Academic position in Finance
Advertiser: Faculty of Economics and Business, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven)
Field(s) of specialization: Finance
Position type(s): Assistant Professor
Location of job: Korte Nieuwstraat 33, KU Leuven, Antwerpen, 2000, Belgium (map)
Degree required: Doctorate
Job start date: 2020-09-21
Job duration: Continuing/permanent
Letters of reference required: 3
Application deadline: 3 Nov 2020 (no longer accepting applications)
Current search status: Reviewing applications
Posting end date: 3 Nov 2020
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You are an ambitious, internationally oriented researcher in the domain of Finance. You publish in international top journals within the field, attract external research funding, develop international research projects, and advise doctoral students. You strive for excellence in research and as such contribute to the reputation of the Faculty of Economics and Business. You have an outspoken interest in fundamental scientific research and also perceive opportunities for valorization of research findings and applied research. You develop a network of business contacts that provides value to teaching and research.


You will teach courses in the field of Finance, initially at the campus in Antwerp, with the specific courses assigned depending on your profile and experience. Demonstrable experience with teaching in the field of Corporate Finance is considered an asset. You also contribute to the continuing development of the educational programs of the Financial Management department, and you supervise master theses. Tenure track candidates start with limited teaching duties.

You develop teaching methods in line with the KU Leuven approach of research-based education with an emphasis on activating students (for more information, please consult: : take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Faculty and the University to further develop your teaching skills. You contribute to the educational philosophy of the university, and you show commitment to uphold the high standards of its programs.


You show a willingness to take up internal service duties. You put teaching and research expertise at the service of society and aim to contribute to the broader social debate. Tenure track candidates start with limited service duties.


You have a PhD in Economics or Business with an emphasis on Finance, or a PhD in a related domain with evidence of expertise in this field of research. There is a strong preference for candidates with a research focus on Empirical Corporate Finance, one of the key research clusters at FEB.

You have excellent research potential. The quality of your research is demonstrated by the quality of your PhD dissertation, promising research projects and papers, publications in top-tier peer-reviewed journals and/or international research experience. Junior applicants are expected to show research excellence through a pipeline of promising research projects, papers and academic references. Experience in writing grant proposals and a strong international network are recommended.

You can show evidence of strong didactical skills and preferably have teaching experience in the field of (Corporate) Finance. Your written and spoken English is excellent. The official administrative language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of employment, you can follow language training provided by KU Leuven to enable you to take part in administrative meetings. Before teaching courses in Dutch, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch to the required standard.


The vacancy is open to both junior and senior researchers. PhD students in the final phase of their studies may also apply. The successful candidate will be hired in the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or (Full) Professor depending on your qualifications and academic experience. Junior researchers will be appointed as assistant professor in tenure track for a period of 5 years, which in case of a positive evaluation is followed by an appointment as a tenured associate professor.

You will join a dynamic and internationally oriented research environment. For more information, please consult: and This full-time position initially requires a clear commitment to the study programs offered on the Antwerp campus of the FEB, where you will join the Research group Financial Management. We offer a dynamic and internationally oriented research environment, with frequent collaboration with colleagues on the 4 campuses of the FEB (Antwerp, Brussels, Courtrai and Leuven).

The Faculty of Economics and Business has systematically been ranked highly by several independent accreditation committees regarding the quality of its research and teaching programs. The FEB has recently acquired the renowned EQUIS accreditation and benefits from an extensive national and international network, both in academia and in the business world. For more information, please consult:

KU Leuven is well set to welcome foreign professors and their family and provides practical support with regard to immigration & administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, and partner career coaching, among others. 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%.

The KU Leuven pursues a policy of equal opportunity and diversity and explicitly encourages underrepresented groups at the university to apply.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Frederiek Schoubben, chair of the search committee, Faculty of Economics and Business, mail: or Prof. dr. Nico Dewaelheyns, campus dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business, Campus Antwerp, mail: External Reference letters (required for junior applicants) can be sent directly to For problems with online applying, please contact

You can apply for this job no later than November 03, 2020 via the online application tool

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