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An academic position in Mathematical optimization (1 FTE)

An academic position in Mathematical optimization (1 FTE)


Vacancy Reference : 26847 / EPL 077 / 2021 (to be quoted in any correspondence)


UCLouvain invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured full-time position in Mathematical optimization


UCLouvain is a comprehensive university offering, in the context of the present position, the opportunity of cross-disciplinary research and teaching collaborations with specialists in mathematical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering and life sciences, among a number of disciplines . 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 an excellent higher-education environment, at the heart of a region that is undergoing rapid economic development centred on new technologies.



The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses included in the Master's programme of engineering, in applied mathematics, in data science, in computer science, or in biomedical engineering. He or she will also be involved in the teaching of applied mathematics within the Bachelor's programme of engineering offered at the Louvain School of Engineering and in the Bachelor's programme in computer science offered in Louvain-la-Neuve and in Charleroi. Several courses on optimization are listed in the Master's programme at the Louvain School of Engineering, in particular in Applied mathematics but also the other degree orientations mentioned above. Optimization principles and techniques are also covered in the Bachelor programme and are prerequisites for several Bachelor's projects in Applied mathematics.

The successful candidate will develop outstanding research activites in one or several sub-fields linked to optimization. A special interest will be given to expertise complementing that currently in place at UCLouvain (we will welcome expertise in non-convex optimization, derivative-free optimization, discrete optimization, and combinatorics), but all excellent candidates will be considered.

The Institute for Information and Communication Technologies, Electronics and Applied Mathematics offers multiple opportunities and topics of interest that make use of advanced optimization techniques. There also exists a strong demand from the industrial sector for advanced knowledge in the field of optimization. The candidate is thus expected to develop an ambitious and independent research programme in optimization that is connected to current industrial and research applications performed within the institute.



- 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 Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Mathematical engineering 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 qualifications
Fluency in French and an interest in mathematics applied to life sciences is an additional asset.

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: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at noon

Starting date:  1st  September, 2021

Further information :
Prof. Alain Jonas, Dean EPL – doyen-epl@uclouvain.be
Prof. Jean-Didier Legat, 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)