Université catholique de Louvain

Academic position in Ethics in Education and in Didactics of Philosophy and Citizenship

2023-11-13 (Europe/Brussels)
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Reference: 35423 / FIAL 084 / 2024 

UCLouvain seeks to recruit 

A full-time academic in Ethics in Education and in Didactics of Philosophy and Citizenship 

Main campus: Louvain-la-Neuve

About us

UCLouvain is in the top 1% of universities worldwide. Founded in the heart of Europe in 1425, the university brings together 40,000 students and 6,000 staff members on nine campuses in Brussels and Wallonia. Research and education activities are organised in 14 faculties, 22 research institutes, five learning centres and 18 libraries. UCLouvain also has two university hospitals.

UCLouvain is a major player in the transition to a sustainable society. The challenges of the ecological crisis are integrated into courses and the university develops numerous local projects (such as a university farm and sustainable campuses). As a digital university, UCLouvain is involved in open science and education, and trains academics in innovative teaching practices through its Louvain Learning Lab. Thanks to two science parks, the university’s research benefits from interaction with 250 companies and three incubators, which is fuelled further by being at the centre of a region driven by technological innovation.

UCLouvain has a long tradition of international collaborations for teaching and research through partnerships across the world. As a member of the Circle U. European University alliance, the university offers a unique opportunity to work in an environment of interconnected campuses across Europe (London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Pisa, Belgrade, Aarhus and Oslo).

The university has a gender and inclusion policy which prioritises equity and respect. Working at UCLouvain means contributing to the development of every individual’s skills and promoting the values of equality, transparency and efficiency.

Within a consortium of four university colleges (Galilée, Vinci, HELHa and Hénallux), the Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles and the University of Namur, UCLouvain collaborates in implementing the reform of teacher training, which sets out to increase the quality of teacher training, and therefore of pupils, by linking teaching and research.

In view of these joint degree programs between UCLouvain and the four university colleges, the holder of this position will teach in the pedagogical departments of these university colleges, which are located at about ten sites.

Post description

Within the Faculty of Philosophy, Arts and Letters and the Institut supérieur de philosophie, Social Sciences and Humanities Sector, this position will include the following teaching, research and community service duties.

  • Teaching 

You will teach mainly in the field of initial teacher training, within the various study cycles (co)managed by the Faculty, and in particular within the framework of the Master's degrees in teaching in sections 1, 2 and 3. You will also supervise Master's theses.
You will mainly teach the ethics of education and the didactics of philosophy and citizenship in these programs.
Sections 1, 2 and 3 are those that train teachers from, respectively, kindergarten to the 2nd year of primary education, from the 3rd year of kindergarten to the 6th year of primary education, and from the 5th year of primary education to the 3rd year of secondary education (in line with the Decree of 7 February, 2019 defining initial teacher training). The different programs will open progressively: from September 2023 for section 1, section 2 and section 3, and from September 2024 for the Advanced Master in Teacher Education, the evolution of the volume of teaching hours will be progressive.
You will collaborate with school-internal and school-external professionals within the field of compulsory education.
Most of the teaching assignments will be situated at the pedagogical departments of the university colleges, courses will be given in French, and you may be required to work on evenings and on Saturdays.

  • Research

You will develop your research activities, including coordinating research projects, in two distinct fields: ethics of education and didactics of philosophy and citizenship. Nevertheless, particular attention will be paid to the field of educational ethics in the broadest sense, i.e. including research on the ethical issues of the teaching profession or research on the ethical issues of educational policies (aims of the school, school justice, citizenship education, pluralism in schools, etc.). This research will be linked to fundamental ethical reflections and open to other disciplines in educational sciences. You will supervise doctoral theses on these topics.

  • In addition …

Once tenured, you will carry out various service activities and responsibilities within the institution, such as being a member of a programme committee or examination committee, or having management responsibilities within the faculty or research institute.

You will also contribute to services to society through collaboration with educational stakeholders, schools and university colleges, who are involved in teacher training.

You will also collaborate with partners in the economic and socio-cultural field or in the field of development cooperation. In addition, through your research and teaching activities, you will contribute to UCLouvain’s international visibility.

Who we’re looking for

  • Education

You have a PhD in Philosophy (or in a domain that can be considered as equivalent). You have completed an extended stay abroad or have substantial experience outside the university where you completed your PhD.

You have a degree in teacher training.

  • Experience

You have a proven track record in university teaching, with evidence where possible by formal evaluations. Your scientific experience is demonstrated by publications of international standing.

You have a professional experience in compulsory education and/or in teacher training. You have knowledge of the compulsory educational system of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

  • Skills

You are comfortable working as part of a team of academics and integrate research results into your teaching. You are capable of conducting high-level scientific research, from obtaining funding to team management. You are creative, open to pedagogical innovation and multidisciplinary.
You have a professional experience in compulsory education and/or in teacher training.
Given the nature of the position, you will have a perfect knowledge of the French language from the start. You will be able to communicate in English. If this is not the case, you commit yourself to mastering this language within two years in function. Knowledge of other languages is an additional asset.

And, more specifically:

  • You have scientific experience on ethics in education evidenced by publications in international outlets;
  • You are able to contribute with your research in interdisciplinary projects in educational sciences;
  • You have proven skills in the didactics of philosophy and citizenship.

What we offer

  • Tenure after positive assessment of the probationary period – typically four years. This type of career entitles you to a public sector pension.
  • Appointment as lecturer or professor according to your previous academic experience, as determined by the Rectoral Council.
  • Teaching load capped at 90 hours for a full-time tenure-track position, and 150 hours once tenured.
  • An attractive and progressive salary according to seniority and the promotion process.
  • A start date of 1 September 2024 at the earliest.
  • An integrated leadership and management training programme, including a range of pedagogical, linguistic and other training courses.
  • Benefits including transport, family, culture, commercial, etc.
  • Official policy that supports equal opportunities and promotes diversity within academic and all other categories of staff.
  • Specific emphasis on a work-life balance.

Practical Information

Application deadline: Monday, November 13th at noon (UTC+1 Time Zone)
Starting date: September 1st 2024 


Social Sciences and Humanities Sector
Faculty of Philosophy, Arts and Letters (FIAL) (https://uclouvain.be/fr/facultes/FIAL)
Institut supérieur de philosophie (ISP) (https://uclouvain.be/fr/instituts-recherche/ISP) 

Need more information?

Questions about this position?

Prof. Cédrick Fairon, Dean FIAL – doyen-fial@uclouvain.be
Prof. Axel Gosseries, President ISP – president-isp@uclouvain.be

Questions about the procedure?
Cécile Lion, Rector’s Office, cecile.lion@uclouvain.be

Questions about online application?
Andreea Chiriac, Rector’s Office, secretariat-vrpp@uclouvain.be


Apply only via the online application (applications submitted via any other channel will not be considered). 
To be considered, your application must contain within a single PDF:  

  • motivation letter; 
  • current curriculum vitae;
  • full publication list and summary of three most significant recent publications;
  • research strategy: your five-year research programme AND a PhD thesis proposal for hiring a PhD student;
  • teaching programme;
  • copy of PhD diploma;
  • names and contact details of three to five persons who can recommend your application according to the mandatory current procedure.

For full details of the application : https://uclouvain.be/fr/emploi/candidature-aca.html

Job details

Academic position in Ethics in Education and in Didactics of Philosophy and Citizenship
Place de l'Université 1 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Application deadline
2023-11-13 23:59 (Europe/Brussels)
2023-11-13 23:59 (CET)
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