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Research Associate in Spatial Data Science and Geospatial Infrastructure (postdoc, m/f) - Ref 21-23

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 in Spatial Data Science and Geospatial Infrastructure (postdoc, m/f)

• Ref: 21-23

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

• 3 years fixed-term contract (possible extension of 2 years under conditions)

• Start date: as soon as possible

LISER invites highly qualified and motivated applicants for the position of Research Associate (postdoc) in spatial data science and geospatial infrastructure within its Urban Development and Mobility department (UDM). In times of massive influx of geographically referenced data of different nature and scales, rapid changes in Geo-information platforms, interoperability and visualisation methods and tools, the Research Associate is expected to develop an original research agenda, a geodata infrastructure and provide expertise in spatial data management and analysis.

LISER and its UDM department offer an exciting international research environment. Research themes range from housing and spatial development, transportation, economic geography, cross-border interactions, or health and smart cities. The Research Associate will contribute to advanced geographical methods and tools to many of these topics. S/he will address the challenge of organizing and promoting spatial data infrastructure and analytics to researchers, partners and stakeholders from academic sector and the wider society.

Your role

Your mission within the UDM department will be divided into two main topics:

1) Setting up a Spatial Data Infrastructure and developing associated tools within the UDM department of LISER. The main tasks will be related to:

- Acquire, document and structure spatio-temporal and multi-scale geographic data, including classical census and gridded data but also spatialized big data, and real time data from distributed sensors and API-based opendata platforms;

-Develop structures and software for storing, updating and combining data in a geodata platform;

- Develop automated processes for geographical data retrieval and visualisation;

- Operate the technical dissemination of geographical information and analyses through opendata platforms, web mapping, online dashboards and mobile apps;

- Write well-designed, efficient and re-usable codes, software libraries and packages;

- Develop new methods and tools to ease thematic cartography analysis and answer topical questions in close collaboration with colleagues from UDM;

- Monitor latest technological change in geomatics and spatial data infrastructures fields in general and open frameworks particularly;

- Engage with spatial data producers and users in Luxembourg and abroad;

- Perform dissemination activities and networking within both stakeholders and researchers audience in close collaboration with other team members.

2) Developing an innovative Spatial Data Science research agenda and producing research outputs related to the above activities. The main tasks will be related to:

- Initiate and develop targeted research collaborations with Luxembourg and international institutions;

- Apply for external funding;

- Publish methodological research papers especially in geographical and data science journals, with specific attention to reproducibility;

- Support UDM researchers in spatial analytics and visualisation and co-publish in thematic journals;

- Promote research results in international research conferences and networks;

- Develop and promote original codes and packages within the research community;

- Train and coach researchers and PhD students in both the use of local or remote geospatial infrastructures and in spatial data analytics and visualisation.

Your profile

- PhD in Quantitative Geography, Geospatial Technology, Spatial Data Science, Geographic Information Science or equivalent with qualifications in line with the expectations of the position;

- Peer-reviewed international publications, research experience and outstanding scientific achievements;

- Proven programming skills in general and with geolocated objects in particular: (1) Automation of tasks and data processing (e.g. Python, Shell Scripts); (2) Development of applications for the Web (e.g. JavaScript, PHP,...) with visualisation components (e.g. D3.js); (3) integration with GIS or data analysis environments (plugins, scripts,... within or connecting QGIS, R,... );

- Strong skills in data management and processing: PostgreSQL/PostGIS database administration; SQL and spatial SQL queries; Data modelling (conceptual data models); and ETL-type data processing;

- Ability to elaborate innovative, coherent and feasible projects;

- Ability to submit research proposals for external funding;

- Research interests in line with the scientific topics of the UDM department.

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 (see www.liser.lu).

The Institute is located on the new Belval campus in the south of Luxembourg, which hosts the University of Luxembourg and a substantial part of the country’s publicly funded research facilities, i.e. LISER, the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) cross-national data center, the Luxembourg institutes of Health (LIH) and of Science and Technology (LIST). The University has outstanding high performance computing facilities available for use by associated researchers in the Luxembourg Institutes.

About Luxembourg

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, 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 platform.

Application process

Please submit your complete application (in English) via https://jobs.liser.lu/jobs:

- a full CV,

- a cover letter detailing your expertise and interest (2 pages max),

- copy of diplomas,

- two scientific articles representing your recent research;

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

LISER particularly encourages female researchers to apply.

Deadline for applications: December 14th, 2021 at midnight CET

If you have any questions on the contents of the work, please contact: martin.dijst@liser.lu (no applications).

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

LISER is an equal opportunity Employer