Junior professor in thermo-hydraulics for lead cooled Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)

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Junior professor in thermo-hydraulics for lead cooled Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)


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Offer DescriptionResearch

  • You are expected to set up a research programme that will strengthen the research portfolio of the two research groups at KU Leuven and UCLouvain. Focus of your research is on thermo-hydraulics to support the development of lead cooled SMRs, including the opportunities that might be offered by the use of additive manufacturing for an improved design concept. Research topics can include integrated thermo-hydraulic design of SMR systems, e.g. to ensure passive safety, optimal heat exchanger design, etc. The research is executed in close cooperation with the SMR research and development team at SCK CEN with the aim of intensifying the research on nuclear fission in Belgium.
  • You are capable to mobilize expertise from other research teams within both KU Leuven and UCLouvain in order to ensure the intensification of the academic research on nuclear fission.
  • You will strive for excellence in your research, create scholarly output that stands up to comparison with the highest international standards and, through project applications, secure external funding.
  • You supervise PhD researchers and take responsibility for their academic and professional development.


  • You will ensure high-quality education in the study programmes of the Faculties of Engineering at both universities, more specifically in course units that tie in with your research such as for courses in the interuniversity Master of nuclear engineering, see
  • You develop your teaching in accordance with KU Leuven’s and UCLouvain’s vision of activating and research-based education and make use of the opportunities for educational professionalization offered by both faculties and universities.


  • You are willing to provide scientific, social, industrial and internal services. Given the focus of this position on research and teaching, a strong involvement in service is not expected.

RequirementsResearch Field Engineering Education Level PhD or equivalentLanguages ENGLISH Level ExcellentLanguages DUTCH Level BasicAdditional InformationBenefits

  • We offer a full-time appointment as assistant professor for a fixed term, starting at earliest on October 1st, 2024 until September 30th, 2028 (50% at KU Leuven and 50% at UCLouvain) in an intellectually challenging environment. Extension of the appointment depends on your performance as well as on further financial support from the government.
  • KU Leuven, UCLouvain and SCK CEN are research-intensive, internationally oriented centres conducting both fundamental and applied scientific research. The three institutions have a strong inter- and multidisciplinary focus and strive for international excellence. To this end, KU Leuven, UCLouvain, and SCK CEN actively cooperate with their research partners at home and abroad. KU Leuven and UCLouvain offer their students an academic education based on high-level scientific research. The SCK CEN Academy organizes a unique international training in reactor technology.
  • Your appointment implies to work 50% of the time in Leuven and 50% of the time in Louvain-la-Neuve and maintain regular contact with SCK CEN.

Eligibility criteria

  • You have a PhD in Engineering Science or a related field, and have expertise in the field of nuclear technology.
  • You have a strong research profile. The quality of your research is proven by publications in prominent international journals and patents. International experience is an advantage.
  • You have demonstrable qualities related to academic education. Teaching experience is an advantage.
  • You possess organisational skills and have a cooperative attitude. You also possess leadership capacities within a university context.
  • A good command of English is required. KU Leuven offers courses in academic English.
  • The administrative language of KU Leuven is Dutch. If you have no or insufficient knowledge of Dutch upon recruitment, KU Leuven provides a training offer that should allow you to participate in board meetings. Before teaching a class assignment in Dutch, you will be given the opportunity to acquire the knowledge of Dutch required for this purpose.
  • You communicate also in French. If this is not the case, you commit to acquire proficiency in this language within two years of taking up your post.

Selection processFor more information please contact:• Prof. dr. ir. Martine Baelmans, tel.: +32 16 32 25 17, mail: • Prof. dr. ir. Hervé Jeanmart, tel.: +32 10 47 22 09, mail: apply for both (KU Leuven + UC Louvain) posts, please submit your application only to UCLouvain, via the online recruitment platform “Success Factors”, before May 5th, 2024, and do not use the button “Apply for this position” on the KU Leuven website.Add to your application following documents:- Motivation letter- Your 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);- CV + full publication list and summary of 3-5 most significant recent publications;- Research strategy: your four-year research plan and a PhD thesis proposal for hiring a PhD student;- Your vision on academic education and its organization (maximum 2 pages);- Copy of PhD diploma- Names and contact details of 3-5 persons who can recommend your application. The acknowledgement of receipt of your application will tell you how to submit your letters of recommendation.KU Leuven and UCLouvain places great importance on research integrity and ethical conduct and will therefore ask you to sign an integrity statement u… For more information seeWork Location(s)Number of offers available 1 Company/Institute KU Leuven Country Belgium State/Province Vlaams Brabant City Leuven Postal Code 3000 Street Leuven GeofieldWhere to apply WebsiteContact State/ProvinceLeuven CityVlaams Brabant StreetLeuven Postal Code3000STATUS: EXPIRED

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Louvain, Brabant Flamand

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Sat, 06 Apr 2024 05:27:51 GMT

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