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The Odysseus Academic Network is seeking to recruit a young graduate or professional preferably with a legal background to fill a remunerated traineeship position as Research and Project Assistant for the OMNIA project. The position will be based in Brussels at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and is remunerated with a salary of €783 per month in the framework of a contract for vocational training under Belgian law. As Odysseus is a university network, applicants interested in academia are strongly encouraged to apply.

This OMNIA traineeship will start on February 1st 2018, lasting for 6 months. The trainee will work as part of the OMNIA Project Team, consisting of four people in total, including Prof. Philippe DE BRUYCKER as team leader. The main goal of the project is to foster a vibrant community of researchers and professors throughout the EU in the field of EU immigration and asylum law. The project aims to gather information, enhance learning and exchange practices in this area. More information on the activities involved in the project can be found here.

The Research and Project Assistant’s role involves the following tasks:

  • Co-ordinating the Odysseus Network blog: managing weekly publications, including liaising with contributors, publishing content online, carrying out related promotional activities;
  • Supporting the development of online databases, including the compilation of EU legislation on immigration and asylum (research, classification);
  • Help managing the Network’s social media accounts in collaboration with the Communications and Research Assistant;
  • Supporting the preparation of e-learning modules in the area of EU migration and asylum law;
  • Drafting and disseminating information and communications material relevant to the activities of the Network;
  • Any other task related to the implementation of the project.

Applicants should possess the following qualifications:

  • Master degree in (EU) law (other disciplines such as political science, international relations, European studies could be considered but priority will be given to lawyers), with excellent marks;
  • Knowledge of and interest in EU law and policies on immigration and asylum;
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English. Proficiency in French is an asset;
  • Knowledge of ICT is an asset: capacity to maintain a website on WordPress and social media accounts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube and Twitter;
  • Ability to be proactive, plan and work autonomously;
  • Ability to communicate clearly, easily and quickly;
  • Ability to network and coordinate with a group of people.

What does the Odysseus Network offer during a traineeship?

  • A first valuable professional experience during which you will accomplish diverse tasks with a certain autonomy and under weekly supervision in a small multinational team;
  • Monitoring of daily developments in EU migration and asylum law regarding legislation, case law and policy;
  • In case time allows, write and publish one or another blog post with the help of a member of the Odysseus Network;
  • Learn with some help provided by the team how to update a website and run WordPress;
  • Represent from time to time the Odysseus Network at meetings (for instance NGOs coordination) or events (hearings in the European Parliament, workshops organised by think tanks, etc);
  • Liaise with the members of the Odysseus Network who are among the best academics specialised on EU Migration and Asylum Law in Europe;
  • Live and work in the capital of Europe while benefiting from all facilities offered by the ULB (libraries, restaurant, sport, medical service, etc).


  • Participate for free in events organised by the Odysseus Network (the annual conference in February or the annual Summer Schoolin July), even after the period of your traineeship!
  • Possibility to follow every week the course of Philippe De Bruycker on EU Migration and Asylum Law given in English if your traineeship takes place during the first semester of the academic year;
  • If you wish to do so outside working hours, supervision to prepare a legal paper for publication in a scientific journal;
  • For high academic performers (meaning you have been among the 10 to 15% of the best students having the highest results during most of your studies), help to prepare a project for a PhD by defining a subject and support as much as possible to find funding in the EU.

Interested applicants  should submit their application before December 15st 2017, midnight CET (UTC +1). To apply, please follow this link: Application Research and Project Assistant