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Research Associate in agricultural land suitability mapping (postdoc, m/f) - Ref: 21-25

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 (postdoc) 

 in agricultural land suitability mapping (m/f)

• Ref: 21-25

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

• Fixed-term contract : 13.5 months

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

• Earliest start date: as soon as possible

LISER is looking for Research Associate with expertise in agricultural land suitability mapping. This position is part of a research project with the Luxembourg Ministry of Agriculture. The Research Associate will apply and further develop a land suitability model for agriculture and horticulture in Luxembourg. It will enhance a previously established model based on the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) method in order to include additional indicators (soil specific) and more robust results at the local scale, and will relate the outcome to urban planning instruments.

Your Role

As a member of the department of Urban Development and Mobility (UDM) and in collaboration with the coordinator of the project, Prof. Geoffrey Caruso, you will be responsible for handling all aspects of the modelling and mapping of the project as well as for the contact with experts and stakeholders.

Your tasks will be the following:

• Lead the production of the research outputs as laid in the research project and its work packages, including :

    o incorporating complementary indicators in the current agricultural suitability map model;

    o obtaining weights and feedbacks from experts;

    o extending the model and map to include horticultural suitability after including related specific criteria;

    o proceeding with an overlay analysis of the AHSL Map with planning instruments.

• Organise and lead stakeholders workshops;

• Write and update project report as of the project deliverables directed to national audience;

• Write scientific publications in international journals;

• Disseminate research findings and methods within and outside academia;

• Contribute to the preparation and writing of grant proposals in line with the UDM strategy.

Your Profile

• Ph.D. in Geography or a closely associated discipline;

• Strong experience with AHP methods, GIS analysis, cartography applied to agricultural use;

• Knowledge of the agricultural and horticultural land policy issues and relations to urban development challenges;

• Proven understanding of Luxembourgish spatial context and data;

• Fluency in English (speaking and writing);

• Knowledge of French, German or Luxembourgish is a strong asset to interact with stakeholders.

We offer

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

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

• Internationally competitive remuneration.


LISER is a publicly funded research institute located in Luxembourg and dedicated to applied empirical research in economic, social and spatial sciences. Multi- and 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 vibrant part of the Institute’s activities. The Institute‘s staff consists of about 180 employees (including a survey and data center), more than 50% of the staff being researchers, mainly from the fields of economics, sociology, and geography.

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).

About the Community

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. In addition to excellent health, education (public, private and high level international schools) and recreational services, the community offers a rich variety of cultural activities, 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 platform.

Application process

Please submit your complete application through our online system https://jobs.liser.lu/jobs :

• Curriculum Vitae ;

• Letter of application outlining applicant’s expertise in relation to the project (2 pages max) ;

• Copy of last diploma ;

Please note that this position will remain open until filled.

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

For project-related questions, please contact Prof Geoffrey Caruso at geoffrey.caruso@liser.lu (no applications)

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

LISER is an equal opportunity Employer