Professor in Climate resilient crop production

    KU Leuven
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/09/2020 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Belgium › Leuven
    To be defined


The candidate will conduct high-level research on how crops cope with climate change and adapt to single and/or combinatorial stresses. Research needs to be based oncutting-edge approaches (such as (epi)genetic, molecular, physiological or modeling/computational technologies) to unravel adaptive mechanisms in plants.The candidate is able to translate fundamental insights into applied research that contributes to more sustainable and climate-smart crop production systems.The candidate actively collaborates with other members of the two Divisions(Division of Crop Biotechnics and Division of Molecular Biotechnology of Plants and Micro-organisms) and beyond and sets up international collaborations.You strive for excellence in your research and are capable of acquiring competitive funding and publish at the highest scientific level, while mentoring PhD students and postdocs.


You ensure high-quality education within the academic programs of the Department of Biosystems and the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering. Teaching can be situated at the bachelor and/or master program related to plant science and crop production systems. You develop your high-level teaching in accordance with KULeuven’s vision on active and research-based education and make use of the educational professionalization offered by the university.

You will supervise and train bachelor, master and PhD students and postdocs at the highest level.


You will translate and exploit basic knowledge regarding climate change smart crops and its dynamic interaction with the agricultural environment to contribute to a sustainable crop production. Research endeavors need to be outreached towards the general public. In addition, enthusiastic participation is expected in the activities of various committees and working parties within and outside the university.


We are offering a full-time professorship within the Department of Biosystems, which is in an intellectually challenging environment at KU Leuven, an international research oriented top-ranked university that carries out both basic and applied scientific research. In addition, we offer a strong and collaborative research environment focusing on a sustainable crop production.

You will be appointed to the grade of assistant professor in a tenure track position for a period of 5 years. After this period and a positive evaluation, you will be permanently appointed (or tenured) as an associate professor.

To facilitate the start up of the research a PhD fellowship for four years, laboratory infrastructure and start up financing will be provided. You will be part of a dynamic team with expertise in sustainable crop production, breeding and genetics, molecular biology, physiology, plant biotechnology and plant pathology. You will have access to excellent plant growth facilities and KU Leuven core facilities.

You will work in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes from Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.

Eligibility criteria

  • You hold a PhD in agriculture, plant sciences, bio-science engineering, plant biology or any other field that prepares equally well for the research program and teaching activities.
  • You have an outstanding research record as reflected by international peer-reviewed publications in top journals and conference participations. International research experience is an important advantage.
  • You have demonstrable qualities related to academic education (teaching experience is an advantage) in order to contribute to the quality of the Faculty’s educational program (in English and/or Dutch).
  • You actively contribute to outreach activities.
  • You are expected to develop complementary expertise that strengthens the vision and mission of the division and build upon the existing strong links with local and international experimental research stations.
  • You are expected to develop and formulate a research program and teaching vision including possible interactions with other staff members of the Department of Biosystems or with other research units at KU Leuven.
  • You possess organizational skills and have a cooperative attitude. You also possess leadership capacities within an academic context.
  • A very good command of English is required.
  • 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, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in meetings. Before teaching courses in Dutch, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch to the required level.

Selection process

For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Bart Nicolai, tel.: +32 16 32 23 75, email: bart.nicolai@kuleuven.be. For problems with online applying, please contact solliciteren@kuleuven.be.

Add the following documents to your application (more information is available on the KU Leuven job site):

  • A 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);
  • A file on your five most important publications or realizations;
  • An extensive cv including a full publication list and if applicable a portfolio of your projects;
  • Your research plan with focus on the development of your research line and research team in relation with the colleague-researchers of the entity of employment (maximum 5 pages);
  • Your vision on academic education and its organization (maximum 2 pages);
  • Your contribution to society by outreach and public communication on science and technology, internal representation in boards and councils and service activities directly in relation to ... For more information see https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/55573642

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