Doctoral fellow

Last application date
Aug 20, 2020 11:24
RE23 - Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Limited duration
A completed Master’s degree (MA or MSc) in a relevant field of study (e.g., criminology, psychology, sociology, economics, (public) management, political sciences, safety sciences, sport sciences, law, statistics).
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 on causes and consequences of fraud in sports by studying existing cases of fraud (e.g. match-fixing, human trafficking, bribery, and financial and social fraud, including money laundering) and by collecting new data with a varied group of respondents (e.g. athletes, delegates of sport federations, fans, sponsors) and (inter)national experts (e.g. UEFA and FIFA delegates, academic experts, policy delegates). More precisely, the objective is to create a picture of actual vulnerabilities and consequences of fraud in sports, and the effectiveness of preventive initiatives.

The successful candidate will be able to enrol in a fulltime and fully funded PhD position for a maximum of four years (upon yearly positive evaluations) within the IRCP (Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy) of the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law (Faculty of Law and Criminology) of Ghent University. Successful completion of the PhD project will lead to the obtainment of a doctoral degree (PhD) in Criminological Sciences.

Profile of the candidate

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

  • A completed Master’s degree (MA or MSc) in a relevant field of study (e.g., criminology, psychology, sociology, economics, (public) management, political sciences, safety sciences, sport sciences, law, statistics). Good study results throughout the entire educational trajectory are an asset.
  • A strong interest in scientific research in general and organizational sport- and fraud research in particular.
  • Clear scientific and communicative skills (e.g., critical thinking, scientific writing, presentation skills, project management, methodological skills).
  • A profound knowledge of the Dutch language is a strong asset as regular contacts with organizations in the fields of sports and justice in Flanders will be required.
  • 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. Wim Hardyns,


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