Professor in Physical Activity and Health

Ghent University




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 research grouyp Physical activity and Health, within the Department of Movement and Sports Sciences. The opening is due to a position change of a full professor.

Academic education

You teach different subjects in the domain or Physical activity and health, and in the domain of statistics and methodology. Your education contributes to the competences of Bachelor Physical education and Movement sciences (Sports sciences, Exercise sciences), Master Movement and Sports Sciences, Educational Master Physical education and Master health promotion and education. The majority of subjects are taught in Dutch. The relevant competences can be consulted in the competence matrices (

There is vertical alignment  in the subjects related to methodology (Methodology, Introduction in Statistics, Multivariate Statistics) and in the subjects related to health promotion (Intervention development, Individual counseling and Motivational interviewing).

Next to lecturing, activating education forms are used (e.g. practical exercises, fieldwork, group work). In the master Movement sciences a minor research in Physical activity and health is offered, with research skills and a traineeship in the research group. Furthermore you will be supervising master thesises in the domain of physical activity and health. 

Academic Research

You develop your research line in the domain of Physical activity and health and contribute to the mission of the department. Excellence, innovation, relevance for education and societal valorization are key principles.

The reknown research group Physical activity and health mainly focuses on health promotion and behavioural  change, with special attention to physical activity, sedentary behavior, sleep and nutrition in all age groups.  (

Collaboration with other research lines in the department and beyond (nationally and internationally) is aimed for. In order to perform high level research you are expected to be able to secure external funding. Furthermore your research is expected to support your teaching. 

Academic services

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




  • You have already conducted eminent academic research in the given discipline, which is clearly reflected in publications in highquality academic peer-reviewed journals;
  • You are experienced in initiating, supervising and acquiring the necessary funding for academic research;
  • You are didactically skilled to teach university students to develop academic competences;
  • Recommended are:
    • Internatinal mobility, among other things thanks to research stays at institutions external to the one where you acquired your highest academic degree;
    • Psitively evaluated experience in provided or organised academic lecturing;
    • Prfessionalisation of education;
    • Experience with scietal valorisation of research findings.

Skills / Attitude

  • You are qualityoriented;
  • You take initiative;
  • You value a healthy and active life style
  • You are a team player

Admission requirements

  • You hold a thesisbased doctorate or a diploma or certificate that is recognised as equivalent (article V.20 Codex Higher Education) in Physical Education, Movement Sciences, Health Sciences, Behavioural 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 February 2020. This term of two years is determined by the date written on the abovementioned required diploma.


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

(In the case of assistant professor TT ≥50% or full-time)

  • We offer you a temporary appointment in a tenure track system for a term of five years. If positively evaluated by the University Board, the term of office will be transferred into a permanent appointment as an associate professor.
  • Should you already be a member of the professorial staff or hold an equal post at another university or research institution, you can immediately be appointed as an assistant professor, without prejudice to the possibility of a temporary appointment offered in article V.28 of the Codex of Higher Education.

(In the case of associate professor, full professor or senior full professor)

  • We offer you a permanent appointment in the starting grade of associate professor, full professor or senior full professor, without prejudice to the possibility of a temporary appointment offered in article V.28 of the Codex of Higher Education.

The recruitment is possible no sooner than 1 February 2020.


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 and

Ghent University offers each new ZAP-member a starting bourse of 200.000 euro.


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.


For further information regarding this vacancy, please contact Professor Greet Cardon (, +32 (0)9/2649142) at the faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department Movement and Sports Sciences.

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