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Assistant/Associate/Full Professorship in big data and human-environment systems
Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in big data and human-environment systems
Employment percentage: Full-time Location: Leuven / Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Apply before: Friday, August 31, 2018
In the Group Science, Engineering & Technology, Faculty of Science, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Division of
Geography and Tourism, there is a full-time academic vacancy in big data and human-environment systems, at the Arenberg campus
in Leuven. The main mission of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is to carry out state-of-the-art scientific
research with respect to the functioning of geo- and ecosystems at different spatial and temporal scales, including the interaction
between humans and the environment and the sustainable management of natural resources. The Division of Geography and Tourism currently
has 11 professors. The division conducts research and provides academic training in the interrelated fields of earth surface processes
and climate, society and space, tourism research and education in geosciences. The division has long-term research experience in
socio-ecological and socio-economic relations. Moreover, geographical information systems and analysis of spatio-temporal data are a
core pillar of our research and educational programmes. To further strengthen these components, the division is looking for an
internationally oriented candidate with a strong track record in human-environment systems, using opportunities arising from the
growth in data availability. Website unit
It is expected that you will lead innovative research on human-environment interactions, using data-driven quantative methods and analysis
techniques. The focus is on profound geographical analysis of newly available data, thereby seeking to unravel mechanisms that play a role
in the human-environment system. It is foreseen that the research contributes to causes and consequences of global environmental change and
facilitates the identification and diffusion of solutions.
You ensure high-quality education in geography and related programmes by teaching in the Bachelor and Masters programmes supported by the
department. You will also supervise MSc and PhD thesis students in your research discipline.
As a member of the academic staff of KU Leuven, you play an important role in society through your research and teaching, but also through
your participation in the public debate, contributions to policy-supporting research projects for governments from the local, the European
level and the international level. You take up an active role in councils, educational committees, working groups of the university and in
particular, of the division, department and faculty you will belong to.
Successful candidates should have:
A PhD in geography, or related discipline;
Proven experience in data-driven quantitative methods;
Profound knowledge of GIS and geo-spatial analysis techniques;
A strong scientific track record with international publications;
Substantial work experience outside KU Leuven. Extended periods of international scientific mobility are an asset;
Demonstrable skills for teaching at academic level;
The capacity to lead and animate a research team, to attract research funding and experience in project management with multiple partners. Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to function in international teams
For this position, it is expected that you are able to teach courses in English or Dutch from the start (native or C1 level CEFR).
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 administrative meetings.
Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch, respectively English, to the required standard.
We are offering full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment. The alma mater of acclaimed scholars such as Erasmus, Andreas
Vesalius and Georges Lemaître, KU Leuven has a rich scientific tradition and history. Its internationally renowned research and educational programs
cause it to consistently rank among the best 50 universities worldwide.
KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. It is highly
inter- and multidisciplinary focused and strives for international excellence. In this regard, it actively works together with research partners in
Belgium and abroad. It provides its 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 of 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. Nicole Van Lipzig, tel.: +32 16 32 64 53, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Prof. dr. Gert Verstraeten, tel.: +32 16 32 64 11, mail: email@example.com. For problems with online applying,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. As part of your application, we expect: · a letter of motivation; · a biosketch;
· a full CV, including list of publications; · a research plan with proper attention to the development of your own research
activities and research team, specifying relevant collaborations with other researchers and identifying its position and added
value with respect to the ongoing research in the KU Leuven Division of Geography and Tourism of the Department of Earth and
Environmental Sciences (max 4 pages); · a personal statement regarding your vision and perspective on academic teaching and
education organisation (max 2 pages); · a demonstrable proof of your organisational skills, leadership quality/potential,
and outreach and societal service in an academic context (max 2 pages). Applications must be received no later than
August 31, 2018
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