Environmental Management Technology for Human Health

Catholic University of Leuven Kulak



The Science & Technology Group of KU Leuven and the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering welcome applications for a full-time academic position at the Department of Biosystems. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent interdisciplinary research background and educational competence, with the aim of strengthening the Human Health Engineering program and setting up a research program in the field of Environmental Management Technology for Human Health in the Animal and Human Resources Department (A2H) from the Department of Biosystems. The A2H department focuses on conducting groundbreaking research to improve the health, well-being and productivity of individual living organisms (animals and humans) by integrating technology with new process knowledge on (epi) genetics, immunology, microbiology, nutrition, physiology, bio-environment and bio-response.


The research focuses on studying biophysical interactions between individuals and their physical microenvironment. The aim is to design innovative control systems that integrate measured biological responses online to create healthy and sustainable bio-environments. Advanced technologies for bio-environmental control will be developed for applications in human health and this for different spatial scales. Data-based and mechanistic modeling approaches will be combined with insights into energy exchanges between individuals and their physical environment. In the study, homeothermal animals can be considered as model organisms for human test subjects.

  • You build a research program on Environmental Health Technology for Human Health that fits within the Animal and Human Resources Department.
  • You strive for excellence in your research and you contribute to the further development of the field of Environmental Management Technology for Human Health within the department and the department.
  • You use this knowledge to develop new technologies and translate them into products that offer solutions to real challenges.
  • You set up collaborations with other staff members of the department as well as with other research units at KU Leuven.
  • You are able to obtain competitive financing.
  • You publish at the highest scientific level, acquire resources for fundamental / applied research, set up international collaborations and supervise doctorates at the international level.
  • You provide high-quality education in the field of bioscience engineering, with a clear focus on the quality of the program as a whole. You also contribute to the pedagogical project of the faculty / university by supervising master theses and as a promoter of doctoral students.
  • You develop your lessons in accordance with the KU Leuven vision on activating and research-based education and you make use of the opportunities for pedagogical professionalization offered by the faculty and the university.
  • Your educational task is determined in consultation and based on your specific profile. The tax is limited in the first years of your appointment. In your further career, the faculty pays a lot of attention to the balance between research and education.
  • You translate and exploit basic knowledge in the field of Environmental Management Technology for Human Health and you build up a network of national and international partnerships with research, industrial and government partners.
  • You enthusiastically participate in the activities of various committees and working groups in the Science & Technology Group, the Department of Biosystems and the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering.
  • You must hold a doctorate in bioscience engineering, engineering sciences, or in any other domain that is relevant to the research and education program. Experience with environmental management technology is a requirement.
  • You have an excellent track record in research as evidenced by international peer-reviewed journal publications.
  • You have very good teaching and training skills so that you can make an important contribution to the department's research output and to the quality of the education program.
  • You have international research experience.
  • You have organizational skills and are open to cooperation. You also have leadership capacities within a university context.
  • A good knowledge of English is required.
  • The administrative language of KU Leuven is Dutch. If you know little or no Dutch at recruitment, KU Leuven provides a training offer that must allow you to participate in board meetings.
  • Before you teach a teaching assignment in Dutch / English, you are offered the opportunity to acquire the required knowledge of Dutch / English.
We offer full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. She has a strong inter- and multidisciplinary focus and strives for international excellence. To this end, it actively cooperates with its research partners at home and abroad. She offers her students an academic education based on high-level scientific research. 

You will work in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city in the heart of Belgium, 20 minutes from Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.

Depending on your file and qualifications, you will be appointed or appointed to one of the degrees of the independent academic staff: teacher, senior lecturer, professor or full professor. Junior researchers are in principle appointed as tenure track teachers for a period of 5 years; afterwards, with a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed as senior lecturers. 

You are supported by a doctoral student and you have access to the unique research facilities for measuring human-environment interactions of the Animal and Human Division of the KU Leuven.

More information can be obtained from Prof. Bart Nicolai, tel .: +32 16 32 23 75, mail: bart.nicolai@kuleuven.be. kuleuven.be.
Add a research statement (max. 2 pages) to your letter of motivation that demonstrates your added value for the research program of the Department of Biosystems. In addition, you outline your vision of academic education in a teaching statement (max. 2 pages).
You can apply for this vacancy until 30/09/2019 via our online application application
KU Leuven wants to create an environment in which all talents can develop to the maximum, regardless of gender, age, cultural origin, nationality or disability. If you have any questions regarding accessibility or support options, you can contact us via diversity.HR@kuleuven.be.

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