Postdoctoral Scholar in Economics (Department of Economics, KU Leuven)
Advertiser: Faculty of Economics and Business, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Field(s) of specialization: Environmental; Ag. Econ.
Position type(s): Postdoctoral Scholar
Location of job: Naamsestraat 69, Leuven, N/A, 3000, Belgium
Degree required: Doctorate
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: 2 years
Letters of reference required: 3
Target date for applications: 31 Dec 2022
Current search status: Position filled
Posting end date: 20 Feb 2023
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting January, 2023.
Ad text:

Job description

The position is a two-year research position with a possibility of extension. The position is funded by KU Leuven under a grant on Climate Coalition Formation and International Trade and provides an excellent opportunity for long-term academic development.

Qualifications and Profile

We look for motivated candidates showing research skills through a pipeline of promising research projects, papers and academic references. The candidate should have either experience or interest of working in the field of Environmental Economics. The position requires a subset of the following expertise (in order of approximate priority): Environmental Economics, Economic Theory, Industrial Organisation, Trade and International Macroeconomics.

Interested candidates should hold (or obtain prior to the start date of employment) a Ph.D. in Economics or in a related field. Excellence in written and spoken English is also a prerequisite.


The research component consists of collaborating on the project in the field of Environmental Economics, in a horizontal research environment.

We encourage independent research too and a proportion of the time of the qualified candidate will be allocated to independent research.

They also contribute to attracting research funding and is expected to supervise Master’s theses. The candidate will have minimum teaching and administrative responsibilities. The successful applicant will be expected to develop a high degree of interaction with the faculty, postdoctoral scholars and PhD students, and actively contribute to the life of the department.

We offer

  • A monthly net salary of €2,600 in position for a full-time Postdoctoral Scholar. This also covers social insurance benefits. The salary would be somewhat higher due to a tax exemption if the candidate spent less than 24 months in Belgium during three years prior to the starting date.
  • A research/travel allowance of €2,500 per year, a shared office and a computer allowance up to €1,000.
  • The appointment is initially for a period of two years. The extension for another year will be subject to an interim evaluation after 18 months and mutual agreement.
  • The successful candidate can benefit from a semester sabbatical in the second year for a research visit to a reputable international institution.
  • The Department of Economics offers an active and internationally oriented research environment, relying on communication in English.
  • The Faculty of Economics and Business has systematically been ranked highly by several independent accreditation committees. The FEB has recently acquired the renowned EQUIS accreditation and benefits from an extensive national and international network in academia and business.
  • KU Leuven is well set in international hires and will support the process of moving and settling in Belgium/Leuven.

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


Applications for this job can be made at

The application must include:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation and brief summary of experience and research interest)
  • CV
  • Research Statement
  • Up to 3 research papers
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

External reference letters can be uploaded at

An interview will be a part of the appointment process, and candidates may be invited to give a seminar.

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

Application deadline: The review of applications will begin on 31st Dec 2022 and will be on an ongoing basis, with a final deadline on 30th May 2023.

Contact information

Promotor: Sareh Vosooghi, email:

Head of Research Administration: Andras Avonts, email:

Featured postings All postings