Chemistry: quantum chemistry (BOFZAP)

KU Leuven
June 21 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

A full-time academic position is open in the Group of Science, Engineering & Technology, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry, Division of Quantum Chemistry and Physical Chemistry at KU Leuven, in the area of quantum chemistry. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent research record and with educational competence within the field of chemistry, especially theoretical and computational chemistry. The Department of Chemistry has an excellent research infrastructure, an extensive international network and international visibility. The Department of Chemistry, with in total 32 senior academic staff members, is structured into 5 divisions, covering Quantum Chemistry and Physical Chemistry, Molecular Design and Synthesis, Molecular Imaging and Photonics, Polymer Chemistry and Materials, and Biochemistry and Molecular and Structural Biology. The mission of the Division of Quantum Chemistry and Physical Chemistry is the study of chemistry using theoretical methods based on quantum physics. The division has a very international membership and has extensive experience in different aspects of quantum chemistry and its applications. Members of the division co... For more information see


You develop an internationally competitive research programme in the area of quantum chemistry.

Your research activities can be oriented towards fundamental or methodological aspects of quantum chemistry, but they may also focus on applications of ab initio computational chemistry for the predictions of properties and reactivity of (bio)molecules, nano-scaled objects, or materials.

Research experience that is complementary with that of the other members of the division, the department, the faculty and the Group of Science, Engineering & Technology is desirable.

You build a research group of international level and collaborate with other research groups of the Department of Chemistry, the Faculty of Science and internationally.

You supervise PhD students, acquire resources for research and publish at the highest scientific level.


You deliver high-quality chemistry teaching in educational programmes of the Group of Science, Engineering and Technology as well as the other groups of the university, with a clear commitment for the quality of the programme as a whole. A particular responsibility is to contribute to teaching theoretical and computational chemistry, through the Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling.

You also contribute to the pedagogic project of the faculty and the university through the supervision of bachelor and master theses and as a promoter of PhD students.

You develop your teaching in accordance with KU Leuven's vision on activating and research-based education and make use of the possibilities for the educational professionalization offered by the faculty and the university.


Besides the responsibilities for research and for teaching, you are expected to be willing to provide services to the community, at the level of the department, the faculty, and beyond, depending on requirements and your personal interests.

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