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An academic position in Critical Embedded Systems (1 FTE)

An academic position in Critical Embedded Systems (1 FTE)


Vacancy Reference : 30176 / EPL 075 / 2022 (to be quoted in any correspondence)


UCLouvain invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured full-time position in Critical Embedded Systems 


UCLouvain is a comprehensive university offering, in the context of the present position, the opportunity of cross-disciplinary research and teaching collaborations. Within the Science and Technology Sector, the position is attached to the Louvain School of Engineering and to the Institute for Information and Communication Technologies, Electronics and Applied Mathematics that offer opportunities for diverse and stimulating teaching as well as an environment to carry out ambitious research. The Louvain-la-Neuve site offers a unique living environment conveniently located at the heart of Europe. The Charleroi site offers a quality higher education environment, in the heart of a region in full economic development centred on new technologies.



The successful candidate will strengthen the teaching of computer science at UCLouvain, in the Louvain School of Engineering (EPL) and other faculties. He or she will be asked to participate in a collegial way in the teaching at both bachelor and master level. Bachelor courses are taught mainly in French, Master courses exclusively in English.
In view of the context and theme of this professor position and its link with the CPSET consortium, the candidate will also have the opportunity to develop a teaching activity in Louvain-la-Neuve in critical cyber-physical systems, or more generally in critical embedded systems. Moreover, means will be provided to enable the candidate to animate a community in this field (creation of a seminar, master theses, linking academic actors to the industrial world, continuous training, organisation of events, etc).



The successful candidate will develop new research in the field of critical cyber-physical systems. Since this field is relatively applied and cross-cutting to several other research areas, the candidate will be asked to be an expert in one or more research areas related to critical cyber-physical systems without however being required to cover the entire development cycle of these systems. The candidate will have to demonstrate explicitly the link between his or her research expertise and the field of critical cyber-physical systems. The following is a non-exhaustive list of domains touched upon by the field of cyber-physical systems:

  • cyber security software and hardware (from design to execution);
  • mathematical modelling (like digital twins) and validation by simulation or formal methods;
  • algorithms (including component coordination);
  • embedded operating systems;
  • embedded programming (including compilation, and more generally, embedded computing);
  • the definition of interface software to dialogue as closely as possible with the physical elements;
  • processing of large data sets (including decentralised processing);
  • software engineering (including model engineering);
  • user experience.


Experience in open source software development will also be considered an asset.


- Be responsible for teaching courses at all study levels (i.e. undergraduate and postgraduate), as well as in programmes of continuing education;
- Supervise the final diploma research (i.e. theses) of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as PhD theses;
- Be involved in (and/or supervise, promote) research programmes;
- Be available to carry out, in the long term, different service activities and take on responsibilities within the University and its entities; 
- Contribute to the international visibility of the University through teaching and research excellence;
- Contribute to activities of the University with a societal impact in the fields of the economy, socio-cultural changes or cooperation with developing countries.

General conditions

Required Qualifications : the applicant must have

- A PhD degree in Engineering or Computer Science or any comparable discipline;

- Either studied abroad for an extensive period or have had substantial experience outside his or her university of origin;
- A significant scientific record with international publications;
- Experience in and the aptitude for teaching at university level, demonstrated if possible by formal assessments;
- The capacity to work within a team of teachers and to integrate research findings into teaching;
- Creativity and must be open to teaching innovation and interdisciplinarity;
- The capacities required to undertake high-level academic research: capacity to raise research funds, to supervise projects, to animate and lead a research team;
- Team management and communication skills, including if possible fluency in French and English, spoken and written. Otherwise, the applicant will be asked to acquire them within two years after taking office, in order to be able to communicate and teach in these languages. Knowledge of other languages is an additional asset.


Specific Qualification

This position is initially part of an academic chair in collaboration with CPSET, a consortium of companies and research centres. The candidate should be able to develop partnerships with the industrial world in the field of critical cyberphysical systems. He or she will be responsible for the creation of a continuous training offer in this field, and the organisation of scientific or popularisation events between partner companies, academics, researchers and students on the research themes of the partnership.



The level of recruitment (appointment to the rank of lecturer or professor) will be discussed if a proposal is made to you, in connection with your previous academic experience. For more information, see: jobs.uclouvain.be.

Our HR policy supports equal opportunities and diversity including in the academic career. Attention is also paid to reconciliation of private life and professional life.

Practical Information

Application deadline: Monday, November 15, 2021 at noon

Please read the important information before applying

Starting date:  1st September 2022

Further information :
Prof. Alain Jonas, Dean EPL – doyen-epl@uclouvain.be
Prof. Michel Verleysen, President ICTM – president-ictm@uclouvain.be

Localization:  Science and Technology Sector
                        Louvain School of Engineering (EPL) (https://uclouvain.be/en/faculties/epl)
                        Institute for Information and Communication Technologies, Electronics and Applied Mathematics (ICTM) (https://uclouvain.be/en/research-institutes/icteam