Doctoral fellow

Last application date
Aug 21, 2019 23:59
RE23 - Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Limited duration
You hold a master’s degree in a relevant area (e.g., criminology, sociology, geography)
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

The Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP) of the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law at Ghent University is seeking a full-time doctoral fellow (Dehousse fellow) for the interdisciplinary research project “Where police patrol: Preventing crime through effective police patrol strategies”. This study is funded by the Ghent University Research Council and is being carried out in close collaboration with the research unit Social and Economic Geography (SEG) of the Department of Geography at Ghent University.

This study is part of a larger interdisciplinary research project. It starts from the observation that the effectiveness of routine police patrol to prevent crime is unclear and that existing police patrol routing strategies do not take sufficient account of the complexity of routine police work and patrol. Evaluating, developing and implementing effective police patrol transcends the boundaries of traditional criminology and geography. Therefore, an interdisciplinary approach to police patrol is adopted in this project. The ambition of the project is to evaluate the effectiveness of routine police patrol and determine the conditions under which police patrol may prevent crime by analyzing movement data (GPS tracking) of police patrol vehicles and to develop complex realistic police patrol routing algorithms.

The criminological part of this project addresses the influence of police patrol on (the prevention of) crime. The central research question is whether and to what extent routine police patrol is effective in preventing crime. In answering this question, a geographical perspective will be explicitly used (including spatial analysis techniques and methods).

The candidate will, in consultation with the promoters of the research project, be responsible for the scientific preparation, follow-up, implementation and completion of the criminological part of the project. This includes the collection, processing, analysis and reporting of GPS tracking data from police vehicles and crime data. To this end, it is important that the candidate has knowledge of and experience with both quantitative methods and spatial analysis techniques (or is prepared to acquire this knowledge and experience in the short term). The candidate will carry out the research mainly on an individual basis, and must therefore be able to work independently, but can count on the support of an experienced research team with expertise in the field.

The candidate will work closely with other researchers in a young and ambitious interdisciplinary research team that has set itself the goal of achieving groundbreaking research results in the study of the spatiotemporal dimension of crime and crime control.

Profile of the candidate

Selection criteria

• You hold a master’s degree in a relevant area (e.g., criminology, sociology, geography). Candidates who graduate in September 2019 are also encouraged to apply; • You achieved excellent study results during your studies;

• You have knowledge of and experience with quantitative methods and techniques;

• You have excellent proficiency, written and spoken, in English and Dutch (or are prepared to acquire this proficiency in the short term);

• You are result-oriented, analytical, and thoughtful;

• You have good organizational qualities and you can work together in a team;

• Research experience, publications and/or presentations at scientific conferences are desirable;

• Knowledge of and experience with spatial analysis techniques and methods are desirable.


Our offer

• Employment starts on 1 October 2019

• We offer you a 3-year doctoral fellowship (Dehousse fellow). More information about a Dehousse fellow, including eligibility criteria, can be found at;

• The salary is according to salary scale WP dependent upon your seniority. You can find more information about our salary scales at;

• Furthermore, every Ghent University staff member receives a number of benefits, including a wide training and education offer, 38 days of holiday leave annually (on an annual basis for a full-time contract), a bicycle allowance, eco-checks, etc. You can find a complete overview of our staff benefits at

How to apply

Additional information about this job offering and the research project can be obtained from the co-promoter of the research project, dr. Christophe Vandeviver, via e-mail: or via telephone: +32 9 264 97 03.

You can apply directly to the co-supervisor of the research project, dr. Christophe Vandeviver, exclusively via e-mail: Applications are accepted until 21 augustus 2019 23:59. Suitable candidates will be invited for an interview. Interviews will take place at Ghent University, Campus Aula Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Gent during the period 26-30 August.

Applicants provide the following information:

•A covering letter in which you systematically explain how you meet the selection criteria outlined in the job profile based on examples of your skills and experiences (max. 2 pages);

• A CV including your name, email address, telephone number, and two or more references (contact details are sufficient);

• A copy of your diploma(s), and score sheets or list of marks (bachelor & master);

• A sample of written work. If you have not yet published, a copy of your (most recent) master’s thesis. If you have already published, a copy of your most important publication. In the case of a co-authored publication with one or more co-authors, briefly explain (max. ½ page) your own contribution to the written work.