Vacancy Doctoral Fellow

(24-05-2023) UGent is looking for a Doctoral Fellow for the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law & Social Law.


  • You have a Master's degree in Law.
  • You obtained good study results.
  • You have a demonstrable interest in European criminal law and comparative legal research into the criminal law of other EU Member States. Having followed electives or additional training in that domain is recommended.
  • You have a great interest in scientific and project-based research and you aspire to start a four-year doctoral research track. Knowledge of and/or experience with research is not required, but it is an added value.
  • You have knowledge of research methods.
  • You have a sense of initiative, you can work independently, but you also like to work in a team.
  • You are prepared to carry out your research from Ghent, but also to travel abroad regularly for your research.
  • Scientific speaking and writing skills in Dutch and English are essential.


  • A fulltime position as PhD fellow of maximum four years. (1 year and after a positive evaluation extendable with 3 years).
  • Your contract will start on september first 2023 at the earliest.
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 36 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, a bicycle allowance and eco vouchers. 


You can only apply via e-mail until the registration deadline, July 7th 2023. Send your application to professor Wendy De Bondt – We do not accept late applications. Potential candidates will be invited for an interview mid-July, with interviews taking place at the beginning of August 2023, with a view to starting on September 1, 2023. The start date is flexible and negotiable.

Your application must include the following documents in pdf

  • your CV, with references to relevant publications if necessary
  • your motivation letter
  • your diploma(s), including an overview of the study results obtained

Other documents:
a research note of 3 to 4 pages, in which you reflect on the methods of interpretation used by the Court of Justice of the European Union and/or the definition of the concept of 'criminal matters' in the European instruments. If applicable, it forms the basis for the job interview in which we will discuss, among other things, the way in which you would like to conduct research in this domain.

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.


For more information regarding this vacancy, please contact prof. dr. Wendy De Bondt (