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PostDoc on ‘Urban Informatics and Digital Twins for Decision Support’

PostDoc on ‘Urban Informatics and Digital Twins for Decision Support’

Are you inspired by urban informatics and data-driven decision-making? We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in urban informatics and data-driven decision support tools.
(Post-doctoral) Researcher
Built Environment
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Job description

The TU/e Department of the Built Environment is one of the key drivers behind the newly created Urban Development Initiative (UDI) in the Brainport region Eindhoven. One of the programs within UDI is the Digital City Program. Building on the region’s existing digital backbone (i.e. fiber optic  network, 5G and sensors), vibrant ecosystem and disruptive  start-ups and research, this program focuses on developing digital solutions for integrated, sustainable city planning.

The Digital City Lab runs the research activities of the UDI Digital City Program and focuses on questions related to the development and enhancement of tools for evidence-based decision making and citizen engagement that will support smart and sustainable transformation of cities. These tools cover 3D/4D urban digital twins, virtual reality solutions and urban big data analytics, and are used at varying levels such as street, district, city and region. The UDI Digital City Lab collaborates with TU/e Eindhoven Artificial Intelligence Systems Institute (EAISI) and its Digital Twin Lab, and with external parties such as municipalities and companies.

For the UDI Digital City Lab we are looking for an outstanding postdoctoral researcher with expertise in urban informatics and data-driven decision support tools.

Within the Digital City Lab, you are expected to:

  • Conduct research activities on one or more of the fields for real-world problems: urban informatics, urban big data analytics, planning support systems, agent-based modeling;
  • Publish and (co-)author papers for leading scientific journals and conferences;
  • Assist the Digital City Lab research group with writing funding applications;
  • Assist the Digital City Lab research group in supervising graduate students;
  • Be a collaborative and independent researcher who is forward thinking in your creative and research agenda;
  • Enthusiastically engage with public and private partners of research program to look for opportunities to focus on specific datasets and problems.

The Digital City Lab is part of the UDI Digital City Program of the Brainport Eindhoven Region. Founders of the UDI are City of Eindhoven, City of Helmond, TU/e, Brainport Development and the Fraunhofer Research Institute. UDI aims to address urban challenges by focusing the innovation agenda on the existing and potential urban problems in order to develop a systemic urban planning approach that integrates different sectoral approaches. The Digital City Program aims at:

  1. Building an ecosystem that drives digital innovation trends.
  2. Kick-starting projects towards user friendly and adaptive digital solutions for the flagship showcases in the Brainport Region that offer actionable insights for complex and integrated urban challenges, based on big urban data and open standards. 

Job requirements

We are looking for a candidate who meets the following requirements:

  • Computational affinity and a PhD degree in urban planning, geographical information science, spatial planning or another relevant field of study;
  • Prior research experience on one or more of the fields: urban big data analytics & urban informatics, planning support systems, geodesign;
  • Affinity for applying research to real-world problems;
  • Excellent scientific skills, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications or other forms of output (i.e. software);
  • Able to develop prototypes and software i.e. 2D/3D visualization and monitoring tools) is a plus;
  • Excellent communication skills and competence in written and spoken English;
  • Experience with collaborating with external private and/or public partners in field lab settings;
  • Value open science such as open data and reproduceable research;
  • Team player who enjoys working in multidisciplinary teams.

Conditions of employment

  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A full-time employment for two years.
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs for research and valorization, professional development and didactical courses of the TEACH training program.
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes).
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

Information and application

More information

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Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more about the content of this position? Please contact Dena Kasraian, d.kasraian[at] or dr. Gamze Dane, g.z.dane[at]

For information about terms of employment, click here or contact  Marcel Vogels, m.vogels1[at] (or +31 40 247 3144).

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We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page.
The application should include a:

  • Cover letter (2 page max) in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a project portfolio, a list of your publications of international conference and journal contributions (if any), and the contact information of three references.
  • A research statement, including personal ambitions and relations with the work-program proposed.
  • List of five self-selected ‘best publications’

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