Open academic position at the Faculty of Sciences of ULB in Computational Statistics.




The Faculty of Sciences of the Universitˇ Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) announces the opening of a full-time academic position (associate professor) in Computational Statistics starting October 1st, 2010. The position will have a joint affiliation with the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics of the Faculty of Sciences.

Candidates are expected to lead a high-quality research and teaching programme in computational statistics or related topics, demonstrated by significant research and teaching experience, as well as a strong publication record in international journals. All applicants need to hold a PhD in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, or related disciplines. Experience in interdisciplinary collaboration as well as significant research stays in foreign universities or research laboratories are important assets.


The candidate will take part in teaching activities in the Bachelor and Master programmes in Mathematics and Statistics, as well as in the Bachelor and Master programmes in Computer Science. He/she should progressively increase his/her teaching activities to reach a level comparable to that of his/her colleagues (typically 4 or 5 hours a week for two semesters, plus some supervision of exercise sessions).


The candidates expertise should comprise at least one of the following topics: analysis and modelling of complex/high-dimensional data, computational and stochastic modelling, data mining, functional data, (multivariate) time series, numerical methods for data analysis, statistical machine learning.


The ability to strengthen existing research areas at ULB will be considered as an asset, too. The Department of Computer Science is active in stochastic modelling, machine learning and data mining with several projects on these topics applied e.g. to bioinformatics. Relevant fields of research in the Department of Mathematics include among others robust inference, inverse problems, financial time series, and functional data.


The position involves both teaching and research and some commitment to administrative tasks. For candidates not fluent in French, a temporary period of teaching in English may be granted. This position will become permanent after a trial period of three years.


If the selected candidate is neither already employed by ULB nor employed by the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique and working at ULB, he/she will be offered a first contract for a duration of three years. At the end of this period and subject to the agreement of the Board of the university, he/she will be offered a permanent position.



How to apply?


Applications (2 copies) should be sent as soon as possible, and before March 1st, 2010 to the following address:

                                                   Professeur Philippe Vincke, 

                                                   Recteur de l'ULB 

                                                   ULB CP 130 

                                                   50 Av F.D. Roosevelt 

                                                   B-1050 Bruxelles

with subject :  "Vacance Chargˇ de cours en Statistique computationnelle aux 

Dˇpartements d'Informatique et Mathˇmatique,  Sciences".


Electronic copies of the application should be sent to Professor Martine Labbˇ, Doyenne de la Facultˇ des Sciences  ( and to Professors Christine De Mol, Head of the Department of Mathematics ( and Gianluca Bontempi, Head of the Computer Science Department (


The application should consist of (i) a curriculum vitae, (ii) a description of the candidate's pedagogical project, (iii) a description of the research project that the candidate intends to pursue in the coming years, (iv) a text presenting the (up to five) most significant publications of the candidate and (v) a copy of these most significant publications (up to five).


The candidates are invited to use the standard model of curriculum vitae proposed at ULB. This model can be downloaded at the following website:



Additional information


As stated by its statutes, the University of Brussels is a non-discriminating institution and all its members are expected to adhere to its fundamentals principles.  For any additional information (e.g. concerning courses to be taught or the research carried out in the Department) please contact Prof. Gianluca Bontempi (, Head of the Department of Computer Science, or Prof. Christine De Mol ( Head of the Department of Mathematics.


The following web pages can also be consulted for further information: (Computer Science Dept. homepage), (Computer Science Dept. research teams homepage), (homepage of the Department of Mathematics), (research teams of the Department of Mathematics)


The opening in French is available at