Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Digital Urbanism

Starting: 01.10.2020
Become a member of one of the leading research institutions in
Full-time fixed term for 3 years (TV-L E14), extension possible

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Digital Urbanism Starting- 01.10.2020_1

The Institute for Sustainable Urbanism ISU is a think tank and design laboratory headed by Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow based at TU Braunschweig – one of Germany’s nine leading Universities of Technologies. ISU research, teaching, and discourse focus on strategies and tools for sustainable urban development in the context of worldwide urbanization. Building up inter- and transdisciplinary projects within the TU Braunschweig core research area FUTURE CITY (, ISU teams up with scientists from environmental and social science, engineering, psychology, political science, and data science, and cooperates with cities, communities, and NGOs worldwide.

To advance innovative research, ISU is currently offering a postdoctoral researcher position for a three-year fixed term with the option to extend for two more years. The candidate will be part of building up a state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary research and competence center on urban research and development rooted in the digital realm – the ISU SPatial Analytics + Crossdisciplinary Experimentation Lab, located in a brand-new lab space.
The ISU-SPACELAB ( will explore new directions in digital urbanism research. ISU is looking for a candidate with a track record both in fundamental areas of informatics and/or data sciences as well as in targeted application areas of ISU research, such as urban design, urban/regional planning, architecture, urban production, or urbanization patterns. Candidates with experience in the following work fields are strongly invited to apply:


  • Urban Analytics: Extracting predictive and actionable knowledge from large volumes of data, e.g. deep learning, non-parametric inference, dynamic system identification, sensor fusion.
  • Urban Modeling: Algorithms for modeling and simulation of complex (predictive) systems, e.g. human mobility, energy and material flows, microclimate and thermal comfort, immersive realities.
  • Urban Development + Form: Urban design solutions and novel methods, instruments and decision-making tools for an integral, multi-scale, human-centered and participatory urban design and planning practice.

We are looking for exceptional applicants to conduct high-impact research with

  • a doctorate in architecture, urban design, urban planning, geography (or equivalent) with strong interest in computer science or other disciplines relevant for the position (as e.g. geoinformatics, information sciences, etc.),
  • demonstrated expertise in data sciences related to the ISU key research themes and application areas,
  • evidence of capacity to work as part of a multidisciplinary team,
  • experience and commitment to delivering high quality and innovative teaching in the field of sustainable urbanism,
  • a track record for securing external funding and performing high quality, independent collaborative research,
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills in English (preferably also German).

The position will be for a period of three years, with further employment subject to secured funding availability. The remuneration is determined according to the assignment of tasks and fulfillment of personal requirements up to pay group 14 TV-L. The position is in principal part-time suitable, but should be filled 100%.

TU Braunschweig is the academic center of Braunschweig, City of Science, which lies in the heart of one of Europe’s most active research regions. TU Braunschweig’s faculties comprise a comprehensive engineering branch and a strong natural sciences branch, closely linked with business sciences, social sciences, humanities, and educational sciences. TU Braunschweig is part of TU9 – the group of leading Universities of Technologies in Germany.

TU Braunschweig fosters diversity and inclusion. Applications from people of culturally diverse backgrounds are much welcome. Applications can be in German or English. TU Braunschweig strives to diminish under-representation as defined by the NGG in all areas and positions. Therefore, women in particular are encouraged to apply. Where candidates have the same qualifications, preference will be given to candidates with disabilities. Applications not considered can only be returned against an addressed and sufficiently stamped return envelope. Application and travel costs are non-refundable. Personal data will be stored in connection with the recruitment and hiring process.

Phase 1: Submit your comprehensive digital application incl. CV, publication list and/or portfolio until July 26, 2020, to TU Braunschweig, ISU / Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow, Pockelsstraße 3, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany;
Phase 2:Candidates considered for an interview will be asked to present a research design idea for the above mentioned target areas during an online-interview in calendar week 34.

More information on the following link: