Professor in Sports Management (BOF) – Ghent University (Belgium)

Professor in Sports Management (BOF) – Ghent University (Belgium)

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Requisition ID 21618 – Posted – Professorial staff – 100% – Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

  • Apply until 01/03/2022 23:59 (Brussels time)
  • Discipline: Sports Management
  • 100% Assistant professor tenure track
  • Reference number: 202111/GE/ZAP-BOF/012


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.


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

You lecture various course units in the discipline of Sports Management and Sports Policy.

Academic Research

You conduct research in the discipline of Sports Management with a connection to the research lines of the Sport Management research unit. The assistant professor position is situated within the research group Sport Management, Department of Movement and Sport Sciences. This research group conducts research within two research lines, being management of sport organizations for Sport-for-All and ethics management within sport. Specific research topics in these research lines include inter-organizational collaboration, sports policy, institutional change and entrepreneurship, CSR, match-fixing and fraud in sports, and ethical leadership. Doctoral and post-doctoral researchers are active in either or both research lines. Characteristic for the research in this group is the policy- and practice orientation of the research, the close cooperation with the professional field and the multidisciplinary character. The research group has experienced strong growth in the past ten years and enjoys a good international reputation due to its scientific publications and quality of its doctoral research. Teaching assignments within this team are in the Sports Management and Sports Policy majorof the Master in Physical Education and Movement Sciences.

Academic services

You take part in the internal and external service provision of the department of Movement and Sport Sciences.



• You have already conducted excellent academic research in the Sports Management field, which is clearly reflected in outstanding publications in international peer-reviewed journals;
• You are didactically skilled to teach university students to develop academic competences;
• You are an active scientific researcher as evidenced by your participation in conferences in the field of Sports Management;
• You have the necessary expertise to teach course units within the domain of Sports Management and Sports Policy;
• Recommended are:

◦ Experience in supervising research and/or coaching Ph.D. students;
◦ 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 organized academic lecturing;
◦ Professionalisation of education;
◦ Experience in writing research proposals to acquire research funding;
◦ Experience in practice oriented research and collaborations with the field of sport management practitioners.

Skills / Attitude

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

Admission requirements

• You hold a thesis-based doctorate or a diploma or certificate that is recognized as equivalent (article V.20 Codex Higher Education) in the field of Health Sciences or Social Sciences (including Applied Economic Sciences).

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 1 September 2022. This term of two years is determined by the date written on the above-mentioned required diploma.


• 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 1 September 2022.


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. More information can be found on

Candidates who are newly appointed at Ghent University with an appointment as autonomous academic staff of at least 50% or candidates whose appointment as autonomous academic staff at Ghent University is increased to a minimum of 50% receive a Starting Grant of €210.000 to contribute towards the personnel, operating and/or equipment costs of establishing a research team.


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 5 most impactful academic achievements. Next to academic publications, the candidate is thus also able to show merit of knowledge transfer by academic dissemination, 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.


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 ‘Application form’: 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 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 Annick Willem  (, +32 9 264 63 33) at the faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, department of Movement and Sport Sciences.