An Academic Position In Agricultural Economics

Country: Belgium;

City: Louvain

Vacancy added: 09.10.2018

Employer: Université catholique de Louvain

Resumes due: 15.11.2018


The Université catholique de Louvain invites applications for a tenure track or tenured full time position in Agricultural economics


UCLouvain is a comprehensive university offering, in the context of the present position, the opportunity of cross-disciplinary research and teaching collaborations. The position is attached to the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering and either the Earth and Life Institute or the Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in Quantitative Modelling and Analysis 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 modern living environment inside a naturally preserved neighbourhood, conveniently connected to the heart of Europe.

Description of the mission

The successful candidate will have teaching assignments in food and agricultural economics, rural development and agricultural policies.

The successful candidate will develop and drive a cutting-edge research program in the domain of Agricultural and Natural Resources Economics. The main research areas related to this position at the Earth and Life Institute include the feedback between the local scale and the global scale in environmental service systems and in agricultural systems (food and non-food branches) ; the interacting rural and urban dynamics ; bio- and agro-industries ; the circular economy ; the role and optimal use of energy, water and land resources ; transition pathways for agrifood systems at the regional and European scales.
The successful candidate will also benefit from the interactions with colleagues of the Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in Quantitative Modelling and Analysis, especially in the areas of regional economics, development economics and geographical economy.

Specific Qualification
An overall understanding of the state of resources (availability, access) and their optimal use, including sustainability issues, will be considered an asset.

Practical Information

Application deadline: Thursday 15 November 2018 at noon

Starting date:  1st  September, 2019

Further information :
Prof. Philippe Baret, Dean AGRO –
Prof. Claude Bragard, President ELI –
Prof. Philippe Chevalier, President IMAQ,

Science and Technology Sector
Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (AGRO) (
Earth and Life Institute (ELI) (
Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in Quantitative Modelling and Analysis (IMAQ) (

General conditions

Tasks : the applicant will:
- 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;
- contribute to the international visibility of the University through teaching and research excellence;
- be available to ensure, in the long term, different service activities and responsibilities within the University and its entities. 
- contribute to activities of the University with a societal impact in the fields of the economy, socio-cultural changes or cooperation with developing countries.

Qualifications : the applicant must have
- a PhD degree in agricultural economics or economics or any related discipline;
- a significant scientific record with international publications;
- either  studied abroad for an extensive period or have had substantial experience outside the UCLouvain;
- 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 fundings, to supervise projects, to animate and lead a research team;
- have team management and communication skills, including if possible fluency in French and English, spoken and written. Otherwise, you 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.

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:
Our HR policy supports equal opportunities and diversity including in the academic career. An attention is also paid to reconciliation of private life and professional life.

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