Academic position in Sociology of Transitions

Université catholique de Louvain

7 Sep 2023
Job Information

Université catholique de Louvain
Research Field
Sociology » Other
Researcher Profile
Leading Researcher (R4)
Application Deadline
13 Nov 2023 – 22:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract
To be defined
Job Status
Hours Per Week
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

Reference:35405 / ESPO 091 / 2024 


UCLouvain seeks to recruit 

A full-time academic in Sociology of Transitions 


Main campus: Louvain-la-Neuve

About us

UCLouvain is in the top 1% of universities worldwide. Founded in the heart of Europe in 1425, the university brings together 40,000 students and 6,000 staff members on nine campuses in Brussels and Wallonia. Research and education activities are organised in 14 faculties, 22 research institutes, five learning centres and 18 libraries. UCLouvain also has two university hospitals.


UCLouvain is a major player in the transition to a sustainable society. The challenges of the ecological crisis are integrated into courses and the university develops numerous local projects (such as a university farm and sustainable campuses). As a digital university, UCLouvain is involved in open science and education, and trains academics in innovative teaching practices through its Louvain Learning Lab. Thanks to two science parks, the university’s research benefits from interaction with 250 companies and three incubators, which is fuelled further by being at the centre of a region driven by technological innovation.


UCLouvain has a long tradition of international collaborations for teaching and research through partnerships across the world. As a member of the Circle U. European University alliance, the university offers a unique opportunity to work in an environment of interconnected campuses across Europe (London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Pisa, Belgrade, Aarhus and Oslo).


The university has a gender and inclusion policy which prioritises equity and respect. Working at UCLouvain means contributing to the development of every individual’s skills and promoting the values of equality, transparency and efficiency.


Post description

Within the Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences and Communication and the Institute for the Analysis of Change in Contemporary and Historical Societies, Social Sciences and Humanities Sector and in a multi-site environment, post duties include teaching, research and community service activities.


  • Teaching 

You will mainly teach in the area of sociology and the social sciences, to adults returning to education to study for a Master’s in Economic and Social Policy. In this framework you must be able to provide teaching in the following areas: sociology of transitions, sociology of inequalities, political sociology, etc. You will also contribute teaching on methodological questions (training for university work, dissertation project).

You will also be invited to contribute teaching to the various other courses run by the Faculty. You will also supervise Master’s dissertations.


  • Research

You will develop your research activities, including directing research programmes, in the area of the sociology of transitions, with a particular focus on the transformations of productive and organisational models and changes in lifestyles and cultural models in the face of digital, demographic and environmental transformations.  

Contemporary societies are undergoing rapid, multidimensional changes. The development of digital technologies is transforming the economic, political and social activities. The climate crisis calls the lifestyles into question. Demographic trends (ageing, migration, etc.) challenge the cultural models. These dynamics are global and pervasive – they have implications in every aspect of social life. They have multiple consequences: changes in work and occupations, in productive and organisational models, in lifestyles and cultural models.

Your research will make it possible to understand the dynamics of change that are in play in the framework of these transitions and their effects in one or several areas of social life – work and employment. education, consumption, family and intergenerational relations, health, social relations, inequalities, justice, migration, etc.

You will supervise PhD theses.


  • In addition …

Once you are tenured, you will carry out various service activities and responsibilities within the institution, such as programme committee and study jury roles and management responsibilities within the faculty or research institute.

You will also contribute to serving society, particularly in the economic, social, cultural or development cooperation fields. Finally, you will ensure, through research and teaching activities, the university’s international visibility.


Who we’re looking for

  • Education

You have a PhD in Sociology or a comparable field. You have completed it with an extended study period abroad or significant experience outside your home institution.


  • Experience

You have a proven track record in university teaching, evidenced where possible by formal evaluations. Your scientific experience is demonstrated by publications of international standing.


  • Skills

You work well as part of a team of teachers and integrate research results into your teaching. You are capable of conducting high-level scientific research, from obtaining funding to team management. You are creative, open to pedagogical innovation and multidisciplinarity.

You communicate in French and English. If this is not the case, you undertake to acquire a command of these two languages within two years of taking up your post. Knowledge of other languages is an asset.


Specifically :

You have skills in teaching adults.


What we offer

  • Tenure after positive assessment of the probationary period – typically four years. This type of career entitles you to a public sector pension.
  • Appointment as lecturer or professor according to your previous academic experience, as determined by the Rectoral Council.
  • Teaching load capped at 90 hours for a full-time tenure-track position, and 150 hours once tenured.
  • An attractive and progressive salary according to seniority and the promotion process.
  • A start date of 1 September 2024 at the earliest.
  • An integrated leadership and management training programme, including a range of pedagogical, linguistic and other training courses.
  • Benefits including transport, family, culture, commercial, etc.
  • Official policy that supports equal opportunities and promotes diversity within academic and all other categories of staff.
  • Specific emphasis on a work-life balance.

Practical Information

Application deadline: Monday, November 13th at noon (UTC+1 Time Zone)

Starting date: September 1st 2024 



Social Sciences and Humanities Sector
Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences and Communication (ESPO) ( )
Institute for the Analysis of Change in Contemporary and Historical Societies (IACS) ( ) 

Need more information?

Questions about this position?

Prof. Olivier Servais, Dean ESPO – [email protected]
Prof. Marc Zune, President IACS – [email protected]


Questions about the procedure?
Cécile Lion, Rector’s Office, [email protected]


Questions about online application?
Andreea Chiriac, Rector’s Office, [email protected]



Apply only via the online application (applications submitted via any other channel will not be considered). 
To be considered, your application must contain within a single PDF:  

  • motivation letter;
  • current curriculum vitae;
  • full publication list and summary of three most significant recent publications;
  • research strategy: your five-year research programme AND a PhD thesis proposal for hiring a PhD student;
  • teaching programme;
  • copy of PhD diploma;
  • names and contact details of three to five persons who can recommend your application according to the mandatory current procedure.

For full details of the application :


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Years of Research Experience
More than 10

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