Doctoral fellow

Last application date
Aug 20, 2020 11:28
RE23 - Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Limited duration
A completed Master’s degree in law
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.


For the PrOFS (Prevention Of Fraud in Sports) research project, we are looking for multiple PhD researchers. The SBO PrOFS project (funded by FWO – Research Foundation Flanders) starts in October 2020 and will run until September 2024. Led by professor Annick Willem, a consortium of researchers of Ghent University and the University of Leuven will study fraud in sports in all its aspects. Afterwards, specific tools will be developed to prevent fraud in sports in close contact with a large number of leading organizations in the field of sports and beyond. A fair share of the work packages will be executed by PhD researchers. Given the complex, multidisciplinary, and diverse nature of fraud in sports, we are looking for a wide range of distinct research profiles (e.g., legal, criminological, psychological, economic, management). Would you like to contribute to a societally very relevant research project and a fraud proof future for sports? Please consider to candidate for one or more of these fulltime and fully funded research positions.


One of the PhD researchers will work in an interdisciplinary research project on sports fraud, focusing on legal research in relation to match fixing and vulnerability of the regulations around transfers in football. A successful candidate will get a full time appointment for maximum four years (subject to annual evaluation) as a PhD researcher within the IRCP (Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy at the Department of Criminology, Criminal law and Social Law.

Profile of the candidate

For this specific position, we are looking for someone with the following characteristics and assets:

  • A completed Master’s degree in law. Good study results an asset.
  • A strong interest in scientific research in the field of criminal law and sports law.
  • Clear scientific and communicative skills (e.g., critical thinking, scientific writing, presentation skills, project management, methodological skills).
  • A good knowledge of the Dutch and French language is a prerequisite.
  • A profound knowledge of the English language is a prerequisite, as the successful candidate will have to present during international conferences and publish in international scientific journals.
  • Strong social skills that enable to work in team (both in the IRCP as well in the PrOFS multidisciplinary project consortium), combined with the necessary skills to work independently (yet with guidance and mentoring) on subprojects.
  • Someone who integrates a flexible and creative mindset with strong administrative and organizational skills.
  • Someone with a responsible personality, who values ethics, both in social contacts as well in relation to scientific research.


What do we offer?:

  • A fulltime, fully funded PhD position of maximum four years (upon successful yearly evaluations).
  • An interesting and diverse job.
  • A correct and beneficial salary (conform the official university scales). Click here for more information about our salary scales.
  • The possibility to contribute to a societally very relevant and large-scaled research project on fraud in sports. Given the many personal contacts with people in both the academic world and the field of sport, a large personal network can be formed or extended.
  • Numerous opportunities for personal growth, illustrated by e.g., conference participation, “doctoral schools” courses on transferable skills, personal contacts with organizations in the field of sports and beyond, participation in the department’s educational initiatives, and publication opportunities.
  •  A social, tolerant, and constructive working environment that offers many and diverse opportunities for personal development.

How to apply

More information: Prof Tom Vander Beken,


Please apply before August 20, 2020, by means of sending an email to , including your resume, a motivation letter, a copy of your degree and study results.

Earliest starting date possible: October 1, 2020