Professor in Evidence based Medicine in Nephrology – Transplantation and EBM in Faculty of Medicine and Health 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 characterised by qualitative education, internationally renowned research and a pluralistic social responsibility.


This position is situated in the department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (GE35) of the faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. The appointment of 5% includes a teaching assignment. You perform the research and service assignment at the Ghent University Hospital, where you’re already employed as a permanent staff member.

Academic education

You take teaching assignments in the domain of Evidence Based Medicine, Epidemiology and Methodology. The assignment is situated in various programs within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, including mainly the basic Medicine program and the Master after Master’s program in Specialist Medicine.

In addition to subject-specific assignments, you also take on more generic teaching assignments, including participation in skills education and the professional behavior education. You also supervise master’s theses within the Faculty.

The assignment can evolve according to needs and changes.

Academic Research

You conduct research in the domain of Evidence Based Nephrology and Epidemiology that is mainly clinically oriented. You also focus on aspects of translational research and expand (new) collaborations.

Academic services

You take part in the internal and external academic services of the department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (GE35) amongst others by translating the results of your research to the broader public. During your career, you are willing to include roles and management positions that are relevant to the department and/or faculty.

You are employed as a permanent staff member at the Ghent University Hospital where you provide clinical services.



  • You have already conducted eminent academic research in the given discipline, which is clearly reflected in publications in high-quality academic journals and peer-reviewed books;
  • You are capable of initiating, supervising and acquiring the necessary funding for academic research;
  • You are didactically skilled to teach university students to develop academic competences;
  • Expertise and international prestige in the field of Evidence Based Nephrology and Epidemiology, Methodology, guideline production and systematic reviews;
  • 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 or organised academic lecturing;
    • Professionalisation of education.

Skills / Attitude

  • You are quality-oriented;
  • You take initiative;
  • You have good didactic skills;
  • You are a team player;
  • You have good organisational, interpersonal and communication skills;
  • You develop leadership in your area of expertise.

Admission requirements

  • You hold a thesis-based doctorate in Medical Sciences or a diploma or certificate that is recognised as equivalent (article V.20 Codex Higher Education).

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 three years of postdoctoral experience on October 1, 2019. This term of three years is determined by the date written on the above-mentioned required diploma.
  • You have a degree of Medical Doctor.
  • You are at least three years board certified in Internal Medicine (Nephrology) on October 1, 2019.


Depending on the specific profile of the selected candidate, the degree of assistant professor or associate professor is awarded. This will be decided by the University Board as proposed by the Faculty Board.

We offer you an appointment with renewable duration for a maximum of 6 years.

Pay attention: A part-time assignment of a certain degree of the professorial staff cannot be combined with a part-time assignment of a different degree of the professorial staff within the same institution. 

The recruitment is possible no sooner than October 1, 2019.


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. 

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.


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.


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 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 professorial staff application form (+ all annexes mentioned in the form), merged into one pdf file
  • In the field ‘Cover letter’: your application letter in pdf format
  • 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)

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

→   Apply until 28/02/2019 23:59 CET
    →   Discipline: Evidence based Medicine in Nephrology – Transplantation and EBM
    →   5% Assistant professor / Associate professor
    →   Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences 
    →   Reference number: 201811/GE/ZAP/008


For further information regarding this vacancy, please contact Professor Mirko Petrovic (, +32 (0)9 332 23 66), head of the department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences).


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