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Job: Assistant professor (Tenure Track system) in the field of Russian Literature (Ghent University)

Professor in the field of Russian Literature
·        Last application date: Apr 04, 2014 23:59
·        Department: LW21 - Department of Languages and Cultures
·        Contract: statutair
·        Occupancy rate: 100%
·        Vacancy Type: zap
A full-time position of assistant professor (Tenure Track system) with a focus on scientific research funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF) in the Faculty of Arts & Philosophy
The Faculty of Arts & Philosophy of Ghent University invites applications for the full-time position of assistant professor (Tenure Track system) in the field of Russian Literature, taking effect on October 1, 2014.
A full-time position in the rank of Lecturer is a tenure track appointment for a period of five years, at the end of which a tenure decision will be taken, depending on an overall evaluation. This position is a position focusing primarily on research, with a teaching load limited to no more than 8 credits per semester on average over a period of 3 years.
At Ghent University, career advancement in the rank of assistant professor and associate professor is subject to periodic assessments on the basis of pre-agreed personalized goals.
  • candidates are required to hold a PhD with a doctoral thesis (or equivalent thereof) and to have at least two years of postdoctoral research experience on October 1, 2014;
  • candidates are required to have excellent research experience in the field mentioned, as is evident from recent outstanding publications in books and/or peer-reviewed journals;
  • an international ‘profile’ gained, for instance, through participation in research programmes at institutions other than one’s own, will be considered an asset;
  • candidates are required to possess the necessary didactic, organizational and communicative skills for teaching in an academic context;
  • knowledge of one or more of the literatures of south-eastern Europe will be considered an asset;
  • candidates are required to have experience in supervising research and/or coaching PhD students.
Candidates should meet the language proficiency requirements as stipulated in article 91novies of the Decree of 4 April 2003 concerning the reform of higher education in Flanders. The administrative and teaching language of Ghent University is Dutch, but candidates who do not speak the language can also apply. In accordance with the Decree, candidates who have teaching duties should possess a proficiency of C1 (CEFR-level) in the language in which they teach. Candidates who are not expected to teach courses in Dutch should possess a proficiency in Dutch at CEFR-level B2; this proficiency must be demonstrated within 3 years of their first appointment at UGent or when tenure is granted.
Ghent University is an equal opportunities institution. Applications from female researchers are therefore particularly welcome. The university board aims to achieve a gender balance, in which a maximum of 60% of the academic staff with a PhD degree is of the same gender. 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 candidates. 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.
For more information about this vacancy, applicants are welcome to contact Professor Andreas Niehaus, Head of Department ( or 32 (0)9 264 41 57)
How to apply
  • Applications should be sent no later than April 4 2014
  • by e-mail to,
  • using the specific application form for BOF positions. 
    Proofs of competency (e.g., copies of the applicant’s diplomas) should also be sent at this stage, together with an explanation of the main research assignment of the scientific research proposed by the candidate during the BOF position. This “research plan” should comprise at least three and no more than five pages in English, together with an English summary on one page. Candidates are asked to highlight their motivation and the key reasons why they should be considered for the job in the cover letter (please merge all the documents in one file). 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


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