Director of Studies (30-50%) - Department of European Political and Governance Studies - College of Europe in Bruges

The College of Europe is seeking applications for the position of Director of Studies (30-50% FTE) of the Department of European Political and Governance Studies at the Bruges campus, starting from the academic year 2024-25 onwards (i.e. assuming responsibilities, preferably, in June/July 2024 at the latest). The successful candidate will be appointed for a 3-year period (renewable).

About the College: Welcome to the laboratory of the European integration

The College of Europe, with its Bruges campus established in 1949 and its Natolin campus established in 1992, is the oldest postgraduate institute of European Studies []. Currently, the College of Europe hosts approx. 340 students in Bruges and 120 students in Natolin. In September 2024, the College will welcome a first cohort of approx. 30 students in Tirana. Students represent around 50 nationalities every year and follow advanced Master’s programmes of 10-month duration in a residential format (“studying and living Europe together”).

The Master of Arts in European Political and Governance Studies (POL) in Bruges annually enrolls approx. 100 students, specialising in EU politics and (multilevel) governance, institutional and non-institutional actors, decision-making processes as well as EU internal and external policies. The programme provides graduates with the necessary competencies to work for European and national institutions as well as in the private or NGO sector or to pursue Ph.D. studies.

Criteria for the position

  • Ph.D. in Political Science or other relevant fields;
  • Expertise in the area of EU politics and policy-making, reflected in a comprehensive list of academic publications (including in reputed journals);
  • Several years of experience, including extensive managerial responsibilities, at reputable higher education institutions;
  • Demonstrated research and teaching experience at reputable higher education institutions;
  • An excellent command of English and French;
  • Preferably, a good understanding of the functioning of the College of Europe;
  • Capacity to work flexibly and reliably in an international environment;
  • ‘Entrepreneurial’ attitude towards continuous improvement of the functioning of the Department and the College of Europe in general.


  • This senior, part-time position (30-50% FTE) requires a regular presence in Bruges during the academic year (1 September – 30 June);
  • The Director will be responsible for the implementation, management and the development of the POL programme in its various ramifications within the guidelines set by the Academic Council, and the supervision and coordination of the work of the Permanent Professor, the secretariat as well as a team of Academic Assistants;
  • The Director will teach between 30 and 60 hours, depending on FTE in the programme and supervise a number of Master’s theses;
  • The Director will manage and coordinate the work of the visiting professors of the POL programme;
  • The Director will report directly to the Rector of the College;
  • The Director will conduct research and publish in their respective field of expertise, using the College of Europe affiliation, and organise academic conferences around the core topics of the POL Department;
  • The Director will contribute to and participate in the student selection process for the POL programme;
  • The Director will be the main representative of the Department of European Political and Governance Studies in the College’s Academic Council;
  • The Director will assume other academic and administrative tasks required for the smooth functioning of the Department.

Conditions offered

  • A vibrant academic setting embedded in the broad network of the College of Europe;
  • The opportunity to develop and shape an advanced academic programme and related research activities;
  • Support by the Research Support Fund for the organisation of conferences on campus and academic projects;
  • A fee or salary corresponding to a comparable position at a Belgian university;
  • An initial contract of a three-year duration (renewable);
  • Accommodation during the periods the position holder is staying in Bruges and coverage of the travel costs between their residence (in Europe) and Bruges.

Applications comprising a motivation letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, the names of two referees, a list of publications, research projects and courses taught must be submitted by 22 April 2024 (11:59 p.m.) to Ms Federica Mogherini, Rector of the College of Europe, by e-mail to:

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a selection interview that will take place on-site in Bruges on 14 May 2024.

Should you require any further information on this position, please contact Ms Sieglinde Gstöhl, a.i. Director of Studies of the European Political and Governance Studies Department (

For more information on the remuneration and related matters, please contact Ms Isabelle Hillewaere, HR Director (


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The College of Europe is committed to equal treatment and opportunity. It aims to reflect the diversity of our society and to offer an inclusive work and study environment for all members of its community. Consistent with these goals, the Bruges campus has a zero tolerance policy for any acts against the dignity and integrity of individuals, whether in the form of discrimination, bullying, harassment, stalking, violence, or sexual misconduct.

Candidates are therefore recruited and selected on the basis of skills and experience, regardless of age, ability, ethnicity, class and background, political belief, race, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, culture, or any other grounds.