Professor in Law of the Sea and Transport Law (BOF) (12273)

→ Apply until 23/04/2019 23:59 (Brussels time)
→ Discipline: Law of the Sea and Transport Law
→ 100% Assistant professor tenure track / Associate professor / Full professor / Senior full professor
→ Reference number: 201902/RE/ZAP-BOF/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 and Criminology is recruiting a (assistant) professor for a full time position starting on 1 October 2019 in the disciplines of Law of the Sea and Transport Law. Depending on the qualifications of the candidate, the position will be offered in the rank of assistant professor (tenure track), professor, full professor or senior pull professor.

This position, funded by the Special Research Fund, entails the possibility to focus primarily on research for a period of 5 years. During that period the teaching load will be limited to no more than 8 ECTS credits per semester on average over a period of 3 years. For the further development of the academic career, please see ‘Appointment information’ below.

Academic Research

You conduct research in the disciplines of Law of the Sea and Transport Law, and contribute in the establishment of an interdisciplinary research group in the field of the vacant position

Academic education

You will gradually be tasked with teaching various course units in the field of Law of the Sea and Transport Law

Academic services

You take part in the internal and external service provision of the department of European, Public and Public International Law


Required experience and skills

  • You have already conducted excellent academic research in the field of Law of the Sea and/or Transport Law, which is clearly reflected in outstanding publications in national and international peer-reviewed books and/or journals;
  • You are capable of initiating and supervising fundamental and applied academic research, and to acquire the necessary funding in this regard.
  • You are didactically skilled to teach university students to develop academic competences;
  • You strive for the highest quality in your activites
  • You are a proactive person, have strong interpersonal skills and are capable of taking up a leadership position in a research group

The following qualifications are a further asset:

  • International mobility, such as research stays at institutions external to the one where you acquired your highest academic degree;
  • Experience in acquiring research funds and/or coaching Ph.D. students;
  • Positively evaluated experience in academic lecturing;
  • Professionalisation of education.

Required qualifications

  • You hold a thesis-based doctorate in Law or a diploma or certificate that is recognized 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 tenure track assistant professor

  • We offer you a temporary appointment as an assistant professor in a tenure track system for a term of five years with a focus on research. If positively evaluated by the University Board, the term of office will be transferred into a permanent appointment as an associate professor. At that moment the time devoted to research, education and academic services may be altered.
  • 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 or 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. During the first period of 5 years, your focus is primarily on research. Subsequently, the time devoted to research, education and academic services may be altered.

The recruitment is possible no sooner than 1 October 2019


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

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 and


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 in which a maximum of 60% of the academic staff with a PhD degree is of the same gender. Female applications are thus especially welcomed. As long as this goal is not achieved at the level of the group of scientific disciplines involved, the university board will in principle, for positions within this group, give priority to candidates of the underrepresented gender but only in case of equal qualifications of the applicants. This priority is neither automatic nor unconditional; the personal situation of each candidate needs to be taken into consideration in the evaluation at all times.


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 Research Council for advice and subsequently be sent 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.


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 include the following documents:

  • In the field ‘Cv’: the BOF professorial staff application form + all annexes mentioned in the form (a.o. 5-year research plan and long term research vision), merged into one file of maximum 10 MB.
  • 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)


For further information regarding this vacant position, please contact Prof. dr. Michel Tison (, +32 09/264 67 61), dean of the faculty of Law and Criminology.

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