Academic Positions with a focus on research, for the ERC Advanced Grantees

Ghent University announces vacancies for full-time professorial posts (“ZAP” level) starting taking effect on 1 October  2018 at the earliest. The positions, funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF) are open to candidates who do not yet hold a full-time professorial post (ZAP post) at Ghent University and will be taken up in the rank of full professor (hoogleraar) or senior full professor (gewoon hoogleraar).

The positions may be granted in any field of study.


These BOF positions are granted for renewable 5-year periods until retirement. The positions focus primarily on research, with a teaching load limited to no more than 8 credits per semester on average over a period of 3 years.


Admission requirements

  • Candidates must have been selected for funding of an ERC Advanced Grant by the European Research Council as a result of the call ERC-2017-AdG (launched on the ERC website on 16 May 2017 and with deadline on 31 August 2017) with Ghent University acting as a host institution within the first year of the ERC Advanced Grant;
  • You do not yet hold a full-time professorial post (ZAP position) at Ghent University;
  • You are a thesis-based doctorate holder. Upon evaluation of a foreign (non-EU) diploma, a certificate of equivalence may still have to be requested at NARIC;
  • You have at least two years of postdoctoral experience at the start of the ZAP position.


  • You have already conducted excellent scientific research in a field of study, reflected by, among other things, a strong record of international publications (journals and/or books) with peer review and an obvious international profile;
  • You have extensive experience in supervising research and coaching Ph.D. students;
  • You are didactically skilled to teach university students to develop academic competences;
  • Recommended are:
    • Positively evaluated experience in provided or organised academic lecturing;
    • International mobility, among other things thanks to research stays at institutions external to the  one where you acquired your highest academic degree;
    • Professionalisation of education.

Appointment information

Depending on the specific profile of the selected candidate, the degree of full professor or senior full professor is awarded. This will be decided by the University Board as proposed by the Faculty Board.

We offer you a permanent appointment in the starting grade of full professor or senior full professor, without prejudice to the possibility of a temporary appointment offered in article V.28 of the Codex of Higher Education.

Our offer

Ghent University is committed to properly welcoming new professorial staff members and offering them appropriate guidance. The basic teacher training and courses of 'Dutch' and 'English' for foreign-speaking lecturers are only a few examples of our wide range of training and education opportunities. Furthermore, each Ghent University staff member can count on a number of benefits such as a bike allowance, reimbursement of public transport commuting costs, daycare, a wide range of sports facilities and EcoCheques. A full overview of our employee benefits is listed on our website.

Ghent University also invests in welcoming international professorial staff. It offers various housing options, a relocation bonus, the International School for school-aged children (with a discount on the tuition fee), support when registering at the City of Ghent, support with the procedure of family reunification and other administrative matters in connection with moving to Ghent. More information can be found on and


The eligible ERC application simultaneously serves as application for the Academic position. The Call for Tender and application forms are available on the website of the European Commission:

More information

For further information regarding these vacancies, please contact the Research Coordination Office of the Department of Research Affairs. Phone: +32-9-264 32 36; e-mail: .