Offre d’emploi – Full-time Tenure Track Position in the Cultural History of the Middle Ages (KU Leuven)

A full-time tenure-track position in the field of the cultural history of the Middle Ages is vacant in the Department of History of the Faculty of Arts on KU Leuven Campus Kulak Kortrijk. The teaching activities mainly take place at the KU Leuven Campus Kulak in Kortrijk and require an active presence at this campus. We seek applications from internationally oriented candidates with an excellent track record in research and outstanding didactic skills. The appointment starts on 1 September 2023. The Faculty of Arts of KU Leuven Campus Kulak Kortrijk is strongly committed to interdisciplinary and period-transcending research. The campus has a solid tradition of historical research, also in interaction with literary and political sciences and across time periods. At Campus Kulak Kortrijk, the Faculty of Arts provides education in the first two phases of the Bachelor’s programmes in History and Language and Literature, with an option in Political Science and Applied Linguistics. The Faculty of Arts at KU Leuven is internationally highly regarded for the quality of its teaching and research, and has a broad international academic network at its disposal. The Department of History carries out high-quality and in-depth research in various historical periods and domains of the study of history, with a wide range of research methods and themes. It has a strong focus on international and interdisciplinary collaboration. The department consists of five research groups, more than twenty professors and eighty researchers and staff members. It is active in both research and education at Campus Leuven and Campus Kulak Kortrijk.



Your research profile concerns the cultural history of the Central and/or Late Middle Ages, preferably regarding the Low Countries and in a comparative European or Global perspective. You are interested in interdisciplinary research and adopt a cross-period approach. It is recommended that your research relates in terms of content or methodology to current research into historical, cultural and literary (trans)regional connections in the Low Countries in the modern period on campus Kulak Kortrijk.

Your research fits the profile of the Research Group Middle Ages, which is based on the continuity of the Western Middle Ages with Late Antiquity and the Early Modern Period. Geographically, the research field currently covers the Low Countries with a strong focus on international comparison. The main research and teaching topics are urban and gender history, the interaction between church and society, and ecological and rural history, with special attention to the social dimension of the phenomena studied. The research group attaches great importance to the knowledge and practical application of paleography, historical methodology and heuristics.

It can be considered an added value if your research also connects with one of the other disciplines practiced within the faculty.

You will strive for excellence in scholarly research: you publish at the highest academic level, you promote and support national and international collaborations and help to develop them further. You also work to stimulate cooperation from the region of Kortrijk with the local and regional heritage sector and national research institutions, among others, to valorise your own research and that of the research group, in collaboration with colleagues from Leuven and Kortrijk. Moreover, it is part of your task to obtain competitive research funding, attract doctoral students and supervise them adequately.


You will provide high-quality teaching in the Bachelor’s programme of History at Campus Kulak Kortrijk and at Campus Leuven, as well as in the Master’s programme of History at Campus Leuven. You also supervise Bachelor’s and Master’s theses.

You endorse the focus on innovative and interactive education of Campus Kulak Kortrijk and you will develop your teaching in accordance with the KU Leuven vision on pro-active, research-based instruction. You will make use of the opportunities offered by the faculty, the campus and the university to further professionalise your teaching.

At the outset your teaching duties, which will amount to a load of approximately 20 to 25 ECTS, will include the following or similar courses. You will teach some of these courses in close collaboration with your colleagues and with teaching assistants. The teaching load may still be subject to change in consultation with the programme director. In any case, you will teach the cultural history of the Middle Ages and introduce students to the heuristic skills of the historical métier.

In the Bachelor’s programme History on Campus Kulak Kortrijk:

• Geschiedenis van de middeleeuwen (6 ects – ba1, V0LA3A)

• Initiatie in de historische praktijk: oefeningen (4 ects – ba1 – in co-teaching, V0LC1A)

• Historisch onderzoek van de middeleeuwen (4 ects – ba2, V0LG7B)

• Paleografie (4 ects, V0LD0A)

In the Master’s programme History on Campus Leuven:

• A master’s course (possibly in English) that matches your research expertise

• The partim ‘Schriftgeschiedenis’ in Boekarcheologie en schriftgeschiedenis (3 ects – in co-teaching, F0VF4A)


You are willing to take on scientific, social and internal academic services. You actively work on forms of regional and international collaboration with actors in your field. Within the institution, you are actively present on the Kulak campus. In addition to teaching and research duties, you participate in information and recruitment events and extra-muros activities. In time, you will also be prepared to take on policy-making tasks at the campus and in the faculty.

You are responsible for the further development of the history component at KU Leuven Campus Kulak Kortrijk, in interaction with the wider region. You represent us in the region and function as a contact person between the university and local authorities.


You hold a doctorate in History with specialisation in the history of the Middle Ages.

You hold a strong track record in research in the field of the cultural history of the Middle Ages.

You have demonstrable teaching skills at an academic level in the fields of history of the Middle Ages and the auxiliary sciences necessary for the study of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period. Teaching experience is essential.

You possess organisational skills, you have a collegial mindset and are a team player. You also exhibit leadership skills in a university context.

You attach importance to science communication and valorisation of scientific research for a wider audience.

The official 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 meetings. Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch, respectively English, to the required standard.


We offer full-time employment in an intellectually challenging, but small scale environment. KU Leuven campus Kulak Kortrijk is part of a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that conducts both fundamental and applied academic research. It has a strong interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary focus and strives for international excellence. To this end, it collaborates actively with its research partners at home and abroad. It offers its students an academic education based on high-level scholarly research.

You will be appointed to the position of tenure track assistant professor for a period of 5 years; afterwards, subject to a positive evaluation, you will be appointed to the tenured position of associate professor.

KU Leuven is well-equipped to welcome foreign professors and their families and provides practical support with regard to immigration & administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, partner career coaching, etc.

To facilitate academic onboarding and accelerate research in the first phase, a starting grant of 100,000 euro is offered to new professors who cannot rely on substantial other funding and who are appointed for at least 50%.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Dagmar Vandebosch, tel.: +32 56 24 60 46, mail: or Prof. dr. Martin Kohlrausch, tel.: +32 16 32 49 76, mail: problems with online applying, please contact

Your motivation letter should be accompanied by a biosketch in which you demonstrate your added value as an academic for the core tasks of research, education and service in your past career and for your future activities (max. 2 pages) and an extensive CV including a complete list of publications. In addition, you draw up a research plan with attention to the development of a research line and team, specifying relevant collaborations with other researchers at Kortrijk Campus and providing a framework for the integration of these collaborations in the Department of History (max. 2 pages), as well as a teaching plan with your vision on academic education and educational organisation (max. 2 pages). Finally, you explain an initiative for science communication (max. 2 pages).

You can apply for this job no later than January 09, 2023 via the online application tool

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