Part-time position as assistant professor (tenure track) in the field of international politics at Ghent University, Belgium

Ghent University

After decades of uninterrupted growth, Ghent University is one of the leading institutions of higher education and research in the Low Countries with 36,000 students and more than 8,000 staff members.

Last application date: Apr 02, 2016 23:59
Department: PS03 – Department of Political Sciences
Contract: Statutary
Occupancy rate: 50%
Vacancy Type: Autonomous academic staff


The faculty of Political and Social Sciences has a vacancy for a professorship, starting from 1 October 2016. It concerns a half-time position (50%) as Professor in the rank of Assistant Professor tenure track in the Department of Political Science, charged with academic teaching (mostly in Dutch), academic research and carrying out academic services in the discipline of international politics.


  • candidates should hold a PhD in political science or a degree recognized as equivalent;
  • candidates are required to have at least two years of postdoctoral experience on 1 October 2014;
  • candidates are required to have research experience on security and defence politics at the Belgian, European and international level, proved by recent publications in national and international peer reviewed journals and/or books;
  • having experience in international mobility, amongst others through participation in research programs at research institutions not linked to the university where the highest degree was obtained, is recommended;
  • candidates are required to possess the necessary didactic skills to realize academic competencies with university students, more precisely to teach courses on security and defence politics and Belgian foreign policy, and to supervise dissertations;
  • having positively evaluated experience with procured and/or organized education on an academic level, is recommended;
  • professionalization of education is recommended.

A half-time position (50%) at the entry level of Assistant Professor entails a five-year temporary appointment in a Tenure Track system. If the university board positively evaluates the performance of the person involved, the position may lead to a permanent position as Associate Professor.

The University Board has the possibility to change the appointment into a tenured position, either immediately or in due course, based upon similar academic performances in another university of research institution.

A part time position as Professor in a certain rank cannot be combined in the same university with a part time position as Professor in another rank.

Applicants are required to participate in 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. Carl Devos, head of department (tel. +32 (0) 9 264 68 70 or e-mail:).

At the Ghent University, the possibility of promotion in the rank of Assistant Professor and Associate Professor is linked to the timely achievement of predefined personalized goals.

Method of application

Applications should be sent no later than April 2, 2016 by e-mail to, 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 20160129 international politics in the subject of your mail).  The candidate will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of the application.

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

Extra information

The department of Political Science aims to employ an expert in the field of international security and defense policy. The candidate needs to have a proven capability in conducting high-quality research and providing excellent teaching on security and defense policy at the Belgian, European, and international level (e.g. NATO, UN). The assistant professor will need to focus on topical issues in the field; historical and theoretical dimensions of international relations are already addressed by other professors at the department. For this reason, the department attaches great value to having affinity with policymakers at the three aforementioned political levels. The master program is a renowned preparation to the Belgian diplomatic exam. The candidate needs to be immediately available for teaching courses and supervising dissertations on international security and defense policy and Belgian foreign policy. In sum, the candidate will be responsible for vital parts of the research group GIIS and the master program in political science – international relations.

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