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Professor in Electrical Energy Management in Distribution Grids
KU Leuven

Date Posted Nov. 21, 2023
Title Professor in Electrical Energy Management in Distribution Grids
University KU Leuven
Ghent, Belgium
Department Faculty of Engineering Technology - Department of Electrical Engineering
Application Deadline Feb. 13, 2024
Position Start Date Sep. 1, 2024
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Sustainable Engineering
    Energy Technology
    Electrical and/or Electronics

Professor in Electrical Energy Management in Distribution Grids

In the Science, Engineering and Technology Group of KU Leuven, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT-ELECTA), there is a full-time academic vacancy (part of the senior academic staff) in the area of electrical engineering at the KU Leuven Ghent Campus. We are looking for internationally orientated candidates with an excellent research record and with educational competencies in electrical energy management. While the research of ESAT ELECTA-Ghent is embedded in EnergyVille (cooperation of KU Leuven, VITO, imec and UHasselt with headquarters in Genk and focussing on sustainable energy and smart energy systems), the professors of this unit are mainly operating from the research facilities in Ghent. Research infrastructure is available for photovoltaic systems, energy storage, grid protection, electric mobility,… and the group has an extensive (inter)national network, connections with companies and non-profit organisations, a stable offer of skilled PhD students and a supportive work environment. The Faculty of Engineering Technology has a specific application-oriented teaching, research and PhD profile and focusses on R&D that brings innovation that is relevant for industry and/or society. The appointee will be expected to comply with that profile.


  • You develop a research program in electrical energy management focused on the design and/or control of low voltage distribution networks. The energy management may be approached from a system, hardware or metering perspective. Your research supports the energy transition by optimizing the implementation of innovative techniques such as (the combination of) V2X, energy sharing, local energy storage and production.
  • You cooperate intensively within the ELECTA Ghent group where the R&D has a strong experimental component. You take the initiative to develop future research projects and  set up collaborations with national and international academic partners, as well as industrial partners, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs). You closely work together with the members of the EnergyVille research institute and actively assist in the carrying out of the ongoing research projects. You are capable of acquiring competitive funding. You publish at the highest scientific level and supervise PhDs and master students.
  • You pay the required attention to the technology transfer and application of the results of your research in industry/government/society.


  • You ensure high-quality education in the field of electrical engineering in the Bachelor and Master of Science in Engineering Technology – Energy - Electronics-ICT and Electromechanics in the Faculty of Engineering Technology, with a clear commitment for the quality of the programme as a whole. You are willing to teach or coordinate other courses in the program. All professors are expected to teach a few basic undergraduate courses.
  • You are enthusiastic about pedagogic projects and coaching of students in the bachelor, master and PhD program.
  • You develop teaching activities, in line with KU Leuven's focus on activating and research-based education. You make use of specific educational training programmes offered by the faculty and the university. 
  • Besides your teaching duties at KU Leuven Ghent Campus, you may be asked, within the multi-campus model, to take up a limited teaching duty at another campus.


  • You are prepared to provide scientific, societal and internal services. 
  • You like to contribute to the promotion of STEM and electrical engineering to young people, and initiatives that encourage a diverse public to join the engineering programs of the Faculty of Engineering Technology of KU Leuven.


  • You have a PhD or doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering.
  • You have a strong research track record in the domain, evidenced by publications in good quality/international journals. Industrial experience and international research experience are positive factors. Experience in acquisition of competitive funding is an asset.
  • You have good teaching skills, and educational experience is considered a positive factor.
  • You possess leadership and organisational skills and value the cooperation in a team highly. 
  • Proficiency in English is required. 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 andto 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, respectively English, to the required standard.
  • You accept the necessary mobility required in fulfilling the teaching and research assignments.


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. Our university has a high inter- and multidisciplinary focus and strives for international excellence. In this regard we actively work together with research partners in Belgium and abroad and provide our students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research.
You will work at KU Leuven Ghent Campus, in a historic city with a 40-minute rail connection to Brussels, and about three hours train to 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.
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 110.000 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. Georges Gielen, chair of the ESAT Department (tel.: +32 16 32 40 76, or 
  • Prof. dr. Peter Hanselaer, campus chair KU Leuven Ghent Campus (tel.: +32 9 26727 11,
KU Leuven places great importance on research integrity and ethical conduct and will therefore ask you to sign an integrity statement upon appointment.
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Contact Information

  • Professor Peter Hanselaer, Campus Chair of KU Leuven Ghent Campus
    Faculty of Engineering Technology - Ghent Campus
    KU Leuven
    Gebroeders De Smetstraat 1
    Ghent 9000
  • +32 9 2672711


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