Research and Teaching Assistant Positions in Finance at UCLouvain (Belgium)


Vacancy References (deadline 31 01 2018, Starting date 01 09 2018)

LFIN 001 / 2018 (to be quoted in any correspondence for the teaching assistant positions)

LFIN 002 / 2018 (to be quoted in any correspondence for the research positions)

Louvain Finance (LFIN), the finance center of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) has several openings as teaching assistant (50% research and 50% teaching) and researcher (full time research position, with duties on financial data support) both at the campuses of Louvain la Neuve and Mons.

Candidate Profile

General requirements

  • Having a Master degree (min 90 ECTS) in finance, management, economics or any related fields by July 2018. For excellent candidates, September 2018 would be tolerated;
  • Average grades of 80% or more;
  • excellent knowledge of English;
  • Strong empirical and/or quantitative skills;

Specific requirements valid only for the teaching assistant positions

  • excellent knowledge of French
  • strong motivation to teach

Specific requirements valid only research positions

  • good knowledge or willingness to learn financial datasets such as Bloomberg, Bureau van Dijk, etc.
  • Knowledge of French is not required

Position duties

Teaching assistant

  • You will assist professors for courses ranging from general accountancy, to economics and more finance-oriented areas
  • You will contribute to the development of the Louvain finance team, by for example managing the organization of important events or seminars
  • You will participate to the research events organized by Louvain Finance
  • You will perform a Ph.D. in Economics and management (with orientation finance)


  • You will contribute to the development of the Financial data centre of Louvain Finance, in particular by being a point of contact for datasets such as Bloomberg.
  • You will contribute to the development of the Louvain finance team, by for example managing the organization of important events or seminars
  • You will participate to the research events organized by Louvain Finance
  • You will perform a Ph.D. in Economics and management (with orientation finance)

Research areas

You will be performing a Ph.D. in the following areas (indicative):

  • Retail investors’ behaviours, decision biases and risk attitude, using empirical and/or experimental approaches
  • Labour economics and corporate finance
  • Financial management and investment 
  • Macro Finance, Government and corporate term structure of interest rates, monetary policy
  • Big data in finance and Mixed frequency analysis

For topics 4 and 5 a strong interest/knowledge in financial econometrics, quantitative modelling and macro-finance is required.

We offer:

  • competitive salary, among the highest at European level for such a position
  • outstanding, dynamic, international, and multidisciplinary research environment, at the highest level according to European standards
  • possibility to co-operate with outstanding international scholars
  • a contract of two years, renewable
    • two times for the teaching assistant position
    • one time for the researcher position
  • possibility to spend part of the Ph.D. abroad (in agreement with the promoter)
  • a full-time position starting in September 2018 (in exceptional cases earlier)

Recently graduated Ph.D. students from Louvain Finance are now working at National Banks (National Bank of Belgium and National Bank of Luxembourg), private institutions (such as KPMG) and universities (Rotterdam School of Management or IESEG business school). Outstanding candidates will be encouraged and helped to apply for additional funding in order to get scholarships.   

Application instructions

  • Send an email to with object the vacancy reference;
  • Include the PDF of your transcript of the grades obtained so far (even if you do not have the transcript from your January session it is fine);
  • Include your CV with at least one contact reference and a motivation letter
  • Deadline: January the 31st. The positions are open until they are filled, hence apply ASAP if interested.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The University

UCL is a world-class university offering the opportunity of cross-disciplinary research and teaching collaborations between its various research groups. Since its creation in 1425, UCL has both reached out to the world and invited it in. Through student exchanges, hosting international professors and researchers, interuniversity partnerships, participation in European and global networks, and a long tradition of cooperation in international development, UCL has exerted influence throughout the world for nearly 600 years. Today, UCL has 7 campuses in the French-speaking Community of Belgium. Its main campus is located in the city of Louvain-la-Neuve. The town offers a unique modern living environment inside a naturally preserved neighbourhood, conveniently connected at the heart of Europe.

Research environment

The selected candidates will be part of the institute for multidisciplinary research in quantitative modelling and analysis (IMMAQ). The IMMAQ was founded in 2009 as a research institute which combines fundamental and applied research in the fields of economics, statistics, finance, econometrics and operational research. It is composed by more than 200 researchers and consultants, of about 15 different nationalities. The common denominator of the IMMAQ is the use of a coherent set of tools and methods for quantitative modelling and analysis. The IMMAQ is made of five different entities: the CORE (Center for Operations Research and Econometrics), the IRES (Institute of Economic and Social Research), the ISBA (Institute of Statistics, Biostatistics and Actuarial Sciences), LFIN (Louvain Finance) and the CMCS (Statistical Methodology and Computing Service). These entities have strong international spirit and some of them have proven history of academic excellence. For example, the CORE has celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016 and IRES will celebrate his 90th anniversary in 2018. Each of these entities are geographically very close, favouring the interaction among research members.

The successful candidates will be affiliated to Louvain Finance, the finance team of the IMMAQ. This is the youngest team of the IMMAQ, that has decided to extend its research excellences to the finance research. Louvain Finance is one of the biggest and most dynamic Belgian financial centres. It closely cooperates with many Belgian and European research entities such as the National Bank of Belgium and the European Central Bank. Thanks to these collaborations Louvain Finance has a prestigious seminar series, Ph.D. courses, and conferences, and organizes the European edition of the So.Fi.E. training school. This allows the team members to exchange research ideas and cooperates with world class researchers in finance. In the last years Louvain Finance has welcomed John Campbell, Viral Acharya, Frank Diebold, David Lando, John Cochrane, Kenneth Singleton, Marco Pagano, Allan Timmermann, Eric Ghysels, Lars Peter Hansen, Murillo Campello and Geert Bekaert among others. In the academic year 2017-2018, scholars such as Andrew Lo and Darrel Duffie will intervene in events co-organized by Louvain Finance.

Team members of Louvain Finance regularly cooperate with scholars such as Eric Ghysels, Murillo Campello, Damiano Brigo, etc.

Teaching environment

The selected candidates will teach in the Finance Department of the Louvain School of Management (LSM). Located close to the capital of Europe, LSM offers world-class courses and highly specialized options based on advanced research. The LSM is part of one of the oldest universities in Europe, the UCL, providing opportunities for interdisciplinary and multicultural experiences. The LSM is ranked 1st Business School in Belgium, Master in Business Engineering (Financial Times 2011, 2013.) The school’s constant improvements to achieve even higher quality are acknowledged internationally. LSM has an extended international network and is the only Belgian partner of the CEMS and PIM networks. By tradition and by choice LSM’s mission is to put human values at the heart of decisions.

More info about the positions can be obtained from the director of Louvain Finance and of the Finance department of the LSM, Prof. Leonardo Iania (



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