Professor in Biophysics in The faculty of Sciences at Ghent University, Belgium


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.


Physicochemical processes and collective dynamics are responsible for life-threatening arrhythmias. To better understand them and to offer better treatment requires an interdisciplinary effort of basic scientists, experimentalists and clinicians.

This position fits in an idea to bring together all expertise at Ghent University about cardiac arrhythmias. The present expertise and infrastructure includes, a.o., basic and clinical research at the Ghent University Hospital (UZ Gent, Faculty of Medicine), physical modelling and data analysis (Department of Physics & Astronomy, Faculty of Sciences), medical imaging (Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Engineering)  and the renown veterinary clinic for treatment of arrhythmias in horses (Faculty of Veterinary Sciences).

The future directions  of the biophysics group include:

  1. To collect and improve modern technologies for mapping electrical activity during cardiac arrhythmias, using inverse solutions of body-surface electrocardiogram, contact recordings, and electromechanical wave imaging.
  2. To reveal the fundamental biophysical mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias using multiscale approach  integrating data from (sub)cellular to the whole-organ level.
  3. To apply the developed methods for the treatment of arrhythmias in humans and animal care.
  4. To extend in the longer term the methodology to different clinical applications involving bioelectrical phenomena.

This position in the rank of assistant professor, funded by the Special Research Fund, is a tenure track appointment for a period of 5 years with a focus on research and with a teaching load limited to no more than 8 ECTS credits per semester on average over a period of 3 years. For the further development of the academic career, please see ‘Appointment information’ below.

Academic education

We you can teach courses at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, e.g. introductory or advanced biophysics, and that you can organize or lecture in interdisciplinary courses related to cardiac modeling and medical physics. The teaching and lecturing will be evaluated on actuality, connection with the educational program and interaction with the students.

Academic research

You should engage in research at an internationally competitive level within the field of Biophysics of Cardiac Arrhythmias. We expect that you develop a strong independent research line. We are looking for a researcher who is able to combine fundamental research questions on the biophysics of cardiac arrhythmias with the practical application of his/her research in synergy with the existing infrastructure and expertise available at Ghent University on this topic, e.g. in the faculties of Sciences, Medicine, and Veterinary Science. In addition, you are expected to actively pursue opportunities for attracting external research funding, to realize a qualitative research output, to propose topics for master and doctoral thesis research and to initiate research projects within the proposed field.

Academic services

You take part in the internal and external service provision of the department of Physics and Astronomy. This means that during your career you are willing to engage in your share of administrative duties or leadership positions. You are also expected to take initiatives to bring and hold together the various research groups at UGent working on cardiac arrhythmias.



  • You have already conducted excellent academic research in the given discipline, which is clearly reflected in outstanding publications in national and international peer-reviewed journals;
  • You have demonstrable experience on collaboration with experimental research and/or clinical research, reflecting your interdisciplinary skills;
  • You are experienced in computer modeling of the fundamental mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias;
  • You are didactically skilled to teach university students to develop academic competences;
  • You are capable of initiating, supervising and acquiring the necessary funding for academic research;
  • Recommended are:
    • Experience in supervising research and/or coaching Ph.D. students;
    • Experience in obtaining external research funding;
    • 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 or organised academic lecturing;
    • Professionalisation of education.

Skills / Attitude

  • You are quality-oriented;
  • You take initiative;
  • You have strong communication skills;
  • You have strong interpersonal skills, making you a team player and an effective communicator with colleagues, employees, students and other stakeholders.

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. If this is the case, we advise you to initiate this recognition procedure as soon as possible. You are required to have the recognition no later than on the date of your appointment.
  • You have at least two years of postdoctoral experience on October 1st 2019.


  • We offer you a temporary appointment as an assistant professor in a tenure track system for a term of five years with a focus on research. If positively evaluated by the University Board, the term of office will be transferred into a permanent appointment as an associate professor. At that moment the time devoted to research, education and academic services may be altered.
  • The recruitment is possible no sooner than October 1st 2019. This term of two years is determined by the date written on the above-mentioned required diploma.


Ghent University is committed to properly welcoming new professorial staff members and offering them appropriate guidance. The basic teacher training and courses of ‘Dutch’ and ‘English’ for foreign speaking lecturers are only a few examples of our wide range of training and education opportunities.

Furthermore, each Ghent University staff member can count on a number of benefits such as a bike allowance, reimbursement of public transport commuting costs, daycare, a wide range of sports facilities and EcoCheques. A complete overview of all our employee benefits (in Dutch).

Ghent University also invests in welcoming international professorial staff. It offers various housing options, a relocation bonus, the International School for school-aged children (with a discount on the tuition fee), support when registering at the City of Ghent, support with the procedure of family reunification and other administrative matters in connection with moving to Ghent. More information can be found on and


Ghent University conducts an equal opportunities policy and encourages everyone to apply. Ghent University also strives for a gender balance in which a maximum of 60% of the academic staff with a PhD degree is of the same gender. Female applications are thus especially welcomed. As long as this goal is not achieved at the level of the group of scientific disciplines involved, the university board will in principle, for positions within this group, give priority to candidates of the underrepresented gender but only in case of equal qualifications of the applicants. This priority is neither automatic nor unconditional; the personal situation of each candidate needs to be taken into consideration in the evaluation at all times.


After the final application date, all received applications will be sent to the faculty 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 Faculty Board. The advice of the Faculty Board will then be presented to the Research Council for advice and subsequently be sent to the University Board for approval.

Candidates are asked to further discuss their top 5 most important publications or other academic achievements with the highest impact. Next to academic publications, the candidate is thus also able to show merit of knowledge transfer by academic dissemination, social valorisation, 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 internationalisation.

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 realisation of academic output.


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’: the BOF Tenure Track professorial staff application form + all annexes mentioned in the form (a.o. 5-year research plan and long term research vision merged into one PDF file of maximum 10 MB.
  • In the field ‘Diploma’: a transcript of your doctoral degree. 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 ‘Certificate of equivalence’: only for diplomas awarded outside the European Union: certificate of equivalence (NARIC) (if already in you possession).


For further information regarding this vacancy, please contact Professor Alexander Panfilov (, +32 (0)9 264 6528) or Professor Herwig Dejonghe (, +32 (0)9 264 5041) at the faculty of Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy.

→   Apply until 22/01/2019 23:59 CET
    →   Discipline: Biophysics
    →   100% Assistant professor tenure track
    →   Faculty of Sciences 
    →   Reference number: 201810/WE/ZAP-BOF/001


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