Vacancies (EMN Research Assistant, OMNIA Researcher)

Research Assistant (EMN)

The Odysseus Academic Network is seeking to recruit urgently a young graduate or professional in Law to fill a remunerated traineeship position as Research Assistant for the European Migration Network (EMN). The position will be based in Brussels at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and is remunerated with a salary of €751 per month in the framework of a contract for vocational training under Belgian law. Applicants especially interested in academia and research are strongly encouraged to apply.

The EMN traineeship will last from 15 May or 1 June to 15 November or December 2017 (6 to 7 months), with the successful candidate joining the Odysseus team as Research Assistant. The trainee will work as part of the Odysseus team, consisting of six people in total, under the direct supervision of Prof. Philippe DE BRUYCKER. Applicants are expected to commit to stay for the entire period of the traineeship.

The Research Assistant role involves the following tasks in relation with the input of the Odysseus Network in the functioning of the European Migration Network:

  • Help Prof. Philippe DE BRUYCKER in all tasks related to the cooperation between the Odysseus Network and the EMN;
  • Prepare legal documentation, bibliographies and draft short notes in relation with the subjects of the studies undertaken by the EMN;
  • Revise the draft version of EMN studies, reports and other documents;
  • Liaise with the members of the Odysseus Network in EU Member States involved in the EMN and plan and follow up their work;
  • Ensure the contact between the Odysseus Network and the company in charge of the coordination of the EMN;
  • Represent sometimes the Odysseus Network in meetings related to the EMN;
  • Any other task related to the involvement of the Odysseus Network in the EMN.

Applicants should possess the following qualifications and attributes:

  • BA and / or Master in (EU) law with excellent marks;
  • Knowledge of and interest in EU/national law and policies on immigration and/or asylum;
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English (proficiency in French is an asset);
  • Knowledge of ICT: capacity to maintain a website on WordPress and social media accounts on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter;
  • Ability to be proactive, plan and work autonomously;
  • Ability to communicate clearly, easily and quickly;
  • Ability to network and coordinate with a group of people.

What does the Odysseus Coordination Team offer during a traineeship?

  • A first valuable professional experience during which you will accomplish diverse tasks with a certain autonomy and under weekly supervision in a small multinational team allowing close human contacts among its members;
  • Monitor daily developments in EU migration and asylum Law regarding legislation, case law and policy;
  • Liaise with the members of the Odysseus Network who are among the best academics specialised on EU Migration or Asylum Law in Europe;
  • Live and work in the capital of Europe while benefiting from all facilities offered by the ULB (libraries, restaurant, sport, medical service, etc);

Moreover:

  • Participate for free in events organised by the Odysseus Network (the annual conference in February or the annual Summer School in July), even after the period of your traineeship!
  • Possibility to follow the course of Philippe De Bruycker on EU Migration and Asylum Law given in English if your traineeship takes place during the first semester of the academic year;
  • If you wish to do so outside working hours, supervision to prepare a legal paper for publication in a scientific journal;
  • For high academic performers (meaning you have been among the 10 to 15% of the best students having the highest results during most of your studies), help to prepare a project for a PhD by defining a subject and support as much as possible to find funding in the EU.

Interested applicants should send their CV and letter of motivation at odysseus@ulb.ac.be  with “EMN Internship Application” in the subject line of the email. The closing date for applications is midnight 1 May 2017. Interviews will take place at the beginning of May and the traineeship will start preferably on 15 May or instead on 1 June 2017.

 


Researcher ( for a 50% position up to 12 months as from 1 September 2017)

The researcher will mainly be in charge of developing E-training modules in EU migration and asylum law (conception, drafting, invention of interactive exercises, revision, etc). The person will work in close cooperation with Prof. Philippe De Bruycker and under his direct supervision. The expected salary is around 1100 € per month + full social security under Belgian law on the basis of an employee contract signed with the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Applicants should possess the following qualifications and attributes:

  • Master’s degree (including previous Bachelor’s degree) in (EU) Law with excellent marks (other disciplines than law will NOT be considered)
  • Excellent knowledge of English is indispensable
  • Excellent capacity to communicate clearly and easily in written English in particular
  • Good capacity to work autonomously
  • Knowledge of immigration and/or asylum in EU or national law is a strong asset
  • Previous research experience in the area and previous publications are a strong asset
  • Being a PhD student in the area is a strong asset

What does the Odysseus Coordination Team offer during this contract?

  • Monitoring developments in EU migration and asylum law regarding legislation, case law and policy
  • Liaise with the members of the Odysseus Network who are among the best academics specialised on EU Migration and Asylum Law in Europe
  • Participate for free in events organised by the Odysseus Network (the annual conference in February or the annual Summer School in July)
  • If you wish to do so outside working hours, supervision to prepare a legal paper for publication in a scientific journal
  • For high academic performers (meaning you have been among the 10 to 15% of the best students having the highest results during most of your studies), help to prepare a project for a PhD by defining a subject and support as much as possible to find funding in the EU
  • Live and work in the capital of Europe while benefiting from all facilities offered by the ULB (libraries, restaurant, sport, medical service, etc)

Interested applicants should send their CV and letter of motivation at odysseus@ulb.ac.be  with “OMNIA Researcher Application” in the subject line of the email. The closing date for applications is midnight 1 June 2017. Interviews and recruitment will take place in June and the work will start on 1 September 2017.

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