An Academic Position In Information And Communication

Country: Belgium;

City: Louvain

Vacancy added: 09.10.2018

Employer: Université catholique de Louvain

Resumes due: 15.10.2018


The Université catholique de Louvain invites applications for a tenure track or tenured full time position in Information and Communication


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 Economic, Social and Political Sciences and Communicationand the Institut Langage et Communication which 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 post-holder will deliver teaching in the curricula of the Master’s degree in Journalism and of the Bachelor’s degree in Information and communication. The courses he/she will teach will essentially cover subject matters related to the research fields in journalism described below. In order to ensure the quality of his/her teaching, a knowledge of the news media in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and in Flanders will eventually be necessary. The teaching of journalism practices in this context requires an excellent command of the French language.

The post-holder will carry on research on news gathering and monitoring methods (from local to international level) and/or on community journalism (from local to international level) and/or on innovative news models and their socio-economic assessment. He / she will conduct research at the Research Observatory on Media and journalism (ORM), within the Institute for Langage and Communication (IL&C).
The required field of expertise covers the following research domains: journalistic uses of emerging technology, news gathering and monitoring methods, design and development of innovative narrative and visualization processes and devices for news media, social sciences research methods relevant for journalism.
The candidate will work in the field of journalism and in the strongly interdisciplinary and transverse field of information and communication. He / she will be able to work in association with other research entities, and to maintain a dialogue with the professional worlds of journalism and media.

Practical Information

Application deadline: Thursday 15 November 2018 at 12.00 am

Starting date:  1st  September, 2019

Further information :
Prof. Sébastien Van Bellegem, Dean ESPO –
Prof. Philippe Verhaegen, President ILC –

Humanities Sector
Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences and Communication (ESPO) (
Institut Langage et Communication (ILC) (

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 Information and Communication or any related discipline;
- a significant scientific record with international publications;
- either  studied abroad for an extensive period or have had substantial experience outside 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. Attention is also paid to reconciliation of private life and professional life.

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