An Academic Position In Comparative Politics And Multilevel Governance

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 Comparative Politics and Multilevel Governance


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 Political Sciences Louvain-Europe Institute 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 successful candidate will teach both in French and English in bachelor's and master's programs in political science and public administration in the various locations of the UCLouvain campus. His/her teaching will focus among others on comparative politics, federalism, contemporary issues of democracy as well as political movements and parties.
An interest in innovative pedagogical methods and online teaching devices is an asset.

The successful candidate will conduct research in the area (s) of comparative analysis of multilevel governance (political systems, political institutions, public policies, political actors).
The applicant will demonstrate a strong research experience supported by a publication record in one or several of the above areas of specialization, a participation to international networks, and the ability to successfully compete  for research funding.
Skills - at least a strong interest - in research methodology are expected.

The aptitude and interest for collaborations with related fields of research (comparative politics, political sociology, public administration, international relations, European studies, development studies...) will be appreciated, especially when they are supported by existing works with colleagues from other fields.

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. Michel Liegeois, President SPLE –

Humanities Sector
Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences and Communication (ESPO) (
Political Sciences Louvain-Europe Institute (SPLE) (

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 political science 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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