's and master's level. The course package includes, indicatively, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Research Methods for Business and the coordination of the bachelor's and / or master's thesis trajectory.
  • You supervise bachelor’s and master’s theses.
  • You are prepared to teach in evening classes.
  • You are willing to implement new forms of education.


  • You conduct research in one or more of the following domains: operations research with applications in sustainability, sustainable logistics and supply chain management, operations management, innovative technologies or sustainable mobility.
  • You are responsible for supervising PhD students.
  • You are responsible for acquiring external (research) funds.


  • You are responsible for service tasks at the level of the department, the faculty and / or the university.
  • You contribute to creating external visibility for the department, the faculty and the university.

3 - Job profile

  • PhD in applied economic sciences, commercial engineer, civil engineer, mathematics, computer science / computer science or equivalent.

 degree or diploma. 

  • PhD in applied economic sciences, commercial engineer, civil engineer, mathematics, computer science / computer science or equivalent.
  • Good research file with internationally referenced publications in the field of Operations Research and / or Operations Management, preferably with a link to sustainability in general, or sustainable mobility or logistics in particular.
  • Strong pedagogical qualities.
  • Knowledge of English at the C1-level.
  • Knowledge of Dutch is an asset. The candidate must have a command of Dutch at the C1-level at the end of the tenure track.

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 .

5 - Additional information

Planned starting date

Length of contract
5 years (renewable)

Waiting period

Contact person
prof. dr. Thomas Crispeels

Contact telephone
0032 (0) 2 614.83.09

Contact e-mail

6 - Sollicitatie

Applications can only be made ONLINE

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;

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