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Professor in Environmental Law (18664) - Faculty of Law and Criminology

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    Ghent University
    Juridical sciencesEnvironmental law
    Juridical sciencesInternational law
    Established Researcher (R3)
    10/05/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Belgium › Gent


    →   Apply until 10/05/2021 23:59 (Brussels time)
    →   Discipline: Environmental Law
    →   30% Assistant professor / Associate professor / Full professor / Senior full professor
    →   Reference number: 202103/RE22/ZAP/001





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 Faculty of Law & Criminology is recruiting a part-time (30%) professor in the rank of assistant professor, associate professor, full or senior full professor in the field of environmental law.
The selected candidate will teach courses in the field of domestic and international environmental law in Dutch and English, and perform research in these areas. With this position, the Faculty wishes to ensure the continuity of teaching and research in these fields. The assignment of the selected candidate complements the existing teaching and research expertise of other colleagues in the faculty, notably in the areas of planning law, biodiversity law and the law of sustainable development. 


Academic education
You lecture various course units in the discipline of domestic and international environmental law


Academic research
You conduct research in the discipline of environmental law


Academic services
You take part in the internal and external service provision of the department of environmental law.



-    You have already conducted excellent academic research in the field of environmental law, 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: 
      o    International mobility, among other things thanks to research stays at institutions external to the  one where you acquired your highest academic degree;
      o    Positively evaluated academic teaching experience 
      o    A proven track of participation in training sessions regarding teaching.


Skills / Attitude 
-    You are quality-oriented; 
-    You take initiative;
-    You are a proactive person and possess strong interpersonal skills;
-    You are able to coach and adequately supervise young researchers.


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.



Depending on the specific profile of the selected candidate, the degree of assistant professor, associate professor, full professor or senior full professor is awarded. This will be decided by the University Board as proposed by the Faculty Board. 

We offer you a renewable appointment with an initial duration of 3 years, starting on 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, daycare, 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.




The faculty of Law and Criminology conducts an equal opportunities policy, aspires gender inclusivity and therefore encourages everyone to apply. Ghent University also strives for a gender balance. Female applications are thus especially welcomed. 



After the final application date, all applications received through the e-recruitment platform (see below) will be sent to the faculty assessment committee. The committee will first evaluate the application files and draw up a shortlist, based on the advertised admission requirements and profile. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for further selection (interview and test lecture …). Subsequently, the committee will rank the suitable candidates and present this ranking to the Faculty Board. The advice of the Faculty Board will be presented to the University Board for final approval. 


Candidates are asked in the application form to provide details of 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 or incomplete applications or applications that are not sent through the online system.


Your application must imperatively 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
-    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 Michel Tison, Dean of the Faculty of Law & Criminology (Michel.Tison@UGent.be, +32 (0)9 264 67 62) or prof. Frank Maes, Department chair of the Department of European, Public and International Law (Frank.Maes@UGent.Be, +32 (0)9 264 68 95).

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Required Research Experiences

    Juridical sciences
    4 - 10
    Juridical sciences
    4 - 10
Work location(s)
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Ghent University
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33

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