LK/2017/001- Assistant Academic Staff - Graduate Teaching Assistant- 75% - Physical Education and...

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
September 15 2017
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The Vrije Universiteit Brussel has been a leading player in the Flemish Higher Education landscape for 40 years. The University numbers 12.000 students and together with its hospital - UZ Brussel - employs more than 6000 people. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is the largest Dutch speaking employer in the capital.

Teaching and research at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel are founded on the principle of unfettered inquiry to benefit the progress of mankind. This means rejecting dogmatic positions and guaranteeing the freedom to form opinions without interference; in this way the University aims to ensure the dispersal of the principle of unfettered inquiry throughout society.

The University is autonomous and democratically run. This means guaranteeing the exercise of the fundamental freedoms within the University, as well as the right of the University Community to participate in the decision making process and scrutiny of University policy.

The following form part of the University's mission:

  • the development, the communication and the application of a high level of academic education and scientific research, free from all preconceived ideas;

  • the translation of these ideals and knowledge into society in the spirit of social engagement;

  • the creation of a society in which everyone is capable of engaging in critical thinking.


Subject area: Sport and leisure, Social value, Social issues, Policy research

The research unit Sport & Society (SASO) from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel engages in independent social scientific research in sport as a broad societal phenomenon. The main focus lies on the impact of sport and the evaluation of policy and management processes. Through active dissemination of research findings and educational activities, SASO contributes to the development of policy and practice. Its members also teach in physical education and movement sciences and adult education programs.

The graduate teaching assistant relation between grassroots and elite sport will engage in the following activities:

  • Conducting PhD research on the relation between grassroot sport and elite sport. Both types are often considered as two opposites with little or no consistency, apart from the fact that the one is a nutrient medium for the other. The pyramidal model however is more and more criticised because of the need of very early specialization. Also the fact that there is little scientific knowledge for the trickle-down effect of elite sports makes it relevant to conduct research into the real societal relation between both and the impact on the micro, meso and macro level. The doctoral research consists of a systematic literature review, the development of a research design and method, data collection and analysis and at least 3 papers in international peer reviewed journals.

  • Writing research reports and scientific papers.

  • Presenting research findings at (international) seminars and conferences.

  • Assisting professors in courses on social aspects of sport and sports management and policy (module sport business, capita selecta sports management and training of sports management competences).

  • Supporting students in conducting their master thesis.

  • Executing supporting tasks for the research group such as internationalisation, quality management of education, …

  • You have a master degree in sport and movement sciences, sociology, adult educational sciences or other relevant social sciences

  • An academic teaching degree is an asset.

  • You gained excellent results on your academic degrees.

  • You have experience with quantitative and qualitative research and preferably scientific insights into grassroot sport and elite sport and their social value and meaning through your master thesis and/or similar research projects.

  • You are able to conduct scientific research and generate scientific output (papers, reports, …) necessary for getting a PhD title.

  • You are familiar with sport in all its facets and its societal relevance.

  • Your Dutch is excellent for teaching purposes.

  • You can also speak and write fluently in English.

  • You are a team player and highly motivated to work towards a PhD.

  • You are creative, flexible in work organisation

  • You are able to start on Febuary 1st, 2018.

The candidate is expected to endorse the educational vision of the university (full text available on the university website).

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.


As an employee of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel your days will be spent in a dynamic, diverse and multilingual environment. Both our campuses are set within green oases on the outskirts of the centre of the capital of Flanders, Belgium and Europe. This centre, with all its opportunities, is within your reach by public transport in under half an hour.

Depending on your experience and academic merits you will receive a salary on one of the pay scales laid down by the government. Hospitalisation cover and free use of public transport for travel to and from work are standard conditions of employment. If you would rather cycle to work, compensation is also available for that. Both campuses have extensive sporting facilities which are at your disposal and a nursery is within walking distance.

More information is available at under the heading ‘future employees'.

  • Planned starting date: 01/02/2018

  • Length of contract: 2 years

  • Deadline for application: 28/09/2017

Applications can only be submitted online (via the website of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

All applications must at least include the following attachments:

  • A brief CV

  • Comprehensive details of academic portfolio

  • Teaching and research perception, mentioning the candidate's five most important publications (for post-doctoral positions)

  • A concise statement of the reason for applying including explanation about the development of future research

  • Diplomas

This job comes from a partnership with Science Magazine and Euraxess

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