User researcher – Smart Cities

Apply before 12 Feb 2018

Please send your CV and motivation letter as soon as possible and before
15/01/2018 to Wim Cloots on

Research domain

The imec-SMIT Smart Cities cluster is involved in researching and developing
methodologies and concepts related to innovative ICT services and platforms
from a user, business and policy perspective.
In the context of our projects on smart cities, smart mobility, open data and
related topics we are looking for a full-time researcher. This researcher will
undertake applied research in the domain of sustainable systems in the city
from a participatory point of view.

Research tasks

  • Conduct applied research in (international) project consortia on smart
    city innovations in sustainability (monitoring air quality through sensors,
    early warning systems for flooding, smart heating/ energy systems)
  • Conduct consulting assignments on smart cities
  • Help organise and attend workshops and conferences
  • Assist in the elaboration of new project proposals
  • Write project reports and deliverables, present research results in
    workshops and conferences, write academic publications.
  • Working on a PhD-trajectory is not required but definitely a possibility.

We offer

  • A dynamic and stimulating work environment with enterprising young
    scientists and experienced senior researchers in an international setting.
  • Flexible working conditions with opportunity for personal initiative.
  • High-quality innovation research on future oriented services
  • Attractive remuneration package
  • A full time, renewable contract for 1 year and long term career

Profile description

  • Master degree in urban studies, (environmental) sociology, psychology,
    communication sciences or similar
  • Interest or experience in working on citizen science projects, or in social
    aspects of urban infrastructures, or with Living Lab research
  • Good knowledge of ICT, new media and innovative technologies
  • 1 to 2 years of experience related to smart cities and/or relevant research
    is a strong asset
  • Able to work independently, good self-management and planning skills
  • Flexible attitude when working in a dynamic environment with a variety of
    professional interlocutors
  • Aptitude to work well in an interdisciplinary team
  • Prepared to undertake fieldwork abroad
  • Strong in analytical and strategic thinking
  • Have a good, broad range of qualitative data creation and analysis skills
  • Have a keen interest in theory building
  • Excellent academic writing skills
  • Good knowledge of English, Dutch and one other language is a strong
  • Desirable additional skills include: quantitative analysis (SPSS) or
    behaviour change analysis

Sounds like the job for you?

Apply before 12 Feb 2018 by sending your CV and motivation to .