→ Apply until 16/10/2018 23:59 CET
→ Discipline: Transition Governance and Socio-Technical System Innovation on Circular Economy
→ 100% Assistant professor tenure track / Associate professor
→ Reference number: 201806/ZAP-21/87-01
ABOUT GHENT UNIVERSITY
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.
This position is part of a unique strategic investment by Ghent University: 21 new professorships are embedded in interdisciplinary consortia, designed to generate a significant societal impact with their research. For more information, see: www.ugent.be/21zap
Ghent University has a vacancy for a professorship, starting from 1 February 2019. It concerns a full-time position as Professor in the rank of Assistant Professor (docent, Tenure Track) or Associate Professor (hoofddocent), charged with academic teaching, scientific research and carrying out scientific duties in the field of Transition Governance and Socio-technical System Innovation on Circular Economy, within the interdisciplinary consortium 'Urban Waste and Circular Economy'. This position has a specific interfaculty mission, in particular the collaboration between the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (The Centre for Sustainable Development (CDO)) and the Faculty of Sciences, the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering and the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (the Centre for Sustainable Chemistry). The assignment of this specific interfaculty position contains the cooperation in the transition towards a circular economy by developing new strategies and technologies for the valorization of urban waste, including a socio-technical perspective already in the design phase.
You develop a broad thinking process on embedding sustainable development and an interdisciplinary approach on circular economy in the education at the four involved faculties in consultation with all involved parties.
You support learning trajectories and develop, optionally together with other faculty members, one or multiple courses in the domain of circular economy, starting from the disciplines Exergy Analysis, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), Process Intensification, Transition Studies and Science & Technology Studies. You will include innovative educational methods in this education assignment.
You conduct research in the discipline of circular economy in an interdisciplinary manner (in particular on an urban scale) and will focus on socio-technical system innovations; complex governance processes; power configurations; economic theories and visions; the relationship between science and politics. This is associated with obtaining (international) research funds, the development of (international) conference contributions and articles, the supervision of doctoral students and the strengthening of (international) networks.
You take part in the internal and external service provision of both research centres in which this position is embedded (the Centre for Sustainable Development and the Centre for Sustainable Chemistry).
- 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 have research experience, both policy and fundamentally orientated, in the domain (1) socio-technical transitions and entailing governance questions; (2) sustainability issues on sustainable material management and/or circular economy; (3) Science & Technology Studies.
- You are experienced with (international) research networks, the organization of seminars and innovative workshops and obtaining research funds.
- You are didactically skilled, in particular concerning complex sustainability questions and at a university level, to teach university students to develop academic competences.
- You are experienced in the supervision of doctoral and master students.
- 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;
- involvement in or informed about the policies on materials and circular economy (different policy levels).
Skills / Attitude
- You are quality-oriented.
- You take initiative.
- You are a team player and a team inspirer.
- You are creative and you dare to innovate.
- You can and will think/act outside the box.
- You hold a thesis-based doctorate or a diploma (preferably Doctor of Political Sciences, Doctor of Sociology, Doctor of Economics) or a 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 February 2019. 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 (tenure track), or associate professor is awarded. This will be decided by the University Board as proposed by the Faculty Council.
The degree of assistant professor is awarded by 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.
In case the degree of associate professor is awarded we offer you a permanent appointment, 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 February 2019.
Ghent University reserves a budget of €200.000 in its Special Research Fund for each of the newly appointed professors under the strategic “21ZAP” scheme, equaling the value of 1 PhD student for 4 years. This research budget is allocated out of competition but is subject to approval of the applicant’s research proposal by Ghent University’s Research Council.
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 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 Council. The advice of the Faculty Council 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.
Candidates are also asked to prepare a research proposal. The research proposal can be taken into account by the selection committee in order to assess the candidate’s potential contribution to the consortium; nevertheless, the evaluation of the proposal itself by the Research Council will not be initiated until after the professorship appointment in order to award the €200,000 research budget.
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’: 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.
The strategic goals of this vacancy.
For further information regarding this vacancy, please contact Professor Kevin Van Geem, chair of the evaluation committee (firstname.lastname@example.org; +32 9 2645597).