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[Job Vacancy] Professor in Environmental Biotechnology
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Professor in Environmental Biotechnology
Ghent University is one of the most important education and research institutions in the Low Countries. On a daily basis, over 9,000 staff members and 41,000 students implement its motto "Dare to Think". Ghent University's mission statement is characterized by qualitative education, internationally renowned research and a pluralistic social responsibility. As part of its further scientific development, Ghent University plans to recruit for its Ghent University Global Campus (GUGC) in Songdo (South Korea):
  • A full-time post as a tenure-track assistant professor (combination of a full appointment at GUGC with 10 % professorship at Ghent University)
  • Discipline: Ecology and/or ecotoxicology in water bodies, complementarity with water reuse and remediation applications
  • At GUGC, Centre for Environmental and Energy Research, at UGent: Faculty Bio-science Engineering
The assignment concerns academic teaching (in English), academic research and carrying out academic services in the discipline of Environmental Biotechnology, with special focus on ecotoxicity as part of biological (waste) water treatment applications.
You work in the GUGC Centre for Environmental and Energy Research (https://www.ugent.be/globalcampus/en/research/environment) and in collaboration with the home campus Department.
The Centre for Environmental and Energy Research (CEER) is one of the five existing research centers of the Ghent University Global Campus, Korea. The centre was established in 2015 with the aim to deliver scientific outcomes that will have a real impact on consolidation of environmental issues, themes and topics, and to do this under one umbrella to highlight their interconnectedness and interdisciplinary nature. With focus on knowledge transfer and information dissemination, CEER
targets the development of new (catalytic) materials and (microbiological) technologies for clean air and water applications. The CEER’s activity is guided by the following principles: independence, autonomy and objectivity of the scientific research in relation to political, economic and other social powers, and responsibility of the researchers regarding their work methods and the consequences of their research. The members of the Centre for Environmental and Energy Research contribute to theoretical and practical courses at GUGC. The Centre prepares students (both undergraduate and graduate) and postdoc/visiting researchers for their careers in the field of environmental science and technology.
Together with the colleagues affiliated to the research center and colleagues at the home campus of Ghent University you develop the GUGC center of environmental technology so that it becomes a center of expertise recognized in South Korea and beyond. Therefore experience with accessing (inter)national research funding for research in Asia and South Korea is a surplus.
Academic education
You (co-)lecture various course units in the discipline of Environmental Biotechnology sciences, including “Environmental Chemistry: Concepts and Methods”, “Chemical Analytical Methods”, “Green Chemistry and Biotechnology”, together with other Faculty member(s) in RC3. Change in courses is possible in the future in function of the needs in the Centre (e.g., Ecology, Ecotoxicity). You guide students in their Bachelors’ Projects, supported by Teaching Assistants.
Academic Research
You develop a research line in the discipline of environmental biotechnology, with focus on aquatic ecology and/or ecotoxicity for nature and engineered water system as well as blue economy.
The research is complementary to the current research conducted at GUGC and UGent.
Academic services
You take part in the internal and external service provision of GUGC:
- Undertake internal roles of responsibility e.g. contribute to committees and working groups, act as a mentor.
- Participate in internal initiatives/events to the benefit of the University e.g., open days, outreach activities, student placements.

- You have already conducted eminent academic research in the given discipline, which is clearly reflected In high quality publication in peer reviewed scientific journals;
- You are capable of initiating, supervising and acquiring the necessary funding for academic research. In this respect, you have a demonstrable record in obtaining research funding; attracting Korean research funds will be considered an advantage for obtaining the position;
- You are didactically skilled to teach university students to develop academic competences;
- Your level of English is sufficient.
- 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 academic lecturing;
  • Knowledge of Korean language; and
  • Professionalisation of education.
Skills / Attitude
- You are quality-oriented;
- You take initiative;
- You are a team player and collaborate with colleagues, students; and
- You like an international operational environment.
Admission requirements
- You are a thesis-based doctorate holder. Upon evaluation of a foreign (non-EU) diploma, a certificate of equivalence may still have to be requested at NARIC;
- You have at least two years of postdoctoral experience by 1 August 2022.
Appointment information
We offer you a contract as an assistant or associated professor, depending on your previous career and scientific output. According to the Korean law, the contract will initially be for a two years period, after which an infinite period contract is given on condition of a positive evaluation of the performance. With respect to the career path, we follow the same rules and evaluation periods as for a professorship at Ghent University home campus (see https://www.ugent.be/en/work/mobilitycareer/career-aspects/professorial-staff).

Although fully employed on the pay-role of GUGC, the appointment consists of a 90 % appointment at GUGC and a 10 % appointment at Ghent university home campus. This makes that the selected candidate has access to all possibilities offered to professors of Ghent University with respect to internal funding calls and access to services offered by the home campus.
The selected candidate will be integrated in a department of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering.
One of the important benefits is that candidates who are newly appointed at Ghent University receive a Starting Grant of € 210.000 to contribute towards the personnel, operating and/or equipment costs of establishing a research team.
Gender and diversity
Ghent University conducts an equal opportunities policy and encourages everyone to apply. Ghent University also strives for a gender balance. Female applications are thus especially welcomed.
Selection procedure
After the final application date, all received applications will be sent to the assessment committee assembled for this vacancy. This committee will first evaluate the application files. Therefore, it will match all elements of the file against the required expertise for the position in terms of education, research and scientific service. Based on this deliberation, relevant candidates will be shortlisted to be invited for further selection (interview, possible presentation or test lecture ...).
Afterwards, the committee will rank the suitable candidates and present this ranking to the GUGC and Faculty Boards. This advice will then be presented to the University Board for approval.
Candidates are asked to submit a list of all publications, highlighting the five most important publications or other academic achievements with the highest impact. Next to academic publications, the candidate can thus demonstrate merit of knowledge transfer by academic dissemination (including experience in teaching university students), social valorization, public awareness, seminars or conference presentations. These competences are also taken into account when evaluating the candidates.
The evaluation of the required international mobility is broad and partly takes the gender perspective into account, thus not only considering longer stays abroad by also other forms of internationalization.
Pregnancy leave, prolonged sick leave, parental leave, filial leave or other forms of absence are taken into account when evaluating the available time for the realization of academic output.
Appointment information
· We offer you a contract as a professor in the grade of assistant or associated professor depending on your previous career and scientific output.
· Compensation and benefits
  • Salary will be determined in accordance to the Ghent University salary standards
  • Bonus: two bonuses in June (92% of monthly salary) and December (100% monthly salary)
  • Transportation and housing
  • Severance
  • Private health insurance
  • Leaves and holidays
  • For internal applicants: Visa support and Relocation
Application process
· Motivation / Cover letter
· The professorial staff application form (which you can find here with a word template) 
· Full resume (CV), including at least 2 references
· Portfolio (including the candidate's plan or strategy of applying and obtaining research funds from outside)
· A list of all publications (with IFs, journal quartiles, hi-indices), highlighting the five most important publications with the copy of recent publications or papers.
· Copy of the PhD and Master degree certificates
· Copy of proof of at least two years' experience as a postdoctoral researcher
· Copy of proof of teaching experience at universities
· Copy of proof of receipt of (national) research funding
· Transcripts (overview of study results)
· Application deadline: Open until position is filled
All required documents must be submitted in English. The documents MUST BE MERGED INTO A SINGLE PDF file and sent to gugc_hr@ghent.ac.kr (subject line: PROFESSOR_EBT_last name.firstname)
More Information
For further information regarding this vacancy, please contact Mr. Junku Lee Junku.Lee@ghent.ac.kr "End"