Post-doctoral researcher in Data Science

The Louvain Research Institute for Landscape, Architecture and Built Environment (LAB) at the Université Catholique de Louvain is looking for a motivated and qualified post-doctoral researcher in Data Science, who will join its Urban Metabolism research team (Prof. Daniela Perrotti).

The position is of a duration of 18 months and is part of the interdisciplinary research project “CO-HABIT”, funded by the Brussels Capital Region, Institute for Research and Innovation Innoviris, Prospective Research programme (Belgium). It involves two postdocs and a PhD fellow and is co-led with the KU Leuven Department of Architecture, Research group Planning for People, Urbanity and Landscapes.

The CO-HABIT team will develop a novel set of tools to advance the design of urban public spaces in the Brussels Capital Region based on the nature and characteristics of local wildlife habitats. It will bridge urban ecology and design with citizen science and involve 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’ databases, 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 project.

The start date of the position is negotiable, between 1st November and 1st December 2021.

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



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).


Relevant experience


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.



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.


Selection process

Please submit your application to and by 12th August 2021.

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.

Online interviews with short-listed candidates will be held the week of 16 August 2021 on Teams or Zoom.


Application Deadline: 12th August 2021

Anticipated Start Date: 1st November 2021

  • Application deadline: Aug 12, 2021
  • Universit√© Catholique de Louvain
  • The Louvain Research Institute for Landscape, Architecture and Built Environment (LAB)
  • Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
  • PhD and Postdoc Positions
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