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Intra-Urban Forms and Scaling Laws

The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research is recruiting

Post-doc Researcher “Intra-Urban Forms and Scaling Laws” (ref: SCALE-IT-UP) (m/f)

Cities are growing and concentrate an increasing portion of human activities. Understanding the environmental and social impacts of such a trend is of crucial importance to steer urban policy and prepare a more sustainable future. The post-doc researcher will participate in the project SCALE-IT-UP, which is devoted to better understand how the spatial organisation of activities within cities affect urban sustainability. More specifically the project addresses how the relative arrangement of transportation, built-up and non-built land within European city regions affect the aggregate and spatial distribution of environmental impacts. It also aims at identifying whether or not and how intra-urban forms and their related impacts vary with population size, thereby connecting intra-urban research with aggregate urban scaling research.

The project, SCALE-IT-UP (Scaling of the Environmental Impacts of Transport and Urban Patterns) is funded by the Fonds National de Recherche (www.fnr.lu) and run jointly at LISER and at the University of Luxembourg, under the direction of Prof. Geoffrey Caruso. The post-doc researcher will be part of the Urban Development and Mobility Department at LISER. The post-doc researcher will be involved in 3 work packages: the first WP is aimed at providing reference intra-urban structures and definitions derived from the Urban Atlas land use dataset for European cities; the 2nd WP is aimed at deriving structural and environmental indicators from radial (distance-based) analysis; while the 3rd WP will analyse the intra-urban structure from landscape, network and poly-centric analyses.

Our ideal candidate has

- A strong interest in studying urban forms and environmental impacts ;

- A PhD in geography or GI science, environmental science, physics, computer science, transport, or urban economics or from any other disciplines but with an application to the subject ;

- Demonstrated expertise in urban data analytics or environmental assessment related to urban, transport, landscape or land use problems ;

- Excellent geo data management skills and/or scripting in a variety of environment ;

- A good publication record, especially demonstrating advanced empirical analysis capacities or abilities to navigate within analytical urban theories and scaling literature ;

- Written and speaking proficiency in English.

About the other LISER departments

The Labour Market department’s research interests relate to both the supply (intrahousehold allocation and specific groups such as migrants and cross-border workers) and demand (firm organisational practices) sides of the labour market. Also the ways offer and demand interact and are affected by public interventions are studied through the lenses of labour relations and through policy evaluation techniques. The department is multidisciplinary and makes use of theoretical, quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

The Living Conditions department studies the multiple dimensions of individuals’ and families’ life, from early childhood to old age, through education, fertility and family formation, from employment to retirement. Quantitative, typically survey-based research, examines household income, wealth, inequality, poverty, and social inclusion from a variety of perspectives. The impact evaluation of educational, family, health and wider social policy on living conditions is an integral part of the research agenda.

LISER also hosts a data management unit and collects a wide range of survey data on households and individuals. LISER is collecting the national components of the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions, the Survey on Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe, and the Household Finance and Consumption Survey, exploitation of which is strongly encouraged for cross-national, comparative research.


LISER offers a vibrant and highly stimulating international research environment. It is a publicly funded research institute located in Luxembourg and devoted to applied empirical research in economic, social and spatial sciences. 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 vivid part of the institute’s activities. LISER is well connected to the University of Luxembourg, and also to the top universities both worldwide and in the cross-border neighbourhood.

Based on its scientific expertise and solid academic reputation, the institute addresses current and future societal challenges and provides relevant and independent policy advice both on the national and on the European level. The scientific output is not only regularly published in high profile peer reviewed journals and books, but also in form of articles reaching a wider audience. The institute staff consists of about 70 researchers from all over the world active in the fields of economics, sociology, political sciences and geography (see www.liser.lu).

About LISER environment

The institute is located in the Cité des Sciences on the new Belval campus in the south of Luxembourg, hosting the University of Luxembourg and a substantial part of the country’s publicly funded research facilities. The Cité des Sciences is a unique and outstanding academic enterprise in the heart of Europe http://wwwen.uni.lu/contact/belval_campus).

Luxembourg with its 500,000 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 typical of a major university environment, including museums, music, art and theatre. The country is about to become a five language nation. Besides the official languages French, German and Luxemburgish, English, Italian and Portuguese are frequently spoken. The working languages at the institute are English and/or French. http://www.euraxess.lu/

Employment conditions

The candidate will be hired based on a 3 years contract with option of an extension up to 5 years with tenure track. We offer highly competitive salaries and significant mobility and network funding.

Application Process

Applicants should provide the following :

1. letter of application ;

2. curriculum vitae ;

3. a two pages (maximum) research outlook relating the scientific experience of the candidates to the general aims of the project (as briefly described above) ;

4. copy of diplomas ;

5. three (3) reference letters (can also be sent separately to recruitment@liser.lu).

Send applications via the following link : https://jobs.liser.lu/jobs

The deadline for applications is June 25th, 2018.

Interview are expected to take place on July 2nd or 3rd, 2018.

Expected start: September 1st, 2018

LabLuxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research
Starts on01/09/2018
Deadline24/06/2018 22:00

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