A great workplace

Open, human, diverse and respectful: this approach has been working beautifully at the VUB for the past 50 years. And we have no intention of changing that (quite the contrary).

"The informal, open door policy is something I really appreciate." - Professor Joeri Hofmans

On our campuses themselves

On the one hand, we apply that human atmosphere internally. You won't find a lot of formalities, etiquette or hierarchy at the VUB. Just ask anyone: we have an open, friendly, family-like atmosphere. Our annual barbecue is a high point is that regard: 1,500 close colleagues sharing a meal and having a fantastic time together.


"Not just 'the working student', but an equal colleague. A job with lots of freedom, but also responsibility. And the atmosphere? Superchill! " – Working student Merve Bektas

... as well as beyond

We strive to apply that human atmosphere towards the outside world as well. For example, we are involved in supporting many Brussels-based initiatives. After all, our capital city is a microcosm of the world, and we are happy to be an integral part of it each day. Via weKONEKT.brussels, we aim to further reinforce our connection with the capital by providing classes at a number of locations outside of the campuses.


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Aside from a fantastic job, an engaged atmosphere and wonderful colleagues, there are lots more reasons to join the VUB family. Here are 5 of them, to start with.

“At the VUB people have central place. I noticed that warm atmosphere from day one.” - HR-advisor Rica Ciriaco

1. The VUB is … different

Okay, that's probably what every university says. But with us, it's something you'll experience the moment you arrive on one of our campuses: a highly diverse, progressive community with a strong social engagement. Involved wherever possible, critical wherever necessary.

2. Extracontractual benefits

A sampling of the extras you'll receive in addition to your salary: 100% reimbursement of your commuting costs by public transport, a commuter cycling allowance, ecocheques, hospitalisation insurance, group insurance including guaranteed income insurance (depending on your staff category), inexpensive meals at the campus restaurant, …

“Spending some time at the gym to clear your head and then walking to work through the trees: it's a great feeling.” - PhD student Pieter-Jan Pauwelyn

3. Your health is a priority

In order to keep both mind and body in good condition, you'll receive affordable medical care, a fitness test when you start working with us, flu vaccination, highly reduced fees for sport activities, discount at the gym, access to the swimming pool on campus, and more.

Doctors, dentists and specialists? You'll find them in or around our VUB campuses. More info

4. Respect for your privacy

There’s plenty of work at the VUB. But we do our utmost to respect your work-life balance. Wherever possible, we will encourage working from home or flexible hours. As our full-time employee, you are entitled to 35 days of paid leave per year.

In addition, we also offer sport and project camps for the children of our employees (from ages 3 through 15) during the Easter and summer holidays.

5. Continuous development

Here at the VUB we highly value the continuous development of our staff; what else can you expect from a university? We always put our best foot forward to create all possible opportunities for career growth and for knowledge expansion. We urge everyone to consciously reflect on their career and to take the initiative in, for example, taking courses. Would you like to know the courses we currently have on offer? Take a look at the website of ‘VUB LRN’. You can find all planned training sessions and courses for both academic as non-academic staff here.


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A stimulating workplace for researchers

The VUB aims to be a stimulating employer for all researchers. This is why we invest in a good HR policy, geared towards aspects such as well-being and personal development. 

‘HR Excellence in Research’, what is it?

In 2011, we received the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ label from the European Commission; a certificate of quality awarded to (research) institutions that demonstrate, based on a thorough audit, that they have a strong HR policy in place.

With this label, we endorse both the European Charter for Researchers (a framework for supporting the careers of researchers) and the Code of Conduct (that describes open and transparent hiring processes).


"The VUB offers the space to conduct research that is free from dogma."

Professor Luc Deliens

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