Academic Position in Operations Research @ KU Leuven


You are an ambitious, internationally oriented researcher specializing in Operations Research, preferably with expertise in mathematical programming and combinatorial optimization.  You collaborate closely with the members of the research department DSIM to guarantee the scientific output of the department.  You are responsible for attracting external research funding, setting up new research projects, and developing international scientific collaboration.  You strive for excellence in research and as such contribute to the reputation of the Faculty of Economics and Business.  You have an outspoken interest in fundamental scientific research and also perceive opportunities for valorization of research findings and applied research.

You are responsible for teaching a number of courses in the field of Operations Research, with the specific courses assigned depending on your profile and experience.  You also contribute to the continuing development of the educational duties of ORSTAT, and you supervise master theses.  Tenure track candidates start with limited teaching duties.
You develop teaching methods in line with the KULeuven approach of research-based education with an emphasis on activating students (for more information, 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.

You hold a PhD in Business, Engineering, Mathematics, or a related domain, with evidence of expertise in Operations Research.

You have excellent research potential, preferably with expertise in mathematical programming and combinatorial optimisation.  The quality of your research is demonstrated by 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 in the field of Operations Research.  You have the necessary communication and organization skills and you are a team player. Experience with case-based teaching for business students is an asset.

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.