Vacant position: Lecturer in the field of Language and Culture of China

Ghent, Belgium
Deadline: 3rd Jan 2014

The Faculty of Arts & Philosophy invites applications for the full-time position of professor in the rank of Lecturer (Tenure Track system) in the Department of Languages and Cultures, taking effect on October 1, 2014. Responsibilities will include academic teaching, research and service in the field of Language and Culture of China.

Department: LW21 – Department of Languages and Cultures, Contract: statutair, Occupancy rate: 100%, Vacancy Type: zap.

Candidate’s Profile

  • on the day of application, candidates are required to hold a PhD with a doctoral thesis (or equivalent thereof) in the field mentioned;
  • candidates are required to have at least two years of postdoctoral experience on the day of commencement;
  • candidates are required to have research experience in the field of language and culture of China, from a diachronic perspective, as is evident from contributions to international conferences and publications in books and/or peer-reviewed journals;
  • candidates are required to have an excellent knowledge of Classical and Modern Chinese;
  • candidates are required to possess the necessary didactic, organizational and communicative skills for teaching Chinese language and culture from a diachronic perspective in an academic context;
  • an international ‘profile’ gained, for instance, through participation in research programmes at institutions other than one’s own, will be considered an asset;
  • knowledge of Japanese will be considered an asset.

Candidates are required to show a willingness to learn Dutch (insofar as they do not speak this language on the day of application).

The official language at Ghent University is Dutch. Non-Dutch-speaking candidates can also apply.

The candidates are required to submit:

  •     an outline (max. 1500 words) explaining their views on research, teaching and administrative duties in relation to this vacancy;
  •     the required transcripts (copies of degrees).

Selection procedure

  1.     candidates will be short-listed on the basis of their curriculum vitae, bibliography, and the outline;
  2.     short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview and required to teach a short class, on the basis of both of which the final selection will be made

This fulltime position is a tenure-track appointment for a period of five years, after which a tenure decision will be taken, depending on an overall evaluation.

The University Board has the possibility to change the appointment into a tenured position, either immediately or in due course, based upon similar academic performances in another university of research institution.

Applicants should measure up to the language proficiency as mentioned in article 91novies of the decree concerning the restructuring of higher education in Flanders. The administrative and teaching language used at Ghent University is Dutch, but in case one doesn’t speak Dutch, it is also possible to apply. In accordance with the decree, in case the candidate has an education assignment, one should have proficiency in the language in which one teaches. This means that the candidate needs to have proficiency on an ERK-level (European Reference for languages) C1. Even if a candidate with an education assignment, isn’t teaching a training component in Dutch, one should have proficiency in the Dutch language on an ERK-level B2. One should meet the requirements within 3 years after the recruitment or appointment.

For further information about this vacancy, applicants are welcome to contact Prof. dr. Andreas Niehaus, Head of Department (tel + 32 (0)9 264 41 57).

At the Ghent University, the possibility of promotion in the rank of Assistant Professor and Associate Professor is linked to the timely achievement of predefined personalized goals.
Method of application


should be sent no later than January 3th, 2014

by e-mail to

with the application letter, the standard application form for Professorial Staff, and the required transcripts (copies of degrees) attached (please merge all the documents in one file).

The candidate will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of the application.

The application form for Autonomous Academic Staff (“ZAP”) can be downloaded from the following link.


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