→ Apply until 17/04/2018 23:59 CET
→ Discipline: Maritime Hydrodynamics with Emphasis on Experimental Fluid Dynamics
→ 100% Assistant professor tenure track
→ Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
→ Reference number: 201712/EA15/ZAP/013
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The faculty of Engineering and Architecture has a vacancy for a professorship, starting from February 1st, 2019. It concerns a full-time position as Professor in the rank of Assistant Professor (docent, Tenure Track) in the Department of Civil Engineering, charged with academic teaching (mostly in Dutch), scientific research and carrying out scientific duties in the field of Maritime Hydrodynamics with Emphasis on Experimental Fluid Dynamics.
You lecture various course units in the discipline of Maritime Hydrodynamics, more specifically a broad selection of the following courses:
- Introduction to Maritime Technology (version 6 credits)
- Introduction to Maritime Technology (version 4 credits)
- General Arrangement, Structural Arrangements and Construction of Marine Structures (6 credits)
- Hydrostatics and Propulsion of Maritime Constructions (6 credits)
- Design of Maritime Structures (3 credits)
- Manoeuvring and Seakeeping Behaviour of Maritime Constructions (6 credits)
- Ship Technology (5 credits)
- Water and Shipping (6 credits, in cooperation with Antwerp Maritime Academy)
- Contribution to Cross-Course Project (Bachelor of Science in Electromechanical
The topics covered by the educational work load of the Maritime Technology Division not only cover maritime hydrodynamics, but also structural aspects of ships, as well as general courses on ship technology and technical aspects of the maritime sector in general and the shipping industry in particular.
You conduct research in the discipline of Maritime Hydrodynamics with Emphasis on Experimental Fluid Dynamics, based on the present research activities of the Maritime Technology Division of the Department of Civil Engineering. The latter are focusing on hydrodynamics of ships and other floating structures in general, and more particularly on the behaviour of ships in confined navigation areas. Additionally, the division has contributed to several research projects with respect to the hydrodynamic aspects of wave energy conversion and, more recently, is involved in offshore aquaculture projects. Research on the behaviour of seagoing and inland vessels in navigation areas with restrictions in both depth and horizontal extent (access channels, canals, locks, harbour docks) is performed in close co-operation with Flanders Hydraulics Research (FHR) in Antwerp; this co-operation has resulted in the Knowledge Centre Manoeuvring in Shallow and Confined Water. Most research is based on ship model experiments (mainly executed at the Towing Tank for Manoeuvres in Shallow Water – co-operation FHR & UGent, located in Antwerp). The Maritime Technology Division is also closely involved in the design of the second towing tank which is presently under construction in symbiosis with the Coastal and Ocean Basin (COB) at the GreenBridge site in Ostend. The results of the model tests are applied in mathematical models for manoeuvring simulation, including shallow water effects, ship-bank interaction, ship-ship interaction, effect of fluid mud layers on the bottom, ship-lock interaction, effect of waves on ship manoeuvring. Other applications of confined water ship hydrodynamics are related to safety of maritime traffic with respect to bottom contact due to excessive vertical ship motions (squat, response to waves), moored vessel dynamics, seakeeping behaviour of inland vessels in coastal areas, etc.
Your research activities will have the following objectives:
- to assure the continuity and further expansion of the research activities on the hydrodynamic aspects of ship behaviour in shallow and confined water;
- to assure the continuity and further expansion of the activities of the Knowledge Centre Ship Behaviour in Shallow and Confined Water, in co-operation with Flanders Hydraulics Research, in view of the new opportunities and challenges created by the availability of the new facilities (Towing Tank 2 and COB) at Flanders Maritime Laboratory in Ostend in the near future;
- to contribute to the further development of new applications in the field of maritime hydrodynamics, such as (but not limited to) wave energy conversion, aquaculture plants, in co-operation with other partners within or outside of the Department, the Faculty, the University.
You take part in the internal and external service provision of the Department of Civil Engineering, Maritime Technology Division. These services include, among other things, the co-ordination of the education, research and service activities of the Maritime Technology Division and attendance of the meetings and activities of the department board and educational committees.
- You have already conducted eminent academic research in the given discipline, which is clearly reflected in publications in high-quality academic journals and peer-reviewed books.
- You are didactically skilled to teach university students to develop academic competences.
- You have experience with scale model experiments in the field of hydrodynamics of ships, preferably in shallow and confined water.
- 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;
- experience with one or more of the following research topics: ship manoeuvring, mathematical models for ship manoeuvring in shallow and confined water, response of maritime structures (ships, wave energy devices, aquaculture farms, offshore structures, …) in waves.
- 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 February 1, 2019. This term of two years is determined by the date written on the above-mentioned required diploma
We offer you a temporary appointment in the rank of assistant professor 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 February 1st, 2019.
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 www.ugent.be/en/living and www.ugent.be/en/staff.
GENDER AND DIVERSITY
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.
HOW TO APPLY
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 ‘Cv’: your cover letter and 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.
Match of this vacancy within the strategic goals of the department.
For further information regarding this vacancy, please contact Professor Jan Vierendeels, chair of the evaluation committee (firstname.lastname@example.org; +32 9 264 33 13).