Postdoctoral position in Data Science and Urban Metabolism at the University of Louvain
Université catholique de Louvain
Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium  
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The Louvain Research Institute for Landscape, Architecture and Built Environment (LAB) is looking for a motivated and qualified post-doctoral researcher in Urban Metabolism and Data Science.

The research will be supervised by Prof. Daniela Perrotti (Urban Metabolism) and Prof. Damien Claeys (Systems Theory applied to design) in the Urban Metabolism research team.

The position is of a duration of 18 months and is part of the interdisciplinary research project CO-HABIT : Towards an animal-inclusive design in the Brussels Capital Region , involving two postdocs and a PhD researcher, and co-led with the KU Leuven Department of Architecture, Research group Planning for People, Urbanity and Landscapes (P.

PUL), Prof. Bruno Notteboom and Prof. Hans Leinfelder.

The CO-HABITAT project will develop a novel set of tools to advance the design of non-human habitats in the Brussels Capital Region, allying urban ecology and design with citizen science and involving a range of policy and industry stakeholders.

The work of the postdoc researcher will consist of developing the CO-HABITAT data platform which will centralise and harmonise primary data on urban wildlife in Brussels.

The researcher will investigate availability and resolution of data issued from wildlife monitoring campaigns and research initiatives at the urban and regional scale.

  • The data platform will consists of : i) a data dashboard collecting and systematizing quantitative and qualitative datasets on urban wildlife in Brussels (species occurrence, movements, and spatiotemporal habitat patterns), ranging across scales and resolution levels and sourced from local authorities’ portals, independent crowdsourcing initiatives as well as scientific reports and policy briefs;
  • ii) a data communication and visualization system that will allow agile data integration in the design work and appropriation of the data dashboard by the design researcher and stakeholders involved in the research.

    Start date : between 1st November 2021 and 1st December 2021 (pending on the availability of the selected candidate).

    The postdoc researcher will be based at the Brussels-St Gilles campus of the LAB Institute, Rue Henri Wafelaerts 47, 1060 Brussels.

    The CO-HABIT project is funded by the Brussels Capital Region, Institute for Research and Innovation "Innoviris", Prospective Research programme (Belgium).

    Further details about this position can be obtained from the supervisor, Prof. Daniela Perrotti : .



    The net monthly salary is of 2.600€ ca. after tax. In addition to the salary, the funding package also covers social benefits, health care and allowance for traveling to and from work.

    An additional budget of 5.000€ is provided to cover international mobility expenses, IT and other operating costs related to the research.

    Eligibility criteria

    Minimum of a PhD in relevant subject area (Data Science) and up to 2-year research experience from PhD

    Selection process

    Applications should include (in one single pdf file) :

    1. A cover letter (2 pages max) including an explanation on how your profile matches the research project, Skills / Qualifications and Specific Requirements.

    2. A full CV including a list of publications as well as contact details of two academic referees.

    3. A short summary of your PhD thesis.

    Please submit your application file to the project supervisor, Prof. Daniela Perrotti : daniela.perrotti

    Online interviews with short-listed candidates will be held the week of 5 July 2021 on Teams or Zoom.


    Required Research Experiences

    Computer science



    Information science Information management



    Biological sciences Biological engineering



    Environmental science Ecology

    Offer Requirements


    Computer science : PhD or equivalent

    Information science : PhD or equivalent

    Environmental science : PhD or equivalent

    Biological sciences : PhD or equivalent

    ENGLISH : Excellent

    Skills / Qualifications


    Minimum of a PhD in relevant subject area (Data Science) and up to 2-year research experience from PhD.

    Relevant PhD dissertation topic (data management and visualization).


    Fluency in English (basic knowledge of French or Dutch will be an additional asset)

    Excellent written English communication skills

    Excellent organizational and communication skills

    Excellent presentation and oral communication skills

    Ability to work independently within agreed guidelines

    Commitment to developing internationally competitive publication profile

    Specific Requirements


    Previous experience in systems design, database management, and data visualization (e.g. PhD thesis and follow up research)

    Engagement with quantitative and qualitative data collection and management (e.g. PhD thesis and follow up research)


    Previous experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Knowledge of and interest in Urban Ecology; general Urban Sustainability knowledge.

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