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→ Discipline: Privacy Law
→ 100% Assistant professor tenure track / Associate professor / Full professor / Senior full professor
→ Reference number: 201811/ZAP-21/20-04
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
As per 1 October 2019, there is an opening for a full-time position of Assistant Professor in the tenure track system/Associate Professor/Full Professor/Senior Full Professor in the Faculty of Law and Criminology, Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law (RE23), with an assignment encompassing academic education, scientific research and scientific service provision in the discipline of privacy law, with a substantive scientific focus on health privacy.
Although embedded in the faculty of Law and Criminology, Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law, within the hub on Privacy, Information Exchange, Law Enforcement and Surveillance (PIXLES) of the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP), you will, together with colleagues in health law (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences) and medical ethics (Faculty of Arts and Philosophy) embody the Metamedica Centre, an integrated centre which will bring together the relevant expertise and profiles from the three faculties involved.
Against the backdrop of key scientific and ICT developments (biobanks, predictive genetic research, precision medicine, health wearables, artificial intelligence, big data, interoperability of IT systems, public use files, data mining, …), related role-changes for patients and healthcare professionals, the proliferation of health-related data and new data protection and research data management frameworks, the Metamedica Centre will conduct interdisciplinary, high-profile international research in health privacy, health law and bioethics, involving and relevant for clinicians, lawyers, medical ethicists and ICT specialists. It has a clear explicit ambition towards academic research excellence, via multidisciplinary PhD trajectories, participation in EU research programmes, bidding for ERC grants, high-level publications and public-private cooperation. It will also provide topical, research-based teaching to (interdisciplinary) student audiences from a range of relevant disciplines (medicine and health sciences, dentistry, nursing and midwifery, physical education and movement sciences, philosophy and moral sciences (ethics), law and criminology, as well as services to clinicians and health care professionals.
The Centre will also seek to ensure that current and future developments in health care, as a key sector of society and the economy, are accompanied by solid research into their legal and ethical repercussions, so as to combine the achievement of health benefits to the public with maximal compliance with legal rules and ethical principles, by proactively addressing concerns regarding privacy, confidentiality, patient autonomy, beneficence, justice, etc. The Metamedica Centre has the ambition to serve as a dedicated Centre of Excellence at Ghent University and a one-stop-shop for policymakers, interest groups and the press for metamedica-related societal concerns. Given that the professorial and other staff already involved in the Centre hold key roles in multiple relevant committees and commissions at the national, EU and international levels, the Centre also has great potential for enhancing policy impact.
You lecture various course units in the discipline of health privacy, for students in medicine, health sciences, law, philosophy, and moral sciences (ethics)
You conduct research in the discipline of health privacy.
You take part in the internal and external service provision of the department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law, in particular of its hub on Privacy, Information Exchange, Law Enforcement and Surveillance (PIXLES), and of the Metamedica Centre.
- 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 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:
- 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;
- Interdisciplinary cooperation with researchers in health law and/or medical ethics.
Skills / Attitude
- You are quality-oriented;
- You take initiative;
- You hold a thesis-based doctorate in Law, or a thesis-based doctorate in another discipline with a thesis demonstrating your expertise in privacy law, 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 October 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), associate professor, full professor or senior full professor is awarded. This will be decided by the University Board as proposed by the Faculty Board.
In the case of assistant professor (tenure track):
- 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.
In the case of associate professor/full professor/senior full professor:
- We offer you a permanent appointment in the starting grade of associate professor, full professor or senior full professor, without prejudice to the possibility of a temporary appointment offered in article V.28 of the Codex of Higher Education.
The recruitment is per 1 October 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 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.
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 by Tuesday 26 February 2019 23:59 CET. 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 Gert Vermeulen (gert.vermeulen@UGent.be, +32 (0)9 264 69 43) at the faculty of Law and Criminology, department Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law.