1 FTE researcher with a PhD in Art History


18 Oct 2023
Job Information

Research Field
Arts » Fine arts
Researcher Profile
Recognised Researcher (R2)
Application Deadline
31 Dec 2023 – 23:30 (Europe/Brussels)
Type of Contract
To be defined
Job Status
Offer Starting Date
1 Mar 2024
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

Position shared between two institutions in the framework of the FED-tWIN research profile Prf-2022-0012-IOHANNES: 50% Postdoctoral research assistant (UCLouvain); 50% SW2 Work Leader (KIK-IRPA).

The candidate has to be a postdoctoral researcher with a PhD in art history (or an equivalent degree indicating a specialization in the field of art historical research). He/she will be responsible for developing art historical research on Netherlandish paintings in their context of production and reception. The main mission of the FED-tWIN researcher is to launch an innovative interdisciplinary project about the collection of paintings of the Saint John’s Hospital in Bruges, of which all Memling paintings are currently undergoing a new scientific imagery campaign for Musea Brugge. The final goal of the project is the publication of the overall research results in a monographic volume the series of the Corpus of Flemish Primitives, dedicated to the collection of the Saint John’s Hospital.


Research Field
Arts » Fine arts
Education Level
PhD or equivalent


Conditions for admission: 

● The intended candidate must hold a EU degree of Doctor in Art History (or an equivalent degree indicating a specialization in the field of art historical research). When assessing a non-EU diploma, an equivalence certificate has to be requested from ENIC-NARIC; we recommend that you – if necessary – start the recognition procedure at ENIC-NARIC as soon as possible. You must have this recognition no later than the date of appointment. The PhD degree is obtained at the earliest 12 years prior to the submission of the job application with derogations. The 12-year period is extended by one year for each maternity, parental or adoption leave of the candidate and for each long-term sick leave of the candidate or his/her immediate family.

● The intended candidate can be assigned to the French or to the Dutch language role, according to the rules set by the federal laws on the use of 3 languages in the Belgian public administration. A good knowledge (written and spoken) of English, French and/or Dutch is required.

● The candidate must be willing to hold the two part-time positions at both institutions (KIK-IRPA, Brussels and UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve) and must also apply for both through a single application, according to the procedure outlined here. Only applying for some and not all of the part-time positions is not possible.


Specific Requirements

Requested profile : 

● Experience in conducting scientific research on early Netherlandish paintings at top level.

● Excellent writing and communication skills both to a specialized audience (national and international scholarly community) and to a wider audience (local events, radio broadcasts, etc.).

● Experience in the field of scientific animation: organization of symposiums, setting up of a national and international network, setting up of exhibitions, etc.

● Considered as a plus: the candidate has relevant experience within a cultural heritage institution, in object-based research in interdisciplinary collaboration.

● It is recommended to have experience in international mobility, including through participation in research programs at research institutions not affiliated with the university where the highest degree was obtained.

● Research experience in the most recent trends in the study of early Netherlandish painting, especially in iconography, meaning and function of art objects.

● Good knowledge of the art production of the 15th century in an international context.

● Interest in technical research on art objects (scientific imagery, technical and material analyses).

Research Field
Arts » Fine arts

Internal Application form(s) needed
(149.71 KB – PDF)
Additional Information

We offer: 

● A FTE contract of indefinite duration, half-time at the UCLouvain as Postdoctoral Researcher and half-time at the KIK-IRPA as Work Leader (SW2) starting in Spring 2024.

● A monthly gross salary of at least € 2.656,50 at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, and of at least € 2.132 at UCLouvain, to which are added the holiday allowance and the end-of-year bonus.

● Variable working hours during the week of 38 hours (19 hours at IRPA and 19 hours at UCLouvain).

● Place of work: KIK-IRPA in Brussels ; UCLouvain in Louvain-la-Neuve.

● Free public transport to and from work and possibility of obtaining a bicycle allowance (KIK-IRPA and UCLouvain).

● Group hospitalization insurance and other benefits (KIK-IRPA and UCLouvain).

Selection process

How to apply?

The selection procedure will be carried out in the first instance on the basis of an assessment of the application file and in the second instance on an interview that will take place in Brussels at KIK-IRPA on 23 January 2023.

Candidates must send their application by Sunday 31 December 2023 at the latest, by e-mail to Ingrid Falque ([email protected] ), quoting the reference “Application for the profile IOHANNES”.

This application must include the following documents in pdf:

1. a letter of motivation

2. a full CV

3. a copy of your Master and PhD diplomas

4. a description (in maximum 500 words) of two of your main research projects

5. copies of maximum three of your publications related to early Netherlandish painting

6. names, positions and e-mail addresses of two referees (no letters of reference)

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. KIK-IRPA and UCLouvain pursue an equal opportunities and diversity policy and therefore encourage everyone to apply.


Prof. Dr. Ingrid Falque. Research associate of the FNRS and professor of medieval art history – [email protected]

Dr. Bart Fransen. Head of the Center for the Study of the Flemish Primitives, KIK-IRPA, Brussels – [email protected]

Work Location(s)

Number of offers available
UCLouvain – KIK-IRPA

Where to apply

[email protected]


Collège Erasme, Place Blaise Pascal, 1
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