University of Antwerp

Principal research fellow English proficiency

2024-05-02 (Europe/Brussels)
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The Department of Linguistics in the Faculty of Arts has the following part-time (30%) vacancy: principal research fellow in the field of English Proficiency.


As a principal research fellow, you will be part of the Academic Assistant Staff (Dutch: Assisterend Academisch Personeel, AAP). You will spend at least 50% of your working time on academic research. In addition, you will actively contribute to education and service activities.


  • You will carry out high-quality academic research the field of English Proficiency. Your research will focus specifically on intercultural communication and English as a Lingua Franca in educational settings, and the implications of using AI tools in language learning.
  • You will report on the results of your research and produce academic publications.
  • You will assist in the coordination of ongoing research projects and the activities of the research group.
  • You will contribute to attracting national and international research funding.


  • You will occasionally teach a high-quality academic classes in:
    • UA_1101FLWTLE: Engels: taalbeheersing 1
    • UA_1105FLWTLE: Engels: taalbeheersing 3
  • You will assist in grading one or more selected assignments in:
    • UA_1101FLWTLE: Engels: taalbeheersing 1
    • UA_1105FLWTLE: Engels: taalbeheersing 3
    • UA_1107FLWTLE: Engels: taalbeheersing 4
  • You will contribute to the development of online exercises for:
    • UA_1104FLWTLE: Engels: grammatica 1
    • UA_1126FLWTLE: Engels: grammatica 2
  • Your teaching role will evolve along with the study programmes.


  • You will play an active role in the academic and societal service provision of the Department of Linguistics. You will also assist in student recruitment and alumni activities and serve on boards and committees, among other activities.


  • You hold a PhD in English Linguistics or you will have obtained it by the time you start work.
  • You have an excellent command of English (native or CEFR C2 level).
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies. You have relevant research experience in the field of English Proficiency. 
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision. You have relevant teaching experience in the field of English Proficiency, and more specifically written proficiency and the use of online teaching materials.
  • You are able to carry out your work and achieve your objectives with a high degree of independence.
  • You are motivated to work actively on your further professional development. In this, you can make use of a wide range of training courses and professionalisation opportunities.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You have experience with teaching large groups of students (mostly with a Dutch-speaking background).

What we offer

  • We offer an appointment as a principal research fellow for a period of three years. Following a positive evaluation, the appointment can be renewed once.
  • Your gross monthly salary is calculated according to the pay scale for a principal research fellow (Academic Assistant Staff, AAP). If you work part time, your salary is calculated proportionally on the basis of your employment percentage.
  • You will receive ecocheques, Internet-connectivity allowance and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.
  • The planned start date is 1 October 2024.
  • You will do most of your work at the University of Antwerp City Campus in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Click here to find out more about working at the University of Antwerp and the related benefits.

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 2 May 2024 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button and complete the online application form. Be sure to include the following attachments:
    • a motivation letter
    • your academic CV
    • the completed job application appendix (click here).
  • The selection committee reviews all applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision is made, we will notify you. If you are still eligible after the pre-selection, you will be informed about the possible next step(s) in the selection procedure.
  • 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 Peter Petré (, chair of the Linguistics Department.

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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Principal research fellow English proficiency
Prinsstraat 13 Antwerp, Belgium
Application deadline
2024-05-02 23:59 (Europe/Brussels)
2024-05-02 23:59 (CET)
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