Professor in criminology, with a focus on forensic care and welfare policy

Ghent, NA, Belgium 100% Assistant professor tenure track Full time

  • Contract Type: 100% Assistant professor tenure track
  • Placed on: 01 Feb 2024
  • Closes: 05 Mar 2024

Ghent University is one of the most important education and research institutions in the Low Countries. On a daily basis, over 15,000 staff members and 50,000 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.

With this position, which is situated at the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law, more specifically in the research group IRCP (Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy), the Faculty of Law and Criminology chooses for a structural and reinforced investment in social-criminological teaching and research on forensic assistance and welfare policy.


Academic education: You take on a fair share of the teaching load within the department (budgeted at approx. 180 hours/year), with a commitment to provide Dutch and English-taught compulsory and elective courses throughout the Bachelor's and Master's programs in Criminological Sciences and the Research Master IMARC (International Master of Science in Advanced Research in Criminology: Border Crossing, Security and Social Justice). This includes, but is not limited to, (components of) courses related to welfare work in the forensic context, with attention to perpetrators, victims, actors and policy.

Academic research: You develop social-criminological research in the fields of forensic assistance and welfare policy. In these domains you stimulate and contribute to new and relevant fundamental empirical research, innovative critical-scientific reflections and ethical-normative tools. You contribute to a solid and visible embedding of scientific discussions and analyses in the faculty. You use a scientific-criminological multi-method approach, with a high openness to interdisciplinarity and practice.

Academic services: You participate in the internal and external services of the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law, and of the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP).



  • 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.
    • You must master the language of instruction in which you will teach a course at CEFR-  level C1.You can demonstrate this by means of a language certificate or a diploma obtained from an institution in which that language is the language of instruction. In addition, Article II.270, §1 of the Codex of Higher Education requires that: (i) you must master the Dutch language at least at CEFR-level A2 within two years after the start of the appointment. (ii) you must be able to master the Dutch language at least at CEFR-level of B2 within five years after the start of the appointment. More info: Language requirements at Ghent University for professorial staff — Ghent University (

Skills / Attitude 

  • You aim at the highest quality in your activities;  
  • You have a strong sense of initiative and react proactively on new evolutions in your field; 
  • You possess strong interpersonal skills 
  • You are able to coach and adequately supervise junior researchers. 

Admission requirements

  • You hold a thesis-based doctorate in Criminology 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 2024. This term of two years is determined by the date written on the above-mentioned required diploma.


  • 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 a 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 from 1 september 2024.

MORE INFORMATION: For further information regarding this vacancy, please contact Professor Prof. Michel Tison (, +32 (0)9 2646761) Dean of the faculty of Law and Criminology.