The Science & Technology Group, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Division of Geology at KU Leuven and the Geodynamics and Mineral Resources research group of the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) jointly offer a full-time position (Prf-051) (each with an appointment of 50 %) in the context of the BELSPO FED-tWIN research program (Programme of sustainable research cooperation between the federal scientific institutes (FSI) and the universities). The 50% appointment at KU Leuven is a tenure track professor. The 50% appointment at the Royal Museum for Central Africa is a contract of indefinite duration as a work leader (salary scale SW2). Candidates are sought in the field of formation and geochemistry of rare metal ores, with an emphasis on deposits in Central Africa. We are looking for candidates with an excellent research curriculum and educational competence in the field of geology. o KU Leuven The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences can build on a solid research infrastructure, an extensive international network, international image, a stable range of talented doctoral students and a supportive working environment. The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences has as its main mission the performance of high-quality scientific research on the functioning of geo- and ecosystems on different time and space scales, including human-environment interactions, and the sustainable management of natural resources. Researchers within the division of Geology study planet Earth. In addition to fundamental research questions about how geological processes work, the research is driven by the societal challenges of today and in the future, such as the use of non-renewable resources, the availability of water, climate change or the management of waste. https://ees.kuleuven.be/geology/ o Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) The Geodynamics and Mineral Resource (GMR) Unit has an acknowledged expertise on geology and mineral resources (Sn-W-Ta-Nb, Cu-Co, Mn, Fe) in Central Africa. A skilled staff, an extensive network of contacts at African universities allowing shared fieldwork, rich lithological collections, and equipped lab facilities are the assets of the GMR Unit. Scientific research in the GMR Unit focuses on mineral resources in a holistic way encompassing their geology, exploitation and contribution to a local sustainable development. Knowledge transfer and development cooperation are other institutional missions of the GMR Unit. https://www.africamuseum.be/en/research/discover/earth_sciences/geodynamics_natural_resources
You develop a research program on international level in the geochemistry and economic geology of rare metal ore deposits (Li-Be-Nb-Ta-Sn-W-P-REE) within the framework of a FED-tWIN collaboration between KU Leuven and the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) (Project GEMMA: GEology of Magmatic critical Metals in central Africa). The focus of this research profile is on the study of these metal deposits in the Central African Great Lakes region (Rwanda,Burundi, and DR Congo). The economic and industrial incentive is driven by the strategic importance of Be, P, Nb, Ta, W and REE as critical raw materials essential for the EU high-tech manufacturing industry.
You have a broad knowledge of geology, and you are an international researcher in the field of geochemistry of ore deposits, with expertise complementary to the research activities within the geology division (KU Leuven). You will conduct research on economic geology and will develop collaborations in this field. Research expertise on the formation of rare-metal deposits, Central African geology, trace element geochemistry, microanalysis (LA-ICP-MS, Raman microscopy etc.) and fluid and melt inclusions are strongly recommended.
You develop your own research group in an international framework in synergy with research groups at KU Leuven and at the RMCA. This FED-tWIN research profile specifically aims at developing a strong scientific collaboration between the KU Leuven and RMCA and the foundation of a research and knowledge centre on economic critical, rare-metals in Central Africa.
You publish at the highest scientific level, you are able to obtain competitive financing, you develop international cooperation and you supervise doctorates at an international level.
You provide high-quality education within the bachelor and master in the Geology at the KU Leuven, with a clear commitment to the quality of education as a whole. You also contribute to the pedagogical project of the faculty and university by supervising master theses and as a promoter of doctoral students. You develop your educational project in accordance with the vision of KU Leuven on activating and research-based education and you make use of the opportunities for educational professionalization that the faculty and the university offer.
A comprehensive vision on service towards society fits within the missions of the RMCA to aspire to be a world centre of research and knowledge dissemination on past and present societies and natural environments of Africa, and in particular Central Africa. The RMCA missions to foster, among the public at large and the scientific community, the understanding of and interest in this area and, through partnerships, to contribute substantially to its sustainable development. Thus, the core endeavours of this Africa-oriented institution consist of acquiring and managing collections, conducting scientific research, implementing the results of this research, disseminating knowledge, and mounting selected exhibitions of its collections.
Service provision is therefore an important aspect within this FED-tWIN profile and will include science education and communication initiatives on the topics: critical raw materials, planetary metal scarcity, sustainable resource management and conflict minerals. The RMCA offers a strong network in combination with new infrastructure in the renovated museum to excel in scientific education and communication for primary and secondary schools, training courses, international internships and scientific visitors.
You have a PhD in sciences: geology, obtained at the earliest 12 years before the submission date of the job application. The 12-year period is extended by one year for each maternity, parental & adoption leave & for each long-term sick leave of yourself or your immediate family.
You have a strong research curriculum within the domain of geology, geochemistry and magmatic petrology of rare metal deposits, and demonstrable contributions regarding services. Your research quality is apparent from publications in leading international journals. International research experience is an important plus. You should have profound experience with field work (geological mapping) focusing on Central African geology, wet geochemistry, micro-analyses (LA-ICP-MS, Raman spectroscopy), quantitative magmatic petrology and trace element geochemistry).
If you have recently obtained a PhD, it is important that you substantiate your research and growth potential with academic references.
You have demonstrable qualities for academic education. Education experience is a plus.
You have organizational skills and you are collegial. You also have managerial capacities in 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.
Within the FED-tWIN framework, the KU Leuven offers a 50% appointment as a tenure track professor in combination with an appointment as a 50% contractual researcher (work leader salary scale SW2) (indefinite duration) at the Royal Museum for Central Africa.
The KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research.She has a strong inter- and multidisciplinary focus and strives for international excellence. The KU Leuven actively cooperates with its research partners at home and abroad. She offers her students an academic education based on high-level scientific research.
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%.
Place of employment:
KU Leuven, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Celestijnenlaan 200E, 3001 Leuven
Royal Museum for Central Africa, Leuvensesteenweg 13, 3080 Tervuren
For further information you can contact Prof. dr. Philippe Muchez, Departement of Earth & environmental Sciences, KU Leuven, tel.: +32 16 32 75 84, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Prof. dr. Gert Verstraeten, Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, KU Leuven, mail: email@example.com or Dr. Thierry De Putter, Royal Museam of Central Africa, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Applicants are asked to add the following components to their candidacy:
- a bio sketch in which they demonstrate their added value as an academic researcher for the core tasks of research, education and services in their past career and for their future activities (maximum 2 pages);
- a file about their five most important publications or realizations;
- an extensive CV (including a complete publication list);
- a research plan with attention to the development of a research line and associated research team with an eye for collaboration with fellow researchers within the employment entity (maximum 4 pages);
- their vision on academic education and its organization (maximum 2 pages);
- their contribution to service activities (internal representation through membership in councils and administrative bodies, contributions to society through education and research, outreach and science communication) (maximum 1 page);
- their vision of leadership (maximum 1 page).
You can apply for this job no later than February 24, 2020 via the online application tool
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|Title||Full Time Position (50% Tenure Track Professorship and 50% SW2 - Workleader):geochemistry and Economic Geology of Magmatic Ore Deposits in Central Africa|
|Job location||Oude Markt 13, 3000 Leuven|
|Published||November 19, 2019|
|Application deadline||February 24, 2020|
|Job types||Researcher,   Professor,   Assistant / Associate Professor,   Tenure Track  |
|Fields||Environmental Science,   Economic Geography,   Geology,   Spectroscopy,   Geochemistry,   Petrology  |