Vacancy |  PhD position in Sport Management at The Policy in Sports & Physical Activity Research Group (KU Leuven)

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Introduction 

The Policy in Sports & Physical Activity Research Group (KU Leuven) is looking for talented and enthusiastic applicants for a full-time PhD position. Candidates should have a particular interest in the field of sport management. The successful candidate will prepare a doctoral thesis within a timeframe of four years. He or she will assist in courses related to the KU Leuven Sport Policy & Sport Management Programme. 

Description of the organisational unit 

The Policy in Sports & Physical Activity Research Group is embedded within the Department of Movement Sciences. This department has systematically achieved high rankings for research and educational quality by independent accreditation committees. The department has an extensive international and national network in the academic world. The Policy in Sports & Physical Activity Research Group can build upon an extensive international network, connections with public authorities and non-profit organisations, as well as a supportive work environment. 

URL: https://gbiomed.kuleuven.be/english/research/50000737/groups/policy-in-sports-physical-activity-research-group/index.htm 

Job description 

The successful candidate is expected to perform academic research in order to prepare a doctoral thesis within the field of sport management, including the preparation of a study design, data collection, statistical analyses, presentation and publication of scientific papers, etc. He or she will give teaching assistance to courses and seminars, both at Bachelor level and Master level, that are mainly related to the KU Leuven Sport Policy & Sport Management Programme. He or she will provide administrative and technical support to projects and activities of the Research Group and Department. 

Candidate’s profile 

The candidate we are looking for holds a Master’s degree in at least one of the following disciplines: Business Management, Economics, Physical Education/Movement Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences, or any other relevant discipline in the field of sport management. He or she should have a strong interest in academic research and education, in particular related to sport, physical activity and management. He or she should have achieved excellent academic results, and should master basic skills in statistical techniques and analyses. He or she has oral and written communication competences, both in Dutch and English. Experience in organisational and project management is an advantage. The candidate is also capable of taking initiative, working independently and respecting deadlines. 

Offer 

We offer a full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment. The successful candidate will be employed initially for two years, with a possible two-year extension provided after a positive evaluation. The job position has a starting date of October 1, 2019. Successful completion of the PhD programme will result in a doctoral degree. 

Contact information 

For more information regarding this phd position, please contact: 

    • Prof. dr. Jeroen Scheerder, head of the Policy in Sports & Physical Activity Research Group and coordinator of the KU Leuven Sport Policy & Sport Management Programme (jeroen.scheerder@kuleuven.be, phone + 32 16 32 90 50) 
    • Prof. dr. Thomas Könecke, assistant professor at the Policy in Sports & Physical Activity Research Group (thomas.koenecke@kuleuven.be, phone + 32 16 19 33 38) 

Applications can be submitted by making use of the online procedure provided on https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/55190892?hl=en&lang=en. After a first selection based on the written applications, candidates will be invited for an interview. 

Complementary to their cv and letter of motivation, candidates are invited to include both a research statement (one page) and a teaching statement (one page) in which they can outline their scientific capacities and capabilities, as well as their vision on education and teaching respectively. 

KU Leuven is committed to creating a diverse environment with emphasis on equal opportunities. 

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