Research group at imec & Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Researcher – User centric approaches to technology

Apply before 15 Jul 2022

SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation and Technology) is a research centre of imec and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. It is located on the VUB Campus, Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences and is embedded as a core group in imec, Flanders world-leading R&D and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies.

For 30 years, SMIT has specialised in socio-economic and policy research on ICT innovation in Media, Cities, and Health. Our team consists of over 100 senior and junior researchers with a wide variety in disciplinary backgrounds and nationalities.

Research domain

Your research will focus on translating user needs and preferences in European Projects such as Indimo and Urbanage. Your research will consist of a) identifying user needs by conducting co-creation sessions, b) working closely with technology designers/programmers and solution providers to ensure acceptance and adaptation, and c) contributing to reports and policy recommendations. Both qualitative and/or quantitative research skills are necessary for this position.

Tasks include

  • Organizing and conducting quantitative and qualitative research
  • Carrying out validation activities
  • Developing impact assessments
  • Writing research reports and communicating research results
  • Daily project management and reporting to coordinator
  • Working on publications (peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters) and presenting research findings internally and to a broader academic community

We offer

  • A stimulating, fun, and international work environment with enterprising young researchers and experienced research staff to help you grow
  • The chance to conduct innovative research that combines theory and practice
  • Support and guidance by experienced supervisors/ senior researchers
  • An attractive remuneration package including market-conform benefits.
  • We start with a project-based 6-month contract which can be renewed and extended upon positive evaluation. The possibility of a PhD track can also be discussed at that moment.


  • Master’s degree (or graduation in June) in a field relevant to the topic (e.g., media and communication studies, psychology, social sciences, business engineering, business economics, management, or similar) with outstanding academic results
  • Intrinsic interest in user behavior and innovative technologies is a must.
  • Strong interest in IT/ICT domains
  • Interdisciplinary mindset, based on a socio-technical perspective
  • Analytical thinker
  • Hands-on and pro-active (e.g., good planner, work independent)
  • Strong communication skills in English (including writing skills). Speaking Dutch is a plus.
  • knowledge of social science research methodologies (qualitative and/or quantitative) and prepared to implement or acquire new knowledge in the domains of sustainability, data spaces, digital twins and impact assessments.


How to apply?

Send your CV and letter of motivation to Wim Cloots (, as soon as possible, before 15/07/2021. For more information on the research content contact dr.Tomas Ambra (

Sounds like the job for you?

Apply before 15 Jul 2022 by sending your CV and motivation to .