Full-time academic staff or tenure track (professor) in the area of low-temperature thermal energy systems
In the Science, Engineering and Technology Group, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technology Cluster Mechanical Engineering Technology, Campus Geel at KU Leuven a full-time vacancy for academic staff or tenure track (professor) is therefore available in the area of low-temperature thermal energy systems. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent research record in this area and a strong affinity with industrial applications. Besides scientific research the candidate will be teaching in the field of thermal energy within the Faculty of Engineering Technology at campus Geel.
The research of the Department of Mechanical Engineering focuses on the major challenges that our society faces: the sustainability of the energy-supply, the mobility problem in our major conurbations, healthcare for the ageing population and protection of our prosperity by continuous industrial innovation. The department is involved in numerous research projects and is strongly linked to the valorisation services of the university and to research institutes for technology transfer at the Flemish and European level. The department has about 50 professors and 400 staff. Over the years, the department has acquired and built a unique infrastructure to support its research. The department is particularly active in establishing spin-offs, which illustrates the social and economic relevance of its research. Many of these spin-offs are technological leaders in their area, and their products and services enjoy worldwide renown. The division of Applied Mechanics and Energy Conversion, to which the research of the candidate will be linked, focuses on research into sustainable energy at the different levels of energy issues ranging from the development, optimization and control of new energy technologies up to global energy policy. The division has 5 professors and 40 academic staff. This vacancy is situated at the KU Leuven campus in Geel where the department and the division will strategically focus their industrial-oriented research in the field of thermal energy. A first professorship has been filled last year. The present profile vacancy is complementary to the previous one. Moreover, the campus has already accumulated ten years of experience in practice-based research and services (both regionally and European-wide) through the Knowledge Centre for Energy (KCE). Additionally, several KU Leuven research groups in life sciences are active on the campus, focusing on the agricultural and food industry. The activities of the candidate will therefore also aim at valorisation in these and related sectors (e.g. the process industry). Further opportunities are available with the new research labs at EnergyVille in Waterschei.