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15.4.08 |

CALL FOR FULL TIME TEACHING/RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITIONS
INSTITUTE OF STATISTICS UNIVERSITÉ CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Starting from September 2008, the Institute of Statistics of the Université catholique
de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, is offering a series of full time teaching and
research assistant positions for preparing a PhD in statistics.
Description of the positions
Starting as of now, and until the application deadline (June 1, 2008), the Institute of
Statistics (IS) is filling 4 teaching assistant and 4 research assistant positions.
As a teaching assistant (up to 6 years’ contract with average monthly salary of about
2600 Euros including social security) the doctoral student, besides working on his/her
thesis, is teaching tutorials in a variety of service and master courses of the IS.
As a research assistant (up to 4 years’ tax-free monthly grant of about 1500 Euros) the
doctoral student’s main activity is working on his/her thesis, but he/she can be
involved on a small scale into some teaching activities of the IS. One of the research
assistant positions is on asymptotic theory for semiparametric statistics, one is on time
series econometrics, and two are on general topics in statistics.
Description of the working environment
The Institute of Statistics is a renowned research centre of high international
reputation which offers a very stimulating working environment. It is equipped with
modern computing facilities, a statistics library, a vivid visitors’ programme and
ample funding for scientific travel. At the IS there are about 15-20 doctoral students
working under the supervision of 10 professors, in a variety of fields of
methodological and applied statistics, including biostatistics and actuarial sciences.
They are integrated into the Graduate School in Statistics and Actuarial Sciences which
offers them an up-to-date training in their field via regular seminar series, short
courses and workshops, all in English and often given by international short and longterm
visitors. A high percentage of the PhD students graduate from the IS and succeed
in starting a promising career, be it in academia or industry.
The IS is part of a large international research network. It has numerous academic
contacts, including those to neighbouring fields (medicine, agronomy, social science,
economy, finance and engineering) as well as collaborations with industry. It is placed
in the heart of a modern, vivid and international university campus, in close proximity
of Brussels and its international airport, and in short travel distance to other European
capitals.
Required qualifications
- Degree on the master level in statistics, mathematics or physics, bio-engineering,
commercial or civil engineering, quantitative economics, finance or actuarial
sciences. This diploma must be obtained with at least distinction or an
equivalent grade.
- The candidate must be younger than 30 years at the moment the position starts.
- Good active knowledge of French for a teaching assistant position (however,
French is not a requirement for a research grant position).
To apply, please send the following documents to the administrator of the IS,
Christine Denayer (christine.denayer@uclouvain.be) as of now and at the very
latest before June 1, 2008:
- a letter of motivation (which can - but does not have to - include a statement
of interest in one or several of the diverse fields of research at the IS)
- a curriculum vitae including a list of the relevant courses taken within a
qualifying progamme (including evaluation grades)
- copies of diploma
- two letters of reference to be sent by e-mail directly by the referees
Please understand that only duly completed applications can be taken into account.
Simultaneous applications (teaching and research position) are possible by
explicitly stating so in your letter of motivation.
For further information please contact Professor Ingrid Van Keilegom
(ingrid.vankeilegom@uclouvain.be) and/or Professor Rainer von Sachs
(rvs@uclouvain.be).
Further information on the Institute of Statistics can be obtained from
http://www.uclouvain.be/en-stat.html .

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