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Job ID: 186856

KU Leuven

Date Posted Jun. 7, 2022
University KU Leuven
Leuven / Heverlee, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium
Department Department of Civil Engineering
Application Deadline Sep. 6, 2022
Position Start Date Oct. 1, 2023
  • Professor
  • Architecture/Landscape Architecture
There is a full-time academic position in the Department of Civil Engineering KU Leuven in the field of resilient concrete structures. The position is available at Leuven (Arenberg), which is part of the Faculty of Engineering Science of the Science, Engineering and Technology Group. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent research track record and proven teaching skills in the domain of resilient reinforced and/or pre-stressed concrete structures and components. This position focuses on the design, reliability-based analysis and assessment of concrete structures and components subjected to structural damage, degradation, man-made and natural hazards by means of advanced numerical and experimental approaches. The envisaged research integrates structural and sustainability aspects into the reliability-based design, considering the use of high-performance cementitious composites with enhanced mechanical performance. Research activities aim to contribute to the advancement of engineering applications in the construction industry accounting for the challenges of the 21st century. Research in the Materials and Constructions Section of the Department of Civil Engineering aims to generate advanced knowledge through fundamental and application-oriented research on durable and sustainable building materials, structural components and construction, contributing to new, existing and heritage structures with low environmental impact, structural resilience and improved service life. The section aims at responding to the current and future challenges of the construction sector and society, in which resource management and resilient structures pose important issues for a sustainable built environment. The research section seeks to further develop innovative research dealing with structural assessment and design of resilient concrete structures closely connected to the development of innovative reinforcement and concrete technology. The section has state-of-art research infrastructure equipped with testing facilities for structural elements, a cement laboratory, a chemistry laboratory, and an NDT and durability laboratory. The research section has an extensive national and international network, both in academics and construction industry, and collaborates with the other sections within the department as well as with other departments (Department of Architecture, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Department of Materials Engineering, …) within KU Leuven. It attracts highly talented PhD students, and it can profit of the KU Leuven supportive work environment.
  • You develop a research programme at the highest international level on the structural assessment and design of resilient concrete structures closely connected to the development of innovative reinforcement and concrete technologies; you combine experimental, numerical and design approaches.
  • You strengthen existing research lines and provide additional expertise. 
  • You set up collaborations within and outside of the department in close consultation with the members of the research section.
  • You support national and international collaborations of the research section and help to promote and further develop these. 
  • You are capable of acquiring competitive funding.
  • You strive for excellence in your research and provide a contribution to the continued development of the research section and the department.
  • You publish at the highest scientific level, acquire resources for fundamental and applied research, develop international collaborations and supervise PhDs at a high international level.
  • You contribute to the pedagogic project of the faculty/university. You develop your teaching in accordance with KU Leuven’s vision on activating and researched-based education and make use of the possibilities for the educational professionalization offered by the faculty and the university.
  • You ensure high-quality education within the area of concrete design, with a clear commitment to the quality of the programme as a whole. 
  • Your teaching duties include teaching to civil engineering and architectural-engineering students at the bachelor and master level.  Specific insight in and experience with the integration of education and research within a design and analysis context could be a great asset to improve synergy between research and teaching.
  • You are prepared to provide scientific, social and internal services in concertation with your colleagues through international networks, connections with public authorities, companies and non-profit organisations.
  • You stay up-to-date with the evolving construction practices and with needs related to your field of research and teaching.
  • You have a master degree in civil or architectural engineering or relevant similar degree, and a PhD within the requested research and educational field.
  • You have a strong research profile and an indisputable research integrity. The quality of your research is proven by publications in prominent/international journals and books. International research experience is considered as 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.
  • If you have recently been admitted to the degree of doctor, it is important that you support your research and growth potential with academic references.
  • For this position, it is expected that you are able to teach courses in Dutch or in English from the start (native or C1 level CEFR). The official language at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of employment to meet the legal requirements, 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 resp. English to the required standard. 
We are offering full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment.
KU Leuven is a research-intensive and an internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. Our university is highly inter- and multi-disciplinarily 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 be 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 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 content of the job, please contact:
• Prof. Lucie Vandewalle, academic contact and head of the Materials and Constructions Section (, +32 16 32 16 76)
• Prof. dr. ir. Jaak Monbaliu, chair of the Department of Civil Engineering ( , +32 16 32 16 61) 
You can submit your application until 06/09/2022, only through our online application system. If you have problems submitting your application online, please send an email to
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 realisations;
- an extensive cv including a full publication list and if applicable a portfolio of your 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 organisation (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).
You can apply for this job no later than September 06, 2022 via the online application tool.  

  • 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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  • Prof. Dr. Ir. Jaak Monbaliu
    Department of Civil Engineering
    KU Leuven
    Leuven / Heverlee, Vlaams-Brabant


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