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Professor in specialised translation from and into French (17663) - Faculty of Arts and Philosophy

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    Ghent University
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    Established Researcher (R3)
    18/03/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Belgium › Gent


    →   Apply until 18/03/2021 23:59 (Brussels time)
    →   Discipline: specialised translation from and into French
    →   100% Assistant professor tenure track
    →   Faculty of Arts and Philosophy 
    →   Reference number: 202012/LW/ZAP/008



Full-time position of Assistant Professor (tenure track) of specialised translation from and into French




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 characterised by qualitative education, internationally renowned research and a pluralistic social responsibility.




The Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of Ghent University offers a Bachelor degree in Applied Language Studies, three one-year Masters degrees (Translation, Interpreting, Multilingual Communication), one two-year Master of Education and a one-year postgraduate degree in Computer-Assisted Language Mediation. We have a vacancy for an assistant professor (tenure track) in specialised translation, whose appointment will include academic teaching, academic research and academic services in the field of French language, culture and society.

The earliest starting date of the position is 1 September 2021.


Academic education


You will be required to lecture on the French language and society, as well as translation between the French and Dutch languages (legal translation, in particular). You are flexible in your teaching assignments.



Academic Research


You will be conducting research in the field of specialised translation from and into French, within the context of the TRACE research group (https://research.flw.ugent.be/en/trace). TRACE favours an interdisciplinary approach to Translation Studies and studies the cultural and societal processes involved in translation.



Academic services

You take part in the internal and external service provision of the department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication. You notably supervise bachelor's and master's theses on language and society.




  • You have already conducted eminent academic research in specialised translation in and out of French, 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;
  • You have expertise in legal translation, or you are willing to develop your expertise in this field;
  • The level of your Dutch and French is C2;
  • 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;


Skills / Attitude

  • You are quality-oriented;
  • You take initiative;
  • You participate in the tasks of the Department and French Section in a flexible way;
  • You like working in a team.


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 September 2021. This term of two years is determined by the date written on the above-mentioned 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.


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 September 2021.





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 www.ugent.be/en/work/mobility-career/career-aspects/professorial-staff.


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, day-care, 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 https://www.ugent.be/en/work/talent.


Candidates who are newly appointed at Ghent University with an appointment as autonomous academic staff of at least 50% or candidates whose appointment as autonomous academic staff at Ghent University is increased to a minimum of 50% receive a Starting Grant of € 210,000 to contribute towards the personnel, operating and/or equipment costs of establishing a research team.





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 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.


Your application must include the following documents:


  • In the field ‘Application form’: the professorial staff application form (+ all annexes mentioned in the form), merged into one pdf file.
  • In the field ‘Cover letter’: your application letter in pdf format
  • A text (max. 1500 words) in which the applicant explains their views on research, teaching and academic services related to the position;
  • research proposal (max. 1500 words) on specialised translation in and out of French. The research that the applicant will carry out will highlight cultural or societal aspects of specialised translation. The research proposal must contain at least the following elements: background; objectives/questions; method; expected results; feasibility.
  • 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 you possession)


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




For further information regarding this vacancy, please contact Professor Veronique Hoste (Veronique.hoste@ugent.be), at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication.

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Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33

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