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Intern in the field of Geography or Urban Planning (m/f) - Ref: 20-22

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

LISER (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research) 

is recruiting 

an Intern in the field of Geography or Urban Planning (m/f)

• Ref: 20-22

• Earliest starting date: May 2021

• University registration mandatory, to be certified

• Full-time internship (up to 40h/week)

• Duration: 3-6 months

LISER is looking for a highly motivated candidate to join the Urban Development and Mobility (UDM).

The recruited Intern will be directly involved in the project « MET’HOOD: Time-varying residential neighborhood effects on cardiometabolic health », which has been recently selected for funding from the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). The future candidate will be directly supervised by Dr. Camille Perchoux and Dr. Olivier Klein (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, Department of Urban development and Mobility) and will be working in collaboration with researchers from the Department of Population Health (Luxembourg Institute of Health).

Short description about the project

Cardio-metabolic (CM) diseases are one of the leading causes of premature death worldwide and a major contributor to health disparities. Epidemiology has traditionally focused on individual-level risk factors of CM diseases, such as physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and dyslipidemia. Environmental causes, however, remain poorly understood at the population level. Though some host-related factors do play a role, the dramatic increase in CM diseases over recent decades is largely attributed to changes in the socio-economic environment in which behavioral patterns occur, and in the physical environment, such as urban sprawl, amenities, transport infrastructure, which have resulted in socially patterned increases of motorized transportation, fast-food consumption, sedentary occupations and leisure activities, exacerbating CM-related disorders.

The MET’HOOD project investigates the relationships between the socio-economic and physical environmental characteristics of residential neighborhoods, behavioral CM risk factors, and the metabolic syndrome, over a nine-year period. This project aims at: i) examining the long-term effects of time-varying environmental exposure, ii) completing a country-wide, population-based longitudinal study, and iii) investigating social disparities in time-varying neighborhood effects. The project is developed by a team of health and urban geographers, epidemiologists, nutritionists, and sports scientists, with the support of local stakeholders in public health and urban planning.

Your role

- Create a longitudinal GIS at the nation-wide scale (Luxembourg country) over 9 years (2006-2008/2016-2017);

- Ensure the consistency, completeness and harmonization of environmental indicators, and develop time-varying environmental metrics;

- Quantify the changes in the Luxembourg social and physical environment over 9 years, and how these changes are socially and spatially distributed over the study population;

- Present results to the team on a regular basis and contribute to a workshop with local stakeholders from health and urban planning Luxembourgish ministries, and international scientific experts.

Your profile

- Master student in geography, urban planning, environmental sciences, geomatics, health geography, urban sociology, or a related field;

- Experience with geographic information systems and spatial analyses;

- Experience in data management and statistical analyses;

- Writing reports and technical documentation;

- Fluent in English; speaking French, German or Luxembourgish will be considered as an asset.


The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) is a publicly funded research institute located in Belval (Luxembourg) and devoted to applied empirical research in economic, social and spatial sciences. The institute attracts researchers from all over the world and high-level doctoral training is part of the institute’s activities. The institute‘s staff consists of about 180 employees (including a survey and data center), about 90 staff being researchers, active in the field of economics, sociology, and geography (see www.liser.lu).

How to apply

Please submit your complete application via https://jobs.liser.lu/jobs before January 31st, 2021.

1. CV

2. Cover letter

3. Copy of your last diploma

4. Certificate of valid university registration

Deadline for applications: January 31st, 2021.

For research-related questions, please contact camille.perchoux@liser.lu (no applications)

For administrative matters, please contact recruitment@liser.lu

LISER is an Equal Opportunity Employer