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Job ID: 184828

KU Leuven

Date Posted May 2, 2022
University KU Leuven
Leuven, Belgium
Department Faculty of Engineering Technology - Department of Chemical Engineering
Application Deadline Jul. 12, 2022
Position Start Date Oct. 1, 2023
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Sustainable Engineering

KU Leuven has a full-time academic vacancy in the domain of Monitoring and remediation of products of concern in waste treatment systems' at Group T Leuven campus.

The new faculty member will become part of the ChEMaRTS research group, which consists of four professorships, active in the field of sustainable waste management and valorization. The group's research topics include waste strategies for improved sustainability at society level, performance models for industrial waste treatment processes and chemical/physical phenomena at particle level in waste recovery processes. In this way, ChEMaRTS develops a deep and vertically integrated understanding of waste and its recovery potential, and contributes to closing materials cycles in a circular economy. ChEMaRTS is located at Group T Leuven Campus, an international and entrepreneurial engineering campus with a focus on sustainability and healthcare engineering. With respect to research, the new faculty member will become a member of KU Leuven's Department of Chemical Engineering within the Process Engineering for sustainable systems (ProcESS) section, that focusses on developing and scaling up intensified and integrated processes, aiming at resource efficiency and recovery, with particular attention to continuous flow, alternative energy forms and monitoring tools'.

With respect to education the new faculty member will be a member of the Faculty of Engineering Technology. The faculty of Engineering Technology has an extensive national and international network, both in the academic and business world. The research group can build upon a solid research infrastructure, an extensive international network, connections with companies and non-profit organisations, a stable offer of highly talented PhD students and a supportive work environment.


  • Increasing the efficiency and sustainability of energy and material recovery from non-recyclable waste involves different disciplines including waste and residues characterization, reactor engineering and chemical material separation.
  • You develop a research program at an international level in the field of monitoring of products of concern in waste treatment processes. Characterization of complex waste types and development of methods for in-situ monitoring of chemical speciation and process variables under challenging conditions regarding dust load, pH, temperature, interfering compounds etc. are an essential part of your research. Products of concern include both substances of very high concern (e.g. nanoparticles, PFAS) and inorganic species involved in fouling and corrosion. A gradual understanding of the link between process conditions and species destruction and formation will allow you to ultimately provide concrete guidelines for specific pollutant prevention and abatement in thermal waste treatment systems.
  • You strengthen existing research lines and provide expertise complementary to that which already exists in the ChEMaRTS ( and ProcESS ( research groups.
  • You engage in targeted scientific research, resulting in PhD's and publications that meet international standards and lead to broad international recognition.
  • You support or initiate a network of companies through the valorisation of research results and by delivering industrial services, aimed at strengthening industrial innovation. This includes also consolidation and refinement of in-house traceability and quality of testing.
  • As part of your research programme, you develop international partnerships, within the academic world as well as with industrial partners.
  • You are able to acquire competitive funding, both project-based government funding as well as industrial funding.
  • You pay the required attention to the technology transfer and application of the results of your research in industry/government/society.

  • You provide high-quality education for both bachelor and master students, with a clear commitment to the quality of the programme 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 promotor of PhD students.
  • Your teaching duties will include generic chemistry courses in the first/second stage of the Bachelor of Engineering Technology program, as well as courses in the Chemical Engineering specialization of the Bachelor/Master of Engineering Technology program (e.g. Analytical Chemistry, Instrumental Analytical Chemistry). You have an outspoken interest in next-generation engineering education and are willing to evolve throughout your career towards substantial educational engagements.
  • You develop your teaching in accordance with KU Leuven's views on activating, blended 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 services to the scientific community, to society and to the university in function of the needs and your personal interests.
  • You maintain close contact with the local industry.
  • 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, networking events and fairs,...

  • You have a PhD in a relevant discipline of chemical science, chemical engineering or chemical technology. We aim for candidates that have a thorough, both fundamental and practical background in inorganic analytical techniques and electro-chemistry.
  • You have a strong research profile. The quality of your research is proven by publications in international journals and conferences and through international research experience.
  • You have relevant industrial experience, preferably in an international context. Having an extended network in relevant industrial sectors such as the chemical or waste process industry 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.
  • A good command of English is required. KU Leuven provides courses in academic English.
  • The official language used 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.
  • Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch, respectively English, to the required standard.

  • 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 work at KU Leuven Campus Group T, in a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 30 minutes from 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. At the end of this period and a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed (or tenured) as associate professor.
  • 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, …
  • To facilitate scientific onboarding and accelerate research in the first phase a starting grant of 100.000 euro is offered to new professors without substantial other funding, appointed for at least 50%.


For more information on the contents of the job, please contact:
  • Prof. Christian Clasen, departmental chair of the Department Chemical Engineering (; tel. +3216322354 or +3216322676) or
  • Prof. Wim Dewulf, campus chair of Group T Leuven campus (; tel. +3216301073°

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 organization (maximum 2 pages);
  • your contribution to society by outreach and public communication on science and technology, internal representation in boards and councils and service activities directly in relation to your developed expertise (maximum 1 page);
  • your vision on leadership (maximum 1 page).

KU Leuven is committed to creating a diverse environment and is therefore an equal opportunity employer. It explicitly encourages candidates from groups that are currently underrepresented at the university to submit their applications.
KU Leuven places great importance on research integrity and ethical conduct and will therefore ask you to sign an integrity statement upon appointment.

  • KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at

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Contact Information

  • Professor Wim Dewulf, Chair Group T Leuven Campus
    Group T Leuven Campus, Faculty of Engineering Technology
    KU Leuven
    Andreas Vesaliusstraat 13
    Leuven 3000
  • +3216301073


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