Researcher (20058) - Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Jul 2021

   →  Apply before 30/07/2021 23:59 (Brussels Time)
→  Faculty of Law and Criminology
→  Department: RE23 - Criminologie, Strafrecht en Sociaal Recht
→  Occupancy rate: 100%
→  Number of positions: 1.00
→  Type of employment: Contract of limited duration
→  Term of assignment: min 8 maanden
→  Wage scale:  WM1 to WM4 (master degree or doctoral degree)
→  Required diploma: Master or PhD 


Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With its 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.

The Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP), affiliated with the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law (Faculty of Law - Ghent University) is looking for a full-time (100%) academic employee (m/f) in the domain of criminology.

Job description

The academic employee (m/f) will work on the interface between fear of crime, nudging and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).

The successful candidate will be able to enrol in a fulltime and fully funded academic position for a maximum of one year within the IRCP (Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy) of the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law (Faculty of Law and Criminology) of Ghent University.

For this specific position, we are looking for someone with the following characteristics and assets:
•    A completed Master’s degree (MA or MSc) or PhD, by preference in a relevant field of study (e.g., Criminology, Safety Sciences). Good study results throughout the entire educational trajectory are an asset.
•    A strong interest in scientific research in general and fear of crime in particular.
•    Clear scientific and communicative skills (e.g., critical thinking, scientific writing, presentation skills, project management, methodological skills).
•    A profound knowledge of the Dutch language is a strong asset as regular contacts with Flemish organizations will be required. We thus expect someone with sufficient maturity.
•    Strong social skills that enable to work in team, combined with the necessary skills to work independently (yet with guidance and mentoring) on subprojects.
•    Someone who integrates a flexible and creative mindset with strong administrative and organizational skills.
•    Someone with a responsible personality, who values ethics, both in social contacts as well in relation to scientific research.


  • We offer you a contract of definite duration for the period of maximum 1 (one) year
  • Your contract will start on 15/10/2021 at the earliest.
  • An interesting and diverse job. 
  • Your remuneration will be determined by salary scale WM1 to WM4 (if you hold a Master’s degree) or salary scale PD1 to PD4 (if you hold a doctorate).  Click here for more information about our salary scales .
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 35 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, bicycle allowance and eco vouchers. Click here for a complete overview of all the staff benefits  (in Dutch).
  • The possibility to contribute to a societally very relevant and large-scaled research project on fear of crime. Given the many personal contacts with people in both the academic world and the field of police, a large personal network can be formed or extended.
  • Numerous opportunities for personal growth, illustrated by e.g., conference participation, personal contacts with organizations in the field, participation in the department’s educational initiatives, and publication opportunities.
  • A social, tolerant, and constructive working environment that offers many and diverse opportunities for personal development.


Apply online through the e-recruitment system before the application deadline (see above). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not submitted through the online system.

Your application must include the following documents:

  • In the field ‘CV’: your CV and an overview of your study results (merged into one pdf file)
  • In the field ‘Cover letter’: your application letter in pdf format
  • In the field ‘Diploma’: a transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). 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 “other documents”: a reference letter, an overview of your study results,  … 

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

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.


For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Wim Hardyns ( , +32(0)9/264 84 78). Important: do NOT send your application by email, but apply online.

Do you have a question? Please read our FAQ  regarding the online application process.

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