Research professor in Earth Surface Processes in the anthropocene (BOFZAP)
The Science, Engineering and Technology Group of KU Leuven, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, invites scholars to apply for a full-time research professorship in the Research unit Geography and Tourism. This position is funded by the Special Research Fund (BOFZAP), established by the Flemish Government.
We are looking for motivated and internationally oriented candidates with an excellent research record and with educational competence in the field of earth surface processes in the anthropocene. The appointment is expected to start on October 1, 2021.
Applications will be evaluated in parallel and independently by 1) the KU Leuven Research Council in a competitive process across academic domains and 2) the faculty advisory committee. During the first 10 years, the teaching obligations as a research professor will be limited. Afterwards, the position will be transformed into a regular professorship.
The main mission of the department is to carry out state-of-the-art scientific research with respect to the functioning of geo- and ecosystems at different spatial and temporal scales, including the interaction between humans and the environment and the sustainable management of natural resources. The Research unit Geography and Tourism conducts research and provides academic training in the interrelated fields of earth surface processes and climate, society and space, tourism research and education in geosciences. This research unit has systematically been given a high ranking for research and education quality by independent accreditation committees. The research unit has internationally renowned experience in studying earth surface processes. Pioneering work on process geomorphology, later connected to bio-geochemistry and landscape evolution both in natural and anthropogenic conditions have been performed here. With increasing pressure on the earths’ surface from anthropogenic activities (agriculture, urbanization, infrastructure, dams, ..), a process-based understanding of human-landscape interactions is key to understand and predict rapid transformations in the landscape and to guide adaptations of human activities. To strengthen these activities, the research unit is looking for an internationally-oriented candidate with a strong track record in earth surface processes.
It is part of the assignment of the appointed candidate to develop, within the domain of earth surface processes in the anthropocene an international, competitive research programme, to pursue excellent scientific results at an international level and to support and promote national and international research partnerships. The candidate must meet a strong research profile or have the potential to do so. In addition, the candidate is expected to have a multidisciplinary attitude and a willingness to cooperate intensively with other researchers and research units at KU Leuven, such as: soil science, biogeochemistry, ecology, geology, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, geoarchaeology, and/or socio-economic sciences.
Although the position regards a research professorship at the start of employment, the candidate is expected to gradually contribute to state of the art teaching. The assignment of the appointed candidate also includes a limited teaching assignment within geography and related programs, with a clear commitment to the quality of the program as a whole. You teach basic and advanced courses in physical geography and contribute to the training of students in research methods (modeling, fieldwork, laboratory work), general geographic courses and supervision of master's and doctoral theses.
This education must meet the requirements of academic programs in terms of level, orientation and academic level, in particular it is research-based and oriented. Teaching must be part of the educational concept of the KU Leuven and any partner institutions involved. Commitment to the quality of the program as a whole is taken for granted.
Scientific, societal and internal services (administrative and/or institutional) are also part of the assignment. As academic staff of KU Leuven, you play an important role in society through your research and teaching, but also through your participation in the public debate, contributions to policy-supporting research projects for governments from the local, the European level and the international level. You take up an active role in councils, educational committees, working groups of the university and in particular, of the research unit, department and faculty you will belong to.
More information on the content of the job can be obtained from the academic contact person Prof. dr. Anton Van Rompaey, tel. +3216326403, mail : email@example.com .
More information on the guidelines, regulations and application file is available from Ms. Kristin Vermeylen (firstname.lastname@example.org , tel. +32 16 32 09 07) or Ms. Christelle Maeyaert (email@example.com , tel. +32 16 31 41 94).
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