Researcher (il)legal substance use among members of the Flemish Deaf Community

Ghent University
March 19, 2023
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→ Apply before 19/03/2023 (DD/MM/YYYY) 23:59 (Brussels Time) → Department: RE23 - Criminologie, Strafrecht en Sociaal Recht → Occupancy rate:100% → Number of positions: 1 → Type of employment: Contract of limited duration → Term of assignment: 1 jaar 7 maanden → Wage scale: WM1 to WM4 (master degree) → Required diploma: Master


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This doctoral research project aims at studying the nature and extent of (il)legal substance use among members of the Flemish Deaf Community, i.e. a community characterized by a cultural-linguistic uniqueness that represents approximately 6000 deaf sign language persons in Flanders. The research is based on a critical framework that states that sign language deaf individuals may be at increased risk of substance use and abuse. In addition, sign language deaf people have unique risk factors related to culture, language, disability and membership of other minorities.

Your tasks are the following: - an exhaustive review of national and international scientific literature on minority communities, deaf culture and community, substance use by persons with disabilities, substance use by deaf sign language people, risk factors for developing a substance use disorder, the perceptions and awareness about substance use , stigma, access to resources, personal drug use and the nature of drug use. - The preparation of in-depth interviews in consultation with researchers, therapists and (deaf sign language) stakeholders, including members of the Flemish Deaf Community; preparation of ethical guidelines, recruitment of informants and planning of interviews; building topic lists, piloting and fine-tuning the instrument. - Conducting in-depth interviews (with video registration) with members of the Flemish Deaf Community in Flemish Sign Language. - Preparation of at least two publications in peer-reviewed journals, planning and organization of social valorisation and communication; - Preparation of a research proposal to apply for a scholarship to make a doctoral thesis at the Faculty of Law and Criminology.

The research should contribute to theoretical insights into the personal and social context of substance use in the Flemish Deaf community, and can provide the necessary basis for writing recommendations regarding the treatment of deaf individuals who struggle with substance dependence or substance abuse.


- You have a master's degree in Criminology, or Law, or Sociology, or Anthropology (or Comparative Culture Studies, or Pedagogy, or Psychology, or (Applied) Linguistics). - Experience with and knowledge of Flemish Sign Language (or other sign language), and/or familiarity with the Flemish Deaf community are particularly recommended. - Also recommended: experience with research into substance use, experience with qualitative research.


- We offer you a contract of definite duration for a period of 1 year and 7 months. - Your contract will start on 1/05/2023 at the earliest. A later start date is negotiable. - Your remuneration will be determined by salary scale WM1 to WM4. Click here for more information about our salary scales. - All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 36 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, bicycle allowance and eco vouchers. Click here for a complete overview of all the staff benefits (in Dutch).


Apply online through the e-recruitment system before the application deadline (see above). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not submitted 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 “other documents”: a reference letter, an overview of your study results, …

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. Tom Decorte ([email protected] , +32 (0)9/264 69 62 or +32 498 24 67 68). Important: do NOT send your application by email, but apply online.

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