Ghent University

Assistant - Department RE23 - Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law

2023-07-04 (Europe/Brussels)
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    →   Apply until 04/07/2023 (DD/MM/YYYY) 23:59 (Brussels time)
    →   Faculty of Law and Criminology
    →   Department RE23 - Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law
    →   AAP temporary appointment - 100%
    →   Number of openings: 1
    →   Reference number: 202301/RE23/ASS/001


Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, and technical and social services on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With each of its 11 faculties and more than 100 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes that are grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its employees as well as its students.


  • At least 50% of your assignment will be spent on academic research in preparation of a doctoral dissertation, preferably in a drug-related domain
  • You will assist in the teaching activities at the department in the domain of criminology, specifically for the courses ‘Drug phenomena’ (teaching language: Dutch), ‘Criminal Justice Criminology’ (teaching language: Dutch), ‘Penology’ (teaching language: Dutch), ‘Research design in criminology’ (teaching language: Dutch), ‘Law and Society’ (teaching language: Dutch), and ‘Special issues: Drug policy’ (teaching language: English).
  • You will assist in the internal and external services of the department.
  • You will assist in guiding and evaluating master dissertations.
  • You will provide assistance in supervising internships in criminological sciences.


  • You hold a Master's degree in criminological sciences, or an equivalent degree. Another or additional degree in law and/or security sciences and/or public administration and/or political and social sciences and/or psychology and educational sciences is possible, as long as you could demonstrate an interest in the criminological sciences. For diplomas awarded outside the European Union, a certificate of equivalence (NARIC) must be submitted. The degree requirements need to be fulfilled at the start of your appointment.
  • Relevant additional diplomas and/or elective courses are recommended.
  • You are interested and/or have knowledge of the drug phenomenon (demand and/or supply side) and criminal policy
  • You are interested in academic and/or project-based research and services, preferably in a drug-related domain.
  • Teaching experience or participation in extra training, conferences, etc. are recommended.
  • You have teaching skills.
  • You have an excellent knowledge of Dutch and English, both spoken and written.
  • You show sense of initiative. You are driven, punctual, flexible, a team-player and a problem-solver.


  • We offer you a two-year appointment, which may be renewed twice for two years, on condition that the previous term was given a positive evaluation. Attention: If you have been previously appointed as a junior assistant or doctoral fellow at a university within the Flemish Community, this appointment will be deducted from the maximum term of appointment, which is six years at the most according to the Codex of Higher Education.
  • Your appointment will start on 1 July 2023 at the earliest.
  • Your remuneration will be determined according to salary scale AAP3. More information about our salary scales.
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 36 days of paid leave, bicycle commuting reimbursement, ecocheques, etc. A complete overview of all our fringe benefits (in Dutch).


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’: your cv and an overview of your study results (merged into one pdf file)
  • In the field ‘Cover letter’: 1) Your cover letter in pdf format. In this motivation letter you explain why this position appeals to you and to what extent you meet the selection criteria clarified in the job profile by means of providing examples of your skills and experiences (max. 2 A4 pages) 2) A written proposal for a doctoral research, preferably within a drug-related research field (max. 3 A4 pages) (everything merged in 1 file of max. 5MB)In the field ‘Diploma’: a transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign degree 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 a certificate of equivalence (NARIC) must be submitted. (This can be requested via For diplomas awarded in the UK before January 31st of 2020, a certificate of equivalence is not required.

Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.


For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Charlotte Colman (, +32 9 264 68 38).

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Assistant - Department RE23 - Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33 Ghent, Belgium
Application deadline
2023-07-04 23:59 (Europe/Brussels)
2023-07-04 23:59 (CET)
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