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Professor in flavour engineering & technology for the beverage industry

KU Leuven
You will work at the Ghent Campus in a historic city with a 40-minute rail connection to Brussels
Closing date
24 Oct 2023

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KU Leuven offers a full-time academic vacancy in the area of flavour engineering & technology for the beverage industry at its Ghent Campus. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with a strong interdisciplinary research record and capable of supporting our educational programmes in engineering technology (chemistry-biochemistry) in the field of biochemistry, biotechnology and biochemical process technology. The successful applicant will be appointed in the Department of Microbial and Molecular Systems, Division Food and Microbial Technology, of the Science, Engineering and Technology Group of KU Leuven, and will join the research group Enzyme, Fermentation and Brewing Technology (EFBT) at Ghent Campus. The research group is active in applied scientific research and development and technological services for the beverage, food and feed industry with a strong emphasis on the malting and brewing process (raw materials, beer flavour stability, high-tech hopping, development of specialty beers, industrial proteomics, technological innovations), and it has developed an extensive national and international network. An up-to-date lab and pilot infrastructure is available, including bioreactors for the production of bacteria and fungi, enzymes and other functional proteins as well as high-quality microbial metabolites from side streams. The research group also has a very well equipped analytical centre for microbiological and (bio)chemical monitoring of the processes and for chemical-analytical fingerprinting and sensory profiling of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, food products and packaging materials. You can find more information about the research group on its website:

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  • You develop a research programme at an international level in the field of flavour engineering & technology for the beverage industry. 
  • Your research will focus on different aspects of flavour development and stability in beverages, including the role of raw materials, microorganisms and processing, and innovative approaches for the creation of new flavours. The primary focus is on the brewing of beer (including non-alcoholic variants) and associated scientific-technological challenges but the research can also be extended to other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and to (non-beverage) foods.
  • You strengthen the existing research and bring in complementary expertise at EFBT and in the division and department.
  • We expect your research activities to result in PhDs and scientific publications that meet international standards and lead to broad international recognition. Additionally, you consolidate and expand the existing national and international network, with special emphasis on the development of demand-driven research, services and valorisation activities in collaboration with industrial partners.  To achieve these objectives, you are able to acquire competitive project-based government funding and bilateral industrial funding.
  • You strive for excellence and thus contribute to the further development of the research group and the faculty.


  • You provide high-quality education for both bachelor and master students in the field of biochemistry, biotechnology and bioprocess technology, with a clear commitment to the quality of the programme of the Faculty of Engineering Technology as a whole. 
  • You contribute to the faculty’s and the university’s pedagogical project through the supervision of student projects (for example bachelor’s and master’s theses) and by acting as a supervisor of PhD students.
  • You develop your teaching in accordance with KU Leuven’s views on activating and researched-based education and make use of the possibilities for educational professionalization offered by the faculty and the university.


  • You are prepared to provide scientific, societal and internal services.
  • You maintain close contact with the local industry. As mentioned above, contacts with companies with a view on the valorisation of research results are of great importance.
  • You play an active part in promoting the Faculty of Engineering Technology towards new students and the wider professional field by participating in open days and other PR activities, networking events and fairs. In addition, an enthusiastic commitment is expected in the various commissions and working groups of the Department of Microbial and Molecular Systems and the Faculty of Engineering Technology.


Founded in 1425, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium's highest-ranked university as well as one of the oldest and most renowned research universities in Europe.


As Europe’s most innovative university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of study programmes in English, all supported by innovative and interdisciplinary research


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A KU Leuven degree is highly valued around the world. We consistently perform well in international rankings (top 100 university worldwide)and were declared Europe’s most innovative university for the 2nd year in a row by Reuters; 


- Come study at our campus in Leuven, a modern, bustling and safe student town, where centuries-rich history meets cutting-edge science. Why not take a virtual tour before you arrive? 


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- The Flemish government’s generous co-financing system ensures that tuition fees remain relatively low, not only for EU students, but also for students from other parts of the world. Find more about our fees and funding opportunities


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- From Science, Engineering and Technology to the Humanities and Social Sciences, KU Leuven has 16 faculties and offers international degree programmes in virtually every academic discipline – take your pick!


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