Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Catholic University of Leuven


(ref. ZAP-2023-75)
KU Leuven has a full-time academic vacancy (in the independent academic staff) in the field of Operational Transport, Supply Chain and Production Systems. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent research and teaching record in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), operational control and industrial management. The intended start date for this position is September 1, 2024. You are part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, campus Heverlee. This department is involved in numerous national and international research projects. It is also very successful in valorisation activities, including the establishment of spin-off companies (e.g. Nikon Metrology, Materialise, 3DSystems-LayerWise, Siemens Industry Software, Transport & Mobility Leuven).


You hold a PhD in the broader field of science and technology, industrial and systems engineering, or a comparable degree, but with a proven track record in ITS, operational control and industrial management. 
You have a strong research profile. The quality of your research is evidenced by publications in leading international journals and patents.
You have demonstrable qualities and experience in the field of academic education. 
You have organizational skills and a cooperative attitude. You also have leadership skills within a university context. 
A good command of English is required. 
The official administrative language at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch or not well at all, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to participate in meetings. 
For teaching Dutch you will have the opportunity to learn Dutch at the required level. 


We offer full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that conducts both fundamental and applied scientific research. Our university is strongly inter- and multidisciplinary and strives for international excellence. That is why we actively collaborate with research partners at home and abroad and offer our students an academic education based on high-quality scientific research.
You 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 ranks of the senior academic staff: lecturer, senior lecturer, full professor or full professor. Junior researchers are in principle appointed as tenure track lecturers for a period of 5 years; afterwards, if the evaluation is positive, they are permanently appointed as senior lecturers. 
To facilitate scientific integration and research in the first phase, a starting grant of 110,000 euros is offered to new professors who have no substantial other funding and who are recruited for at least 50%.


More information is available from Prof. Dr. Ir. Dominiek Reynaerts, tel.: +32 16 32 26 40, mail: or Prof. Dr. Ir. Chris Tampère, tel.: +32 16 32 16 73, mail:
You can apply exclusively through our online application application. If you encounter problems applying electronically, you can send an email to
Please include the following elements in your application (more information can be found on the KU Leuven job site):
- a biosketch in which you demonstrate your added value as an academic for the core tasks of research, education and services in your past career and for your future activities (maximum 2 pages);
-a file on your five most important publications or achievements;
-a comprehensive CV (including a full list of publications and, if applicable, a portfolio of your projects);
-a research plan with attention to the development of a research line and associated research team with an eye for collaboration with fellow researchers within 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 through education and research, outreach and scientific communication) (maximum 1 page);
-your vision on leadership (maximum 1 page).
KU Leuven pursues an equal opportunities and diversity policy. She explicitly encourages candidates from groups that are currently underrepresented in the university to apply.
KU Leuven attaches great importance to scientific integrity, acting ethically and with integrity and will ask you to sign a statement in this regard upon recruitment.
You can apply for this vacancy until 31/10/2023 via our
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 at
  • Employment percentage : Full-time
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: October 31, 2023
  • Tags : Mechanics
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