Assistant professor (Tenure Track system) in the field of water and environment in the context of Global Change

Last application date
Jan 31, 2016 23:59
WE13 - Department of Geology
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Autonomous academic staff

The faculty of Sciences has a vacancy for a professorship, starting from 1 October 2016. It concerns a full-time position as Professor in the rank of Assistant Professor tenure track in the Department of Geology and Soil Science (WE13). The duties include academic teaching, academic research and carrying out academic services in the field of “water and environment in the context of Global Change”.

The selected applicant will be charged with teaching general geology courses at bachelor level (generally taught in Dutch), and more advanced courses on e.g. hydrogeology and environmental geology in the master-programs geologie and geology.

The selected applicant will have an expertise that is complementary to ongoing research in the department and will reinforce the department’s scientific potential and strengthen the research activities in the abovementioned field. He/she will collaborate with the other research groups in the department. He/she is also expected to realize a substantial research output of high quality, to propose subjects for master and PhD theses and to apply for research grants.


  • a PhD with dissertation: a Phd in Sciences: Geology or a field that is declared admissible by the evaluation committee; or a degree recognized as equivalent;
  • at least three years of postdoctoral experience as of 1 October 2016;
  • an outstanding research record in the field of study concerned, demonstrated by recent publications in national and international peer reviewed journals and/or books;
  • preference will be given to candidates with research experience in one or more of the following topics:
    • management and modelling of underground water resources;
    • salt-water intrusion;
    • groundwater modelling;
    • geothermal energy;
    • underground storage (a.o. of waste materials, CO2);
    • impact of human activity or climate change on underground water resources;
    • remote sensing;
    • near-surface geophysics;
  • fieldwork experience is recommended;
  • experience in international mobility is recommended; e.g. as demonstrated through prolonged research visits to institutes other than the university where the highest degree was obtained;
  • experience in supervising research and/or coaching Ph.D. students is recommended;
  • teaching qualities to help university students in achieving their full academic potential;
  • a proven track record of successful teaching at an academic level is an asset;
  • continuing professional development in teaching is an asset.

 A full-time position at the entry level of Assistant Professor leads in principle to a five-year temporary appointment within the tenure track system. If the university board arrives at a positive evaluation of the performance of the assistant professor, the position leads to a permanent position as an Associate Professor.

As an exception to the rule, the candidate may be appointed to a permanent position, either immediately or in due course, based upon similar academic performance at another university or research institution as specified in article V.28 in the Codex of Higher Education.

Candidates are required to enroll for the basic training for Assistant Professor.

Ghent University provides free Dutch and English language courses to professors who are non-native speakers in order to support them in their teaching activities.

More detailed information on this vacancy and on the way this job fits in the department’s strategy can be obtained from prof. Marc De Batist, department chair, (tel. +32 (0)9 264 45 87 or e-mail:

At Ghent University, the career plan for professorial staff in the rank of assistant professor and associate professor is based on the periodic evaluation of predefined personalized objectives.

Method of application


  • should be received no later than 31/01/ 2016 at 23h59 (CET)
  • by email at
  • with the application letter, the standard application form for Professorial Staff, and the required transcripts (copies of degrees) attached.

Please merge all the documents in one file and mention the following reference ‘20151211 water and environment’ in the subject of your mail.

The candidate will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of the application.

The application forms for Professorial Staff (Autonomous Academic Staff - “ZAP”) are available through the following link: