Academic Position in Corporate Finance
University of Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)





You are an ambitious, internationally oriented researcher in the domain of Corporate Finance. You publish in international top journals within the field, attract external research funding, develop international research projects, and advise doctoral students. You strive for excellence in research and as such contribute to the reputation of the Faculty of Economics and Business. You have an outspoken interest in fundamental scientific research and also perceive opportunities for valorization of research findings and applied research. You develop a (regional) network of business contacts that provides value to teaching and research. Even though research units are organized at the broad faculty level, you are expected to be actively present on the campus KULAK, not only for your teaching activities but also for your research activities.



You will teach courses in the field of Finance at the campus in Kortrijk. You also contribute to the continuing development of the educational programs of the department, and you supervise master theses. Tenure track candidates start with limited teaching duties.  You develop teaching methods in line with the KU Leuven approach of research-based education with an emphasis on activating students (see take advantage of the opportunities offered by the faculty and the university to further develop your teaching skills. You contribute to the educational philosophy of the university, and you show commitment to uphold the high standards of its programs.


You show a willingness to take up internal service duties. Although the research units are organized across the faculty and across the campus, an active commitment and presence on the Kortrijk campus is explicitly expected for this vacancy, not only for educational tasks, but also for research projects and services. You put teaching and research expertise at the service of society and aim to contribute to the broader social debate.



You have a PhD in Economics or Business with an emphasis on Corporate Finance or a PhD in a related domain with evidence of expertise in this field of research.

You have excellent research potential. The quality of your research is demonstrated by the quality of your PhD dissertation, promising research projects and papers, publications in top-tier peer-reviewed journals and/or international research experience. Junior applicants are expected to show research excellence through a pipeline of promising research projects, papers and academic references. Experience in writing grant proposals and a strong international network are recommended.

You can show evidence of strong didactical skills and preferably have teaching experience in the field of finance. Proficiency in Dutch is required within a period of two years to allow the candidate to teach in Dutch and maintain regional business contacts. If your proficiency in Dutch is not sufficient at the start of employment, you can follow language training provided by KU Leuven that can help you to learn Dutch to the required standard.



The vacancy is open to both junior and senior researchers. PhD students in the final phase of their studies may also apply. The successful candidate will be hired in the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or (Full) Professor depending on your qualifications and academic experience. Junior researchers will be appointed as assistant professor in tenure track for a period of 5 years, which in case of a positive evaluation is followed by an appointment as a tenured associate professor.


You will join a dynamic and internationally oriented research environment. For more information, please consult: and This full-time position initially requires a clear commitment to the study programs offered on the Kortrijk campus of the FEB. We offer a dynamic and internationally oriented research environment, with frequent collaboration with colleagues on the Leuven, Antwerp and Brussels campuses of the FEB. The Research group Finance is part of the department of Accounting, Finance and Insurance, and has research clusters on the following topics: Banking, Capital Markets, and Empirical Corporate Finance. The candidate’s research should have links to one of these research clusters.  


The Faculty of Economics and Business has systematically been ranked highly by several independent accreditation committees regarding the quality of its research and teaching programs. The FEB has recently acquired the renowned EQUIS accreditation and benefits from an extensive national and international network, both in academia and in the business world.


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%.


The KU Leuven pursues a policy of equal opportunity and diversity and explicitly encourages underrepresented groups at the university to apply.

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For more information please contact Prof. dr. Cynthia Van Hulle, chair of the search committee, mail: or Prof. dr. Laurens Cherchye, dean of the campus Kortrijk, mail: For problems with online applying, please contact


External reference letters (required for junior applicants) can be sent directly to


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You can apply for this job no later than November 15, 2019 via the online application tool

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