JOB by: KU Leuven, June 24, 2019

Professor in computational morhpogenesis of structures in architectural design. (Full time)

at KU Leuven, Departement A.S.R.O.
Leuven, Belgium

App deadline: September 30, 2019
In the Science, Engineering and Technology Group, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture of KU Leuven, there is a full time academic position (ZAP) available in the field of Computational Morphogenesis of Structures in Architectural Design. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent interdisciplinary research record, competence in academic management and education, and familiar with the professional field. You will be part of a university that is systematically highly ranked for research and education quality by independent accreditation committees. The structure of KU Leuven combines faculties and research departments in a multi-campus model. The Faculty of Architecture consists of the academic architecture programmes (interior architecture, architecture, and spatial design and urban planning) on the Sint-Lucas Brussels and Ghent campuses. The faculty is responsible for the organisation of educational activities (www.arch.kuleuven.be). The Department of Architecture is responsible for the research in architecture, interior architecture, urbanism and spatial planning at the Faculty of Engineering Sciences (Leuven campus) and the Faculty of Architecture (Brussels and Ghent campuses). The department is an international expertise centre in these domains and the research is led by numerous professors and research groups with around 150 (international) PhD students (www.architecture.kuleuven.be). The research is performed across the campuses.

Research

You develop research into the potentials of computational modelling and generation of architectural form in which structural design is integrated through its material and constructive characteristics. By integrating feedback loops of computer aided structural design in the architectural design process, possibilities in architectural form are explored and generative drivers of the process investigated.
This research aims to develop innovative structural shapes, to explore and provide qualitative structural possibilities in architectural design, and to develop new insights and approaches in designing and materialising of architectural constructions in relation to the field of Structure. It strives to enrich the architectural discourse and to instigate a qualitative and creative interdisciplinary design process.

Your research connects with the current research vision of Constructing Architecture & Materialisation of the Department of Architecture. It is interdisciplinary as the Department of Architecture strives for intensive collaborations across disciplines, and between theory and design.
Your research strengthens the Bachelor and Master programmes in architecture and interior architecture, and in the International Master of Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture.

Specifically, the following is expected:

  • You will strengthen the existing research lines and provide complementary expertise
  • You develop a research programme at an international level and supervise PhDs
  • You are familiar with the professional field and strive through your research for interaction with the design studios. You value collaboration with the design practice.
  • You establish national and international collaboration networks within and outside the department, on local as well as international level.
  • You are capable of acquiring competitive funding and developing collaboration with the industry.
  • You strive to excel in research and you publish on a high scientific level, hereby contributing to the continued development of the department and faculty.

Education

The candidate is expected to provide high quality education within the field of Structure at the Faculty of Architecture with a clear commitment to the quality of the programme as a whole, in which you further develop the current educational concepts.
You develop your teachings in accordance with KU Leuven’s vision on activating and researched-based education and make use of the possibilities for the educationalist professionalisation offered by the faculty and the university. You also contribute to the pedagogic project of the faculty through the supervision of master theses and as a supervisor of PhD students. You teach several theoretical courses focusing on their application in the design studios and their contribution to a coherent pedagogical curriculum.
The teaching assignments are in Dutch and English.

Service

The candidate is committed to take the lead in the academic management, will participate in the further development of the architecture programmes and is also willing to take up a role in scientific and societal engagement. Scientific, social and internal services are part of your appointment, e.g. by maintaining close contacts with the professional field of engineers and architects with an exemplary design practice.
Moreover, the candidate will play an active role in the visibility and image of the department and faculty for new students and the broader professional field. This can be achieved through participation in public performances, open days, introduction sessions and so on.

Profile

You have a PhD on a topic related to the intended field of research and education. Design experience as architect and/or engineer is recommended. For this function we favour candidates with knowledge of and experience in engineering sciences and constructive building as well as architectural designing.

You have a strong research profile. The quality of your research is proven by leading publications and/or realisations. International (research) experience is an important asset. You are expected to formulate a research plan with initiatives and research threads for the first 5 year period.
You are familiar with architectural designing and contemporary tendencies in architecture.

Experience in academic teaching is recommended, and is assessed by a list of courses taught, an educational plan for future courses at the faculty (pedagogical concept, teaching material, table of contents of the courses), and/or a test lecture on a predetermined topic.

You possess organisational skills and have a cooperative attitude. You possess leadership capacities within a university context.

Proficiency in English is required.
The official administrative language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in administrative meetings.
Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch, respectively English, to the required standard.

Offer

We are offering a fulltime employment in a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. If applicable, a part-time appointment can be considered. Our university is highly inter- and multidisciplinarily focused and strives for international excellence. In this regard we actively work together with research partners in Belgium and abroad and provide our students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research. Its internationally renowned research and educational programmes cause it to consistently rank among the best 50 universities worldwide.

The Faculty of Architecture is committed to practice-oriented academic teaching in a university setting. Its inspiration is artistic, leading to critical, innovative and path-breaking thinking. There is room for dialogue and debate and the international dimension is ever present. You will work on the campuses of the Faculty of Architecture in Ghent and Brussels. The Department of Architecture is active on campuses in Ghent, Brussels and Leuven.

Depending on your record and qualifications, you will be appointed to or tenured in one of the grades of the senior academic staff: assistant professor, associate professor, professor or full professor. In principle, junior researchers are appointed as assistant professor on the tenure track for a period of 5 years; after this period and a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed (or tenured) as an associate professor.

KU Leuven is well set to welcome foreign professors and their family and provides practical support with regard to immigration & administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, partner career coaching, …
To facilitate scientific onboarding and accelerate research in the first phase a starting grant of 100.000 euro is offered to new professors without substantial other funding, appointed for at least 50%.”

Interested?

For more information on the content of the job, please contact:
• Prof. Dag Boutsen, dean Faculty of Architecture, tel. +32 93 98 64 84 or +32 2 447 19 00, email: dag.boutsen@kuleuven.be
• Prof. dr. ir. Laurens Luyten, Head of Architecture & Building Technology, tel. +32 9 398 63 49, email: laurens.luyten@kuleuven.be
• Prof. dr. Krista De Jonge, Chair Department of Architecture, tel.  +32 16 32 13 79, email: krista.dejonge@kuleuven.be
• Prof. dr. Yves Schoonjans, Vice-chair Department of Architecture email: yves.schoonjans@kuleuven.be
Please explain your vision on research and education in your application (max. 4 pages).
If you have problems submitting your application online, please contact solliciteren@kuleuven.be.
You can apply for this job no later than September 30, 2019 via the online application tool
KU 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 diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.
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