6 Full-time position(s) as Professor in the rank of assistant professor (tenure track), associate professor or (senior) full professor with a focus on scientific research funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF).

Last application date
Sep 15, 2016 23:59
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Autonomous academic staff

Ghent University is one of the most important and fastest-growing institutions for research and higher education in the Low Countries of Europe. Every day its 9,000 staff members and 41,000 students help realise the university’s motto "Dare to Think". Quality education, internationally recognised research and a pluralist commitment to society characterise Ghent University’s mission. As part of its increasing academic status, the University gives notice of

6 Full-time position(s) as Professor in the rank of assistant professor (tenure track), associate professor or (senior) full professor with a focus on scientific research funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF).

Ghent University announces vacancies for 6 full-time professorial posts ("ZAP" level) taking effect on 1 October  2017 at the earliest. These positions will be taken up in the rank of assistant professor (tenure track), associate professor or (senior) full professor.

Candidates from all fields of expertise can apply. Only candidates with an outstanding scientific track record and research proposal have a realistic chance to be selected.

Candidates must have a minimum of 2 years of postdoctoral research experience by 1 October 2017, since the date of their PhD defence.

These professorial positions are permanent positions at Ghent University and are granted for renewable 5-years periods until retirement. The positions focus primarily on research, with the possibility of a teaching load of maximum 8 credits per semester on average over a period of 3 years.

The rank of assistant professor (tenure track), associate professor or (senior) full professor will be decided by the university board, depending on the profile of the selected candidate.

A full-time position at the entry level of assistant professor implies a five-year temporary appointment in a Tenure Track system. If the university board positively evaluates the performance of the person involved, the position may lead to a tenured position in the rank of associate professor.

At Ghent University, the possibility of promotion in the rank of assistant professor and associate professor is conditional upon the timely achievement of predefined personalized goals.

A position in the rank of associate professor or (senior) full professor implies a tenured contract.

Profile - candidates are expected to:

  • Hold a PhD degree with doctoral thesis or a degree recognized as equivalent, and have at least 2 years  of post-doctoral research experience by 1 October 2017;
  • Have carried out excellent research, proven by, among other things, recent outstanding publications in national and international peer reviewed journals and/or books;
  • Have experience in supervising research and/or coaching Ph.D. students;
  • Demonstrate excellent capabilities of scientific leadership;
  • Possess the necessary didactic, organisational and communication skills and be open to work in a team;
  • International research experience is an asset.  Stays abroad at research institutions and institutions for higher education other than the institution that granted the Ph.D. degree, are strongly recommended.

Applicants are encouraged to evaluate their track-record and leadership potential against the above-mentioned benchmarks, in order to decide for themselves their likelihood for success.

As such they can avoid investing effort in proposals that are unlikely to succeed.

Applicants at the entry level of assistant professor or associate professor are required to participate in the basic training for Assistant Professor.

Ghent University provides free Dutch and English language courses to professors who are non-native speakers.

Ghent University opted for an equal opportunity policy and endorses the recommendations as stipulated in Art. 45 of the Flemish Government’s Resolution regarding the funds of the Special Research Fund. "The university board aims at a gender balance, in which a maximum of three fifths of the academic staff with a PhD degree is of the same gender. As long as this goal is not achieved at the level of the group of scientific disciplines involved, the university board will in principle, for positions within this group, give priority to candidates of the underrepresented gender but when candidates have the same qualifications. This priority is neither automatic nor unconditional as the personal situation of each applicant will be taken into account."

Further information concerning these vacancies can be requested from the Research Coordination Office at Ghent University: phone + 32 9 264 30 33 (dr. Dirk De Craemer); e-mail BOF@ugent.be.

How to apply

Applications should be sent no later than 15 September 2016, 23:59 (CEST) by e-mail to recruitmentzap@ugent.be.

The following documents are mandatory:

  • The completed application form
  • Research vision (1-2p.) as described in the application form
  • A description of the proposed 5-year research project (3-5p.) and a summary (1p.)
  • Copy of PhD diploma

Please merge all the documents in one file, and mention the reference BOF ZAP 2017 in the subject of your e-mail. Candidates will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of the application.

The requisite BOF-ZAP application form can be requested from Ghent University, Department of Personnel and Organisation, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 25, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium, or requested via telephone +32 (0)9 264 30 38 or +32 (0)9 264 95 48. The application form can also be downloaded from the internet, http://www.ugent.be/nl/vacatures/zap/sollicitatieformulieren-zap/sollzapondop.docx/view.

Please note: only applications submitted by the required BOF-ZAP application form will be taken into consideration. Late applications will not be considered.