Instructor - Civil Engineering

School/Institution:Ghent University, Belgium, Gent

Discipline: Civil Engineering

Employment Type:Full-time


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Post-doctoral assistant (18256) - Civil engineering

  • Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
  • Department EA15 - Civil engineering
  • Reference number: 202012 / EA15 / DA / 028

About Ghent University

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, and technical and social services on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With each of its 11 faculties and more than 100 departments offering state-of-the-art study programs that are grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its employees as well as its students.

Your Tasks

  • At least 70% of your assignment will be spent on academic research in the field of “coastal structures”, with a focus on:
  • Acquisition and execution of contracts for research and services in the field of coastal and offshore engineering;
  • Wave-structure interaction (including the case of shallow foreshores);
  • CFD modeling of the response of those structures in numerical wave flumes;
  • and development, coordination and execution of latest measurement techniques for field measurements.
  • You will assist in teaching activities at Master's level.
  • You will counsel Master's students in their exercises, work placement and Master's dissertation.
  • You will counsel doctoral students and fellow researchers in the framework of running research projects.

What We Are Looking For

  • Doctor of Civil Engineering, or an equivalent degree. For diplomas awarded outside the European Union, a certificate of equivalence (NARIC) must be submitted. The degree requirements need to be fulfilled at the start of your appointment.
  • You have already conducted research within the field of coastal structures, wave-structure interaction (including the case of shallow foreshores), infragravity waves, physical model experiments and CFD modeling of loading and overtopping of coastal structures, field measurements.
  • You have distinguished yourself as a promising researcher in your doctorate.
  • You are profoundly interested in coaching students in the Bachelor's, Master's and / or Advanced Master's programs.
  • You may present relevant scientific publications in (inter) national peer-reviewed academic journals that are widely disseminated. Contributions at and experience with the organization of scientific conferences would be an advantage.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Dutch language is an advantage.

What We Can Offer You

  • We offer you a three-year appointment, which may be renewed once for three years at the most, on condition that the previous term was given a positive evaluation. The term of renewal begins immediately after the first term has expired. Attention: If you have been previously appointed as a post-doctoral assistant at a university within the Flemish Community, you cannot apply for this position.
  • Your remuneration will be determined according to salary scale AAP5. 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 paid leave, bicycle commuting reimbursement, ecocheques, etc. A complete overview of all our fringe benefits (in Dutch).


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': your cv and an overview of your relevant scientific publications (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 'Certificate of equivalence': only for diplomas awarded outside the European Union a certificate of equivalence (NARIC) must be submitted. (This can be requested via

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.

More Information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Peter Troch (, +32 9 2645489).

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