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Research Associate (post-doc) in urban modelling and spatial data analytics (m/f) - Ref: 20-15

Campus Belval , 11, Porte des Sciences, L - 4366 Esch-Sur-Alzette , Luxembourg

The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) is recruiting a

Research Associate (post-doc)

 in urban modelling and spatial data analytics (m/f)

• Ref: 20-15

• Full-time/40 hours per week, 100% based at LISER

• Fixed-term contract : 2 years

• Work contract at LISER, department of Urban Development and Mobility (UDM)

• Earliest start date: 1st July 2021 (or soon thereafter)

LISER is looking for a highly motivated Research Associate in urban modelling and spatial data analytics. This position is part of the Sustainable Residential Densification (SusDens) project funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) led by Dr. Hichem Omrani. The Research Associate will play a key role in developing high-quality research in land use/cover change dynamics and urban sustainability at LISER, in collaboration with an international academic project partner (University of Liège). The project aims to (i) identify significant driving factors explaining residential densification over time, in different urban settings; (ii) simulate potential residential densification, at the city scale, through vector-based cellular automata; (iii) study the manifold positive and negative effects of residential densification on the economy (land values), the environment (i.e., urban heat island), and the society (i.e., perception of the well-being of citizens).

Your Role:

As a member of the department of Urban Development and Mobility (UDM) and in collaboration with the PI of the project Dr Hichem Omrani, Professor Jacques Teller, professor of urban planning at University of Liege, and researchers at LISER, the Research Associate will be actively collaborating in the SusDens project.

Your tasks include :

• contribute to and/or lead on the production of research outputs primarily in the topic of residential densification and its socio-economic and environmental impacts;

• handle a large amount of data, and conduct statistical analysis;

• potentially help develop a virtual reality laboratory to assess citizens’ perception with regard to residential densification;

• contribute to the development of a tool on the simulation of residential densification;

• review and critique relevant literature on the topic;

• write or contribute to scientific publications and reports;

• disseminate research findings, including public engagement outside academia;

• make presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events;

• help shape the current and future research programme in LISER in the field of urban modelling research, by identifying opportunities for new research;

• contribute to the preparation and writing of grant proposals.

Your Profile

• Ph.D. in urban modelling, spatial planning, environmental science, computer science, or a related field (with quantitative focus);

• Experience and a strong interest in interdisciplinary research;

• Strong quantitative, statistical/programming skills and knowledge of relevant programming environments (e.g. R, Python, Matlab);

• Strong experience working with GIS tools (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS, IDRISI);

• Experience in land-use change modelling is considered an important asset;

• The ability to build an international scientific network, develop collaboration with stakeholders from and beyond academia, and collaborate closely with co-workers is considered an important asset;

• Fluency in English (speaking and writing);

• Knowledge of French, German or Luxembourgish is considered an asset.

We offer

• A dynamic, international, growing and well-equipped research environment with good working conditions ;

• Internationally competitive remuneration ;

• Personal workspace ;

• Stimulating work environment ;

• Resources for the participation in international meetings and conferences and hosting of collaborating visitors.


LISER is a publicly funded research institute located in Luxembourg. LISER is devoted to applied empirical research in economic, social and spatial sciences, and multi- and interdisciplinarity is a key element for stimulating scientific innovation. The institute attracts researchers from all over the world and high-level doctoral training is a vibrant part of the Institute’s activities. The institute‘s staff consists of about 180 employees (including a survey and data center), about 100 staff being researchers, mainly from the fields of economics, sociology, and geography. The working languages at the institute are French and English. (see www.liser.lu)

About the Community

The institute is located on the Belval campus in the south of Luxembourg which hosts the University of Luxembourg and a substantial part of the country’s publicly funded research institutes, i.e. LISER, the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS), a cross-national data center, the Luxembourg institutes of Health (LIH) and of Science and Technology (LIST).

Luxembourg with its > 600,000 inhabitants is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and provides a stimulating mixture of modern culture and tradition. Contemporary urbanity of its capital lies in close vicinity to a rich nature. In addition to excellent health, education (public, private and high level international schools) and recreational services, the community affords a rich variety of cultural activities typical of a major university environment, including museums, music, art and theatre. The official languages are French, German and Luxemburgish.

Information for foreign researchers interested in Luxembourg research is accessible via the national EURAXESS platforhttp://www.euraxess.lu/

Application process

Please submit your complete application through our online system: https://jobs.liser.lu/jobs before December 31st, 2020 :

• Curriculum Vitae ;

• Letter of application outlining applicant’s expertise including a short (half page) description of a challenging research idea to be developed at LISER in relation with the SusDens project (2 pages max) ;

• Copy of last diploma ;

• Two letters of reference (to be uploaded with the application documents or sent separately to recruitment@liser.lu).

Deadline for applications: December 31st, 2020

All correspondence should be in English, please note that incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

For project related questions, please contact Dr. Hichem Omrani: hichem.omrani@liser.lu (no applications)

For administrative matters, please contact: recruitment@liser.lu

LISER is an equal opportunity Employer