Vacancies | Four Ph.D. studentships, fully funded, within the Prevention of Fraud in Sports research project at Ghent University. Apply before August 20, 2020

For the PrOFS (Prevention Of Fraud in Sports) research project, we are looking for multiple PhD researchers. The SBO PrOFS project (funded by FWO – Research Foundation Flanders) starts in October 2020 and will run until September 2024. Led by professor Annick Willem, a consortium of researchers of Ghent University and the University of Leuven will study fraud in sports in all its aspects. Afterwards, specific tools will be developed to prevent fraud in sports in close contact with a large number of leading organizations in the field of sports and beyond. A fair share of the work packages will be executed by PhD researchers. Given the complex, multidisciplinary, and diverse nature of fraud in sports, we are looking for a wide range of distinct research profiles (e.g., legal, criminological, psychological, economic, management).

Would you like to contribute to a societally very relevant research project and a fraud proof future for sports? Please consider applying for one or more of these full time and fully funded research positions.

1. The domain of governance and management

The PhD researchers will work on organizational aspects related to fraud prevention in sports organizations. More precisely, this PhD researcher will mainly conduct research on how sport organizations can prevent fraud in their organizational environment by means of e.g., good governance and ethical leadership, as well as on the development of a new agency to monitor fraud in sports. The successful candidate will be able to enrol in a fulltime and fully funded PhD position for a maximum of four years (upon yearly positive evaluations) within the Team Sport Management of the Department of Movement and Sports Sciences (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences) of Ghent University. Successful completion of the PhD project will lead to the obtainment of a doctoral degree (PhD) in Health Sciences.

For this specific position, we are looking for someone with the following characteristics and assets:

      • A completed Master’s degree (MA or MSc) in a relevant field of study (e.g., physical education and movement sciences, psychology, sociology, economics, (public) management, political sciences). Good study results throughout the entire educational trajectory are an asset.
      • A strong interest in scientific research in general and organizational sport- and fraud research in particular.
      • Clear scientific and communicative skills (e.g., critical thinking, scientific writing, presentation skills, project management, methodological skills).
      • A profound knowledge of the Dutch language is a strong asset as regular contacts with organizations in the fields of sports and justice in Flanders will be required.
      • A profound knowledge of the English language is a prerequisite, as the successful candidate will have to present during international conferences and publish in international scientific journals.
      • Strong social skills that enable to work in team (both in the Team Sport Management as well in the PrOFS multidisciplinary project consortium), combined with the necessary skills to work independently (yet with guidance and mentoring) on subprojects.
      • Someone who integrates a flexible and creative mindset with strong administrative and organizational skills.
      • Someone with a responsible personality, who values ethics, both in social contacts as well in relation to scientific research.

What do we offer?

      • A fulltime, fully funded PhD position of maximum four years (upon successful yearly evaluations).
      • An interesting and diverse job.
      • A correct and beneficial salary (conform the official university scales). Click here for more information about our salary scales.
      • The possibility to contribute to a societally very relevant and large-scaled research project on fraud in sports. Given the many personal contacts with people in both the academic world and the field of sport, a large personal network can be formed or extended.
      • Numerous opportunities for personal growth, illustrated by e.g., conference participation, “doctoral schools” courses on transferable skills, personal contacts with organizations in the field of sports and beyond, participation in the department’s educational initiatives, and publication opportunities.
      • A social, tolerant, and constructive working environment that offers many and diverse opportunities for personal development.

More information: Prof. Annick Willem, annick.willem@ugent.be

Interested? Please apply before August 20, 2020, by means of sending an email to annick.willem@ugent.be, including your resume, a motivation letter, a copy of your degree and study results.

