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[NMusers] Pharmacometrics: full-time tenured academic position at KU Leuven

From: Pieter Annaert <>
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:36:28 +0000

KU Leuven invites applications for a full-time tenured academic position in=
 Pharmacometrics at the Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sc=

We are looking for a dynamic and motivated individual (m/f) with an excelle=
nt research record and experience in this field.


Ref. ZAP-2015-114

The Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences includes all =
medicines related disciplines from validation of a target to the safe use o=
f a drug by the patient.

While modelling and simulation are currently applied within several researc=
h units of the department, there is a clear need for the implementation of =
expertise and vision in the field of model-based drug development.


* Research

You have a strong interest in one or more sub-disciplines in the field of P=
harmacometrics, including pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (PKPD)-, and phys=
iologically-based PK (PBPK)-modelling and simulation, quantitative pharmaco=
logy, systems pharmacology and clinical trial simulation.
You establish an innovating research program in this domain, with ample opp=
ortunities for collaboration with clinical researchers at the University Ho=
spitals Leuven. Diverse clinical and non-clinical data sources regarding ex=
posure and/or therapeutic/toxic effects of drugs that are either small mole=
cules or biologicals are available and do not need to be generated. The obt=
ained scientific output will be expected to adhere to the highest internati=
onal standards.
You will establish state-of-the-art computational models supporting interpr=
etation of clinical and non-clinical data, ultimately resulting in: (i) imp=
roved drug development processes; and (ii) superior therapeutic drug regime=
ns (as well as improved clinical trial designs) for the intended population=
You independently develop your research program, and you attract the necess=
ary competitive research funds.
You provide support for modelling and simulation to colleagues within the d=
epartment. You also collaborate with the various scientists within the grou=
p of Biomedical Sciences. In particular, you are expected to implement and =
apply novel approaches in pharmacometric data analysis.
You will supervise PhD and post-doctoral research in an international setti=

* Teaching

You take on teaching assignments in the field of pharmacokinetic modelling.=
 This assignment will be based on your specific competence as determined in=
 consultation. Teaching duties will be limited during the first years and w=
ill gradually increase, depending on your qualifications.
You contribute to the educational project of the department and the univers=
ity by guidance of master's theses and as supervisor of doctoral students.
You develop your teaching according to the vision of the KU Leuven on activ=
ating and research-based education and you use the educational opportunitie=
s for professional development offered by the university.

* Service

You are willing to support and initiate internal and external scientific an=
d societal services to the community as a whole and the general public.


You have a PhD in either Pharmaceutical Sciences, Bioinformatics, Bioscienc=
e engineering or equivalent.
You have working knowledge of several state-of-the-art software tools relev=
ant to model-based drug development and pharmacometrics. Background in drug=
 development processes, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and (bio)pharmaceuti=
cs is important.
You have at least 3 years of postdoctoral experience, with preference for j=
unior applicants. International research experience is highly appreciated.
You are able to conduct independent research and are skilled to obtain the =
necessary national and international funding.
You have an excellent research record and very good teaching and training s=
kills, in order to contribute to the research output of the department and =
to the quality of its educational program. The high quality of your researc=
h should be evidenced by publications in international peer-reviewed journa=
You have good organisational skills and a team-player attitude. You have le=
adership capacity within the University context.
With your motivation letter you add a research statement (max. 3 pages) hig=
hlighting your added value for the research program of our Department and f=
or the Biomedical Sciences Group. In a teaching statement you elaborate on =
your vision on academic teaching (max. 1 page).
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 Le=
uven will provide language training to enable you to take part in meetings.
Before teaching courses in Dutch or English,you will be given the opportuni=
ty to learn Dutch respectively English to the required standard.


We are offering full-time employment in an intellectually challenging envir=
onment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented Univers=
ity that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. It i=
s highly inter-and multidisciplinary focused and strives for international =
excellence. In this regard, it actively works together with research partne=
rs in Belgium and abroad. It provides its students with an academic educati=
on that is based on high-quality scientific research.
You will work in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the=
 heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes from Brussels, the capital of the Euro=
pean Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.
Depending on your record and qualifications, you will be appointed to or te=
nured in one of the grades of the senior academic staff: assistant professo=
r, associate professor, professor or full professor. In principle, junior r=
esearchers are appointed as assistant professor on the tenure track for a p=
eriod of 5 years; after this period and a positive evaluation, they are per=
manently appointed (or tenured) as an associate professor.

Interested ?

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Arthur Van Aerschot, tel.: +3=
2 16 37 26 24, mail:<>.
For problems with online applying, please contact<=>.

You can apply for this job no later than November 26, 2015 via the online a=
pplication tool :

KU Leuven carries out an equal opportunity and diversity policy.

Received on Fri Oct 30 2015 - 09:36:28 EDT

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