NONMEM Users Network Archive

Hosted by Cognigen

Full-time tenured academic position in Pharmacometrics (KU Leuven, Belgium)

From: Pieter Annaert <pieter.annaert>
Date: Mon, 4 May 2020 09:31:58 +0000

KU Leuven invites applications for a full-time tenured academic position in Pharmacometrics at the Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences. We are looking for a dynamic and motivated individual (m/f) with an excellent research record and extensive experience in this field. The Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences includes all medicines related disciplines from validation of a target to the safe use of a drug by the patient. While modelling and simulation are currently applied within several research units of the department, there is a clear need for the implementation of expertise and vision in the field of model-based drug development.
Website unit<>

  * You have a strong interest in one or more sub-disciplines in the field of Pharmacometrics, including pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (PKPD)-, and physiologically-based PK (PBPK)-modelling and simulation, population PK (popPK), systems pharmacology and clinical trial simulation.
  * You establish an innovating research program in this domain, with ample opportunities for collaboration with clinical researchers at the University Hospitals Leuven. Diverse clinical and non-clinical data sources regarding exposure and/or therapeutic/toxic effects of drugs that are either small molecules or biologicals are available and do not need to be generated. The obtained scientific output will be expected to adhere to the highest international standards.
  * You will establish state-of-the-art computational models supporting interpretation of clinical and non-clinical data, ultimately resulting in: (i) improved drug development processes; and (ii) superior therapeutic drug regimens (as well as improved clinical trial designs) for the intended populations.
  * You independently develop your research program, and you attract the necessary competitive research funds.
  * You provide support for modelling and simulation to colleagues within the department. You also collaborate with the various scientists within the Group 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 setting.


  * Your teaching assignment is determined in consultation and is based on your specific competence profile and can include lectures, interactive workshops and practical exercises in the field of quantitative pharmacology and modelling and simulation, as well as in the broader domain of (clinical) pharmacology.
  * You contribute to the educational project of the department and the university 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 activating and research-based education and you use the educational opportunities for professional development offered by the university.


You take responsibility for administrative and management tasks in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences, in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and in scientific and social organizations.


  * You have a PhD in either Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Bioinformatics, Bioscience engineering or equivalent.
  * You have working knowledge of several state-of-the-art software tools relevant to model-based drug development and pharmacometrics. Background in drug development processes, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and (bio)pharmaceutics is important.
  * You have at least 3 years of postdoctoral experience. 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 skills, in order to contribute to the research output of the department and to the quality of its educational program. The high quality of your research should be evidenced by publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
  * You have good organisational skills and a team-player attitude.
  * You have leadership capacity within the University context.

With your motivation letter you add a research statement (max. 3 pages) highlighting your added value for the research program of our Department and for 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 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 are offering full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment.
  * KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented University that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. It is highly inter- and multidisciplinary focused and strives for international excellence. In this regard, it actively works together with research partners in Belgium and abroad. It provides its students with an academic education 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 European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.
  * Depending on your record and qualifications, you will be appointed to or tenured in one of the grades of the senior academic staff: assistant professor, associate professor, professor or full professor. 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%.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Arthur Van Aerschot, tel.: +32 16 37 26 24, mail: arthur.vanaerschot

KU Leuven places great importance on research integrity and ethical conduct and will therefore ask you to sign a research integrity statement upon appointment.
You can apply for this job no later than May 15, 2020 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

(ref. ZAP-2019-162)

Last modification : Friday, December 20, 2019

Received on Mon May 04 2020 - 05:31:58 EDT

The NONMEM Users Network is maintained by ICON plc. Requests to subscribe to the network should be sent to:

Once subscribed, you may contribute to the discussion by emailing: