Low carbon infrastructures and green growth in urban environment

1 Assistant Professor position
(Deadline May 3rd, 2017 12:00 )

Urban metabolism, green growth, big data, low carbon policy, industry 4.0


The candidate will be involved in: 1) research activity and management of projects regarding Big Data and its relation with small and medium enterprises, including the management of communication activities. 2) Analysis of impact of green growth policies in cities and socio-economic systems 3) Data analysis and data collection from cities and urban infrastructures, with a focus on energy and material flows. 4) Analysis of impact of new frameworks bridging the manufacturing industry and the makers community within new paradigms based on digitalization (Industry 4.0). Tutorship and mentoring of IMT Ph.D. students, limited teaching in the School's Ph.D. program, and participation in the development of the School's activities.


IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca is searching a research collaborator with a solid background and proved experience in the field of complex systems and data analysis and impact evaluation of complex socio-economic and industrial systems in general. Consolidated experience in energy infrastructures, energy markets, and material flow analysis is also required. In particular the candidate requires experience in numerical simulations, advanced analytical techniques and methods, urban sustainability assessment, and data collection for urban studies. Furthermore the candidate is requested to have experience in low carbon policies for megacities and other large urban environments. Experience in working with utilities and international bodies is desirable. This research is supported by various EC research projects on these topics, and the research will be focused on the delivery of the objectives proposed in these grants.

Formal requirements

Experience of research and management of research projects. Experience on analytical and numerical evaluation of measures and policies of green urban infrastructures, with particular focus on  energy infrastructures. Modelling of urban flows and experience and knowledge of analysis of complex systems in general is also required. An excellent level of both written and spoken English is mandatory.

Specific requirements

Work experience with utilities and international bodies.


“OpenMaker - Harnessing the power of Digital Social Platforms to shake up makers and manufacturing entrepreneurs towards a European Open Manufacturing ecosystem”; “COEGSS Center of Excellence for Global Systems Science”; “SoBigData Research Infrastructure”.

Gross amount

About 35.000 euros


1 year renewable

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Full call
Preliminary shortlist
Preliminary shortlist
Final shortlist
Final shortlist
Final decree

Selection procedure and criteria

Selection procedure conditions are transparent and are based on international standards.


A Selection Committee, appointed by the Director, assesses all applications on the basis of the online application form and - if provided - reference letters. Applicants selected on the basis of the preliminary analysis are interviewed at the Job Market Meetings in which the Institute is planning to participate, if applicable to the specific academic sector. Alternatively, individual preliminary interviews may also be conducted at IMT or by conference call. Travel expenses to Lucca for the preliminary interview will not be reimbursed. Shortlisted candidates are invited for a Job Market Presentation open to IMT faculty members and students. Travel expenses for the Job Market Presentation will be reimbursed.

Selection Criteria

The evaluation criteria are based on: Quality of research activity, including publications in peer-reviewed journals and references; Research organization experience and participation in international/national research projects and research periods in public and private institutions (academic and non-academic); Relevance of the candidate's profile for the development of IMT's research activities; Teaching, mentoring and supervision experience; Motivation; Excellent knowledge of English, both written and spoken; As well as any other requirements as specified in the advertisement.


Before filling in the application form, please read thoroughly the full call and collect all the files you may need:


  • Personal info and contact info (compulsory)
  • Number of your Identity Document (Passport or Identity Card - compulsory)
  • University degree (compulsory) and Ph.D. (obtained, or "ongoing")
  • Name, position, institution and email address of three referees (compulsory)
    An email, with the instructions on how to upload the reference letters will be automatically sent to your referees.


  • The scanned copy of a valid identity document (Passport or Identity Card - compulsory)
  • Your CV in English (compulsory);
  • One research paper, either a published paper or a working paper (compulsory).
    Shortlisted candidates will be asked to present this research paper during the final stage of the selection process.
    Additional papers can be submitted for evaluation if desired (to be attached to your application in a single zip file where indicated in the online form). Please check the full call for further information about additional papers.