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https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/#/vacatures/54570642

(ref. ZAP-2018-34)

The Faculty of Arts at KU Leuven seeks to appoint a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Arabic and Islam Studies beginning 1 October 2018. We are looking for candidates who are internationally oriented, have excellent teaching competence and a strong research record. Mastering Modern Standard Arabic at native or near-native level is essential. Fluency in a spoken dialect is desirable. The position will be affiliated with the Research Unit of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the KU Leuven, located on the campuses of Leuven and Antwerp. Constructive collaboration among the members of this Research Unit at both locations is essential for its success.

Duties
Research

Responsibilities will include academic teaching, research and service and outreach in the field of Arabic and Islam Studies.

The postholder will be required to pursue a coherent research programme in the field of Classical Arabic and Islamic Studies by making clear connection to the developments in contemporary Islam. The candidate is expected to have outstanding scientific results of an international level. The postholder will be required to apply for competitive national and international funding, and to actively help building future research projects.

Education

The postholder is required to teach several courses, at both undergraduate and graduate levels   in Arabic and Islam Studies, with a clear commitment to the quality of the programme as a whole. These courses will include:

– Modern Standard Arabic (several modules)
– Introduction to Islam
– Qur’an and Islamic Religious Thought
– Seminar of Arabic-Islamic Arts
– Current Events in the Middle East and North Africa

The postholder must meet up with academic expectations in terms of level and orientation according to the educational vision of KU Leuven. The successful candidate will be able to make use of the possibilities for educational professionalization offered by the Faculty and University.

Main teaching responsibilities are located on the Faculty’s campus in Leuven, but the successful candidate should be prepared to take on teaching assignments on other campuses of the Faculty or/and in other related programmes.

Service

The postholder will be required to contribute actively to the administrative and management duties of the department and collaboration with other academic programmes and other non-academic professional field.


Requirements

You hold a PhD in Arabic and Islam Studies (or an equivalent relevant degree).

You master Modern Standard Arabic at native or near-native level (reading, writing and listening). Proficiency in a spoken dialect (speaking and listening) is desirable.

You have outstanding didactic teaching qualities and an excellent research and publication track record in Arabic and Islam Studies. The quality of your research is clearly reflected in high-quality international publications.

You possess organisational skills and have a collegial spirit.

Your application file should include a developed research proposal for the coming years (maximally two pages) and a profile statement outlining your view on teaching (maximally two pages).

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

You will be appointed on a full-time basis in an intellectually challenging environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied research. It is strongly inter- and multidisciplinary in focus and strives for international excellence. To this end, KU Leuven actively works together with its research partners at home and abroad. KU Leuven offers its students an academic education that is based on high-level research.

You will be appointed as Assistant Professor in the tenure-track system for a period of five years. Upon positive evaluation, you will be promoted to tenured Associate Professor.

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality, religion or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.


Interested?
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Johan Tollebeek, tel.: +32 16 32 50 00, mail: jo.tollebeek@kuleuven.be or Prof. dr. Helge Daniëls, mail:.helge.daniels@kuleuven.be, tel.: +32 3 502 15 00 For problems with online applying, please contact solliciteren@kuleuven.be.
You can apply for this job no later than April 21, 2018 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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