Full time post in the tenure track system/assistant professor in the field of European & international governance

Last application date
Mar 27, 2017 23:59
EB10 - Department of Public Governance, Management and Finance
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Autonomous academic staff

Ghent University is one of the most important education and research institutions in the Low Countries. On a daily basis, over 9,000 staff members and 41,000 students implement its motto "Dare to Think". Ghent University's mission statement is characterized by qualitative education, internationally renowned research and a pluralistic social responsibility.  As part of its further scientific development, Ghent University plans to recruit:

  • A full time post in the tenure track system/assistant professor, strongly research oriented
  • Discipline European & International Governance
  • Department of Public governance, management & finance (EB10)
  • Faculty of Economics and Business Administration


Expert in the field of ‘European & International Governance’

Academic education

- De Europese & Belgische gezagsorganisatie (7 sp, BPM)

- Europese integratie (6 sp, BPM)

- Internationaal portfolio II (o.a. organisatie jaarlijkse studiereis naar Europese instellingen Straatsburg, Luxemburg, Brussel)

Academic Research

Many contemporary societal problems (unequal distribution of growth, income and wealth, climate problems, conflicts, terrorism, corruption,…) go beyond the national governance level and are increasingly dealt with on supranational governance levels. These development has created a research domain covering international governance from the viewpoint of public administration. As the European Union has been an early mover in approaching problems from a supranational angle the study of European governance makes up an important part of this study domain. You posses a thorough knowledge of the complex nature of contemporary public governance resulting from the interactions between supranational, national and local actors and institutions and you engage in further research in this domain.

Academic services

You take part in the internal and external service provision of the department of EB10.



  • You have already conducted eminent academic research in the given discipline, which is clearly reflected in publications in high-quality academic journals and peer-reviewed books;
  • You are capable of initiating, supervising and acquiring the necessary funding for academic research;
  • You are didactically skilled to teach university students to develop academic competences;

Recommended are:

  • 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 organised academic lecturing;
  • Professionalisation of education.

Skills / Attitude

  • You are quality-oriented;
  • You take inititiative.

Admission requirements

You are a thesis-based doctorate holder in public administration, political science, international relations, economics or law. Upon evaluation of a foreign (non-EU) diploma, a certificate of equivalence may still have to be requested at NARIC;

You have at least two years of postdoctoral experience on October 1, 2017.


The appointment will be in the degree of assistant professor (tenure track).

We offer you a temporary appointment in a tenure track system for a term of five years. If positively evaluated by the University Board, the term of office will be transferred into a permanent appointment as an associate professor.

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 October, 1st, 2017


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 full overview of our employee benefits is listed on our website.

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 www.ugent.be/en/living and  www.ugent.be/en/staff.


Ghent University conducts an equal opportunities policy and encourages everyone to apply. Ghent University also strives for a gender balance. Female applications are thus especially welcomed.


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 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 valorisation, 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 internationalisation.

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 realisation of academic output.


Applications have to be sent by e-mail to recruitmentzap@ugent.be and should be received at the latest on 27 March 2017 at 11h59 PM (CET).

The following documents should be attached:

Please merge all documents into one PDF attachment and mention the reference number 20170217 European & International Governance in the subject line of your email.

Pay attention: Applications sent in after the deadline will not be accepted.


For further information regarding these vacancies, please contact Professor Frank Naert (Frank.Naert@Ugent.be), +32 09/2432901) at the faculty of economics and business administration, department of public governance, management & finance.