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Professor in Metal Constructions

KU Leuven
Closing date
17 Aug 2024

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Employment - Hours
Full time

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Job description
The current vacancy offers a position at Campus De Nayer in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, focusing on the optimisation of metal structures and material use, structural elements and systems leading to sustainable and reliable structures. You develop a research programme at an international level on the design and analysis of carbon, stainless steel, and metal constructions (other than the previously mentioned steel grades). You closely collaborate with the colleagues within the research group, strengthen existing research lines and provide additional expertise.
  • You have access to testing equipment for large construction components and are expected to further strengthen and extend these laboratory facilities. Computational resources for numerical modelling work can also be made available upon request and with conditions.
  • You engage in targeted scientific research, resulting in PhD’s and publications that meet international standards and lead to broad international recognition.
  • As part of your research programme, you develop international partnerships, within the academic world as well as in close cooperation with industry to achieve industrial innovation and scientific output that adheres to the highest international standards.
  • You support or initiate a network of companies through the valorisation of research results and by delivering industrial services to achieve technology transfer and application of the results of your research in industry/government/society.
  • You are able to acquire competitive funding, both project-based government funding as well as industrial funding. Experience in applying for research funding will be appreciated.
  • You strive for excellence and thus contribute to the further development of the research group and the faculty.

Teaching duties connected to this vacancy will be in the Faculty of Engineering Technology primarily at campus De Nayer. Within the multi-campus model of the Faculty of Engineering Technology, you may be asked to take up a limited teaching duty at the campuses in Bruges or Ghent.
  • You provide high-quality education within the programs of the Faculty of Engineering Technology for both bachelor and master students. These academic programs are aimed at educating engineers with a strong focus on industry-ready technological development. Your teaching activities take place mainly within the area of structural mechanics, metal constructions and research-related courses, with a clear commitment to the quality of the programme as a whole. All professors are expected to teach a few basic undergraduate courses or more advanced graduate courses.
  • You contribute to the faculty’s and the university’s pedagogical project through the su... For more information see

Job requirements
  • You have a master's degree in Civil Engineering or an equivalent degree, and a PhD whereby the subject of your doctoral thesis relates to the research field, namely metal constructions. Industrial experience or an extended network in the relevant industrial sector is an important advantage.
  • You have a strong (applied) research track record in the discipline, evidenced by your publications or by your research experience in industry. You have the ambition to contribute to the valorisation of research in industry and in society. International experience is an important advantage.
  • You have verifiable qualities related to academic education. Teaching experience is an advantage.
  • You possess organisational skills and have a cooperative attitude. You also possess leadership competencies in a university or industry context.
  • For this position, it is expected that you are able to teach courses in Dutch or in English from the start (native or C1 level CEFR). The official language at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in meetings and to acquire the level of Dutch that is required for tenure. Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch resp. English to the required standard.

Terms of employment
  • We offer 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. Our university is highly focused on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research and strives for international excellence. In this regard, the university actively works together with research partners in Belgium and abroad and provides its students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research.
  • You will mainly work at the KU Leuven Campus De Nayer, an academic campus located near Mechelen and about 45 km from Leuven and centred on technology and industry focused research and education. 
  • Depending on your record and qualifications, you will be appointed to or tenured in one of the grades of the 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. At the end of this period and a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed (or tenured) as associate professor.
  • To facilitate scientific integration and research in the first phase, a research position equivalent to a PhD fellowship for 4 years is made available. If you have no other substantial funding available, you can also apply for a start-up grant of EUR 100.000, on the condition that you are appointed for at least 50%.
  • KU Leuven is well set to welcome foreign professors and their family and provides practical support with regard to immigration & administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, partner career coaching, …

Application procedure
For more information on the contents of the job, please contact:* Prof. dr. ir. Jaak Monbaliu, chair of the Department of Civil Engineering (, +32 16 32 16 61) or* Prof. dr. ir. Raf Dewil, chair of Campus De Nayer (, +32 15 30 66 51)
You can submit your application until XXXX, only through our online application system. If you have problems submitting your application online, please send an email to
Add to your application following documents in English (more information is available on the KU Leuven job site):- your biosketch in which you indicate your added value as an academic for research, education and service to society of your past career and of your future activities (maximum 2 pages);- a file on your five most important publications or realizations;- an extensive cv including a full publication list and if applicable a portfolio of your architectural projects;- your research plan with focus on the development of your research line and research team in relation with the colleague-researchers of the entity of employment (maximum 4 pages);- your vision on academic education and its organizati... For more information see


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