IES Korea Chair Holder

Job Function: Korea Chair Holder (academic and policy research, outreach). Full-time.

Posted Date: 21/4/2017

Salary: Competitive, commensurate with experience (VUB salary scale)

Overview of the KF-VUB Korea Chair

The Korea Foundation (KF) and the Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) are establishing a KF-VUB Korea Chair (the “Korea Chair”) at the IES. The Chair aims to fulfil the following objectives: i) increase awareness in Europe about current security and geopolitical challenges affecting the Korean peninsula; ii) provide a platform to enhance common understanding between Korea and Europe, and enhance mutual awareness about geopolitical, strategic and economic developments in East Asia and Europe; iii) solidify the strategic partnership between Europe and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

The Korea Chair will be the first independent Korean studies platform in Europe that will enable the parties to discuss major issues confronting the ROK-Europe partnership, conduct relevant research in a timely manner, and communicate noteworthy issues related to Korea and East Asia to policymakers and the general European public, through the operation of relevant programs.

The IES is an academic Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and a policy think tank that focuses on the European Union (EU) in an international setting. The Institute advances academic education and research in various disciplines, and provides services to policy-makers, scholars, stakeholders and the general public. Academic work at the IES is organised around the following research clusters: International Security, Economic Governance; Environment and Sustainable Development; and Migration, Diversity and Justice. The Korea Chair will be integrated in the International Security cluster.

Job Description

The IES is calling for applications for the position of ‘Korea Chair Holder’. Prospective candidates are invited to submit their applications in accordance with the instructions below by 10 June 2017.

The Chair Holder shall conduct the following activities in addition to his/her independent research:

  • Academic and policy research on Korea- and East Asia-related issues;
  • Public conferences, activities and expert workshops;
  • Fundraising
  • Training programs for young scholars/policy experts;
  • Regular working-group meetings for key stakeholders;
  • Regular media appearances and interviews;
  • Publication of newsletter or any other type of media that provides relevant analyses and recommendations;
  • Establishment of a network of partnerships with think tanks in the ROK and East Asia;
  • Collaboration with relevant IES-VUB programmes

The Chair holder will be expected to lead an integrated, expanded program of in-depth policy research, that shall provide analysis on the issues discussed above.

In addition to the Chair Holder, the ‘Korea Chair’ team shall be made up of at least two additional researchers, and will be provided with expert support for its outreach, fundraising and strategic planning operations, and for its proper administrative functioning.

Expected Profile and Qualifications

An Advanced Degree (MA or PhD) is required, preferably in Political Science, International Relations, History, Economics or a related discipline.

The successful candidate shall have senior-level experience in a government/international institution, think tank or university, and experience in dealing with Korea- and East Asia-related policy, business and non-governmental communities; a proven track record of academic or policy publications in Korea- and East Asia-related issues in leading academic journals and think tank outlets; and, ideally, a combination of the two.

The candidate in question must have a proven ability to conduct original policy research and analysis and disseminate it to policy audiences. He/she must be able to competently lead and undertake both research projects and issue-focused meetings, conferences, and other events, and supervise a dedicated team of researchers and professionals.

The Chair holder must be motivated, flexible, diplomatic, creative, trustworthy, a good team player, and must be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

The successful candidate must have – and develop –  a network of contacts among the higher levels of the policy, academic, and business communities in Europe and Korea. Professional experience and residence in Korea, and Korean language skills, are a plus. Fluency in English is required, along with outstanding written and oral communication skills.

Application Process

Applications should include the following elements, and be sent in one attachment:

  • Completed application form (to download the application form please visit: )
  • A full Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications and public presentations.
  • A motivation letter including a description of research interests and their relevance to Korea and East Asia.
  • Two letters of recommendation (to be sent separately)
  • All applications should be sent to by 10 June 2017.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be expected to take up his/her position no later than 31 October 2017.  

Salary: VUB scale, on the basis of the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

The Institute for European Studies is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, or other factors protected by law.

For further inquiries, please contact Prof. Dr. Luis Simón (

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