Earliest starting date possible: October 1, 2020


2. The domain of psychology and morality

The PhD researchers will work on the role of the athlete when it comes to fraud prevention in sports organizations. More precisely, this PhD researcher will mainly conduct research on how moral identity, moral engagement, and dilemma training can help to prevent fraud in sports. The successful candidate will be able to enrol in a fulltime and fully funded PhD position for a maximum of four years (upon yearly positive evaluations) within the Team Sport Management of the Department of Movement and Sports Sciences and the Team Social Psychology of the Department of Developmental, Personality, and Social Psychology of Ghent University.

For this specific position, we are looking for someone with the following characteristics and assets:

      • A completed Master’s degree (MA or MSc) in a relevant field of study (e.g., psychology, educational sciences, moral sciences). Good study results throughout the entire educational trajectory are an asset.
      • A strong interest in scientific research in general and sport- and fraud research in particular.
      • Clear scientific and communicative skills (e.g., critical thinking, scientific writing, presentation skills, project management, methodological skills).
      • A profound knowledge of the Dutch language is a strong asset as regular contacts with organizations in the fields of sports and justice in Flanders will be required.
      • A profound knowledge of the English language is a prerequisite, as the successful candidate will have to present during international conferences and publish in international scientific journals.
      • Strong social skills that enable to work in team (both in the Team Sport Management and in the Team Social Psychology as well in the PrOFS multidisciplinary project consortium), combined with the necessary skills to work independently (yet with guidance and mentoring) on subprojects.
      • Someone who integrates a flexible and creative mindset with strong administrative and organizational skills.
      • Someone with a responsible personality, who values ethics, both in social contacts as well in relation to scientific research.

What do we offer?

      • A fulltime, fully funded PhD position of maximum four years (upon successful yearly evaluations).
      • An interesting and diverse job.
      • A correct and beneficial salary (conform the official university scales). Click here for more information about our salary scales.
      • The possibility to contribute to a societally very relevant and large-scaled research project on fraud in sports. Given the many personal contacts with people in both the academic world and the field of sport, a large personal network can be formed or extended.
      • Numerous opportunities for personal growth, illustrated by e.g., conference participation, “doctoral schools” courses on transferable skills, personal contacts with organizations in the field of sports and beyond, participation in the department’s educational initiatives, and publication opportunities.
      • A social, tolerant, and constructive working environment that offers many and diverse opportunities for personal development.

More information: Prof. Alain Van Hiel (alain.vanhiel@ugent.be) or dr. Bram Constandt (bram.constandt@ugent.be)

Interested? Please apply before August 25, 2020, by means of sending an email to bram.constandt@ugent.be, including your resume, a motivation letter, a copy of your degree and study results.

Earliest starting date possible: October 1, 2020


3. The domain of criminology

The PhD researcher will work on causes and consequences of fraud in sports by studying existing cases of fraud (e.g. match-fixing, human trafficking, bribery, and financial and social fraud, including money laundering) and by collecting new data with a varied group of respondents (e.g. athletes, delegates of sport federations, fans, sponsors) and (inter)national experts (e.g. UEFA and FIFA delegates, academic experts, policy delegates). More precisely, the objective is to create a picture of actual vulnerabilities and consequences of fraud in sports, and the effectiveness of preventive initiatives.

The successful candidate will be able to enrol in a fulltime and fully funded PhD position for a maximum of four years (upon yearly positive evaluations) within the IRCP (Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy) of the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law (Faculty of Law and Criminology) of Ghent University. Successful completion of the PhD project will lead to the obtainment of a doctoral degree (PhD) in Criminological Sciences.

