Post-doc: LDE Bold Cities

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40 uur
€ 4691 per maand

Framework for urban decision-making, big data


In cities, there is a growing volume of data being continuously produced. In the search for better-informed decisions by urban stakeholders, there is a natural tendency to collect, process, and analyse these data by transforming them into information and actionable insights. However, this process is technology- and knowledge-intensive – requiring technology, knowledge, and competencies not readily available – as well as time-consuming and therefore often expensive, especially when considered in relation to the value created. The key question in practice that inspires this research is therefore: will the value of the insights generated outweigh the investments needed to develop those insights? This research aims to develop a framework to support urban decision-makers to determine the appropriate level or form of data analytics capability on urban decisions. This framework includes the process, the method, the tooling, and the skills required from the users to analyse big data and transform it into insights and information needed for generating actionable insights. The activities of the post-doc will be twofold:
(1) Developing a framework for urban data analytics capability;
(2) Developing research proposals to apply for funding to use, test, and improve this framework.
Both activities will be carried out under the supervision of Prof. Ellen van Bueren and Prof. Geert-Jan Houben, when appropriate in collaboration with other researchers from the TU Delft and LDE-BOLDCities. In addition, the post-doc will collaborate with the LDE-BOLDCities team to further develop the centre’s research agenda.


• PhD in a relevant area of technology
• Proven experience in relevant fields (urban big data, data analytics, modelling)
• Willingness and affinitiy for work in a multi‐disciplinary environment
• Excellent communication skills in English (written and spoken)


The salary range for this position is based on scale 10-11, depending on experience.
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

For more information about this position, please contact Alexander Koutamanis, phone: +31 (0)15-2784957, e-mail: To apply, please send a detailed CV and publication list along with a letter of application by 28 April 2017 to C. A. Moualed,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number BK2017-04.

Additional information

Alexander Koutamanis
+31 (0)15-2784957

Technische Universiteit Delft


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools. Architecture The Department of Management in the Built Environment (MBE) provides education and performs scientific research in the management of the built environment. MBE helps to meet the growing demand for building engineers with the necessary knowledge and skills relating to the management aspects of the initiation, development, and design of the built environment. The department has an annual MSc student intake of about 80.

The huge challenges faced in cities and urban regions today make it both relevant and important to explore in what ways integrated, area-based approaches to urban questions may be understood and effectively implemented, and how these can also inspire other approaches and vice versa. Within the MBE department, the Urban Development Management (UDM) team aims to expand on the academic insights achieved thus far and further its international academic presence and reputation in close collaboration with the existing Dutch Area Development chair.


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