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Job ID: 161028

KU Leuven

Date Posted Jun. 21, 2021
University KU Leuven
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium
Department Department of Computer Science
Application Deadline Oct. 11, 2021
Position Start Date Oct. 1, 2022
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Computer Science

In the Science, Engineering and Technology Group of KU Leuven, Faculty of Engineering Science, Department of Computer Science, Research Unit Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics (NUMA), there is a full-time academic vacancy in the field of Numerical Methods for Large-Scale Inverse Problems and Data Assimilation on campus Arenberg (Heverlee). We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent research record and with educational competence in the domain of Numerical Mathematics and Scientific Computing.
The Research Unit NUMA is embedded within the Faculty of Engineering Science. In the past, this faculty has systematically been given a high ranking for research and education quality by independent accreditation committees. The faculty has an extensive national and international network, both in the academic and business world. The NUMA research unit is one of the largest units in Europe on Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing and covers many aspects of numerics, including approximation theory, numerical integration, numerical linear and multilinear algebra, numerical partial differential equations, uncertainty quantification, optimization and control, discrete optimization and scheduling, network problems, data science, High Performance Computing and applied numerical mathematics. The research unit also performs research with and for industry.
The recent surge in advanced techniques for data acquisition gives rise to computational tasks of a complexity far beyond mere numerical simulation; integrating measurement data in complex models requires specific numerical algorithms. In the simplest setting, finding the best model parameters given some measurement data is an optimization problem, for which iterative methods are required and available. However, demands of practical applications often go far beyond this optimization. One can, for instance, also be interested in the quantification of the uncertainty on the resulting optimum, in the estimation of the remaining modeling error with respect to the physical system, or in quantifying the evolution of the model as a function of time, when real-time data is continuously being collected. The new position aims to strengthen the experience of the NUMA research unit in the domain of scientific computing within a data rich environment.

You develop a research programme at an international level in inverse problems and data assimilation.
You strengthen existing research lines and provide complementary expertise.
You set up collaborations within and outside of the NUMA research unit.
You support national and international collaborations of the research unit and help promote and further develop these. You also actively assist in the development of the unit’s future research projects.
You can acquire competitive funding.
You strive for excellence in your research and thusly provide a contribution to the continued development of the research unit.
You publish at the highest scientific level, acquire resources for fundamental and applied research, develop international collaborations and supervise PhDs at an international level.
You assist the NUMA valorisation manager in the valorisation of numerical methods on behalf of government and business in applied research.

You ensure high-quality education within the area of mathematical engineering, with a clear commitment to the quality of the programme. You also contribute to the pedagogic project of the faculty through the supervision of master theses and as a promoter of PhD students.
You develop your teachings in accordance with KU Leuven’s vision on activating and researched-based education and make use of the possibilities for the educationalist professionalization offered by the faculty and the university.
Your teaching task is determined in consultation and based on your specific profile. The scope of this is limited in the first years of your appointment. In your further career, the faculty pays a great deal of attention to the balance between research and teaching time.

You commit yourself as a team player of the NUMA research unit, and you are prepared to provide scientific, social and administrative services. You assist the research unit with the further development of valorisation activities.

You have a PhD in Mathematics or Computer Science with an emphasis on Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing or High-Performance Computing or a related degree.
You have a strong research profile. The quality of your research is proven by publications in leading journals. International experience is an important advantage.
You have demonstrable qualities related to academic education. Teaching experience is an advantage.
You possess organisational skills and have a cooperative attitude. You also possess leadership capacities within a university context.
A good command of English is required. KU Leuven provides courses in academic English.
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 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 level.

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 is highly inter- and multidisciplinarily focused 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 in Leuven, a historic, dynamic, and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 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; after this period and a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed (or tenured) as an associate professor.

For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Stefan Vandewalle, tel.: +32 16 32 76 54, mail: or Prof. dr. ir. Karl Meerbergen, tel.: +32 16 32 79 59, mail:
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Add to your application following documents (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;
- 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 5 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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  • Human Resources Department
    KU Leuven
    Parijsstraat 72B Box 4440
    Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000


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