For this specific position, we are looking for someone with the following characteristics and assets:

      • A completed Master’s degree (MA or MSc) in a relevant field of study (e.g., criminology, psychology, sociology, economics, (public) management, political sciences, safety sciences, sport sciences, law, statistics). Good study results throughout the entire educational trajectory are an asset.
      • A strong interest in scientific research in general and organizational sport- and fraud research in particular.
      • Clear scientific and communicative skills (e.g., critical thinking, scientific writing, presentation skills, project management, methodological skills).
      • A profound knowledge of the Dutch language is a strong asset as regular contacts with organizations in the fields of sports and justice in Flanders will be required.
      • A profound knowledge of the English language is a prerequisite, as the successful candidate will have to present during international conferences and publish in international scientific journals.
      • Strong social skills that enable to work in team (both in the IRCP as well in the PrOFS multidisciplinary project consortium), combined with the necessary skills to work independently (yet with guidance and mentoring) on subprojects.
      • Someone who integrates a flexible and creative mindset with strong administrative and organizational skills.
      • Someone with a responsible personality, who values ethics, both in social contacts as well in relation to scientific research.

What do we offer?

      • A fulltime, fully funded PhD position of maximum four years (upon successful yearly evaluations).
      • An interesting and diverse job.
      • A correct and beneficial salary (conform the official university scales). Click here for more information about our salary scales.
      • The possibility to contribute to a societally very relevant and large-scaled research project on fraud in sports. Given the many personal contacts with people in both the academic world and the field of sport, a large personal network can be formed or extended.
      • Numerous opportunities for personal growth, illustrated by e.g., conference participation, “doctoral schools” courses on transferable skills, personal contacts with organizations in the field of sports and beyond, participation in the department’s educational initiatives, and publication opportunities.
      • A social, tolerant, and constructive working environment that offers many and diverse opportunities for personal development.

More information: Prof. Wim Hardyns, wim.hardyns@ugent.be

Interested? Please apply before August 20, 2020, by means of sending an email to wim.hardyns@ugent.be, including your resume, a motivation letter, a copy of your degree and study results.

Earliest starting date possible: October 1, 2020


4. The domain of Law

The PhD researcher will work in an interdisciplinary research project on sports fraud, focusing on legal research in relation to match fixing and vulnerability of the regulations around transfers in football. A successful candidate will get a full time appointment for maximum four years (subject to annual evaluation) as a PhD researcher within the IRCP (Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy at the Department of Criminology, Criminal law and Social Law.

For this specific position, we are looking for someone with the following characteristics and assets:

      • A completed Master’s degree in law. Good study results an asset.
      • A strong interest in scientific research in the field of criminal law and sports law.
      • Clear scientific and communicative skills (e.g., critical thinking, scientific writing, presentation skills, project management, methodological skills).
      • A good knowledge of the Dutch and French language is a prerequisite.
      • A profound knowledge of the English language is a prerequisite, as the successful candidate will have to present during international conferences and publish in international scientific journals.
      • Strong social skills that enable to work in team (both in the IRCP as well in the PrOFS multidisciplinary project consortium), combined with the necessary skills to work independently (yet with guidance and mentoring) on subprojects.
      • Someone who integrates a flexible and creative mindset with strong administrative and organizational skills.
      • Someone with a responsible personality, who values ethics, both in social contacts as well in relation to scientific research.

What do we offer?:

      • A fulltime, fully funded PhD position of maximum four years (upon successful yearly evaluations).
      • An interesting and diverse job.
      • A correct and beneficial salary (conform the official university scales). Click here for more information about our salary scales.
      • The possibility to contribute to a societally very relevant and large-scaled research project on fraud in sports. Given the many personal contacts with people in both the academic world and the field of sport, a large personal network can be formed or extended.
      • Numerous opportunities for personal growth, illustrated by e.g., conference participation, “doctoral schools” courses on transferable skills, personal contacts with organizations in the field of sports and beyond, participation in the department’s educational initiatives, and publication opportunities.
      • A social, tolerant, and constructive working environment that offers many and diverse opportunities for personal development.

More information: Prof Tom Vander Beken, tom.vanderbeken@ugent.be

Interested? Please apply before August 20, 2020, by means of sending an email to tom.vanderbeken@ugent.be, including your resume, a motivation letter, a copy of your degree and study results.

Earliest starting date possible: October 1, 2020

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