You develop a research programme at an international level in the area of optimal control of interconnected intelligent mechatronic systems, strongly focussed on applications within Industry 4.0, autonomous systems, systems of systems, mobile robots, and production processes. The optimal control can focus on, amongst others, overall performance, dependability, safety assurance and robustness. It is important that you hereby exploit the full capabilities of the innovation labs “The Industry 4.0 Machine as Cyber-Physical System” and “The Ultimate Factory”.
As an expert in your domain, you strengthen existing research lines and provide complementary expertise. You are prepared to align your research with ongoing research programmes at the M-Group, Bruges Campus.
You engage in targeted scientific research, resulting in PhD's and publications that meet international standards and lead to broad international recognition.
You support or initiate a network of companies through the valorisation of research results and by delivering industrial services, aimed at strengthening industrial innovation.
As part of your research programme, you develop international partnerships, within the academic world as well as with industrial partners.
You are able to acquire competitive funding, both project-based government funding as well as industrial funding.
You strive for excellence and thus contribute to the continued development of the M-Group and the faculty.
You devote attention to the valorisation tracks and technology transfer and application of the results of your research in industry, government, and society.
You provide high-quality education for both bachelor and master students in the field of mechatronics and mechanical engineering, with a clear commitment to the quality of the programme as a whole. You engage students in courses given to freshman years as well as in advanced years.
You contribute to the faculty's and the university's pedagogical project through the supervision of student projects (for example bachelor's and master's theses) and by acting as a promotor of PhD students.
You develop your teaching in accordance with KU Leuven's views on activating and researched-based education and make use of the possibilities for educational professionalisation offered by the faculty and the university.
You are prepared to provide scientific, social and internal services.
We offer a full-time employment as professor in an intellectually challenging environment.
KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. Our university is highly focused on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research and strives for international excellence. In this regard, the university actively works together with research partners in Belgium and abroad and provides its students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research. Recently, KU Leuven has been selected as one of the 10 most innovative universities in the world.
At the campus you can have the innovation labs at your disposal concerning the Ultimate Factory and the Ultimate machine, which have been recently installed at our brand new campus. 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%.
You will work and teach at the KU Leuven Bruges Campus, a young and dynamic environment within a historic city with a seaport and modern industrial activities. Bruges has a 70 minutes rail connection to Brussels, capital of the European Union, and about three hours to Paris, London and Amsterdam.
Depending on your record and qualifications, you will be appointed to or tenured in one of the grades of the senior academic staff: assistant professor, associate professor, professor or full professor. In principle, junior researchers are appointed as assistant professor on the tenure track for a period of 5 years. At the end of this period and a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed (or tenured) as associate professor.
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You have a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a related subject and have a strong interest in the research field of optimal control for mechatronic applications within industry, healthcare, logistics, ….
You have a strong (applied) research profile. The quality of your research is evidenced by publications in leading international journals, books and proceedings of international conferences. Successful project applications and valorisation in cooperation with industry is a benefit. International experience is an important advantage.
A strong record with collaborations with industry is a plus.
Industrial experience or an extended network in the relevant industrial sector is an important advantage.
International experience is a plus.
You have verifiable qualities related to academic education. Teaching experience is an advantage.
You possess organisational skills and have a cooperative attitude. You also possess leadership capacities within a university context.
Proficiency in English is required. Though, KU Leuven provides courses in academic English if such appears necessary.
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 your employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in meetings and to acquire the level of Dutch that is required for tenure.
Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch resp. English to the required standard.
For more information on the contents of the job, please contact:
Prof. dr. ir. David Moens, vice-chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, tel.: +32 16 37 28 79, mail: or
Prof. dr. ir. Pieter Rauwoens, chair of Campus Bruges, tel.: +32 50 66 48 33, mail: .
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your biosketch in which you indicate your added value as an academic for research, education and service to society of your past career and of your future activities (maximum 2 pages);
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