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Tenure-track vacancy in Anglophone Literature; deadline 30 March 2016

Professor of English and Anglophone Literatures (tenure-track)

The Faculty of Arts & Philosophy of Ghent University (Belgium) announces a vacancy for a full-time professorial post in the rank of assistant professor (tenure track), starting October 1, 2016 at the earliest. The appointment is in the field of Anglophone literature or Italian literature. The position is the equivalent of Lecturer in the UK system and Assistant Professor in the US system and has a focus on academic research. The successful candidate will play a role in coordinating research collaborations across the language groups and research periods within the department and in establishing bridges between the department and other research units both at the University and beyond. Collaborations could include the development of new course offerings or programmes of study or larger research projects.

Candidates should have earned their PhD at least two years prior to the date of appointment (1 October 2016). They should be developing a strong publication profile in their field and should be able to contribute appropriately to the periodical research evaluation of the department. The university values highly research published in international, peer-reviewed venues, such as in journals included in the Web of Science or in monographs and volumes published by internationally renowned publishing companies. The successful candidate will be expected to take an active role in research and have an interest in putting together collaborative projects capable of attracting external funding at both the regional and European level.

This is a tenure-track position. At the time of appointment, the assistant professor and the university will agree upon a set of personalized goals, which will be laid out in an addendum to the tenure-track contract. After a five-year trial period, the assistant professor will be granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) provided that s/he has met these goals.

Candidates are encouraged to clarify in their applications not only their past research and publications but also their future research plans and how they might collaborate with research groups and with colleagues both inside and outside the department. It is recommended that candidates give as much detail as possible about future projects and plans including possible sources of funding and the venues to which research will be submitted.

The Department of Literary Studies at UGent ( is a vibrant community of 175 people, including some 50 fully funded PhD-students and 20 postdocs; the professor will join 27 colleagues specialising in nine languages (Dutch, French, English, German, Latin, Spanish, Italian, Greek and Swedish) as well as General and Comparative Literature. Tenure-track and tenured faculty at Ghent University enjoy an autonomous status, competitive salaries, stimulating teaching loads and a wealth of funding opportunities at the local, regional and European levels. Ghent is an attractive medieval town, with a strong economic base and lively cultural scene. Just 30 minutes by train from Brussels, two hours from Paris and Amsterdam and two and a half hours from London, it is moreover ideally situated at the heart of European intellectual life. Ghent University is committed to internationalization and welcomes applications from foreign scholars. Knowledge of Dutch is not necessary to apply, but candidates should be willing to learn the language during their tenure track. The International Staff Office assists with the transition and orientation of foreign employees.

The deadline for application is  30 March 2016, but candidates are welcome to get in touch with the contact persons. Formal information on how to apply and the official announcement of the position are available at: