Job Vacancy: Doctoral Assistant (Research Professor, Non-tenured) – GUGC, Korea


Ghent University Global Campus
Ghent University Global Campus (GUGC) is an integrated campus of Ghent University, Belgium, and the first European university to be part of the Incheon Global Campus (IGC) in Incheon, South Korea. Ghent University Global Campus currently offers Bachelor of Science programs in Molecular Biotechnology, Environmental Technology, and Food Technology. Ghent University is one of the top 100 universities in the world (ARWU 66th), and in the Life Sciences subjects taught at GUGC, Ghent University ranks even higher.
Job Summary

Full-Time Research Professor (Non-tenured) – Ghent University Global Campus

Department: Centre for Food Chemistry and Technology

Degree: Doctoral degree in one of the following (or closely related area): Food Science

Contract:  2-year fixed contract term

Occupancy rate: 100%

Vacancy Type: Assistant Academic Personnel (AAP)

Last application date: November 30, 2021 but stays open until filled (Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as the

position will be filled upon finding the right candidate)

Starting date: February 1, 2022 (negotiable)

Scientific Supervisor : Prof dr. ing. Sam Van Haute (Sample Publications (

Job Position
The mission of the Centre for Food Chemistry and Technology at Ghent University Global Campus, South Korea, is to contribute to the research fields of Food Technology, Food Chemistry, and Food Microbiology.
Research topics include: i) microplastics in food, ii) allergens in food, iii) food proteins, iv) insect-based foods, v) non-destructive analysis of foods for detecting food fraud and food authenticity, vi) life cycle analysis of food production processes, vii) antimicrobial strategies for fruit and vegetables, viii) food digestion.
The members of the Centre for Food Chemistry and Technology contribute to theoretical and practical courses at GUGC. The Centre also prepares students (BA/MA/PhD) for their careers in food science, both in academia, R&D, and food production.
The Centre for Food Chemistry and Technology at Ghent University Global Campus, South Korea, has a vacancy for a Full-time Research Professor (Non-tenured) position, starting from February 1, 2020 (open to negotiation). It concerns a 2-year fixed contract position with a possible extension based on positive evaluation and considering the campus operational circumstances.
The candidate will work under the supervision of Prof. Sam Van Haute at the Centre for Food Chemistry and Technology of the Ghent University Global campus in Songdo, Incheon. The candidate must have experience in obtaining Korean Government Funding and a good publication record.
Job Qualification (Profile of the Candidate)

  1. You hold a PhD degree in Food Science.
  2. Required knowledge: You have already conducted research within the field of food science but a good knowledge of food technology would be a great asset.
  3. Has educational experience; participation in extra-curriculum training, conferences, is recommended.
  4. Has an independent research and strong self-learning ability; a creative and inquisitive attitude is a must.
  5. Has strong didactic, communicative and management skills and a large interest in providing and supporting academic education.
  6. Has an excellent academic track record, an excellent command of English (a minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL iBT test), and good academic writing and presentation skills.
  7. Must have experience in obtaining research funding and should be able to research related business development activities in Korea.

Job Description

  1. Assists the research centre in developing research project proposals and finding funding for the Research Centre.
  2. Assists the Research Centre with teaching of undergraduate and/or graduate courses (including practical exercises) for up to 30 % of your total working time in one or more of the following courses (Modern Aspects of Food, Chemical Analytical Methods, Food Chemistry, Food Technology, Technology of Non-Animal Products, Introduction to Biochemistry: Biomolecules ).
  3. Assists in the preparation of the above-mentioned courses, following instructions of the lecturer(s)-in-charge.
  4. Supervises one or more Bachelor’s and Master’s thesis projects.
  5. Assists with grading, examinations, and other educational duties of the research centre.
  6. Develops their own line of research in one of the above-mentioned disciplines in joint agreement with the professors of the Research Centre.
  7. Conducts research projects in the domain of food science, with research interest in food technology being an asset.
  8. Links up/ cooperates with colleagues at Ghent University home campus in Belgium.
  9. Helps in the assistance and supervision of PhD researchers in the Research Centre.
  10. Publish original articles and other publications on the research performed.

Selection Criteria

  1. Preference will be given to candidates with a proven track record of obtaining research funding in Korea
  2. Scientific background and knowledge
  3. Expertise in practical aspects of food science
  4. Educational experiences

Application Documents

  1. Motivation letter
  2. Full resume (CV), including at least 2 references
  3. Portfolio (including the candidate’s plan or strategy of applying and obtaining research funds from outside)
  4. A complete list of your publications, a research plan, including the integration of your research in that of the Centre for Food Chemistry and Technology
  5. A transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than Dutch, French, German, or English, please add a translation in English

The documents must be merged in to a single PDF file and sent to (subject line: Doctoral Assistant (Research Professor, non-tenured in Centre for Food Chemistry and Technology).

Application Process and Interview

  1. Interviews will take place in stages from the first available time.
  2. Application deadline is on November 30 2021 (stays open till filled), and applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as the position will be filled upon finding the right candidate.

We reserve the right to hold applications on file for potential future job openings.
Selection Process

  1. CV Screening -> Interview -> Internal committee -> Approval -> Acceptance Notice to the candidate selected. 

Compensation & Benefits for the candidate selected

1. Basic Term of the Contract
   - 2 year-contract term 

2. Salary
   - starts from Annual Base Salary of 46,624,160 KRW (Monthly Salary of 3,885,347 KRW, Gross)

3. Bonuses
    -Additional two bonuses in June (92% of monthly salary) and December (100% monthly salary)

4. Two round tickets to Hometown (For foreigners only)
    -The selected candidate with foreign nationality, shall have two round-tickets to Home town per year (up to 4,000,000 KRW)

5. Severance
    -Severance shall be paid when the contract ends and if the candidate works more than one year.

6. Private Health Insurances
    -Marsh private health insurance provided, including basic medical reimbursements

7. Extensive annual paid leave and holidays
    - The selected candidate shall have 35 days paid annual leave per year.
    - ADDITIONAL two-week holiday for “Winter Recess”. Commonly the weeks of Christmas holiday and New Years holiday. "end"