21 January 2020

JOB OFFER: Two year fulltime scientific researcher: convicted collaborators with the enemy and the death penalty (Brussels: Royal Military School; DEADLINE 15 FEB 2020)

(Bron: KMS)

The Belgian Royal Military School and BELSPO (Belgian Scientific Policy Office) recruit a full-time researcher. Candidates will be subjected to a previous security check, conformably to state security requirements.

The position is fulltime for two years at the Royal Military School - Section Patrimonium. The researcher will not be enrolled as a military member of staff. A Dutch native speaker is preferred.


1. Context of the job and main tasks
In the framework of a “Brain” scientific research project funded by the Belgian Federal Science Policy (BELSPO), we are looking for a Dutch native speaking researcher with a master or doctor degree in history, law or criminology (if possible a specialisation in legal history or a combination of history and law degrees) and research experience (if possible related to Belgian archives of Belgian justice or military justice or administrative punishment).
The research project is foreseen for two years and consists in the contextualisation of the cases of the execution of death penalties for convicted collaborators with the enemy at the end of W.W. II in Belgium and the analysis of the decision-making processes in that context. That contextualisation will integrate historical, legal, criminological and sociological approaches.
The project is in collaboration with the State Archives – CEGESOMA. The researcher at the Royal Military Academy will focus on the more legal aspects of the topic (analysis of the files, judicial argumentation, the pardon process etc.).
This part of the research will be performed at the Chair of Law, Royal Military Academy (RMA), directed by Prof. Stanislas Horvat.

Main tasks:
·                    Research (including analysis and inventory of files and documents) related to the above mentioned topic
·                    Publications or contribution to publications
·                    Presentations of the results at conferences and other dissemination activities
·                    Contribution to connected scientific activities of the Chair and the network project.

2. Required competences

Technical skills:
·        The applicant shall have a Master or “licence” or doctor degree in history, law or criminology (preferably a specialisation in legal history of the 20th century or a combination of law and history degrees)
·        The applicant shall have research experience, if possible related to Belgian archives of Belgian justice or military justice or administrative punishment
·        The applicant shall have knowledge of Belgian justice, military justice or administrative punishment discipline is a plus.
Specific requirement:
·          The successful candidate has to be committed to confidentiality and exclusivity;
·          Therefore, he will have to obtain the required security clearance. The candidate must consent with the background check required to obtain this clearance, which will be performed by the Belgian Defence.
Personal skills:
·        Dutch native speaking
·        Being able to integrate in a multidisciplinary team of scientists
·        Working autonomously and flexible in view of the multidisciplinary context.
Other skills:
·        The applicant shall have a good knowledge of French and English
·        A good knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint is a plus.

3. Procedure

  • Send a motivation letter, a CV and a scan of your ID card (both sides) to Professor Stanislas Horvat ( and to Mr Thierry Deprez (
  • You will be working in a military environment. That is why everyone is expected to undergo a safety verification. Please add to your application the filled out document that is attached to the jobdescription
  • Please mention clearly in subject “BELSPO-BRAIN POSTWAREX”
  • Application deadline: 15 February 2020
  • An interview (+/- 30min) will take place at the Royal Military Academy located at the premises of the Royal Military Academy, Rue Hobbema 8, 1000 Brussels
  • The date and time of the interview will be communicated to the preselected candidates

4. Various information

Contact persons
·          Regarding the research project: Prof. S. Horvat; Royal Military Academy-SCGW; Renaissancelaan 30, 1000 Brussel ; +32 2 441 40 18,
·          Regarding the recruitment procedure: Mr. Thierry Deprez; +32 2 441 39 12;
Miscellaneous matters:
·        Recruitment date: if possible April 1st, 2020
·        Status: Full-time employment based on a two-year contract with the Royal Military Academy – Patrimony (you are not employed by the Belgian State)
·        Wage scale: A11 (Master) or A22 (Doctor). Scientific seniority will be limited to maximum 5 years.
·        Extra-legal benefits:
·        Possibility to obtain a bonus for bilingualism (Dutch/French);
·        holiday allocation,
·        end-of-year allocation,
·        hospitalization insurance,
·        free public transportation (home-work commute),
·        Free access to sports facilities.
·        Free access to theon-campus restaurant and cafeteria with discount on the daily menu
·        Security: by applying, the candidate accepts to come under a security scrutiny.
·        Workplace: Renaissancelaan 30, 1000 Brussel, and archives’ locations

(source: Standen&Landen)

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