Professor in Mathematics

Catholic University of Leuven Departement Wiskunde

Professor in Mathematics
(ref. ZAP-2023-38)
At the Science & Technology Group, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics, Department of Statistics and Risk Management on the Leuven campus, there is a full-time vacancy in independent academic staff in the domains of Financial Mathematics or Mathematical Statistics. Candidates must have a PhD in Mathematics or Statistics or an equivalent degree. Candidates are expected to develop research activities at a high international level in the domains of financial mathematics or mathematical statistics, possibly in combination with stochastics or probability theory, which strengthen and preferably complement the existing research in the department. Candidates are expected to have an excellent research record and very good teaching skills, to contribute to the department's research output and to the quality of its teaching programme. Candidates must also be prepared to contribute to scientific services, both within and outside the university, and to education at bachelor's and master's level.


  • You have a PhD in mathematics or statistics, or an equivalent degree.
  • You have a strong track record in research in the field of financial mathematics or mathematical statistics. You have a strong research record and you have international research experience. The research quality is evidenced by publications in leading international journals and/or conferences. International research experience is highly appreciated.
  • You have demonstrable qualities for academic education. Teaching experience and broad direct employability for education are plus points.
  • You have organizational skills and you are collegial. You also have leadership capabilities in a university context.
  • A good knowledge of English is a requirement. KU Leuven offers academic English courses. The administrative language of KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not know any or not enough Dutch when you are recruited, KU Leuven will provide training that should allow you to participate in board meetings. Before you teach a lesson assignment in Dutch, you will be given the opportunity to acquire the required knowledge of Dutch.


  • We offer full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university and offers many opportunities for both fundamental and applied research. It has a strong interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary focus and strives for international excellence. To this end, it actively collaborates with its research partners in the Netherlands and abroad. She offers her students an academic education based on high-level scientific research.
  • You work in Leuven, a historic yet dynamic and lively city in the center of Belgium, twenty minutes from Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.
  • KU Leuven is well equipped to welcome foreign professors and their families and offers practical support in the areas of immigration and administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, partner career coaching, etc.
  • To facilitate scientific integration and research in the first phase, a starting grant of 110,000 euros is offered to new professors who do not have substantial other funding and who are recruited for at least 50%.
  • Depending on your file and qualifications, you will be appointed or appointed to one of the ranks of the senior academic staff: lecturer, senior lecturer, full professor or full professor. Junior researchers are in principle appointed as tenure track lecturers for a period of 5 years; afterwards, if the evaluation is positive, they are permanently appointed as senior lecturers.


More information is available from Prof. Dr. Wim Schoutens, tel.: +32 16 32 20 27, mail: or Prof. Dr. Irène Gijbels, tel.: +32 16 32 20 18, e-mail: If you experience problems applying electronically, you can send an e-mail to
You can apply until 15.09.2023 exclusively through our online application application. If you encounter problems when applying online, please contact [name ZAP consultant] (e-mail, tel.).
Please include the following elements in your application (more information can be found on the KU Leuven job site):

- a biosketch in which you demonstrate your added value as an academic for the core tasks of research, education and services in your past career and for your future activities (maximum 2 pages);
- a dossier on your five most important publications or achievements;
- an extensive CV (including a full list of publications and, if applicable, a portfolio of your architectural projects);
- a research plan with attention to the development of a research line and associated research team with an eye for collaboration with fellow researchers within the entity of employment (maximum 4 pages);
- your vision on academic education and its organization (maximum 2 pages);
- your contribution to service activities (internal representation through membership in councils and administrative bodies, contributions to society through education and research, outreach and scientific communication) (maximum 1 page);
- your vision on leadership (maximum 1 page).

KU Leuven pursues an equal opportunities and diversity policy. She explicitly encourages candidates from groups that are currently underrepresented in the university to apply.
KU Leuven attaches great importance to scientific integrity, acting ethically and with integrity and will ask you to sign a statement on this subject upon recruitment.
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  • Employment percentage : Full-time
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: September 18, 2023
  • Tags : Mathematics
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