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Ghent University: Assistant Profesor South-East European Languages and Cultures

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    The department of Languages and Cultures of Ghent University is looking for candidates to fill in a position in the field of South-East European Languages and Cultures. The department envisions complementarity with its present expertise.

    The focus of activities is:

    – South-East European culture (history, cultural studies and/or literature)

    – South-East European languages

    The department is looking for candidates with an excellent research profile and a clear vision on and demonstrable experience in teaching in the domain as specified above.

    Application deadline: November 4, 2019 23:59 (Brussels time)

    Academic Education

    You teach several subjects within the educational programme of East-European Languages and Cultures, including:

    – introductory courses on BA level (history, cultural history, modern culture and literature) with focus on South Eastern Europe, in particular the regions where Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Bulgarian and Slovene are spoken;

    – MA level courses with focus on South Eastern Europe, in particular the regions where Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Bulgarian and Slovene are spoken;

    – methodological courses on both BA and MA level.

    You actively participate in the development of innovative forms of teaching on BA and MA level.

    Academic Research

    You will conduct research in the field of South East European cultural studies in the broadest sense of the word (history, cultural studies and/or literature).

    You commit yourself to collaborating with scholars within the educational programme and the department.

    Academic Services

    You participate in and contribute to the organization and functioning of the department of Languages and Cultures, the educational programme of East-European Languages and Cultures, the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy and Ghent University as a whole.




    – have high-level research experience in the domain of South-East European languages and cultures as can be corroborated by publications in high-quality academic journals and peer-reviewed books;

    – are capable of initiating, supervising and acquiring the necessary funding for academic research;

    – possess the necessary didactic skills to help university students develop and achieve academic competences;

    – can demonstrate to be an active member of academic networks within their field of research;

    – have or are willing to acquire an adequate proficiency in Dutch;

    – have a demonstrable, thorough command of at least one, but preferably two South Slavic languages that are taught within the educational programme Eastern European Languages and Cultures (Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Bulgarian, Slovene); preference will be given to candidates with a specialisation in Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian language and culture;

    – have demonstrable good working knowledge of Russian

    In addition:

    – International mobility, inter alia by taking part in research programmes at research institutions not linked to the university where the highest degree was obtained, will be considered an asset;

    – having positively evaluated experience in offering and/or organising academic training is recommended;

    – involvement in the professionalization of education will be considered an asset;

    – having affinity (either through experience or training) with the specificity of an educational programme within the domain of Languages and Cultures is recommended.

    Skills / Attitude

    – You are quality-oriented;

    – You take initiative;

    – You have an interdisciplinary attitude;

    – Besides your specific interest in the field of South-East European languages and cultures, you are open to Eastern European languages and cultures in general;

    – You focus on innovation in research;

    – You are a team player

    Admission requirements

    – You hold a thesis based doctorate or a diploma or certificate that is recognised as equivalent (article V.20 Codex Higher Education). 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 on 1 February 2020. This term of two years is determined by the date written on the abovementioned required diploma.


    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.


    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 and

    Ghent University offers each new ZAP-member a starting funding of 200.000 euro.


    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 (November 4, 2019), 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 top 5 most important publications or other academic achievements with the highest impact. 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.


    Apply online through the e-recruitment system before the application deadline (see above). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not sent through the online system.

    More information:

    Your application must include the following documents:

    – In the field ‘Cv’: one pdf file containing 1) the professorial staff application form (+ all annexes mentioned in the form); 2) An outline (1500 words maximum) about the research in which you explain your views on research, teaching and academic services in relation to this vacancy

    – In the field ‘Cover letter’: your application letter in pdf format

    – 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)

    Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.

    Note that applications sent after the deadline will not be accepted


    For further information regarding this vacancy, please contact Prof. dr. Ann Heirman (, +32 (0)9 264 41 54) at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Department of Languages and Cultures and/or Prof. dr. Ben Dhooge (, +32 (0)9 264 38 11 at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Department of Languages and Cultures.

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