Full Time Post in the Tenure Track System in the Field of Swedish Linguistics and Language Proficiency Ghent University, Department of Linguistics Belgium

Full time post in the tenure track system in the field of Swedish linguistics and language proficiency

Last application date
Dec 15, 2017 23:59
LW06 - Department of Linguistics
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 in the tenure track system
  • Discipline Swedish Linguistics and Language Proficiency
  • Department Linguistics
  • Faculty Arts and Philospophy


Academic education

You lecture various course units in the discipline of Swedish Linguistics and Language Proficiency


Academic Research

You conduct research in the discipline of Swedish Linguistics


Academic services

You take part in the internal and external service provision of the Scandinavian Studies unit and the department of Linguistics.




  • You have already conducted eminent academic research in Swedish Linguistics, 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 initiative;
  • You are a proficient user of Swedish (both actively and passively and both in writing and in speaking);
  • You have good organisational, interpersonal and communicative skills;
  • You are good at working in a team.


Admission requirements


You are a thesis-based doctorate holder in Linguistics or Swedish Language Proficiency. 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 October 2018.



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 1, 2018.



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 in via email to recruitmentzap@ugent.be at the latest on December 15, 2017 at 11:59PM (CET).


The following documents should be attached:

  • cover letter
  • the professorial staff application form (which you can find here)
  • copies of your doctoral degree
  • an outline (max. 1500 words) of your view on research, education and scientific services in relation to this vacancy

Please merge all documents into one PDF attachment and mention the reference number 20170901 Swedish Linguistics and Language Proficiency 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 Geert Jacobs (geert.jacobs@UGent.be, +32 09/264 35 29) at the faculty of Arts and Philosophy, department of Linguistics.

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