Tenure track system / assistant professor funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF) Ghent University, Department of Art, music and theatre sciences Belgium

Full time post with a focus on research in the tenure track system / assistant professor funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF) in the field of systematic musicology

Last application date
Apr 21, 2017 23:59
LW17 - Department of Art, music and theatre sciences
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Autonomous academic staff

About Ghent University

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 with a focus on research in the tenure track system / assistant professor funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF)
  • Discipline Systematic Musicology
  • Department Art History, Musicology and Theatre Studies
  • Faculty Philosophy and Letters


This position in the rank of assistant professor 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 Musicology


Academic Research

You conduct research in the discipline of Systematic Musicology


Academic services

You take part in the internal and external service provision of the department of Art History, Musicology and Theatre Studies




  • You have already conducted excellent academic research in the given discipline, 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;
  • 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.
  • scientific expertise in empirical methods and experience with computational modeling will be considered an asset;
  • scientific interest in the acoustical foundations of music, music psychology and music sociology is considered an asset

Skills / Attitude

  • You are quality-oriented;
  • You take initiative
  • You are a team player, taking responsibilty where required, and giving it where desired;
  • You thrive in an output-oriented environment.

Admission requirements

You are a thesis-based doctorate holder in Musicology or equivalent. 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 1 September 2017.



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 1 October 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 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.



Applications have to be sent by e-mail to recruitmentzap@ugent.be and should be received at the latest on 21 April 2017 at 11h59 PM (CET).

The following documents must be attached:

  • the BOF Tenure Track professorial staff application form (which you can find here) + all annexes mentioned in the form (a.o. 5-year research plan and long term research vision)
  • copies of your doctoral degree;
  • an outline (max. 1500 words) of your view on research, education and scientific services in relation to this vacancy;
  • a portfolio containing additional information on the candidate’s own teaching competences.


Please merge all documents into one PDF attachment and mention the reference number 20170310 musicology 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 Francis Maes (francis.maes@UGent.be, +32 09/264 4142, of +32 (0)475-79 40 12). at the faculty of Philosophy and Letters, department of Art History, Musicology and Theatre Studies

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