KU Leuven

Professor in Organisation and Financing of the Healthcare System

2024-03-14 (Europe/Brussels)
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In the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at KU Leuven, a full-time position is available in the independent academic staff within the field of organization and financing of the healthcare system. The Department of Public Health and Primary Care conducts research on the societal aspects of healthcare. Among its members are experts from a wide range of academic disciplines: disease prevention, health protection, health promotion, quality of care, healthcare policy, bioethics, health law, health economics, health communication, biostatistics, epidemiology, geriatrics and gerontology, nursing and midwifery, emergency medicine, and general practice. Members of the Department conduct interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research with significant national and international impact. They also provide high-quality education in various fields of study. Additionally, they equip professionals and healthcare institutions with insights, concepts, and techniques that enable them to respond optimally to the needs and expectations of patients and society in the field of healthcare. The Department of Public Health and Primary Care offers a dynamic research environment that encourages interdisciplinary collaboration.

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  • You are an ambitious, internationally oriented researcher who focuses on the societal challenges related to the financing and organization of the healthcare system. The emphasis is on research themes that include, among others, the development and (international) comparison of healthcare systems with a focus on affordable, efficient, and accessible care, healthcare organization models, efficiency and performance measurement of healthcare systems, innovative financing models, affordability of care, design and effects of patient payments, optimal insurance functioning, use of financial incentives in healthcare provision, outcome-based reimbursement/payment, integrated care, and other research themes that are central to the study of the organization and financing of the healthcare system.
  • You publish your research in leading international journals. 
  • You succeed in translating your research findings towards a broader audience
  • You work in a data-driven manner and have the necessary quantitative and qualitative research skills and methods. 
  • You know how to secure research funding and establish collaborations within and outside the department, as well as at regional, national, and international levels. 
  • You strive for excellence in your research and thus contribute to the reputation of KU Leuven and the Department of Public Health and Primary Care.


  • You will develop a number of teaching assignments related to the organization and financing of healthcare in programs such as the Master in Healthcare Management and Policy, the Master in Nursing and Midwifery, or other programs within the Biomedical Sciences Group. 
  • You have a leadership, coordinating, and inspiring role in the further development of various course components and curricula. 
  • You supervise both master's theses, post-master's theses, and doctoral theses. 
  • Your teaching meets the requirements of academic programs in terms of level, orientation, and academic focus and aligns with the educational philosophy of KU Leuven. A commitment to the overall quality of the education is evident.


  • You provide scientific advice related to the organization and financing of healthcare to regional, national, and international partners and networks when necessary. 
  • You eventually take up policy responsibilities within KU Leuven and contribute to the visibility of the department from local to international levels. 
  • You develop a network of contacts within the healthcare sector that adds value to your research and/or education.


  • You hold a doctoral degree in a relevant academic discipline for this position (health economics, sociology, management, health policy, public administration, etc.). 
  • You have significant and demonstrable research experience in the field of healthcare organization and financing. Research quality should be evident through recent publications in international peer-reviewed journals. You also have international research experience. 
  • You have a thorough knowledge of the Belgian healthcare system or are willing to immerse yourself in it. 
  • You have strong teaching skills and preferably have demonstrable teaching experience. You possess the necessary communication and organizational skills, and you are a team player. 
  • Proficiency in English is required.  The official 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 offer a full-time academic appointment in an intellectually stimulating environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that conducts both fundamental and applied scientific research. It has a strong interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary focus and strives for international excellence. It actively collaborates with research partners both domestically and internationally. The university provides its students with academic education based on high-level scientific research.
  • You will be working in Leuven, a historic yet dynamic and vibrant city in the center of Belgium, just twenty minutes from Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London, and Amsterdam.
  • Depending on your qualifications and profile, you will be appointed to one of the ranks of independent academic staff: assistant professor, associate professor, professor, or full professor. Junior researchers are typically appointed as tenure-track lecturers for a period of 5 years. Afterward, subject to a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed as associate professors.
  • Holders of external postdoctoral fellowships may be asked to finish their fellowships first.
  • 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 110.000 euro is offered to new professors without substantial other funding, appointed for at least 50%.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Pascal Borry, tel.: +32 16 37 95 17, mail: pascal.borry@kuleuven.be.For problems with online applying, please contact solliciteren@kuleuven.be.

KU Leuven places great importance on scientific integrity, ethical conduct, and integrity, and upon hiring, you will be asked to sign a declaration in this regard.

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@kuleuven.be.

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Professor in Organisation and Financing of the Healthcare System
Oude Markt 13 Leuven, Belgium
Application deadline
2024-03-14 23:59 (Europe/Brussels)
2024-03-14 23:59 (CET)
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