Professor Of Robust Digital-Intensive Circuits For Applications In Ionizing Radiation

KU Leuven



At the Faculty of Engineering Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT), Research Unit ADVISE of the KU Leuven Technology Campus Geel, there is a full-time vacancy in the academic staff in the field of Robust digital-intensive circuits for applications in ionizing radiation. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent research file, international experience and educational competencies in the field of electronics. The research within the Advanced Integrated Sensing Lab (ADVISE) at Technology Campus Geel focuses on the development of robust and radiation-resistant electronics. The research group enjoys international recognition for its expertise in modeling and design of integrated electronic circuits that withstand very high radiation doses. Such components find wide application in current and future nuclear (fission and fusion) reactors (eg ITER), particle physics experiments (such as installed on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on CERN), aerospace, aviation, etc. medical imaging, nuclear safety etc. The group is a member of the worldwide CMS collaboration at CERN (CMS is one of the two largest experiments linked to the LHC, alongside ATLAS).


You develop an international research program in the field of fast, robust and radiation-hard digital integrated systems and mixed analog-digital circuits for extreme nuclear applications. Possible research topics are the development of new techniques for clock and data reconstruction circuits, Digital PLLs (phase-locked loops), digitally integrated radiation hard designs, soft-error tolerant implementations, digital calibration techniques for mixed analog-digital systems, robust memories, time-based signal processing blocks, high -performing microprocessors and radiation-hard FPGA systems.

You work on electronic systems for data communication, instrumentation and digital signal processing in challenging applications such as experiments in particle physics, nuclear reactors, nuclear waste management and transport, aerospace and medical (nuclear) imaging. You have the necessary knowledge for the conceptual design, implementation and experimental verification with ionizing radiation of these systems and you have completed the design and production cycle of integrated and radiation-resistant components.

You support and develop radiation experiments for both internal research projects and collaborations with industrial partners. You also develop electronic solutions to support other research groups on campus. You strengthen the lab by attracting or acquiring additional research infrastructure.

You ensure international cooperation with academic partners, supervise PhD students and master theses and generate scientific output that meets the highest international standards. You strive for excellence in research and in this way contribute to the further development of the ADVISE research group. You work closely with the other ADVISE researchers to support current research projects and to set up future research projects.

You provide funding for applied research through both government funding and local and international partnerships with various industrial partners (including SMEs) through projects and services. You pay the necessary attention to the valorization of the results of your research into industry / government / society.


You provide high-quality education in the domain of analogue and digital systems and of embedded electronics in the Bachelor and Master Industrial Engineering - Electronics-ICT, Electromechanics and Energy in the Faculty of Engineering Technology on Campus Geel, with a clear commitment to the quality of training 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 education in accordance with the vision of KU Leuven on activating and research-based education and you make use of the opportunities for educational professionalization offered by the faculty and the university.

Your teaching assignment is determined in consultation on the basis of your specific profile. It is limited in size in the first years of your appointment. All professors are expected to also teach a number of basic subjects. In your further career too, the faculty pays a lot of attention to the balance between research and teaching time.

In addition to the teaching duties at Campus Geel, you may be asked to include a limited teaching assignment on another campus as part of the faculty's multi-campus model.


You are prepared to provide scientific, social and internal services.

You maintain close contact with the local and international field.

You are actively involved in the promotion of the Faculty of Engineering Technology to future students and you participate in information and PR activities of the faculty.

You play an active role in the profile of the Faculty of Engineering Technology with regard to new students and the broad working field through participation in information and open days, networking moments and fairs, etc.


You hold a master's degree in industrial sciences electronics-ICT or master's degree in engineering sciences - electrical engineering or related, and a doctoral dissertation with a topic related to the research domain.

You have a strongly applied research file in the field. The research quality is evident from publications in leading international journals, books and / or proceedings from international conferences, as well as from international research experience and experience with valorization projects in collaboration with companies and research institutions. International experience is a plus.

A demonstrable network with relevant industrial and academic partners is particularly appreciated.

You have industrial experience in the sector of integrated electronics and / or radiation-resistant electronic systems, preferably in an international environment. Experience with radiation experiments is greatly appreciated.

You have demonstrable qualities for academic education. Education experience is a plus.

You have organizational skills and you are collegial. You also have managerial skills in a university context.

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 teaching a teaching assignment in Dutch or English, you are offered the opportunity to acquire the required knowledge of Dutch or English. Acquire 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 work at Campus Geel, one of the operational sites of the KU Leuven multi-campus Faculty of Engineering Technology, located approximately 45 km from Leuven. The campus emphasizes the optimal supervision, support and supervision of students.

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.

KU Leuven is well equipped to welcome foreign professors and their families and offers practical support in the areas of immigration and administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, career coaching partner, ... To facilitate scientific integration and research in the first phase a start-up financing of 100,000 euros is offered to new professors who have no substantial other financing and who are recruited for at least 50%.


For more information about the content of the function you can contact:

  • Prof.dr. ir. Paul Leroux, Campus President of Campus Geel:, GSM +32 486691911
  • Prof.dr. Bart Nauwelaers, Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT):, Tel. +32 16321114

You can apply for XXXX only through our online application application. If you encounter problems when applying online, you can send an email to


Add the following sections to your application in the English language (more info 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 about your five most important publications or realizations;
  • an extensive CV (including a complete publication list and, if applicable, a portfolio of your most important projects);
  • a research plan with a focus on the development of a research line and associated research team with an eye for collaboration with fellow researchers within the employment entity (maximum 4 pages);
  • your vision of 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 communication) (maximum 1 page);
  • your vision of leadership (maximum 1 page).


The KU Leuven pursues an equal opportunities and diversity policy. It explicitly encourages candidates from groups that are currently underrepresented in the university to apply.


You can apply for this vacancy up to and including 16/09/2019 via our online application application
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