University of Antwerp

Doctoral scholarship holder in the field of climate adaptation finance

2023-06-19 (Europe/Brussels)
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The University of Antwerp is a dynamic, forward-thinking, European university. We offer an innovative academic education to more than 20000 students, conduct pioneering scientific research and play an important service-providing role in society. We are one of the largest, most international and most innovative employers in the region. With more than 6000 employees from 100 different countries, we are helping to build tomorrow's world every day. Through top scientific research, we push back boundaries and set a course for the future – a future that you can help to shape. 

The research group for urban development of the faculty of design sciences and the research group of environmental economics of the faculty of business and economics are looking for a full-time (100%) doctoral scholarship holder in the field of climate adaptation finance


  • You will work actively on the preparation and defence of an interdisciplinary PhD thesis in the field of climate adaptation and urban planning. The EU-horizon research project CLIMATEFIT aims to develop new financial and investment schemes for climate adaptation projects and planning. Your role will be to study adaptation case studies with alternative funding/finance schemes and assist public authorities in developing pilot projects in Europe. You will be supported daily by a senior researcher.
  • You will publish scientific articles related to the research project.
  • You will carry out a limited number of teaching and research support tasks for the master of urbanism and spatial planning and the master of applied/business economics


  • You hold a Master degree in applied economics, business engineering, urban planning  or you will have obtained it by the time you start work.
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results (at least graduated with distinction).
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You show a strong affinity for investment analysis and financial economics
  • You are a proficient user of English and Dutch (or willing to learn Dutch). Knowledge of and familiarity with the European context and institutions is essential.
  • Your master degree is accredited in the European Union.

What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of 1 year. Following a positive evaluation, the scholarship can be renewed for another 3 years (2+1).
  • The planned start date is September 1, 2023 or as soon as possible after that date.
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for Contract Research Staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will receive ecocheques, Internet-connectivity allowance, and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.
  • You will do most of your work at the city campus in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here.

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including June 19, 2023 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: a motivation letter, your academic CV and a copy of your master thesis.
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure. Please make a note of the following dates: June 23, interviews.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Tom Coppens,

The University of Antwerp received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award for its HR policy. We are a sustainable, family-friendly organisation which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply.

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Doctoral scholarship holder in the field of climate adaptation finance
Prinsstraat 13 Antwerp, Belgium
Application deadline
2023-06-19 23:59 (Europe/Brussels)
2023-06-19 23:59 (CET)
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