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Post-doc Researcher Smart Cities (m/f)

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

The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research is recruiting

Post-doc Researcher Smart Cities (m/f)

Due to technology-based innovations, cities are transforming. Currently, at the core of this trend are digital technologies, which enable the development and use of contextual sensing, social media and various e-services. Consequently, in these Smart Cities the spatio-temporal patterns of social interactions, traffic flows, use and exposures to environments might change. In addition, preferences for housing might look different in future from nowadays. From a policy perspective, decision-support systems for managing Smart Cities and digitalized self-management methods in various domains of urban life are under development.

The Department of Urban Development and Mobility at LISER wants to intensify research in this domain. Urban digitalization, which integrates information and communication technologies, is strongly connected with the rise of Big Data, enabling real-time monitoring, analyzing and influencing of city life. Especially, the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in combination with Big Data can help identifying spatial relationships, exposures to environmental attributes along daily and life course paths and improving predictive modelling. Following the boost given to IT infrastructure, Luxembourg, as Smart Nation, is an ideal test-bed to experiment the smart city concept by combining, among others, information technology, efficient use of energy and smart mobility.

Our ideal candidate has

• A strong interest in studying the impact of digital technologies on spatio-temporal behaviours in cities and on urban developments

• A PhD in GIS, geography, spatial planning or equivalent discipline

• Strong expertise in GIS (including data analytics, geovisualization and additional scripting development)

• Knowledge in algorithmic and computer programming skills is an asset as well as experience with computational statistics, machine learning, data learning and data mining methods

• A good publication record

• Has experience in external project funding at national and international science foundations

• Has the ability to apply to national and international calls for tenders

• Engages in and develops (inter)national networks on Smart Cities

• The position requires affinity with policy related issues

• Written and speaking proficiency in English (one additional foreign language like French or German is highly appreciated)

About the other LISER departments

The Labour Market department’s research interests relate to both the supply (intrahousehold allocation and specific groups such as migrants and cross-border workers) and demand (firm organisational practices) sides of the labour market. Also the ways offer and demand interact and are affected by public interventions are studied through the lenses of labour relations and through policy evaluation techniques. The department is multidisciplinary and makes use of theoretical, quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

The Living Conditions department studies the multiple dimensions of individuals’ and families’ life, from early childhood to old age, through education, fertility and family formation, from employment to retirement. Quantitative, typically survey-based research, examines household income, wealth, inequality, poverty, and social inclusion from a variety of perspectives. The impact evaluation of educational, family, health and wider social policy on living conditions is an integral part of the research agenda.

LISER also hosts a data management unit and collects a wide range of survey data on households and individuals. LISER is collecting the national components of the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions, the Survey on Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe, and the Household Finance and Consumption Survey, exploitation of which is strongly encouraged for cross-national, comparative research.


LISER offers a vibrant and highly stimulating international research environment. It is a publicly funded research institute located in Luxembourg and devoted to applied empirical research in economic, social and spatial sciences. Interdisciplinarity is a key element for stimulating scientific innovation. The institute attracts top researchers from all over the world and high-level student training is a vivid part of the institute’s activities. LISER is well connected to the University of Luxembourg, and also to the top universities both worldwide and in the cross-border neighbourhood.

Based on its scientific expertise and solid academic reputation, the institute addresses current and future societal challenges and provides relevant and independent policy advice both on the national and on the European level. The scientific output is not only regularly published in high profile peer reviewed journals and books, but also in form of articles reaching a wider audience. The institute staff consists of about 70 researchers from all over the world active in the fields of economics, sociology, political sciences and geography (see www.liser.lu).

About LISER environment

The institute is located in the Cité des Sciences on the new Belval campus in the south of Luxembourg, hosting the University of Luxembourg and a substantial part of the country’s publicly funded research facilities. The Cité des Sciences is a unique and outstanding academic enterprise in the heart of Europe http://wwwen.uni.lu/contact/belval_campus).

Luxembourg with its 500,000 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 country is about to become a five language nation. Besides the official languages French, German and Luxemburgish, English, Italian and Portuguese are frequently spoken. The working languages at the institute are English and/or French. http://www.euraxess.lu/

Employment conditions

The candidate will be hired based on a 3 years contract with option of an extension up to 5 years with tenure track. We offer highly competitive salaries and significant mobility and network funding.

Application Process

Applicants should provide the following:

1. letter of application;

2. curriculum vitae;

3. research agenda defining a specific area of research interest in line with LISER specificity;

4. copy of diplomas;

5. one job market paper;

6. three reference letters (can also be sent separately to recruitment@liser.lu)

Send applications via the following link : https://jobs.liser.lu/jobs

The deadline for applications is April 4th, 2018.

LISER - Campus Belval – 11, porte des Sciences L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette – Luxembourg

Human Resources, Attn: Mrs. Valérie Baran, HR Manager

LISER is an Equal Opportunity Employer