PhD Student

Last application date
Feb 15, 2021 00:00
Department
LW22 - Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication
Contract
Limited duration
Degree
You hold a master's degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., language testing, applied linguistics, sociology, law).
Occupancy rate
100%
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

  • At least 90% of your assignment will be spent on academic research in preparation of a doctoral dissertation
  • Reporting on the results in national and international scientific journals and at conferences.
  • Writing a doctoral thesis based on the research conducted.
  • Communicating the results and implications of your research to a wide group of stakeholders.
  • The successful candidate will be involved in the work of the Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication at Ghent University, the MULTIPLES research group, and the Ghent University Human Rights Research Network.
  • You will conduct research on the following matter: Increasingly, language test scores are used to make decisions that have a fundamental impact on the lives of people, but we know little about the decision-making processes underlying these practices. This doctoral research will operate at the intersection of applied linguistics, ethics, and human rights studies.
  • Objective 1: Examining the policy literacy of language test developers interacting with policy makers.
  • Objective 2: Gauging the role that test developers assign to existing ethical codes and validity principles in making decisions with ethical implications.
  • Objective 3: Determining whether test developers respect the human rights of all candidates equally in their testing policy.

Job profile

  • You hold a master's degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., language testing, applied linguistics, sociology, law). 
  • People who have already obtained a doctoral degree in a related discipline will not be considered for this position.
  • You are an independent, critical thinker.
  • You have a demonstrated interest in the research domain.
  • You are diplomatic yet tenacious.
  • You speak and write multiple languages (including English at a high level).
  • Experience with conducting quantitative and / or qualitative research and with the independent collection of data is a plus.

How to apply

You can apply by e-mailing the following documents to Prof. Bart Deygers (Bart.Deygers@UGent.be), by February 15, 2021, 11:59 pm (CET). Based on this information, we will select which candidates will be invited for an interview.

Application documents, merged into one PDF:

  • A short motivation letter (max. 1 page)
  • A master's degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. language testing, applied linguistics, sociology, law
  • A CV (including an overview of your study results and the contact details of one person who we can contact for a reference
  • An academic text you wrote (e.g. , paper you submitted, an MA thesis....)

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.