Postdoctoral researcher

Last application date
Nov 01, 2019 23:59
LW07 - Department of Literary Studies
Employment category
Unlimited duration with clause
Ph.D. in Literary Studies (or a closely related field)
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Eighteenth-Century British Literature (three years, starting between Spring and Fall 2020) at Ghent University, Belgium The English Section in the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University is looking to hire a postdoctoral researcher in British literature, whose research focuses on some aspect of the “long” eighteenth century (esp. ca. 1660-1800). Projects focussing on satire, law and literature, and/or the material culture of the period are especially welcome, but other approaches are welcome and will be fully considered. The postdoc will work with Prof. Andrew Bricker ( Depending on seniority, compensation includes social-security payments and will be in the range of 50,000 EUR per annum for three years; the net salary will be roughly 2,400-2,500 per month, plus annual vacation pay equal to 92% of the gross salary of one month. The position includes an annual project research fund (known as a “bench fee”), as well as further funding opportunities for additional research travel, conference attendance, negotiable relocation costs, a computer/technology budget, a library-acquisitions budget, and voluntary Dutch courses. At the end of the three-year appointment, the postdoc will be able to apply for an additional three-year “senior” postdoc via the Flemish Research Council:

Profile of the candidate

The postdoc will be hired under an international-mobility scheme ( The candidate must therefore be “international” (i.e., the candidate has not spent more than 24 months in Belgium during the previous three years and has obtained a non-Belgian Ph.D.). The candidate can have EU or non-EU citizenship. Applicants will need to have obtained a PhD in literary studies or a relevant field before the agreed-upon starting date (in Spring or Fall 2020).

Further Information

About the city of Ghent ( Ghent is a bustling, affordable medieval city of about 250,000 people (, with a very high quality of life, situated less than 45 minutes by train to either Antwerp or Brussels or 25 minutes by train to Bruges. From Brussels, there are fast and easy train connections to Paris (1h15m), London (2h), Amsterdam (2h) and Cologne (2h). The language of everyday life in Flanders is Dutch, but the vast majority of residents speak near-fluent English.

About Ghent University ( Founded in 1817, UGent is home to more than 40,000 students. According to the 2018 Shanghai Rankings, UGent ranks 61st in the world, 20th in Europe, and first in Belgium (

About the Department of Literary Studies ( The department is a vibrant community of 175 people and scholars, including roughly 60 fully funded PhD students and 20 postdocs and 27 professors specialising in nine languages (Dutch, French, English, German, Latin, Spanish, Italian, Greek and Swedish) as well as General and Comparative Literature. Each language “section” of the department teaches in the language of the literature. In the English section, all courses, from the first year of the BA to the MA, are thus taught entirely in English. The working language of the English section is also English, but department and university business is typically conducted in Dutch (though administrative staff are happy to conduct business in English with non-native speakers).

How to apply

To apply, please send the following to Prof. Andrew Bricker ( in a single PDF, by the end of the day on 1 November 2019 (Central European Time), using the subject line “Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Eighteenth-Century British Literature”:

  • A 1000- to 1500-word research proposal (the project you will work on at UGent);
  • A C.V. (e.g., work experience; education; publications; teaching experience, etc.);
  • Official or unofficial academic transcripts (e.g., BA, MA and PhD); and 
  • A writing sample (about 20-30 pages)

Applicants should also arrange to have one letter of recommendation sent separately to Prof. Andrew Bricker ( by 1 November 2019. Following an initial screening of applicants, interviews will be conducted by Skype.