Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Professorship in Quantum Chemistry of Electronically Excited States at the University of Leuven

At the Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry. We are looking for a dynamic and highly motivated individual (m/f) with an excellent research record and teaching skills.

The successful candidate should develop a research program and aspire excellence in the domain of quantum chemistry/computational chemistry, with particular emphasis on the description of the (electronic, geometrical, vibrational) structure of electronically excited states by means of ab initio wave function methods. She/he will be expected to take the lead in intense collaborations with experimental research groups at the KU Leuven (as well as in an international context), by offering quantum chemical support and additional insight in the spectroscopic characterization of molecular materials. The candidate is expected to remain at the frontline during the development and improvement of quantum chemical techniques for the simulation of spectroscopic data. He/she will also keep close contact with developments in methodologies (continuum models, embedding models, QM/MM) that may complement the description of the quantum mechanical region of the molecular system with a lower- level treatment of its surroundings, aiming at improving the correspondence with experimental measurements.

The selected candidate will assume teaching responsibilities in Chemistry, including courses in quantum chemistry and computational chemistry. She/he is expected to play a leading role in the development of initiatives promoting the visibility/attractiveness of theory as part of the educational programme in chemistry. The candidate is expected to have a strong background in group theory, or should be able to acquire it in short time, for teaching purposes at the master level. The candidate will strive to achieve the objectives of the KU Leuven in academic level and orientation, and will subscribe to the teaching project of the KU Leuven. Dedication to general education and quality is naturally expected.

Interested candidates should hold a Ph.D. or doctoral degree in Chemistry or equivalent.
Qualified candidates are expected to have an excellent research record and very good teaching and training skills, in order to contribute to the research output of the department and to the quality of its educational program. The high quality of the candidate's research should be evidenced by publications in international peer-reviewed journals and by international research experience.
If you do not speak Dutch, you will be expected to learn the language within three years of your appointment. The required proficiency level will depend on the duties assigned to you. Dutch language courses are offered at KU Leuven.Proficiency in the English language is also required.

The full-time position can be offered in one of the academic levels (full professor, professor, associate professor, assistant professor), depending on the qualifications of the candidate.

For more information please contact the Department Chair, prof. dr. Steven De Feyter, tel.: +3216327921, mail: For problems with online applying, please contact Mrs. Katoe Buyle, tel.: +3216328324, mail:
You can apply for this job no later than September 30, 2013 via the online application tool

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