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Ghent University
Professor in Econophysics and Social Physics (11727) - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
Ghent University
After decades of uninterrupted growth, Ghent University is one of the leading institutions of higher education and research in the Low Countries with 36,000 students and more than 8,000 staff members.
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Published: 6 days ago
Application deadline: Nov 07
Location: Gent, Belgium
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Professor in Econophysics and Social Physics (11727) - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

    →   Apply until 07/11/2018 23:59 CET
    →   Discipline: Econophysics and Social Physics
    →   100% Assistant professor tenure track / Associate professor
    →   Reference number: 201808/EB21/ZAP/033

ABOUT 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.

ASSIGNMENT

This position is part of a unique strategic investment by Ghent University: 21 new professorships are embedded in interdisciplinary consortia, designed to generate a significant societal impact with their research. For more information, see: www.ugent.be/21zap

Academic education

You lecture various course units in the field of  econophysics, social physics, complexity, machine learning and econometrics. You teach in English. You are also expected to supervise master's theses and act as academic advisor for doctoral students

Academic Research

You conduct high-quality research in the fields of  econophysics, social physics, complexity, machine learning and econometrics, that results in publications in high ranked journals. You  attract research funds and contribute to the research reputation of the Departments of Economics and Physics and Astronomy. Potential synergies with researchers in the Department of Economics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy are recommended.  

Academic services

You take part in the internal and external service provision of the department of Economics


PROFILE

We are looking for a highly talented research scientist with a passion for teaching whose focus is on the development, analysis and application of complex systems and networks methodology to socio-economic problems. The successful candidate is expected to have strong affinity with economics, network theory and complexity science. In addition, she/he has the capability to develop a multi-disciplinary collaboration between the Faculties of Economics and Sciences at Ghent University.   The candidate will actively participate in the research and teaching within the Departments of General Economics and the Department of Physics. The candidate is expected to raise Ghent University’s profile of interdisciplinary research in network methodologies for economic studies. It is important that a characteristic own research line within complex systems is built for which external funding can be acquired.

Qualifications:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in economics, physics, computer science, engineering, mathematics or a related field
  • The demonstrated ability to model socio-economic systems with an emphasis on embedding complex systems and network methodologies
  • Experience in the use of agent-based models for socio-economic systems
  • Experience in complex systems and network analysis including the use of temporal network metrics ; experience in machine learning for big-data analysis is a welcome additional asset
  • The ability to work effectively on an interdisciplinary team and contribute to the integration of their work into the Department of Economics and the Department of Physics

Admission requirements

  • You hold a thesis-based doctorate or a diploma or certificate (economics, physics, computer science, engineering, mathematics or a related field) 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 two years of postdoctoral experience on 1st of February 2019. This term of two years is determined by the date written on the above-mentioned required diploma.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION

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

In the case of assistant professor TT

  • 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

  • We offer you a permanent appointment in the starting grade of associate 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 the 1st of February 2019.

OUR OFFER

Ghent University reserves a budget of 200.000€ in its Special Research Fund for each of the newly appointed professors under the strategic “21ZAP” scheme, equaling the value of 1 PhD student for 4 years. This research budget is allocated out of competition but is subject to approval of the applicant’s research proposal by Ghent University’s Research Council.

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 www.ugent.be/en/living and  www.ugent.be/en/staff.

GENDER AND DIVERSITY

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.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

After the final application date, all received applications will be sent to the 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.

Candidates are also asked to prepare a research proposal. The research proposal can be taken into account by the selection committee in order to assess the candidate’s potential contribution to the consortium; nevertheless, the evaluation of the proposal itself by the Research Council will not be initiated until after the professorship appointment in order to award the 200,000€ research budget.

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.

HOW TO APPLY

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.

MORE INFORMATION

The strategic goals of this vacancy.

For further information regarding this vacancy, please contact Prof. Dr. Koen Schoors and Prof. Dr. Jan Ryckebusch (koen.schoors@ugent.be and jan.ryckebusch@ugent.be, +32 9 264 89 74) at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Economics.

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