Working at Vlerick is working in a dynamic, open and professional environment in which you get the chance to take ownership, to grow personally, to develop new professional skills and to be a part of something bigger. 

What truly sets Vlerick apart is not just what we do, but the spirit with which we do it. The Vlerick spirit is defined by openness, vitality and a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. It is a spirit that can be found in every aspect of our school and its activities: from our enthusiastic, highly motivated talents to our innovative and pragmatic teaching methods; from our global network of students, alumni and corporate partners to our inspiring and vibrant campuses.

It is all these elements together that make Vlerick Business School the leading institution it is today: a place where people are inspired to live their dream, learn continuously and take the leap

Are you ready to take the leap and join the Vlerick team? 

Junior Researcher Leadership Development

Do you have a passion for applied research? Are you ready to explore the wonderful world of leadership development & coaching? Can you see yourself thrive within an open, dynamic and professional environment? Let’s talk!


Vlerick Business School is a triple-accredited, international business school at the heart of Europe – ranked number one in the Benelux for executive education and 19 in Europe. We strive to make a difference, offering high quality, interactive and impactful learning journeys and in doing so, helping form positive change-makers with a vision that is rooted in a dream.

Vlerick is a school, but it is run as a company, aligned with the high standards we foster in our different programmes. At our core is a team of passionate researchers and faculty who aim to continuously bridge the gap between academia and business. We are looking for a driven Junior Researcher to join our Vlerick Centre for Excellence in Leading Adaptive Organisations, giving organisations the inspiration to become adaptable, create a proactive culture and thrive.

The job

  • Conduct research on how organizations, and the people within them can adapt to a continuously changing environment. Our research topics include: the role of leaders in driving change, how to create (self-steering) organizations that can respond effectively to dynamic environments, resilience, purpose and sustainability, diversity and inclusion, flexibility, etc
  • Plan & conduct research projects within this field and provide input for the development of tools.
  • Act as a business developer for the Center for Excellence in Leading Adaptive Organisations. Identify potential customers and help convert them into paying members, create and actively take part in network opportunities and be an ambassador of the Centre and of Vlerick at large.
  • Design and organize the various activities of the Centre and build long term relationships with its members.
  • Disseminate knowledge by writing (academic) papers, reports, articles, newsletters, and social media posts. Present research findings to both business and academic audiences.
  • Provide support for teaching activities in executive education and in MBA/Master courses (I.A. organizing workshops & participant tutoring).


  • Have a master’s degree, a research mind-set, and an affinity with the research topics of the Centre as mentioned above.
  • Are excited to conduct inspiring research with a solid academic foundation.
  • Like networking, building relationships and organizing workshops.
  • Can work autonomously as part of an enthusiastic and supportive team.
  • Have an excellent written and verbal knowledge of English.
  • Have a proactive attitude and analytical skills. Knowledge data-analysis tools is a plus.
  • Will be located on our campus in Ghent, Brussels, or Leuven in combination with your home office.



  • Autonomy and responsibility in a challenging work environment.
  • A dynamic, open, and international company culture.
  • An enthusiastic and supportive team.
  • Flexibility: 30+ holiday days, working on our campuses in combination with your home office, flexible benefits based on your individual needs.
  • Opportunities for training & development.
  • The chance to be a part of something bigger and inspire people to live, learn and leap.

At Vlerick, openness to the world is part of our DNA. We are continuously working towards being a truly diverse, equitable and inclusive place to work and learn at. So, no matter who you are, where you come from, or what your dreams are, we are looking forward to receiving your application.

Take the leap and join us

If you think you meet these criteria, please apply with your resume and motivation letter on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Your application will be evaluated by the HR department of Vlerick Business School (Staff members) itself. For any additional feedback regarding your application, we kindly refer you to the Vlerick Business School (Staff members) HR department.


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