Ghent University

PhD or PostDoc in Human Rights (New Duty-Bearers) (BB-409F5)

Trouvé dans: Neuvoo Bulk BE


We are seeking a researcher for a fully-funded PhD or postdoctoral fellowship as part of the iBOF project “Future-proofing human rights. Developing thicker forms of accountability” (see below).

The selected candidate will examine the empirical relevance of new human rights duty-bearer concepts in a specific geographical and thematic context, which they can propose themselves.

The project’s research design requires the researcher to engage in fieldwork (including participant observation, interviews, document collection, focus groups etc) in the Global South for approximately 2-3 months per year.

The selected candidate will be supervised by prof. dr. Tine Destrooper and will primarily be based at the Human Rights Centre at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of Ghent University, but will (remotely) collaborate with colleagues at other Flemish Universities.

We are looking for a mature PhD candidate or established postdoctoral researcher. PhD candidates who apply should ideally have a research degree and/or experience of doing fieldwork or research on the topic of human rights accountability. Postdoctoral researchers should hold a PhD in human rights or other relevant fields and have a proven track record of working on related topics. Only one candidate will be selected for this position.

If the selected candidate is at the pre-doctoral level, they will be offered a full-time, fully-funded PhD fellowship (4 years). If the selected candidate is at the postdoctoral level, they will be offered a full-time or part-time employment contract of limited duration (2 years, based on FTE – employment percentage is open to negotiation). All candidates for this position will be evaluated jointly (see details below).

We encourage candidates who self-identify as belonging to a minority group to apply and have a recruitment process aimed at ensuring inclusion and diversity.

Offer Requirements



In order to be eligible, applicants must

• hold a (research) master’s degree in social and political sciences, law, anthropology or a related discipline;

• have obtained their degree at the time of application or demonstrate convincingly that they will have that degree in hand by August 1, 2021;

• be fluent in English as their primary working language and as their primary publication language, and be fluent in the official language of the case study they propose;

• be willing to spend longer periods of time abroad for fieldwork and to participate in international conferences.

Furthermore, applicants who meet the following conditions will be ranked higher during the assessment procedure

• good knowledge of human rights protection and accountability, new duty-bearers or related fields relevant to the project;

• experience with fieldwork, ideally in the Global South, or specifically in the case study proposed;

• experience with qualitative research methods (such as participant-observation, interpretive research design)

• knowledge of and experience with legal research and/or quantitative research is an added value;

• pre-existing networks relevant to the research and fieldwork. In addition to these project specific elements, we expect candidates to

• have the ability to work independently and in a multi-disciplinary and international team;

• have excellent academic writing/presentation skills;

• contribute towards the general well-functioning of the team and project;

• have some social media experience, or interest therein;

• work in a meticulous way and be able to manage deadlines.


If the candidate already holds a PhD, this position can be filled at postdoc level. See our website for additional requirements and specific conditions.

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