Advertiser: Faculty of Economics and Business, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven)
Field(s) of specialization: Environmental; Ag. Econ.
Position type(s): Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor
Location of job: Naamsestraat 69, Leuven, N/A, 3000, Belgium (map)
Degree required: Doctorate
Job start date: 2022-10-01
Job duration: Continuing/permanent
Letters of reference required: 3
Application deadline: 15 Nov 2021 midnight UTC (no longer accepting applications)
Current search status: Reviewing applications
Posting end date: 16 Nov 2021
Ad text:

(ref. ZAP-2021-82)

Last modification : Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The Department of Economics of KU Leuven has a full-time academic position in the field of Environment Economics or Energy Economics (broadly defined). We look for motivated candidates with a promising research record and with demonstrable teaching skills in this field.

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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 Environmental Economics, broadly defined, including research on energy, climate change, transport economics, sustainability, and related topics.

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.


The candidate will teach courses in economics at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral level, with the specific courses assigned depending on the profile of the candidate. The candidate is expected to meet the KU Leuven educational standards for academic curricula with a strong commitment to quality of education. The candidate is also expected to supervise master theses and to act as an advisor to PhD students. 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 integrate in the research group, to actively participate in and contribute to professional group activities, and 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 the above mentioned areas of specialization.

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. You have the necessary communication and organizational skills and are a team player.

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.

We offer a dynamic and internationally oriented research environment. For more information, please consult:

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: en

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 consult:


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Jo Van Biesebroeck, Chair Department of Economics, mail: or Prof. dr. Jan De Loecker and Prof. dr. Frederic Vermeulen, Chairs search committee, mail: or

For problems with online applying, please contact

External reference letters can be uploaded at or sent directly to

Leuven application, for more information, please consult:

You can apply for this job no later than midnight November 15, 2021 CET 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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