Professor Mechanical Engineering in agro food automation and robotics

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 12 Jul 2022


We offer full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment and with a large degree of freedom.
KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. It is highly focused on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research and strives for international excellence. In this regard, the university actively works together with research partners in Belgium and abroad and provides its students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research in a collaborative and inclusive environment.
Depending on your record and qualifications, you will be appointed in one of the grades of the senior academic staff: assistant professor, associate professor, professor or full professor. If you are a junior researcher you will, in principle, be appointed as assistant tenure track professor for a period of 5 years. If your evaluation after this period is positive, you will be permanently appointed (i.e. tenured) as an associate professor.
You mainly work at the KU Leuven Geel Campus. This campus is one of the operational sites of the KU Leuven multi-campus Faculty of Engineering Technology. The campus is focused on technological and industry-oriented training and research. Other campuses can also use your expertise for teaching assignments.
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%.

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Eligibility criteria

You have a PhD in Engineering Technology or in Engineering Science or a related degree. You have experience in the field of automation and/or mechanical engineering and robotics (e.g. through the subject of your doctoral thesis, research projects and publications).
You have a strong research track record in the discipline and/or relevant industrial experience. International experience and industrial experience are important assets. You have a vision on research and the possible synergies with ongoing research on the campus in Geel and within the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Biosystems.
You have a vision on providing high quality academic education in your field. Teaching experience is a plus.
You possess organisational skills and have a cooperative attitude. You also possess leadership competencies in a university or industry context.
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.Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch, respectively English, to the required standard.

Selection process

For more information on the contents of the job, please contact:• Prof. Dr. ir. David Moens, vice-chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering ( , +32-16-372879)• Prof. Dr. ir. Paul Leroux, campus chair of Campus Geel ( , +32-14-721306)
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 and if applicable a portfolio of your important 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 organization (maximum 2 pages);• your contribution to service activities (internal representation through membership in councils and administrative bodies, contributions to society from education and research, outreach and science co... For more information see

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