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PhD position: small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Brussels' construction sector

15 January 2017 , Application deadline

PhD position within the interdisciplinary research project BUILDING BRUSSELS. BRUSSELS CITY BUILDERS AND THE PRODUCTION OF SPACE, 1794-2016

The interdisciplinary research team Building Brussels seeks for a full-time PhD-researcher. The candidate is motivated to conduct research and prepare a PhD-thesis that studies the historical evolution and viability of small and medium enterprises (SME’s) in the Brussels’ construction sector from a locational, business-historical and heritage perspective. The researcher works in an interdisciplinary team, will present his/her research to peers at international conferences and will publish the results of the research in scientific journals and publications for a wider audience.

The VUB interdisciplinary-research project Building Brussels is a collaboration between Inge Bertels (ae-lab, coordinator), Ann Verdonck (ae-lab), Ine Wouters (ae-lab), Stephanie van de Voorde (ae- lab), Heidi Deneweth (HOST), Michael Ryckewaert (Cosmopolis), Bas van Heur (Cosmopolis), David Bassens (Cosmopolis) Peter Scholliers (HIST, ETWIE) and Philippe Sosnowska (ULB CReA).

More info on the project:

Job profile:

We are looking for a young talent with a master degree in (Art) History, Architectural-engineering, Architecture, Urban Planning, Geography, Economy or related disciplines. Economic knowledge is highly recommended as well as experience with archival research and digital research tools.
The candidate is a team player and proficient in English and French. The vacancy is focusing on the recruitment of young scholars.

Job offer:

Full-time PhD position based at the VUB Campus Etterbeek. You will receive a full PhD scholarship (scales laid down by the government), as well as hospitalisation cover and free use of public transport for travel to and from work (within Belgium). If you would rather cycle to work, compensation is also available for that.

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

Application submission:

All applications must be sent by e-mail to before 15.01.2017 and include the following attachments:

  •  CV
  • Diplomas
  • Motivation for application 

More info:

  • Deadline vacancy: 15.01.2017
  • Interviews: End of January - beginning of February 2017 (selection of candidates)
  • Planned starting date: 01.03.2017
  • Length of contract: 4 years in total
  • More info: Inge Bertels (