KU Leuven has a full-time academic vacancy in Sustainable Chemical Process Technology in the area of high throughput polymer and structured material processing at the Diepenbeek campus. We are looking for internationally orientated candidates with an excellent research record and with educational competencies within the field of Chemical Process Technology and Polymer and Material Science involving e.g., complex pharmaceutical formulations, organic compounds, polymer mixtures, coatings and paints, strongly focussed on new technologies and automated platforms for characterisation, modelling and measurement of process and material parameters of complex formulations to predict the processability and the final characteristics of the end products. The successful candidate will be appointed in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Faculty of Engineering Technology of KU Leuven.
The proposed position is embedded within the Lab4U and the Polymer Processing research groups, both active on Diepenbeek Campus (near Hasselt). Both groups belong to the Technology Cluster Sustainable Chemical Process Technology which is part of the Department of Chemical Engineering of KU Leuven.
Both research groups, Lab4U and Polymer Processing Group can build upon a solid research infrastructure, an extensive international network, strong connections with companies and non-profit organisations, a stable offer of highly talented PhD students and a supportive and collaborative work environment.
The proposed research answers the industrial demands for predictive tools to deal with frequently changing product formulations due to customer requested added functionalities, tailor-made products and new technologies such as 3D-printing and robot rotational molding. Adaptations to formulations can also be provoked by more stringent environmental conditions or health requirements (REACH,…).
The development of intensified high throughput devices for complex formulations should allow fast identification of the effect of changing composition and process parameters and prediction of their effects on the final material characteristics. Therefore, the candidate possesses a broad knowledge in the field of amongst others reactor and flow technology, material and polymer science, physical chemistry and rheology.
You develop a research programme at an international level regarding the development and validation of high throughput reactor platforms and modelling tools for optimization and prediction of product formulations. Possible research lines include the development and integration of continuous rheological, process and material characterization techniques or the development of predictive tools and inline analysis methods, e.g. by integration and development of sensors, in reactor platforms. Other research lines in the field of polymer or structured material processing and focusing on monitoring, prediction and control of final material characteristics will also be considered.
You strengthen existing research lines and provide additional expertise in establishing a close cooperation with the current research staff at the Campus, with the Department of Chemical Engineering and with other researchers within the KU Leuven and at the different campuses.
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 tech transfer and the application of your research results and by delivering industrial services, aimed at strengthening industrial innovation.
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 strive for excellence and thus contribute to the further development of the research group and the faculty.
You pay the required attention to the implementation and promotion of the societal benefits that your research results may generate.
You provide high-quality education for both bachelor and master students in the fields of chemical engineering, physical chemistry and material science, with a clear commitment to the quality of the programme as a whole. Your teaching activities take place at one or several locations, but primarily at Diepenbeek Campus and are situated in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology and Master of Engineering Technology.
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.
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.
Your teaching duties are determined in agreement and are based on your specific profile. The scope is limited in the first years of your appointment. All professors are expected to teach a few basic undergraduate courses. In your further career, the faculty will also pay a great deal of attention to the balance between research and teaching time.
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 preferably in Chemical or Material engineering or any field that prepares equally well for the research and educational program and where the subject of your doctoral thesis or relevant experience relates to the requested research field. This is demonstrated by successful industrial research projects or academic research in close collaboration with industry as reflected by your academic or industrial experience. Industrial experience is a strong plus for this position.
You have a strong research track record in the discipline, evidenced by your publications or by your research experience in industry. You have the ambition to contribute to tech transfer and the application 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.
Proficiency in English (level C1) is required. The official administrative language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of your employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in meetings.
Before teaching courses in Dutch, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch to the required standard.
We offer a 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 in an inclusive, collaborative and diverse environment.
You will work at Diepenbeek Campus (Hasselt), a green, dynamic and lively city located in the East of Belgium, about one hour from Eindhoven, Aachen and Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and about three 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. If you are a junior researcher you will, in principle, be appointed as assistant tenure track professor for a period of 5 years. If your evaluation after this period is positive, you will be permanently appointed (or tenured) as an 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. Dr. Ir. Paula Moldenaers, departmental chair of the Department Chemical Engineering (firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +32 16 32 23 59) or
• Prof. Dr. Ir. Johan Baeten, campus chair of Diepenbeek (email@example.com, tel. +32 11 18 03 11)
You can submit your application until August 19, 2019, only through our online application system. If you have problems submitting your application online, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 important 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).