Research manager Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies

Posted 1 year ago

The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (GGS) is an inter-faculty interdisciplinary research centre of excellence of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Leuven which conducts research in relation to globalisation, governance processes and multilateralism. The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies is looking for a highly dynamic and motivated full-time research manager to expand its research activities especially in the area of international and European space law and legal issues related to the governance of global commons.

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  • You will be responsible to initiate, acquire and conduct GGS research projects.
  • You will manage small and large-scale research projects, including administrative management and people-management.
  • You develop valorisation activities linked to ongoing research including consultancy-based research and training activities.
  • You coordinate new and existing GGS projects in the broad area of international and European space law.
  • You offer research support to junior PhD students and are involved in the supervision of junior researchers.
  • You help develop the research strategy and translate the strategic plans into operational objectives.
  • You publish scientific papers in high impact journals.
  • You participate in scientific conferences, seminars and organise outreach events.
  • You actively network internationally with a view of attracting research funding, both academically as well as in policy circles. This includes developing a client-base for future research projects.
  • You support, facilitate and optimise the various GGS initiatives.
  • You build and maintain the network with all relevant stakeholders within and outside KU Leuven.
  • You are actively involved in the interactions within the international networks of GGS.
  • Within GGS, you report to the director. You work closely with the other research manager of GGS.


  • You have a PhD in Law.
  • You have several years of post-doc experience in conducting research projects in the broad area of international law.
  • You have a strong research profile in social sciences and several years of experience in fundamental and applied research.
  • You have a track record of international publications and have experience in presenting research and representing a research centre in international settings.
  • You have experience in national and international project applications, management and reporting.
  • You have experience in coordinating academic and industrial contract-related research projects.
  • You are familiar with European and national research funding opportunities.
  • You have experience in organising scientific conferences.
  • You have strong communication skills.
  • You are ambitious, motivated, creative, organised and result oriented.
  • You are an enthusiastic and dedicated team player.
  • You are fluent in English and at least one other language, orally and in writing.


We offer an exciting and challenging job as full-time research manager in a unique professional and international environment.
KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that conducts both fundamental and applied scientific research. It has a strong inter- and multidisciplinary focus and strives for international excellence. In doing so, it actively collaborates with research partners at home and abroad.


For more information please contact Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters, tel.: +32 16 32 87 33, mail:
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