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 programmes 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.


  • At least 50% of your assignment will be spent on academic research in preparation of a doctoral dissertation in the field of optimal packaging of food products.
  • You will assist in the teaching activities at the department in the different campuses of the faculty of Bio-science Engineering in Kortrijk and Ghent, specifically mainly the following courses ‘Food Packaging Systems’, ‘Packaging Technology’, ‘Shelf life of packed foods’ en ‘Food Safety of Packaging Materials’. You will supervise bachelor projects and master theses in the field of food packaging.
  • You will assist in the internal and external services of the department.


  • You hold a degree of Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering, Master of Science in Engineering, Master of Science in Industrial Sciences, Master of Science in Bio-science Engineering Technology, Master of Science in Biochemical Engineering Technology or a similar Master of Science diploma.
  • 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.
  • Students enrolled in the last year of their Master of Science curriculum and graduating not later than July 2022 are welcome to apply.
  • You have a good knowledge in food sciences and you have engineering competences.
  • You are interested in academic scientific and/or project-based research and services,and you have the explicit ambition to obtain a PhD in the research domain Food Packaging
  • Any teaching experience or participation in extra training, conferences, etc. is recommended.
  • You have very good teaching, communication and organizational skills.
  • You are proficient in English.


  • We offer you a two-year appointment, which may be renewed twice for two years, on condition that the previous term was given a positive evaluation. Attention: If you have been previously appointed as a junior assistant or doctoral fellow at a university within the Flemish Community, this appointment will be deducted from the maximum term of appointment, which is six years at the most according to the Codex of Higher Education.
  • Your appointment will start on 1 September 2022 at the earliest.
  • Your remuneration will be determined according to salary scale AAP3.
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 36 days of paid leave, bicycle commuting reimbursement, ecocheques, etc.


Apply online through the e-recruitment system before the application deadline (see below). 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 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 ‘Certificate of equivalence’: only for diplomas awarded outside the European Union a certificate of equivalence (NARIC) must be submitted. For diplomas awarded in the UK before January 31st of 2020, a certificate of equivalence is not required.

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. Peter Ragaert (, +32 09/2649930).

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Application deadline: 2022-07-05

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