Ghent University

Professor in Foot and Ankle Surgery (26773)

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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 until 25/02/2024 (DD/MM/YYYY) 23:59 (Brussels time)
    →   Discipline: Foot and Ankle Surgery
    →   5% Assistant professor / Associate professor
    →   Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences 
    →   Reference number: 202311/GE/ZAP/013


Ghent University is one of the most important education and research institutions in the Low Countries. On a daily basis, 15,000 staff members and 50,000 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 Human Structure and Repair 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 on September 1, 2024. 

Academic education
You take teaching assignments in the domain of medicine and health sciences and more specific in the domain of foot and ankle surgery. 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 behaviour 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 foot and ankle surgery 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 Human Structure and Repair 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; 
-    Recommended are: 
o    International mobility, among other things thanks to research stays at institutions external to the  one where you acquired your highest academic degree;
o    Positively evaluated experience in provided or organised academic lecturing;
o    Professionalisation of education.
-    You must master the language of instruction in which you will teach a course at CEFR-  level C1.You can demonstrate this by means of a language certificate or a diploma obtained from an institution in which that language is the language of instruction. In addition, Article II.270, §1 of the Codex of Higher Education requires that: (i) you must master the Dutch language at least at CEFR-level A2 within two years after the start of the appointment. (ii) you must be able to master the Dutch language at least at CEFR-level of B2 within five years after the start of the appointment. More info: Language requirements at Ghent University for professorial staff — Ghent University (

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 Health 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 1 September 2024. 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 orthopaedic surgery on 1 September, 2024.

-    You are employed as a permanent staff member at the Ghent University Hospital on 1 September, 2024. 


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 from 1 September 2024.


The career and evaluation policy for Professorial Staff is based on talent development and growth, prioritizing vision development and strategy - at the personal as well as the group level. At UGent we focus on career support and coaching of the Professorial Staff in the different phases of the career. More information can be found on

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. Read more.


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 selection committee assembled for this vacancy. After a pre-selection on the basis of the submitted and assessed as admissible application files, the selection committee may hear the candidates about their vision and planning regarding education, research and services. It is also possible to organize a trial lesson or a presentation on a subject in the relevant field. 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 or incomplete applications, or applications that are not sent through the online system.

Your application must include the following documents:

-    In the field ‘Application form’: 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). For diplomas awarded in the UK before January 31st of 2020, a certificate of equivalence is not required.

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


For further information regarding this vacancy, please contact Prof. Jolanda van Hengel (, +32 (0)9 3324009)  at the faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, department of Human Structure and Repair.

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

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Professor in Foot and Ankle Surgery (26773)
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33 Gent, België
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