Vacancy Biblical Studies: Old Testament

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Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of KU Leuven and the Research Unit Biblical Studies invite applications for the position of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Full Professor of Old Testament.

Employment percentage: Full-time
Location: Leuven
Research Unit of Biblical Studies
Apply up to and including: Thursday, October 26, 2023


The successful candidate will:
  • Conduct research in the field of Old Testament studies based on your own expertise and interests.
  • Be willing to work (as part of a team) to further shape the research focusses developed in the Research Unit Biblical Studies.
  • Attract and support doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers.
  • Attempt to acquire competitive research funding.
  • Share research results by presenting at international conferences and publishing at the highest international level in peer-reviewed journals and book series.
  • Be willing to take a leading role in international associations and learned societies.


The successful candidate will:
  • Develop and deliver teaching, covering all aspects of Old Testament study, including historical criticism, literary criticism, contextual hermeneutical approaches, Biblical theology, and reception history.
  • Teach at all academic levels (BA, MA, PhD), both in Dutch and in English. On the BAlevel, the candidate might be asked to teach on the broad field of Biblical Studies (including the New Testament and language courses in Hebrew and/or Greek); on the MA and PhDlevel the candidate will mainly teach courses in the specific field of Old Testament Studies. The educational duties may include the teaching of the course Religie, zingeving en levensbeschouwing (Religion and Meaning) in other faculties of the university.
  • Contribute to intra-disciplinary and team-taught courses both within and outside the Faculty.
  • Participate in the international teaching cooperation projects of the Faculty (joint degrees, Erasmus)
  • Supervise the writing of Bachelor’s papers, and Master’s and doctoral theses (in Dutch and in English).
  • Support and stimulate international cooperation in teaching and research.


The successful candidate will:
  • Make research results available to the church and wider society and contribute to the development of didactic programmes for teachers and those in pastoral ministries.
  • Contribute to the administration and governance in the Faculty and the University.


The successful candidate will meet the following requirements at a level appropriate to their career stage: 
  • A doctoral degree in Theology, specialization: Old Testament (PhD and preferably also STD, or equivalent).
  • Teaching experience reflecting a broad knowledge of the study of the Old Testament, and of Biblical Studies in general.
  • An excellent international research profile demonstrated by publications, research projects, and the successful supervision of MA students.
  • The ability to teach courses/seminars in Dutch and in English at BA, MA, and PhD levels.
  • Good communication skills and a cooperative attitude.
  • Proficiency in English is required. The official administrative language and the primary teaching language of the KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not know Dutch at the start of your employment, the KU Leuven will provide language training (for a period of up to five years) to enable you to participate in meetings and to teach courses in Dutch.


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