(ref. BAP-2021-468)Last modification : Monday, June 14, 2021

Employment percentage: Full-time
Location: Kortrijk Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Kulak Kortrijk Campus
Apply up to and including: Wednesday, 16 August, 2021
Tags: Educational Sciences

The subfaculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of campus Kulak and the Centre for Innovation and the Development of Teacher and School (CIDTS) seek a highly motivated, talented, and creative PhD candidate interested in research on mentoring in teacher education and medical education. See: and


Mentoring is the ‘in thing’ in many fields. Most professional schools (teacher education, clinical psychology, medical education) include extended placements in the field setting with formal mentorship opportunities. Much of the interest in mentoring has been tied to its promise to not only support mentee learning, but also make significant transitions in the work and knowledge of mentors and encourage organisational change. The practice of mentoring, however, learns that mentoring is complex and does not always deliver on the expectations. Mentoring relations are, for example, entrenched with power structures by virtue of their composition: an experienced mentor and less experienced mentee. Strong research and theory-development in this field are, however, lacking. 

This PhD project addresses this knowledge gap. The goal is (1) to develop a theoretical and methodological approach to study mentoring as a relational accomplishment in specific socio-structural contexts; and (2) to operationalise and validate the framework through a comparative qualitative case-study of mentoring practice in teacher education and medical education.

We expect the capacity to creatively combine and integrate theory and methodology from neighboring fields (e.g., positioning theory and discourse theory) for the specific purposes of educational research. The PhD project aims for fundamental, theory-building research, ultimately aiming to support the renewal of practice. The methodological approach is qualitative. 

Candidates need to show a high degree of intellectual curiosity. Working autonomously, in close dialogue with the supervisor, you will design the theoretical and methodological approach of the project, collect and analyse data. The candidate will be expected to present findings on academic conferences and in scientific publications as well as in more professional-focused outlets. The post offers sufficient support and professional development opportunities (research seminars, workshops, etc.) to further develop and strengthen your academic and professional competencies. 

The empirical work for this project will be conducted in the Flemish educational context. Proficiency in Dutch is thus mandatory. 

  • You feel passionate about educational research.
  • You have a Master’s degree in Educational Sciences or a related field (e.g., Psychology or Sociology). 
  • You have strong academic capabilities and excellent study results (at least distinction on average). 
  • You have demonstrable experience with qualitative research and are willing to substantiate this experience further. 
  • You have a compelling pen and voice in Dutch and English. Fluency in Dutch is a prerequisite for the empirical part of the project. 
  • You take active responsibility for and ownership of the PhD project. 
  • You are intellectually curious and eager to explore new ideas/ concepts/ frameworks/ approaches/ ….
  • You look forward to spending a limited amount of your time on educational support for the Faculty’s study programmes on educational sciences. 

Our initial offer consists of a one-year contract as a full-time PhD researcher, extended up to 4 years pending positive evaluation.

Your workspace will be mostly KU Leuven Campus Kulak in Kortrijk. You will join a stimulating, international, young and collegial research team and will have access to all necessary support to develop into an excellent researcher and critical professional. 

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a number of additional advantages, such as the possibility of flexible working, hospitalization insurance, eco-vouchers, reimbursement for commuting by public transport, inexpensive meals, a KU Leuven bicycle, etc.

The candidate starts his/her new position on 1st October 2021.


Send in your application with the following documents before 7th July 2021:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • The grades obtained during university course work.
  • An application letter (max. 2 pages) which explains why we should consider hiring you for the position (your interest in doing a PhD and this project in particular, a description of your capabilities to make it work).
  • A research plan (max. 1.000 words) in which you suggest a concrete research plan for this project and explain how you would design and approach your study. 
  • Contacts of two reference persons, including a short description of your relationship with them. 
  • An extended description of the project can be obtained from prof. Dr. Eline Vanassche, tel: +32 (0) 56246174, mail: Contact her with any questions you might have about the post. 

Job interviews will be held on July 12th in Kortrijk (to be confirmed). Candidates who are selected for the interview will be notified of this decision as soon as possible after the closing date of the post. The invitation for the interview will include a request to prepare a brief presentation of your research plan. 

You can apply for this job no later than July 07, 2021 via the online application tool

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