Academic Position in Econometrics
Advertiser: Faculty of Economics and Business, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven)
Field(s) of specialization: Econometrics
Position type(s): Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor
Location of job: Naamsestraat 69, Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, 3000, Belgium (map)
Degree required: Doctorate
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: Continuing/permanent
Letters of reference required: 3
Application deadline: 15 Nov 2020 (no longer accepting applications)
Current search status: Reviewing applications
Posting end date: 15 Nov 2020
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted at
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The Department of Economics offers an active and internationally oriented research environment. We look for a dynamic, motivated and internationally oriented researcher in econometrics.

The qualified candidate will conduct research in close collaboration with members of the department and contribute to the department’s research agenda. You will initiate new research projects, attract the necessary research funding, and expand international collaboration. He/she will strive for excellence in research and as such will contribute to the reputation of the Faculty of Economics and Business.


You will teach courses in economics at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral level, with the specific courses assigned depending on the profile and experience of the candidate. You also contribute to the continuing development of the educational programs of the 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. (See:
You 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 activities at the service of society and aim to contribute to the broader social debate. Tenure track candidates start with limited service duties.


Interested candidates should hold (or obtain prior to the start date of employment) a Ph.D. in Economics or in a related field with demonstrable expertise in Econometrics.

You have an excellent research record. The quality of the candidate’s research should be demonstrated by publications in top international peer-reviewed journals. 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 preferably have teaching experience and can demonstrate strong didactic skills.
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: The Department of Economics islocated at the Leuven campus of the Faculty of Economics and Business. Leuven is a historical town, but also a dynamic and vibrant city in the center of Belgium. It lies within a twenty-minute drive from Brussels, the capital of Belgium and of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.

In recent years, several independent accreditation commissions have systematically ranked the Faculty of Economics and Business highly in terms of quality of teaching and research. The faculty has 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. Wilfried Lemahieu, Dean, Faculty of Economics and Business,

Prof. Dr. Jo Van Biesebroeck, Head of Department of Economics,, Tel. +32 16 326793

Prof. Dr. Jan De Loecker or Prof. Frederic Vermeulen, Head of the Search Committee,, Tel. +32 16 374583 en, Tel. +32 16 326816.

External reference letters can be uploaded at or sent directly to

For problems with online applying, please contact

You can apply for this job no later than November 15, 2020 via the online application tool

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at

Number of letters of reference required: 3
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