Research manager 'Circular economy and climate policy'

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven


October 22, 2022


Research manager 'Circular economy and climate policy'

(ref. OZK-2022-71)

Last modification : Wednesday, September 7, 2022

HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society - is a multidisciplinary research institute of KU Leuven. We are a team of over 75 employees. Bringing different disciplines together under one roof and specialising in policy- oriented research on work and society gives HIVA a unique position within KU Leuven and beyond. In all our research activities, we strive to attain the highest scientific quality and societal relevance. HIVA's Climate and Sustainable Development research team focuses on circular economy, just transition, employment impacts of green transitions, climate policy and environmental taxation. Our research is framed within international or national research programmes (e.g. Horizon Europe), or is commissioned by European, Belgian, federal, Flemish or local governments.

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Supervised by the head of the research group, as a research manager you are responsible for attracting, conducting and valorising applied scientific research on the topics described above. In terms of acquisition, you attract sufficient assignments to cover the salary cost of your team, a small group of researchers (1 to 2) with various scientific backgrounds and levels of experience. Building up a broad network in your specific area of expertise (policy makers, social partners and other important stakeholders in Belgium and in Europe) and actively exploring opportunities significantly contribute to achieving this target. You ensure the correct execution of the awarded projects, both in terms of scientific quality and respect for time limits and budgets. This requires not only that you systematically expand and optimise your own expertise and project management skills, but also those of your team members. You actively contribute to dissemination and valorisation: you will publish the research results in scientific publications (and also in more accessible articles aimed at a wider audience), present at academic conferences and encourage and support the researchers in your team to do the same. You work closely with the other research leaders in the group and thus contribute to the broadening of the research offering of the team. Finally, in this role you will also be actively involved in HIVA policy-making.

  • You have a PhD in economic, political or social sciences. A doctoral degree in another field will be considered if (1) you have a master's degree in one of the above fields or (2) you can demonstrate an affinity with socio-economic research in the research themes of the research team in some other way.

  • You have extensive experience with quantitative and/or qualitative research. You are creative in conceiving, developing and completing research projects in a timely and successful manner, and you carry these out in accordance with the highest scientific standards.

  • You have experience with (one or more of) the themes of the research group and are familiar with national, regional and EU policy. You also have a network of actors from policy, research and practice.
  • Ideally, you will already have experience in attracting and managing projects funded by the EU (e.g., tenders, Horizon Europe) and/or by national funds (e.g., SBO, FWO, BRAIN).
  • You have strong social and managerial skills to coach a small multidisciplinary research team, to work together in (international) scientific networks and to build relationships with government services and other stakeholders.
  • You can prove your contribution to the valorisation of research results through publications and other contributions.
  • You have excellent oral and written communication skills, both for scientific and policy-oriented reporting, also internationally. Therefore, high-level professional knowledge of English is a prerequisite. You have some basic knowledge of Dutch or you are at least willing to learn Dutch for day-to-day communication with colleagues.
  • Offer
  • The opportunity to contribute to innovative, national and international research projects with great social relevance in a challenging managerial and policy-supporting role.

  • The opportunity to shape your own research portfolio and build a strong academic track record.

  • Extensive learning opportunities.
  • A full-time open-ended contract (position in the KU Leuven Research Framework) in salary scale 52 or 53 (depending on experience), with group and hospitalisation insurance, bicycle allowance, mobile phone with subscription and other benefits.
  • A pleasant working and team atmosphere in a multidisciplinary, dynamic, university team.
  • HIVA attaches great importance to an organisational climate in which employees can make an active contribution to the objectives of the organisation and in which they can develop their own talents. You will be working in an environment where initiative is appreciated and personal commitment is encouraged.
  • Interested?

    For more information please contact Mr. Kris Bachus, tel.: +32 16 32 31 25, mail:

    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

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