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Job ID: 140521

Assitant Professor "Innovation of Higher Education"
Ghent University Belgium

Date Posted Mar. 23, 2020
Title Assitant Professor "Innovation of Higher Education"
University Ghent University Belgium
Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Department Department of Educational Studies
Application Deadline Apr. 17, 2020
Position Start Date Sep. 1, 2020
  • Assistant Professor
  • Education - General

ASSIGNMENT ID 14125 assistant professor

This position in the rank of assistant professor, funded by the Special Research Fund, is a tenure track appointment for a period of 5 years with a focus on research and with a teaching load limited to no more than 8 ECTS credits per semester on average over a period of 3 years. For the further development of the academic career, please see ‘Appointment information’ below.
- Academic education: You lecture various course units in the discipline of the Educational Sciences
- Academic Research: You conduct research in the discipline of Innovation of Higher Education
- Academic services: You take part in the internal and external service provision of the department of Educational Studies (PP06)


- You have already conducted excellent academic research in the domain of education, which is clearly reflected in outstanding publications in national and international peer- reviewed books and/or journals;
- You are didactically skilled to teach university students to develop academic competences;
- Recommended are:

  • Experience in supervising research and/or coaching Ph.D. students;
  • Acquisition of projects on the base of (inter)national tenders or grants;
  • Experience in research in the field of Innovation of Higher Education;
  • International mobility, among other things thanks to research stays at institutions external to the one where you acquired your highest academic degree;
  • Positively evaluated experience in provided or organized academic lecturing;
  • Professionalisation of education
  • Having enrolled in formal Professional Development initiatives.

Skills / Attitude
- You are quality-oriented;
- You take initiative;
- You can work in teams and manage teams;
- You are output focused;
- You can develop a programmatic approach towards the research theme "Innovation in Higher Education".

Admission requirements
- You hold a thesis-based doctorate or a diploma or certificate that is recognized as equivalent (article V.20 Codex Higher Education). This diploma/certificate is in the domain of the Educational Sciences.
- Having attained a diploma/certificate in the domain of Teacher Education is recommended. Upon evaluation of a foreign (non-EU) diploma, a certificate of equivalence may still have to be requested at NARIC. If this is the case, we advise you to initiate this recognition procedure as soon as possible. You are required to have the recognition no later than on the date of your appointment.
- You have at least two years of postdoctoral experience September 1, 2020. This term of two years is determined by the date written on the above-mentioned required diploma.

We offer you a temporary appointment as an assistant professor in a tenure track system for a term of five years with a focus on research. If positively evaluated by the University Board, the term of office will be transferred into a permanent appointment as an associate professor. At that moment the time devoted to research, education and academic services may be altered. Should you already be a member of the professorial staff or hold an equal post at another university or research institution, you can immediately be appointed as an assistant professor, without prejudice to the possibility of a temporary appointment offered in article V.28 of the Codex of Higher Education.
The recruitment is possible no sooner than September 1, 2020.

The career and evaluation policy for Professorial Staff is based on talent development and growth, prioritizing vision development and strategy – at the personal as well as the group level. At UGent we focus on career support and coaching of the Professorial Staff in the different phases of the career. More information can be found on

Ghent University is committed to properly welcoming new professorial staff members and offering them appropriate guidance. The basic teacher training and courses of ‘Dutch’ and ‘English’ for foreign-speaking lecturers are only a few examples of our wide range of training
and education opportunities. Furthermore, each Ghent University staff member can count on a number of benefits such as a bike allowance, reimbursement of public transport commuting costs, daycare, a wide range of sports facilities and EcoCheques. A complete overview of all our employee benefits (in Dutch).

Ghent University also invests in welcoming international professorial staff. It offers various housing options, a relocation bonus, the International School for school-aged children (with a discount on the tuition fee), support when registering at the City of Ghent, support with the procedure of family reunification and other administrative matters in connection with moving to Ghent. More information can be found on

Candidates who are newly appointed at Ghent University with an appointment as autonomous academic staff of at least 50% or candidates whose appointment as autonomous academic staff at Ghent University is increased to a minimum of 50% receive a Starting Grant of €210.000 to contribute towards the personnel, operating and/or equipment costs of establishing a research team.

Ghent University conducts an equal opportunities policy and encourages everyone to apply. Ghent University also strives for a gender balance in which a maximum of 60% of the academic staff with a PhD degree is of the same gender. Female applications are thus especially welcomed. As long as this goal is not achieved at the level of the group of scientific disciplines involved, the university board will in principle, for positions within this group, give priority to candidates of the underrepresented gender but only in case of equal qualifications of the applicants. This priority is neither automatic nor unconditional; the personal situation of each candidate needs to be taken into consideration in the evaluation at all times.

After the final application date, all received applications will be sent to the faculty assessment committee assembled for this vacancy. This committee will first evaluate the application files. Therefore, it will match all elements of the file against the required expertise for the position in terms of education, research and scientific service. Based on this deliberation, relevant candidates will be shortlisted to be invited for further selection (interview, possible presentation or test lecture …). Afterwards, the committee will rank the suitable candidates and present this ranking to the Faculty Board. The advice of the Faculty Board will then be presented to the Research Council for advice and subsequently be sent to the University Board for approval.

Candidates are asked to further discuss their 5 most impactful academic achievements. Next to academic publications, the candidate is thus also able to show merit of knowledge transfer by academic dissemination, social valorization, public awareness, seminars or conference presentations. These competences are also taken into account when evaluating the candidates.
The evaluation of the required international mobility is broad and partly takes the gender perspective into account, thus not only considering longer stays abroad by also other forms of internationalization.

Pregnancy leave, prolonged sick leave, parental leave, filial leave or other forms of absence are taken into account when evaluating the available time for the realization of academic output.

Apply online through the e-recruitment system before the application deadline (Apply until April 17, 2020, 23:59 (GMT+1).
Required idea of the job position: ID 14125
Select webpage for external applicants and next search professorial staff (ZAP) for this vacancy: Innovation of Higher Education
Req ID 14125 – Posted on 19/03/2020 – Professorial staff – 100%
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences

We do not accept late applications or applications that are not sent through the online system.
Your application must include the following documents:
- In the field ‘Cv’: the BOF Tenure Track professorial staff application form + all annexes mentioned in the form (among others, a 5-year research plan and long term research vision), merged into one file of maximum 10 MB.
- In the field ‘Diploma’: a transcript of your doctoral degree. If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.
- In the field ‘Certificate of equivalence’: only for diplomas awarded outside the European Union: certificate of equivalence (NARIC) (if already in your possession)

For further information regarding this vacancy, please contact Professor (, +32 (0)9 264 8675) at the faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, department Educational Studies.

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Contact Information

  • Prof. Dr. Martin Valcke
    Department of Educational Studies
    Ghent University Belgium
    H. Dunantlaan 2
    Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen
  • +32476999812


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