2014-2015 adjunct professor at the National Cheng Kung University Tainan, Taiwan.
2014-2015 honorary professor at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
2014 - president of the Leibniz foundation. This foundation supports research and education in the field of Information theory, Neurosciences and Biology.
Positions in other universities and institutes
- 1980 PhD, Eindhoven University, the Netherlands (Syndrome Decoding of Convolutional Codes, supervisor: J.P.M. Schalkwijk).
- 1986 visiting scientist at the German space Agency in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.
- 1990-2014 Ordinary Professor in Digital Communications at the University Duisburg-Essen, Germany (Institute for Experimental Mathematics)
- director (1997-1999) of the Post-Graduate School on Networking, "CINEMA".
- chairman (1998-2001) of the Benelux Information- and Communication Society (WIC).
- From 2000-2004 he was the chairman for the communication division of the Institute for Critical Infrastructures, CRIS.
- In 2003 he was an adjoint professor at the Sun Yat-Sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
- visiting professor (2010-2012) at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
- He was invited (2011) to be consultant professor at the Harbin Inst. of Technology, Harbin, China.
- He was a director of the Institute for Experimental Mathematics in Essen
IEEE activities (a selection of)
- In 1990 he organized the IEEE Information Theory workshop in Veldhoven, the Netherlands.
- served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Th. Society from1997 until 2006.
- he is the founding Chairman (1995-1998) of the IEEE German Information theory chapter.
- In 1997 he acted as Co-chairman for the 1997 IEEE Information Theory symposium in Ulm(GER).
- In 2003 he was elected president of the IEEE Information theory Society.
- 2008, he was a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Communication Society.
- Professor Vinck is the initiator (1990) and organizer of the Japan-Benelux workshops on Information theory (now Asia-Europe workshop on “Concepts in Information Theory”)
- the International Winterschool on Coding, Cryptography and Information theory in Europe (Essen, 1991 and 1993).
- He started (Essen, 1997) and still supports the organization of the series of IEEE conferences on Power Line Communications and its Applications, ISPLC (the 20th ISPLC2016 will be in Bottrop).
- In 2006 he received the IEEE - ISPLC2006 Achievement award in Orlando (FL, USA) for his contributions to Power Line Communications and for facilitating the transition of ISPLC to a fully financially and technically sponsored IEEE Communications Society conference.
- IEEE elected him in 2006 as a fellow for his “Contributions to Coding Techniques”
- The SA-IEE annual award was presented to him for the best paper published in the SA-IEE Africa Research Journal in the year 2008.
- best paper award at Chinacom 2013.
- received the Aaron Wyner distinguished service award in 2015 from the IEEE Information theory society