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Professor in Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics in the field of Marine/Freshwater Biology
Univerity Leuven | Belgium | Deadline: 25 Jun 2020

The Division ‘Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation’ at the Department of Biology at the KU Leuven (Belgium) is seeking candidates for a faculty position in Ecological and Evolutionary genomics starting 1 October 2021.

We encourage applications by outstanding candidates with a research program at the intersection of ecology and evolution which addresses fundamental research topics using a genomics toolbox with aquatic organisms. The successful candidate will be expected to build her/his own independent research group and further integrate and strengthen collaborations across research groups within the Division. The new faculty member will also have responsibility for part of the teaching in ecology, evolution and genomics.

After a pre-selection step by the Division, the successful candidate will be expected to continue the selection procedure at the university level for one of the two ‘BOFZAP’ categories of research professorships: junior BOFZAP for a researcher with high research potential proven by internationally recognized scientific publications, or Senior BOFZAP for a highly internationally recognized researcher in the field. Key selection criteria for BOFZAP positions is excellence in research reflected in both the scientific achievements and the research plan for the next five years. We aim for candidates with a research profile at the level of successful ERC applicants. Candidates should master up-to-date molecular and bioinformatic methods. Candidates are expected to teach students at all academic levels, including supervision of PhD students and postdocs. Candidates will be appoint-ted in an academic staff position (ZAP) with a rank depending on the candidate's qualifications. BOFZAP re-searchers receive a BOF start-up grant. In addition, the department of Biology provides a PhD fellowship of 4 years.

Information about the Division ‘Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation’ can be found at KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that was elected Europe’s most innovative university by Reuters and consistently ranks and features in Europe's top-15 universities within the Times Higher Education ranking. Leuven is a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes from Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.

For the pre-selection step by the Division please submit a motivation letter (max. 1 page), short CV (max. 2 pages), a scientific achievements track-record (max. 2 pages) including a list of five most important publications, and a first outline of a research plan for the coming 5 years (max. 2 pages). Please refer to potential collaborations within the Division in your research plan.

Questions can be directed to the Head of the Division, Professor Robby Stoks ( The application must be sent as a single PDF by email to with as subject ‘Eco-Evo Genomics faculty position’. The closing application date is June 25th 2020.

Note: this is a re-opening of the same vacancy posted in Spring 2019