Data Manager
University of Antwerp Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Department: Department of History

Regime Part-time

The University of Antwerp is a dynamic, forward-thinking, European university. We offer an innovative academic education to more than 20 000 students, conduct pioneering scientific research and play an important service-providing role in society. We are one of the largest, most international and most innovative employers in the region. With more than 6000 employees from 100 different countries, we are helping to build tomorrow's world every day. Through top scientific research, we push back boundaries and set a course for the future – a future that you can help to shape. 

The Department of History in the Faculty of Arts is looking for a part-time (40%) data manager for the research project The Social History of Finance.

The SOCIAL HISTORY OF FINANCE project explores why in Western economies banks only began to reach deep into society during the 1960s and 1970s. The half century that passed between their creation in the late 19th and early 20th century and the widespread use of their services by households suggests that, for a very long time, many households managed their finances differently. But which services did they use, and when, how and why did the providers of those alternatives make way for banks? What drove this fundamental change in household finance and why did it not come earlier? Current research on financial development has no answers to these questions.

As data manager you will coordinate the data collection of HisFindex - a historical version of the Global Findex database. The HisFindex database will contain information on financial services used by households in the Netherlands and Belgium between 1920 and 2020, e.g. payment services, various types of savings, public and private insurance, consumer credit, mortgages, and other loans obtained with or without the intermediation of banks. The database will also include information on the financial vulnerability of Dutch and Belgian households in the past. As data manager, you will be responsible for the project’s data management plan, the collection, curating and coding of the data, and the preparation of datasets for online open access publication.


  • You will prepare the project’s data management plan.
  • You will contribute to the collection, coding, and curating of data.
  • You will supervise team members who collect, curate and code the data.
  • You will advise and support team members who work with the HisFindex database
  • You will represent the research group both internally and externally
  • You will help with the preparation of research grants of members of the research team.


  • You hold a Doctoral degree in Economics, Finance, Economic History, or another field relevant to the topic
  • You are an experienced data manager.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
  • You can work in a group as well as on your own initiative.
  • You have good written and spoken communication skills.
  • You can speak and write fluently in English.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.

We also encourage international researchers to apply.

What we offer

  • We offer a 0.4 fte contract for a period of two years, which can be renewed for another two years following a positive evaluation.
  • The planned start date is 1 October 2021, or as soon as possible after that date.
  • Your gross monthly salary is calculated according to the pay scale for an assistant in the Contract Research Staff category (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will do most of your work at UAntwerp City Campus in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here.

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 19 August 2021 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on 'apply', complete the online application form and don’t forget to include the following document(s): (1) a motivation letter, (1) a motivation letter, (2) your academic CV (3) two relevant academic publications demonstrating your skills and (4) the contact details of two referees.
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. Interviews are scheduled for the week of 30 August 2021.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact the project leader, prof. dr. Oscar Gelderblom or the research manager of the Department of History, dr. Kim Overlaet.

The University of Antwerp received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award for its HR policy. We are a sustainable, family-friendly organisation which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply.

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