Ghent University

Scientific staff (25245) - Vertalen, tolken en communicatie

2023-07-27 (Europe/Brussels)
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Ghent University is one of the top 100 universities in the Dutch language area, with more than 44,000 students and 15,000 staff members.

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   →   Apply before 27/07/2023 (DD/MM/YYYY) 23:59 (Brussels Time)
   →   Faculty of Arts and Philosophy  
   →  Department: LW22 - Vertalen, tolken en communicatie
   →  Occupancy rate:100%
   →  Number of positions: 1    
   →  Type of employment: Contract of limited duration 
   →  Term of assignment: 18 maanden 
   →  Wage scale:  WM1 to WM4 (master degree) 
   →  Required diploma: Master 


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, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With its 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.


The Department of Translation, Interpreting, and Communication at Ghent University is looking for scientific staff, to be employed within a term of 18 months (12 months for postdoctoral researchers) and work in the field of psycholinguistics, conducting research on verbal and non-verbal communication in bilinguals and deception. An initial study will scrutinise the behaviour of bilinguals when engaging in (emotional and non-emotional) conversations in both languages. Specifically, it will, among others, look at hand gestures, body posture, facial (micro)expressions, and other non-verbal language. At the same time, verbal language, such as vocabulary, sentence structure, voice timbre, and rate of speech, will also be analysed. Secondly, these features will be compared with characteristics of deception. A subsequent study will look at whether bilinguals exhibit the same verbal and non-verbal behaviour when trying to deceive in their first and second language.

Specific tasks:

  • You will conduct research and write a number of articles within an 18-month period, as well as a project proposal that can be submitted for funding.
  • You will share (interim) results through contributions to books and lectures at conferences.
  • You will contribute to initiatives that open up the research field to a wider audience.


  • You have a Master's degree in a field relevant to the research described (e.g. Communication, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Psychology, Pedagogy, Criminology).
  • We also welcome postdocoral applications, but the appointment term will have to be reduced to 12 months.
  • You are/were an industrious student with academic qualities, as evidenced by your study results, your Master's thesis and any other publications.
  • You are willing to expand the research project and submit a funding application (e.g. to FWO).
  • You have some affinity with the research topic.
  • You have a good command of Dutch and English.
  • You are organised and meticulous.
  • You are able to work autonomously, but can also report systematically to your supervisors.
  • You have a basic knowledge of statistics, speech analysis, and behaviour analysis, or are prepared to acquire these skills within a short term.


  • We offer you a contract of definite duration for an 18-month period for predoctoral researchers and a 12-month period for postdoctoral researchers.
  • If funding is obtained, this contract of definite duration can turn into a full PhD (four years) or a continuation of the postdoctoral term.
  • Your contract will start on 1/09/2023 at the earliest.
  • Your remuneration will be determined by salary scale WM1 to WM4 (if you hold a Master’s degree) or salary scale PD1 to PD4 (if you hold a doctorate).  Click here for 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 holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, bicycle allowance and eco vouchers. Click here for a complete overview of all the staff 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 submitted 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’: your application letter in pdf format
  • In the field ‘Diploma’: a transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). 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 “other documents”: a reference letter, an overview of your study results, and your research view (1 page).

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. Evy Woumans (, +32 (0)474/54 83 46). Important: do NOT send your application by email, but apply online.

Do you have a question regarding the online application process? Please read our FAQ or contact helpdesk ( - tel. 09/264 98 98)

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Scientific staff (25245) - Vertalen, tolken en communicatie
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33 Ghent, Belgium
Application deadline
2023-07-27 23:59 (Europe/Brussels)
2023-07-27 23:59 (CET)
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