Research group at imec & Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Behavioral science researcher

Apply before 31 Jul 2019

How are people interacting with the city? How can we assist people towards a certain behavior by means of new technologies? What are emerging nudging mechanics? Which requirements can we derive from human behavior insights and modelling to a.o. steer new innovation and technology development?

These and other questions are being examined in applied and more fundamental tracks within the SMIT research group and IMEC more broadly. In specific terms, you will be contributing to the behavior insights research program, in which we investigate human behavior and the (potential) impact of technology, thereby never losing sight of the human factor.

As a behavioral science researcher, you will develop (both applied and fundamental) research strategies, create and adapt the proper methodology and execute behavior studies (within a.o. the domain of smart cities). You will contribute your expertise to a team that works on nurturing a research program with an emphasis on combining insights derived from user behavior, user experience and usability studies. Together with your colleagues, you will be responsible for setting up and executing research projects that might span all aspects of the research life cycle: (experimental) development, subject recruitment, deployment, and data analysis. Experiments might take place in a real-life setting.

Your research duties will vary, but they might include: reviewing literature, creating new methods and methodologies to identify, map, change and explain human behavior, design research, executing behavior research, analyzing experimental results and/or writing scientific articles and reports.

We are looking for someone with a commensurate research experience in (citizen) behavior, which includes research methods and tools, advanced data collection and handling techniques as well as project proposal writing. Therefore, the ideal candidate should be experienced in behavior research and modelling, quantitative analysis, setting up user-centered research experiments. The candidate should have a background in related behavior insights and ideally new smart city services.

Tasks include:

  • Contributing to our behavioral research program
  • Developing new (applied) behavioral research methodologies and tools
  • Initiate, coordinate and/or execute (national and international) research projects
  • Reporting and academic publications of research results

We offer:

  • A dynamic and stimulating work environment with enterprising young scientists and experienced senior research staff in an international setting
  • High-quality innovative research on future-oriented services
  • Attractive salary with extralegal benefits

How to apply:

Send your elaborated CV (with references) and letter of motivation via mail to Wim Cloots at  before 15/6/2019.


  • Phd (or Master) degree in behavior studies, social science, psychology or equal
  • A strong interest in social psychology or a similar discipline;
  • Experience working with the methodologies and software tools commonly used in behavior experiments;
  • Past experience with research, either as a research assistant or from doing independent research of one’s own
  • Strong skills in data-analysis and related tools
  • Interest in ICT, new media and innovative technologies
  • Independent, flexible & self-management skills
  • Good knowledge of academic English, knowledge of Dutch is not obligatory but is an advantage.

Sounds like the job for you?

Apply before 31 Jul 2019 by sending your CV and motivation to .