21 December 2020

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For more information please contact Prof. dr. Baldwin Van Gorp, tel.: +32 16 32 31 79, mail: or Prof. dr. Stef Aupers, tel.: +32 16 37 23 07, mail: or dean prof. dr. S. Eggermont, tel.: +32 16 32 32 38, mail: problems with online applying, please contact

Apply before 22 February 2021

At the Institute for Media Studies, embedded in the Faculty of Social Sciences of KU Leuven, a full time professor position (ZAP) is vacant. KU Leuven is one of the leading academic institutions in Europe and its mission is to provide excellent academic education, research and services. KU Leuven is a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and is consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in Europe.

Within the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Institute for Media Studies (IMS), in addition to the School for Mass Communication Research (SMCR), is a research unit that focuses on research on media and communication in society. The focus in research is mainly on media content, production, effects and usage of media—usually in relation to society and societal issues. A great deal of attention is paid to the consequences of the far-reaching digitalisation of communication. IMS is known for its broad orientation, openness and diversity within the team of employees, which translates into a variety of theoretical perspectives, questions and quantitative and qualitative methods in the research.

This vacancy can be situated within the broad domain of (digital) media and corporate communication (companies, government agencies, NGOs, etc.).


You are expected to develop a research program at an international level and strive for an excellent research output, including publications in renowned, international and peer-reviewed academic journals and other forms of professional science communication. We expect you to clearly position yourself within IMS by means of a research vision and programme which, on the one hand, is complementary to the available expertise and, on the other hand, will lead to clear added value in cooperation with colleagues. Your research has both a distinct empirical and theoretically orientation. The emphasis is on gaining new insights and developing concepts and theories of the mediated communication of organisations (commercial companies, government, non-profit organisations, etc.) and has a clear social sciences / communication science approach. More particularly, your research on corporate communication deals with 1) internal communication (i.e. the influence of digital media and communication on organisations, work and employees) and/or 2) external communication (i.e. of public information, crisis communication, corporate social responsibility and the way different audiences understand and evaluate these).

This position has explicitly the intention to strengthen the research of IMS. On the one hand, it relates to the existing research program of the research unit, on the other hand, it complements it by introducing new theoretical perspectives, themes or qualitative and/or quantitative methods. In close cooperation with the colleagues of IMS, the candidate actively participates in the development of existing and future research projects. You will also develop your own research program and be able to obtain competitive funding for it.


The two research units at the department of communication science, IMS and SMCR, are jointly responsible for the organisation of the Bachelor and Master in Communication Sciences, the English-language Master in Digital Media and Society, the Master in Business Communication and the Master in Journalism. Your teaching assignment will include both theoretical and methodological courses in Communication Science in general and Corporate Communication in particular. Your teaching is particularly situated in the Master's in Business Communication administrated by the Faculty of Social Sciences in close collaboration with the Faculty of Arts, and the major 'strategy and organisation' within the Master's in Communication Science. You will also supervise theses of Master students and doctorate students.

You have experience with teaching for large groups and have broad employability in the Bachelor and Master Programme through profound knowledge of and insight in the social sciences, media sociology and media psychology. You possess strong didactic skills, provide high-quality education, with a clear commitment to the quality of the academic program as a whole. You develop your education in accordance with KU Leuven's vision on activating and research-based education.


You are prepared to provide scientific, social and internal services. This manifests itself, among other things, in a constructive contribution to education and research that are in part collective projects the department (e.g. participation in meetings, teacher days, information sessions, recruitment activities, exchange programs).


Applicants hold a PhD in social sciences or an equivalent diploma. We are looking for a researcher with a broad theoretical knowledge, a multidisciplinary interest and a strong background in social scientific research methods. Your research file testifies to excellence in several areas. This is evident, for example, from the quality of your doctoral research, publications with a high impact and acquired research funding. We highly value professional behavior and collegiality and expect you to cooperate closely with the members of the research group as well as with other research groups and disciplines at KU Leuven. You have an extensive international network and/or are willing to develop this further within the context of the research unit.

You have excellent teaching skills and preferably experience in teaching for large groups.

The official administrative language of KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not know Dutch or know Dutch insufficiently at the time of recruitment, KU Leuven will provide language training hat should allow you to participate in administrative meetings.

Before teaching in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to acquire the required knowledge of Dutch or English respectively.


We offer full-time employment in an intellectually challenging and international environment. You will work in Leuven, a historic and at the same time dynamic and lively city in the heart of Belgium, twenty minutes away from Brussels, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.

Depending on your experience and qualification, the position will be filled at one of the levels of the Senior Academic Staff: assistant professor, associate professor, professor, or full professor. Junior researchers are appointed as tenure track professors for a period of 5 years, after which, in the event of a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed as associate professors.The anticipated starting date for this position is September 1, 2021.

To facilitate scientific integration and research in the first phase, start-up funding of €100,000 is offered to new professors who do not have substantial other funding (e.g. ERC).

KU Leuven is well equipped to welcome foreign professors and their families and offers practical support in the areas of immigration and administration, housing, childcare, Dutch learning, partner career coaching, etc.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Baldwin Van Gorp, tel.: +32 16 32 31 79, mail: or Prof. dr. Stef Aupers, tel.: +32 16 37 23 07, mail: or dean prof. dr. S. Eggermont, tel.: +32 16 32 32 38, mail: problems with online applying, please contact can apply for this job no later than February 22, 2021 via the online application toolKU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at