PhD Position Engineering Competences for the Labor Market of the Future

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Deadline: 08 Dec 2016

Job posted by KU Leuven (10/11/2016 03.00)
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For KU Leuven, LESEC (Leuven Engineering and Science Education Center), we are looking for engineers with a keen interest in educational research and labor market competences for engineers.


LESEC is a young and dynamic research team, focusing on research in engineering and science education, see
The PREFER project (Professional Roles and Employability of Future Engineers) is an European project that aims to strengthen competences of Engineering Technology students for the future labor market in different stages of their educational career. Supervised by KU Leuven, The PREFER consortium consists of 13 partners from three European countries (Belgium, The Netherlands, & Ireland) and involves a wide variety of stakeholders:

- Universities: KU Leuven [B], TU Delft [NL],and Dublin Institute of Technology [IRL]
- Engineering Federations: IE-net [B], KIVI[NL], and Engineers Ireland [IRL]
- Technology Federation of Flanders: Agoria [B]
- Industry: Engie-Electrabel [B], SiemensNederland [NL], Electricity Supply Board [IRL]
- European Engineering Federations: SEFI &FEANI
- Professional Test Developer: BDO [B]

The PREFER project builds further on the realizations of the Rolling project ( prime objective of the PREFER project is to increase awarenessamong Engineering Technology students about their professional skills and totrain these skills within an existing professional roles framework. In order to ensure a betterfit between different types of engineers and the needs of the labor market, we will first optimize the current theoretical framework (i.e.,professional roles model) in cooperation with all stakeholders. This will be done by linking role specific competences and skills to the wide variety of engineering positions in the labor market. In cooperation with a professionaltest developer (BDO), a number of tools will subsequently be developed in orderto familiarize Engineering Technology students with the professional rolesframework and to let them explore their own strengths and weaknesses as anengineer.

ThisPhD project primarily focuses on the development of the theoreticalprofessional roles model that serves as the overarching framework to classifyengineering positions. In close collaboration with industry, you are responsible for a comprehensive overview of the different engineering functions with their matching competences and skills in different industrial sectors.This overview will serve as the main source of input for the development of specific tools that will be used by Engineering Technology students in order to(1) identify their own interests and (2) to explore their own strengths and weaknesses. You will be also responsible for the validation of the developed tools. 

Nr of positions available : 1

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Research Fields

Engineering - Other

Career Stage

Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)

Research Profiles

Not defined


Full time (100%) employment is offered with a competitive salary. A PhD trajectory will be started. Currently, financial support is available for three years, with a possible extension for 1 additional year.   Start date: 1st of January 2017.

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Reference number BAP-2016-586
We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic, communicative,entrepreneurial researcher with passion for the engineering labor marketcompetences of the engineer of 2020.

Candidatesare expected to have:

- An excellentMaster's degree in Engineering Technology, Engineering Science, Bio-science Engineeringor Business Engineering
- Strongcommunication & presentation skills
- Anentrepreneurial spirit with an ability to work independently
- A keeninterest in educational research and a strong commitment to develop andimplement their educational research expertise rapidly,
- a high levelof proficiency in Dutch and in English (both spoken and written)
- A firm engagementto establish sustainable contacts with a wide variety of stakeholders(industry, federations, university staff,…)
- Experiencewith web design and/or application development is a surplus 

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Greet Langie, tel.: +32 16 32 81 76 or +32 472 399 068, mail: or Mr. Maarten Pinxten, tel.: +32 16 37 60 51, mail:
You can apply for this job no later than 08/12/2016 via the online application tool

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