Full-time position of assistant professor (tenure track), funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF), in the field of Ancient Greek

Last application date
May 26, 2017 23:59
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Autonomous academic staff


Ghent University is one of the foremost institutions of higher education in the Low Countries. Every day over 9,000 staff members and 41,000 students implement its motto "Dare to Think". Ghent University's mission is to wed high-quality education with internationally renowned research and a pluralistic social responsibility.  As part of its continuing academic expansion, Ghent University plans to recruit:

  • A full-time assistant professor in the tenure track system, funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF)
  • Discipline: Ancient Greek
  • Department of Linguistics (LW06) or Literary Studies (LW07)
  • Faculty of Arts and Philosophy


You will become a member of the Greek section of either the Department of Linguistics or the Department of Literary Studies, depending on your research profile. We are especially looking for a candidate who works on the intersection of philological, linguistic and literary approaches. Ancient Greek language instruction will be an important part of your teaching responsibility. The Greek section at Ghent University covers classical, post-classical, medieval and modern Greek language and literature. Since, after five years, you are meant to become one of the three professors of Greek, in the rank of associate professor, we will give preference to a candidate with a broad interest and expertise.
This position in the rank of assistant professor is a tenure track appointment for a period of 5 years with a focus on research and with a teaching load limited to no more than 8 ECTS credits per semester on average over a period of 3 years. For the further development of the academic career, please see ‘Appointment information’ below.

Academic education
During your tenure track period, you will be required to teach a limited number of courses in the field of Ancient Greek. Afterwards you will become responsible for Ancient Greek language instruction and for the domain of textual transmission.

Academic Research
You will be expected to pursue research in the field of Ancient Greek, preferably combining philological methods (manuscript studies, textual criticism) with linguistics and/or literary studies.

Academic services
You will be expected to contribute actively to the administrative duties of the Greek section and the department as a whole, and to extra-curricular activities aimed at wider academic and non-academic communities.



  • You have a proven track record of excellent research in the afore-mentioned academic field, which is clearly reflected in high-quality publications in academic journals and/or in peer-reviewed books;
  • You have didactic skills required to enable university students to develop and acquire academic learning outcomes;
  • Apart from the above essentials, desirable expertise and experiences include: :
    • Experience in supervising research and/or coaching Ph.D. students;
    • International mobility, including stays at research institutions different from where you acquired your highest academic degree;
    • Positively assessed experience in individual and/or collaborative academic teaching;
    • Expertise in the field of paleography, manuscript studies and/or scholarly editing.

Skills / Attitude

  • You take initiative;
  • You have a fluent proficiency in spoken and written English;
  • You are able to teach in Dutch OR you are willing to learn Dutch so as to enable you to do so three years after the start of your tenure track (C1 level);
  • You have good organizational, social and communicative skills;
  • You are a team player.

Admission requirements

  • You have a PhD in Classics, Linguistics, Literary Studies, or a degree considered as equivalent.  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 on 1 October 2017;
  • A portfolio with additional information about any additional teaching competences.


  • We offer you a temporary appointment as an assistant professor in a tenure track system for a term of five years with a focus on research. If positively evaluated by the University Board, the term of office will be transferred into a permanent appointment as an associate professor. At that moment the time devoted to research, teaching and academic services will be altered. There are opportunities for further career development and promotion to the ranks of full professor and of senior full professor.
  • Should you already be a member of the professorial staff or hold an equal post at another university or research institution, you can immediately be appointed as an assistant professor, without prejudice to the possibility of a temporary appointment offered in article V.28 of the Codex of Higher Education.

The recruitment is possible no sooner than October 1, 2017.


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 www.ugent.be/en/living and  www.ugent.be/en/staff.


Ghent University conducts an equal opportunities policy and encourages everyone to apply. Ghent University also strives for a gender balance in which a maximum of 60% of the academic staff with a PhD degree is of the same gender. Female applications are thus especially welcomed.  As long as this goal is not achieved at the level of the group of academic disciplines involved, the university board will in principle, for positions within this group, give priority to candidates of the underrepresented gender but only in case of equal qualifications of the applicants. This priority is neither automatic nor unconditional; the personal situation of each candidate needs to be taken into consideration in the evaluation at all times.


After the final application date, all received applications will be sent to the faculty assessment committee assembled for this vacancy. This committee will first evaluate the application files. Therefore it will match all elements of the file against the required expertise for the position in terms of education, research and scientific service. Based on this deliberation, relevant candidates will be shortlisted to be invited for further selection (interview, possible presentation or test lecture, …). Afterwards, the committee will rank the suitable candidates and present this ranking to the Faculty Board. The advice of the Faculty Board will then be presented to the University Board for approval.

Candidates are asked to further discuss their 5 most impactful academic achievements. Next to academic publications, the candidate is thus also able to show merit of knowledge transfer by academic dissemination, social valorisation, public awareness, seminars or conference presentations. These competences are also taken into account when evaluating the candidates.

The evaluation of the required international mobility is broad and partly takes the gender perspective into account, thus not only considering longer stays abroad by also other forms of internationalisation.

Pregnancy leave, prolonged sick leave, parental leave, filial leave or other forms of absence are taken into account when evaluating the available time for the realisation of academic output


Applications have to be sent by email to and should be received at the latest on 26 May 2017 at 11h59 PM (CET).

The following documents should be attached to the cover letter:

  • the BOF Tenure Track professorial staff application form (which you can find here) + all annexes mentioned in the form (a. o. 5-year research plan and long term research statement)
  • copies of your doctoral degree

Please merge all documents into one PDF attachment and mention the reference number 20170414 Ancient Greek in the subject line of your email.

Pay attention: Applications sent in after the deadline will not be accepted.


For further information regarding these vacancies, please contact Professor Geert Jacobs (, +32 09/264 35 29), department of Linguistics and/or Professor Kristoffel Demoen (, +32 09/264 40 28), department of Literary Studies.