Academic position in Sociological Criminology

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 13 Nov 2023

7 Sep 2023
Job Information

Université catholique de Louvain
Research Field

Criminology » Other
Sociology » Other
Researcher Profile

Leading Researcher (R4)

Application Deadline

13 Nov 2023 - 22:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

To be defined
Job Status

Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Reference:35402 / DRT 006 / 2024 


UCLouvain seeks to recruit 

A full-time academic in Sociological Criminology 


Main campus: Louvain-la-Neuve

About us


UCLouvain is in the top 1% of universities worldwide. Founded in the heart of Europe in 1425, the university brings together 40,000 students and 6,000 staff members on nine campuses in Brussels and Wallonia. Research and education activities are organised in 14 faculties, 22 research institutes, five learning centres and 18 libraries. UCLouvain also has two university hospitals.


UCLouvain is a major player in the transition to a sustainable society. The challenges of the ecological crisis are integrated into courses and the university develops numerous local projects (such as a university farm and sustainable campuses). As a digital university, UCLouvain is involved in open science and education, and trains academics in innovative teaching practices through its Louvain Learning Lab. Thanks to two science parks, the university’s research benefits from interaction with 250 companies and three incubators, which is fuelled further by being at the centre of a region driven by technological innovation.


UCLouvain has a long tradition of international collaborations for teaching and research through partnerships across the world. As a member of the Circle U. European University alliance, the university offers a unique opportunity to work in an environment of interconnected campuses across Europe (London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Pisa, Belgrade, Aarhus and Oslo).


The university has a gender and inclusion policy which prioritises equity and respect. Working at UCLouvain means contributing to the development of every individual’s skills and promoting the values of equality, transparency and efficiency.


The UCLouvain School of Criminology is characterised by its commitment to a broad and critical conception of criminology. The Master's programme in criminology introduces an analysis of deviance from a psychological, legal, sociological and biomedical perspective. It attempts a synthesis of these different approaches. The programme also focuses on the analysis of social practices related to deviance: legislative practices, preventive actions, judicial activity and more particularly penal activity, penitentiary policy and various forms of treatment or care of offenders.


Post description

Within the Faculty of Law and Criminology and the Institut pour la recherche interdisciplinaire en sciences juridiques, Social Sciences and Humanities Sector, this position will include the following teaching, research and community service duties.


  • Teaching 

You will teach mainly in the field of sociological criminology. You will teach in the various courses managed by the Faculty and in particular within the School of Criminology. You will also direct master’s dissertations in criminology.


  • Research

You will develop your research activities, including research programme management, in the field of criminology, and particularly sociological criminology as envisaged at UCLouvain. You will supervise PhD theses in criminology. The sociological pole of criminology in which the person recruited will be integrated is interested in the interaction situations in which deviance and delinquency appear to also focus on the social mechanisms, the creation of penal laws and the conditions of their application which define the offence and organise the repression by the penal justice.


  • In addition …

Once you are tenured, you will carry out various service activities and responsibilities within the institution, such as programme committee and study jury roles and management responsibilities within the faculty, school of criminology, research institute or research center.
You will also contribute to serving society, particularly in the economic, social, cultural or development cooperation fields. Finally, you will ensure, through research and teaching activities, the university’s international visibility.


Who we’re looking for
  • Education

You have a PhD in Criminology or an equivalent doctorate with particular expertise in criminological fields, in the field of deviance or the social reaction associated with it. You have completed it with an extended study period abroad or significant experience outside your home institution. From a sociological grounding, you have acquired the ability to develop an interdisciplinary, constructivist, critical and historically situated approach.


  • Experience

You have a proven track record in university teaching, evidenced where possible by formal evaluations. Your scientific experience is demonstrated by publications of international standing.


  • Skills

You work well as part of a team of teachers and integrate research results into your teaching. You are capable of conducting high-level scientific research, from obtaining funding to team management. You are creative, open to pedagogical innovation and multidisciplinarity.

You communicate in French and English. If this is not the case, you undertake to acquire a command of these two languages within two years of taking up your post. Knowledge of other languages is an asset.


What we offer
  • Tenure after positive assessment of the probationary period – typically four years. This type of career entitles you to a public sector pension.
  • Appointment as lecturer or professor according to your previous academic experience, as determined by the Rectoral Council.
  • Teaching load capped at 90 hours for a full-time tenure-track position, and 150 hours once tenured.
  • An attractive and progressive salary according to seniority and the promotion process.
  • A start date of 1 September 2024 at the earliest.
  • An integrated leadership and management training programme, including a range of pedagogical, linguistic and other training courses.
  • Benefits including transport, family, culture, commercial, etc.
  • Official policy that supports equal opportunities and promotes diversity within academic and all other categories of staff.
  • Specific emphasis on a work-life balance.

Practical Information

Application deadline: Monday, November 13th at noon (UTC+1 Time Zone)

Starting date: September 1st 2024 



Social Sciences and Humanities Sector
Faculty of Law and Criminology (DRT) ( )
Institut pour la recherche interdisciplinaire en sciences juridiques (JURI) ( ) 


Need more information?

Questions about this position?

Prof. Edoardo Traversa, Dean DRT –
Prof. David Renders, President JURI –


Questions about the procedure?
Cécile Lion, Rector’s Office,


Questions about online application?
Andreea Chiriac, Rector’s Office,




Apply only via the online application (applications submitted via any other channel will not be considered). 
To be considered, your application must contain within a single PDF:  

  • motivation letter; 
  • current curriculum vitae;
  • full publication list and summary of three most significant recent publications;
  • research strategy: your five-year research programme AND a PhD thesis proposal for hiring a PhD student;
  • teaching programme;
  • copy of PhD diploma;
  • names and contact details of three to five persons who can recommend your application according to the mandatory current procedure.

For full details of the application :

Research Field
Years of Research Experience
More than 10

Research Field
Years of Research Experience
More than 10

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