KU Leuven
Leuven, Louvain (BE)
assistant professor, associate professor, professor, or full professor
June 29 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Department of Chemistry can build upon a solid 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 Biochemistry, Molecular and Structural Biology is the study of biomolecular interactions in vitro and in living systems. The division has a highly international profile and has expertise in molecular biology, functional fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy, structure determination by crystallography, and molecular modeling. Members of the division collaborate intensively with other groups within the department, the Faculty of Science, and the Group of Science, Engineering & Technology and beyond.
The Group of Science, Engineering & Technology has an extensive national and international network and actively participates in European networks. It also has a stable offer of highly talented PhD students and postdocs and a supportive work environment.

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You develop a research programme at an international level in the area of chemical biology.

You carry out research concerning the development and application of chemical approaches in order to study biochemical processes with molecular precision.

You perform in vitro and in vivo experiments using synthetic molecules or modified biomolecules to probe, manipulate or develop biologically-relevant systems.

You study and modulate biochemically or biologically relevant cellular functions from a (bio)chemical perspective.

Your research is complementary to that of the research groups within the Department of Chemistry.

You build a research group of international level and collaborate with research groups of the Departments of Chemistry and Biology, the Group of Science, Engineering & Technology and/or the Group of Biomedical Sciences, and internationally.

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


You deliver high-quality teaching in the domain of biochemistry in educational programmes in the Group of Science and Engineering as well as in the other groups of the university with a clear commitment for the quality of the programme as a whole.

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.


You have a PhD in Science or a related field.

You have a strong research profile. The quality of your research is proven by publications in prominent international journals. International research experience is an important advantage.

If you have recently been admitted to the degree of doctor, it is important that you provide support for your research and growth potential by giving the names of possible academic references.

You have demonstrable qualities related to academic education. Teaching experience is an advantage.

You possess organizational skills and have a cooperative attitude. You also possess leadership capacities within a university context. A good command of English is required. KU Leuven provides courses in academic English.

The administrative and educational language at KU Leuven is Dutch. If, at your appointment, you do not speak Dutch at all or do not speak it well, KU Leuven will provide a training offer that must equip you to be able to teach in Dutch within three years. If your teaching assignment is completely in a language other than Dutch, then it is expected that you have mastered the Dutch language to a level that will allow you to participate in the administrative meetings.


We are offering full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. It is highly inter- and multidisciplinary focused and strives for international excellence. In this regard, it actively works together with research partners in Belgium and abroad. It provides its students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research.

You will work in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes of Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.

Depending on your record and qualifications, you will be appointed to or tenured in one of the grades of the senior academic staff: assistant professor, associate professor, professor, or full professor. In principle, junior researchers are appointed as assistant professor on the tenure track for a period of 5 years; after this period and a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed (or tenured) as an associate professor.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Eric Nies, tel.: +32 16 32 74 81, mail:
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You can apply for this job no later than August 31, 2017 via the online application tool